Choose your perfect Bali Honeymoon Itinerary!
What is the best Bali Honeymoon Itinerary? That depends on you and your partner! Some honeymooners like to spend all their time on a beach in Seminyak, and we don’t blame them. However our favorite way of exploring Bali is by staying a couple of days in multiple regions. Let us guide you through our favorite Bali Honeymoon Itineraries!
Most of the shorter itineraries below stay on the island of Bali. This would be our suggestion for anyone staying less than 10 days. For those lucky enough to be able to spend a bit longer in Indonesia, it could be a great option to combine Bali with either the Gili Islands or Nusa Penida, both a short ferry ride away.
Keep in mind:
- Combine itineraries: you may follow these Bali honeymoon itineraries word for word (we believe they are all good!), or make them your own. Why not mix these itineraries by combining your favorite destinations? We have written extensive guides on all popular regions of Bali, which should help you to get started.
- Slower is fine: these itineraries keep a reasonable pace to get the most out of your stay. If you prefer taking it slower, or have some more days at the beach, we suggest picking an itinerary that is shorter than the actual number of days you are planning to stay. We would not suggest doing these itineraries faster than the suggested speed.
- Indonesia beyond Bali: With 17.000 islands, Indonesia has a lot more to offer than just Bali. Scroll further down this article for an overview of other beautiful regions in Indonesia to visit. Why not combine one of our suggested itineraries below with another region of Indonesia?
- Everyone’s budget is different: As we specialize in honeymoon itineraries, we are suggesting quite a few high-end hotels in these itineraries. If you’d like to keep your holiday within budget, check out our list of great Affordable Bali Hotels for couples. In addition, the 14-day The Travelers itinerary below is written with budget-conscious travelers in mind.
Lost in all the options? Let us plan your perfect honeymoon for you!
The Classic: 7 Days Seminyak & Ubud
This itinerary is very popular amongst honeymooners. Stay a few nights on the beach of Seminyak and a few nights in the jungle of Ubud. Both regions are great for couples on a honeymoon as they offer high-end luxury hotels with amazing views, but otherwise the regions are completely different! While only staying overnight in two places, you’ll be in strategic locations for some day-trips to see the highlights of Bali.
- Day 1: Taxi from Airport to Seminyak, stay at the beachfront The Legian.
- Day 2: Relax on the beach or at the hotel pool, recover from your flight. We love sunset on the beach at La Plancha, a 25 minute walk on the beach away from The Legian.
- Day 3: Explore Seminyak’s boutique stores and art galleries in the morning. We suggest an afternoon trip to Tanah Lot Temple, 1 hour drive away. Enjoy sunset in Tanah Lot, followed by fine dining back in Seminyak at Sangsaka (book in advance!). If you still have energy, why not celebrate your honeymoon together with a little party at the open-air jungle-themed La Favella nightclub?
- Day 4: Taxi from Seminyak to Ubud (1 hour), check in to the spectacular Viceroy Bali overlooking the Petanu river valley. In the evening, enjoy a traditional Balinese Kecak dance performance at Ubud Palace.
- Day 5: Explore Ubud: the Monkey Forest, art market and Campuhan Ridge Walk are our favorites. Wind down together after the Ridge Walk in the Tjampuhan Spa, a sauna in a cave overlooking a jungle river.
- Day 6: Get a driver for a day, and visit the iconic Ulan Danu temple in Bedugul and the Jatiluwih rice terraces, which are further away but way more scenic and less crowded than the popular Tegallalang rice terraces. On the way back, enjoy a Bali sunset and dinner overlooking the jungle at The Sayan House.
- Day 7: Taxi back from Ubud to Bali Airport (1.5 hours).
Away from the Crowds: 7 Days Sidemen & Amed
The most popular regions of Bali, mostly in the south, can get very crowded. This itinerary heads north and goes off the beaten path, and is great for well traveled couples keen to explore undiscovered Bali. On this trip, you’ll never lose sight of the sacred Mount Agung. Spend a couple of nights in the beautiful region of Sidemen, surrounded by rice fields and not far from Mount Agung. Continue your journey in the peaceful coastal town of Amed in North Bali.
- Day 1: Take a taxi from the airport to Sidemen (2 hours). Check in to the beautiful 5-star boutique Wapa Di Ume Sidemen.
- Day 2: After a potentially long flight, you may want to take it easy. The Kapha Spa at Wapa Di Ume offers great massages and a bath overlooking the Balinese countryside. The resort has an infinity pool as well. A great spot to aclimatize, maybe even book their romantic private dining under the stars package?
- Day 3: Explore Sidemen. Some suggestions: visit Gembleng waterfall or participate in a silver jewelry crafting activity to create a lasting memory of your honeymoon (see our Honeymoon in Sidemen article).
- Day 4: Adventurous couples might be interested in giving the Telaga river rafting a try. You’ll float past waterfalls and through jungle, a mesmerizing experience. You can do this in the morning before picking up your bags in your hotel and taking a taxi to your next destination: Amed. We suggest staying at the 4-star Santai Hotel.
- Day 5: Explore the underwater world of the beautiful calm Java Sea by snorkeling or diving. For snorkeling, a great spot is from Warung Ombak, a basic beachfront café a short walk away from the Santai hotel. Enjoy a romantic sunset from the spectacular Blue Earth Village overlooking Jemeluk Bay.
- Day 6: Time for some cultural exploration! Make a trip to the beautiful Tirta Gangga temple, one of the most beautiful Hindu temples on the island, and the Taman Ujun Water Palace. On the way you’ll pass the scenic Berina rice terraces which are worth stopping.
- Day 7: Time to head back to the airport. Notice that it is a 3-hour drive, so if your flight is early in the morning we would suggest you heading to South Bali already a night before.
The Hipster Itinerary: 7 Days Uluwatu & Canggu
For lovers of beach, party, surf and good vibes. Start your honeymoon at the beautiful cliffs of Bali near the surf town of Uluwatu (where you can enjoy the best sunsets). Finish in “happening” Canggu, the home of influencers, foodies, surfers and Digital Nomads. This is where you find Bali’s best nightlife and boutique stores.
- Day 1: Head straight to Uluwatu from the airport (this takes only 30 minutes). We believe the best place to stay for honeymooners is the 5-star Ungasan Clifftop Resort.
- Day 2: Recover from your flight at Bali’s most pretty beach, right down from your hotel. We love this spot. The ocean here is clear blue, the surrounding hills lush green. Note during high tide the hotel beach is quite small, best to visit during low tide. In the afternoon, make a visit to The Istana Spa, a sauna complex overlooking the Indian ocean. Best to book a slot that aligns with sunset (around 6PM). Check our Honeymoon in Uluwatu guide for dinner suggestions. The place to be for drinks at night is Single Finn, a club situated right above Uluwatu Cave (also great sunsets there).
- Day 3: Explore Uluwatu. Must see is the cliffside Uluwatu Temple (inhabited by a colony of monkeys), where you can also visit a traditional Balinese Kecak Fire Dance show during sunset (recommended!). The best dining experience can be found at The Cave, which offers a fine dining tasting menu in an actual cave. Between courses, a light and music show will make this experience unforgettable. We’ve been here and loved it (obviously book in advance).
- Day 4: Check out from your hotel and head to Canggu (roughly 1.5 hours depending on traffic). We believe Hotel Tugu is the best honeymoon option in Canggu, they have beautiful rooms with a romantic bathtub (some even have a private pool!) and the whole place is beautifully designed. For sunset and dinner, head to the La Brisa beachclub, a bamboo place between large palm trees right on the beach (book in advance!).
- Day 5: Try a surf lesson together on the famous Batu Bolong beach! A fun afternoon trip might be to head to the Tanah Lot temple on a rock in the ocean for sunset. For dinner, we love Indigo, which might be the best sushi restaurant on the island. They have a tasting menu which we loved. If you prefer Italian, a very trendy spot right in the center of Canggu is La Baracca (try their Burrata!).
- Day 6: The most instagrammable spot for brunch in Canggu has to be Crate Cafe. This is where the trendy Canggu crowd goes, expect some queueing. Spend your afternoon relaxing in one of the beach clubs before your flight back home tomorrow. We love The Lawn, which actually turns into a party place at night.
- Day 7: Time to check out and head back to the airport. This will take roughly 1 hour, but Canggu traffic is notorious so better head there a bit early.
The Highlights: 10 Days Ubud, Batur, Munduk & Uluwatu
See the best of Bali in 10 days. Start at the cliffs and beaches on Bali’s most southern point: Uluwatu. Explore the lakes, waterfalls, temples and highlands of Munduk in the north. Visit the cultural heart of Bali: the town of Ubud, surrounded by rice fields and jungle. For couples who like a challenge: consider taking a sunrise day trip to hike up Mount Batur from Ubud, and see the beautiful island of Bali from above before your return back home.
We believe this itinerary is set at a reasonable pace and can be done in 10 days, but it might feel too fast for some couples. Feel free to add a few days to this itinerary if you’d like to take things a little slower on your honeymoon.
- Day 1: Head from the airport to your hotel. We like The 5-star Ayana Resort as a first stop in Bali, as it is conveniently located between the airport and Uluwatu (20 min taxi from the airport). In addition, The Ayana offers spectacular sunsets and a famous bar positioned on a rock in the ocean: the Rock Bar.
- Day 2: As you’re probably still getting adjusted to the timezone and tropical climate, it is fair to take it slow the first day. Enjoy the hotel and beach, celebrate arriving at your honeymoon destination together, and maybe enjoy a sunset drink at the Rock Bar.
- Day 3: Visit Uluwatu, roughly a 20-minute drive from your hotel. Our favorites: visit Uluwatu Temple for sunset (experience the traditional Kecak Fire Dance performance) and explore Uluwatu Cave and the Single Fin nightclub on top of the cliff. For more ideas, including for dinner, check our Uluwatu Honeymoon Guide!
- Day 4: Quite a long drive ahead to the peaceful and luxury Munduk Cabins, a boutique resort with only a handful cabins overlooking the jungle and Java Sea. It takes roughly 3 hours to get to the mountainous region of Munduk, but this is really worth it. Any hotel can arrange a taxi, but you can probably ask a taxi on the streets a day before, and they’ll likely offer a better price. A great stop on the way is the popular Ulan Danu temple on Lake Beratan, ask your driver to make a 1-hour stop (that should be enough there).
- Day 5: Explore Munduk, a region famous for its crater lakes, lush hills and beautiful waterfalls. We love the pretty Banyumala waterfalls. Not many tourists are aware of the peaceful Tamblingan Lake, which also has a temple. Locals might offer to take you on a canoe ride for a small fee. For dinner, we suggest the Ulekan restaurant at Munduk Cabins. After dinner, don’t miss out on the bonfire!
- Day 6: Today we’re heading to Ubud - but before going south again, it is worth considering to go early morning Dolphin Watching in the Java Sea near Lovina. This will require a very early departure from your hotel. After swimming with dolphins, its time for Ubud! From either Munduk or Lovina it takes around 2 hours to get to Ubud. The 5-star highly rated Kayon Resort is spectacular, situated right next to a waterfall and jungle river.
- Day 7: You have been traveling a lot, maybe take it slow for a day. The Kayon resort has a lot to offer, including pools, a waterfall and the Serayu Spa. Consider booking their romantic private dining experience in advance.
- Day 8: The Kayon Resort has a free shuttle to the town of Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali. Explore the Monkey Forest (watch your stuff!), Ubud Palace and the Tjampuhan Ridge Walk. Consider venturing out to the Tegallalang Rice Fields north of Ubud, but note that these can get very crowded by tourists. For dinner, Ubud has some excellent fine dining options, check out our Honeymoon in Ubud article for some good suggestions.
- Day 9: You’ve seen Bali all the way from the South to the North, but always from the ground. If you and your partner are up for an adventure, lets check out this paradise island from above. You’ll be picked up from your hotel EARLY (probably before 4AM), which sounds horrible but honestly this is one of our favorite things to experience in Bali. The Mount Batur sunrise trek is a roughly 1.5 hour walk up the Batur volcano in the dark, but you’ll be supplied with flashlights and taken along with a guide. From above you’ll experience the most epic views, with the sun rising over Bali, with Mount Agung and Lombok island in the distance. TIP: Refresh at one of the hotsprings next to Lake Batur after your hike before returning back to your hotel in Ubud.
- Day 10: Unfortunately, it is time to head back to the airport. This takes roughly 1.5 hours from Ubud by taxi.
Learn to Dive: 12 Days Gilis, Amed and Ubud
Imagine discovering a new hobby to share with your partner for the rest of your lifes, starting on your honeymoon! This itinerary is all about diving and getting your Open Water dive certificate. Get licensed in 4 days on the Gili Islands (a ferry ride away from Bali), and dive some more in the North Bali town of Amed. After plenty of diving, wrap up your trip in Ubud, the cultural capital in Bali’s jungle.
- Day 1: Unless your flight arrives super early, you probably won’t make the morning ferries to the Gili Islands. Take a taxi to Padang Bai (1.5 hours), the harbour where the boats to the Gili Islands leave. We recommend staying at Bloo Lagoon Village for a night, a decent place to wind down after your flight and right next to Blue Lagoon beach, with crystal clear waters and monkeys!
- Day 2: Take a fast boat to the Gili Islands (check baliferries.com for schedules). We believe Gili Air is the perfect island for a honeymoon, and loved our stay at (the very pink!) PinkCoco Gili Air. There are many reliable dive school in the area (see Google Maps), make sure to arrange your open water certification program with one of them in advance. An alternative budget option - but don’t expect honeymoon vibes here - is staying at the Manta Dive Resort, where you can do your certification directly at the hotel (this is where Dirk got his open water certification).
- Day 3, 4, 5: You’ll be mostly focussed on your dives, wait till you see the underwater Turtle Heaven, but for sure there is time to explore above water too. Check out our Gili Air Honeymoon article for activities!
- Day 6: After wrapping up your certification, it is time to get a ferry back to Padangbai in Bali, from where you can take a 1.5-hour taxi to Amed. Ask your driver to make a one-hour stop at the Balinese Hindu water temple complex of Tirta Gangga, as its beautiful and on the way! Maybe arrange this taxi in advance with your hotel, as the taxi’s in the port of Padangbai are notoriously expensive. In Amed, we believe the Palm Garden is a great option for divers (and the both of you are divers by now!), as this hotel has a reef right in front of it!
- Day 7: Maybe you’d like to take a break from diving! Amed is a peaceful town with lovely beaches. Enjoy sunset from the Blue Earth Village in Jemeluk Bay. Check some more ideas for dining and activities in our Amed Honeymoon Guide.
- Day 8: Time for a final dive, and we’ve kept the best for last. The USS Liberty, an American ship, stranded off the coast of Bali during the second world war. The wreck is located at a shallow location which has become popular dive site. Close to USS Liberty another spectacular dive site is worth checking out: the Tulamben Drop Off.
- Day 9: Enough diving, time to decompress in the jungle! Let’s get an early morning taxi to Ubud, which takes around 2 hours. If you want to end your honeymoon with a blast, book the Viceroy Bali, the best hotel you’ll be able to find in Ubud, overlooking the Petanu river valley and still quite close to town.
- Day 10: Enjoy Ubud town. We love the Tjampuhan Ridge Walk, but there are many other things to do as well. You can’t go wrong with sunset with a cocktail at the Sayan House. An interesting cultural option is visiting a traditional Balinese Kecak Fire Dance performance in Ubud Palace.
- Day 11: Your last day in Bali. If you haven’t seen any rice terraces yet, consider visiting Tegellalang or (less crowded but further away) Jatiluwih Rice Teracces. Ubud also has excellent fine dining options, a great way to wrap up your honeymoon (check the list in our Ubud Guide).
- Day 12: Time to check out! It takes around 1.5 hours to get to Bali Airport from Ubud.
The Jetsetters: 14 Days in Luxury across Bali
There are at least two reasons to splurge a little. First of all, Bali’s luxury resorts are still relatively affordable compared to the rest of the world, while offering some amazing quality and hospitality. Second of all, it is your honeymoon, why not treat the both of you on an unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience? This is the itinerary for a luxury honeymoon in Bali, while still experiencing the culture and nature that the island has to offer.
- Day 1: Start your honeymoon in Seminyak, a short ride away from the airport. We believe The Oberoi is a great 5-star beachfront hotel to stay at.
- Day 2: You may want to take it slow after a long flight. Enjoy the beach and pool overlooking the Indian Ocean. Experience the great dining at the resort (consider booking the romantic beachfront private dining package).
- Day 3: Have a look around trendy Seminyak, famous for its boutique shops and art galleries. You may want to visit a beach club for a day, Potatohead is a popular choice. Consider booking the surprisingly affordable fine dining experience at Sangsaka (a 10 minute taxi inland, we’ve been here and loved the experience).
- Day 4: Time to explore Bali. Today we’re taking a taxi all the way up to the mountain region of Munduk. Ask your driver to make a one hour stop at the iconic Ulan Danu Temple on Lake Beratan on the way. Its a bit cooler in Munduk, so you might not regret booking the Panorama Villa with private Jacuzzi at Elevate Bali, located on a volcanic ridge towering over Bali.
- Day 5: You may explore waterfalls (Banymala Waterfall) and lakes (we love the off the beaten path Tamblingan Lake), or even consider an early morning dolphin watching trip on the North coast of Bali in Lovina. Your best bet for dinner is at the Clouds restaurant in your hotel, or the Ulekan restaurant at Munduk Cabins. For more ideas, check our Munduk Honeymoon Guide.
- Day 6: Today we’re driving to Ubud, the cultural heart of Bali in the middle of the jungle. Plenty of high-end hotel options here: consider the Four Seasons Sayan Ubud or check some of the other amazing options listed in our article on the Most Luxurious Bali Hotels.
- Day 7, 8, 9: Enjoy everything that Ubud has to offer. Cultural experiences: Ubud Palace or the Agung Rai Museum of Art. Fine dining: Locavore, one of Asia’s 50 best restaurants, or Room for Dessert, made famous by Netflix. Nature: Tjampuhan Ridge Walk, sunset at Sayan House overlooking the jungle. Active: consider rafting on the river right next to the Four Seasons.
- Day 10: Heading to our last destination: Uluwatu. The Bulgari Resort Bali is amazing, right on the cliffs with a private beach that is actually one of the prettiest beaches Bali has to offer. A truly excellent way to wrap up your Bali honeymoon.
- Day 11, 12, 13: There’s a few things that you should not miss on a true luxurious Bali honeymoon. Fine dining in The Cave Bali is an experience that won’t be forgotten quickly, between plates a lightshow will illuminate the actual cave that they turned into a restaurant. The Istana Spa is a spectacular sauna complex on a cliff (tip: book the sunset slot around 6PM to overlook the sun setting over the Indian ocean). If you haven’t seen a kecak fire dance in Ubud yet, consider visiting the show at Uluwatu Temple, which perfectly aligns with sunset. Many more ideas can be found in our Uluwatu Honeymoon Guide.
- Day 14: Unfortunately, it is time to go. Fortunately the airport is only 30-45 minutes away from Uluwatu. We hope you had a blast!
For variations of this luxury itinerary, check out some other high-end Bali hotels that we recommend all across the island.
The Travelers: 14 Days Bali on a Budget
A Bali Honeymoon does not have to break the bank! This 14-day journey is great for couples that love travel and backpacking, and don’t necessarily crave high-end resorts, but are looking for authentic experiences. While the expensive and crowded south of Bali is skipped, you’ll visit 4 other amazing regions (some really off the beaten path) as well as the island of Nusa Penida, a short ferry ride away.
For alternative affordable stays across Bali, check out our article on budget hotels for couples in Bali, all amazing options suitable for a honeymoon, but often with rooms available under 100$ a night.
- Day 1: After a long flight, let’s start our journey in Ubud, the famous jungle town in Central Bali. A highly rated affordable place to stay is the Alam Shanti, surrounded by nature but walking distance from town (through a scenic path around the Monkey Forest), so very convenient!
- Day 2: Lots to explore in Ubud, but you may want to take it easy on your first day. Romantic tip: after walking the 30-minute Campuhan Ridge Walk, consider visiting the relaxing Tjampuhan Spa - super romantic to spend some time in this cave overlooking a jungle river, where you can enjoy sauna’s, cold baths, hot baths and more. Entrance is less than 20$.
- Day 3: Definitely check out the traditional Balinese Kecak Fire Dance in Ubud Palace. The Agung Rai Museum of Art is also a great spot for those interested in Balinese culture and art. For dining, we love the Indonesian “tapas-style” dishes at the very local Biah Biah restaurant.
- Day 4: It is time to head to our next destination, the island of Nusa Penida. We need to get to Sanur harbour first, but likely your hotel can book a ferry ticket including hotel pick-up. In Nusa Penida, we suggest staying at the Mahaloka Valley as its highly rated and right next to the beautiful Crystal Bay beach (best sunsets!), but there are many affordable options available all over the island.
- Day 5-6: Explore Nusa Penida. It is hard to get around without a driver, but some adventurous couples might consider renting a motorbike. Do note that roads around the island are in a bad condition, so we would not recommend that for unexperienced drivers. Highlights in Nusa Penida include Diamond Beach and Kelingking beach (don’t just take a picture from the top, if you are in good condition definitely consider hiking down to the beach). We love local grilled fish at the authentic Warung Jungle.
- Day 7: We’re taking a ferry back to Bali. From Sanur harbour, we suggest heading all the way up to the Kintamani region, to Mount Batur (2 hours - note you can book a driver in advance, read our tips at the bottom of this article). Mount Batur is a dormant volcano with scenic views over Bali - especially during sunrise. We are only staying here a single night, there are many affordable homestays in the area. We would suggest heading to bed early…
- Day 8: …your alarm will sound around 4AM to climb Mount Batur. While that sounds super early, we did this twice because its such an amazing experience. You’ll go up in the dark, with a guide that provides you with a flashlight. On top, you’ll be served a simple Indonesian breakfast while enjoying the sun rising over Bali, with Lake Batur, Mount Agung and Lombok Island in the distance. After walking back down and checking out from your room, we highly recommend rewarding yourselves with a visit to one of the hotsprings bordering Lake Batur before heading onwards to the peaceful beach town of Amed (we suggest staying at the beautiful beachfront Santai Hotel).
- Day 9-10: Amed is great for snorkeling. Borrow some goggles from your hotel. We love the simple beachfront Warung Ombak, which has a few beach beds and serves Indonesian food as well as refreshing drinks. Right in front there’s a lot to explore underwater. Those couples that are into diving, check out our Amed Honeymoon Guide for some good suggestions. You’ll experience the best sunsets at Jemeluk Bay: either from the more high end Blue Earth Village, or the simple Joli Café, a wooden shed that serves delicious cocktails. At night, Amed has only one place to be: the Sama Sama reggea bar is where the whole village heads at night, locals included.
- Day 11: Time to head to our last destination: the off-the-beaten-path destination of Sidemen. The Darmado Eco Resort is located on the bank of a beautiful jungle river and offers a natural pool. The Darmada is more friendly priced than some of the new 5-star hotels that recently were developed in Sidemen, and is very embedded in the local village.
- Day 12-13: Lot’s of things to do in Sidemen! Check out our Sidemen Honeymoon article for ideas, but definitely don’t miss the Gembleng Waterfall. A bunch of traditional crafts are still performed in the village, that is locally known for its silver crafts. For a last adventure, consider rafting on the Tegala Waja river. For a nice dinner before heading back home, check out the Asri Dining at the Samanvaya resort (you can eat here without staying).
- Day 14: The sad day has come that this adventure has come to an end. But you can be sure you got the most out of your honeymoon with this unforgettable adventurous itinerary! Note that Sidemen is roughly 3 hours from the airport, so make sure to leave the hotel in time for your flight (and if your flight is early, better head south the night before already).
The Relaxed: 7 Days from 1 Base
Staying in a single place would not be our first choice, but it definitely is the most convenient Bali Honeymoon option! No need to pack, unpack and haul your bags from hotel to hotel. You could stay in a central location in the south (we recommend Seminyak, Canggu or Nusa Dua for this). From here, you can do fantastic Bali Day Trips (either as private or group tours) to Ubud, Uluwatu, explore the waterfalls of north Bali or climb the Batur Volcano. But at the end of the day, you will always be returned to the convenience of your hotel.
Hiring a private car with driver for an entire day is surprisingly affordable, making day trips instead of moving from hotel to hotel a serious option. Expect to pay around 50 USD for a taxi for an entire day.
Here is a good example of such single-base itinerary:
- Day 1: Taxi from Airport to Nusa Dua (20 mins), check in to the St. Regis Bali, which is the best hotel in the area (5 stars, extremely good reviews and beachfront). For a luxury honeymoon, consider their private pool suites!
- Day 2: Recover from your flight in the hotel or on the beach. Enjoy a great dinner at the hotel’s Kayuputi restaurant overlooking the ocean.
- Day 3: Afternoon trip to the cliffs of Uluwatu. Enjoy the spectacular sunset at Uluwatu Temple while witnessing a traditional Balinese kecak fire dance performance and celebrate your honeymoon afterwards with a cocktail at the Single Fin club overlooking the Indian Ocean.
- Day 4: Day Trip to visit the highlights of Ubud. Visit the Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Monkey Forest and Campuhan Ridge Walk. Tip: Enjoy sunset and dinner at the Sayan House overlooking the jungle before returning to Nusa Dua.
- Day 5: Visit the spectacular one-eighty infinity pool at The Edge Dayclub Bali. Enjoy a fine dining in an actual cave nextdoor (“The Cave”) afterwards. Book both in advance.
- Day 6: Relaxing day at the St. Regis before your flight back home, or check our Nusa Dua Honeymoon Guide for more activity and dining ideas!
- Day 7: Taxi back from Nusa Dua to the Airport.
Itinerary Planning Tips
Bali is a diverse island, and the best way to see it, is by spending time in a few different regions. Your pace will determine the number of regions you can fit in your honeymoon. Fast travelers might want to spend only two nights in a single place. We would recommend a slightly slower pace where you spend 3 to 4 nights per region.
Some suggestions when deciding which regions to visit:
- Packing, checking out, moving, checking in and unpacking. It can get exhausting, maybe take it easy: Staying only seven days? Stick to two regions max. It makes sense to visit three regions if you are staying over ten days. We would only consider four regions if we would stay at least two weeks.
- A late night arrival into Bali Denpasar Airport, or an early departure on the way back? Spend some time in Seminyak. It is conveniently located less than 30 minutes from the airport, and a great place to relax before or after a long flight.
- There is more than beaches, explore the inner lands of Bali too! Ubud is an amazing jungle town that cannot be missed on any Bali honeymoon itinerary. Sidemen and Munduk are great regions to escape the crowds.
- Ideally do not plan your Nusa Penida or Gili Islands visit just before your flight back home. Sometimes the weather can result in ferry cancellations, meaning you might miss your flight.
- Day Trips are a great way to see remote parts of Bali without hauling your suitcases everywhere. We’ve collected a list of popular day trips that you can take from South Bali, however it is usually easy to find taxi drivers that are willing to take you anywhere on the island - just make sure to agree on a price in advance. Oh, did you know you can even take a day trip to the island of Nusa Penida, or an epic 24-hour organized journey to the Iljen Volcano on the island of Java?
Discover other Indonesian islands
As we lived in Bali for many years, we had the opportunity to explore many corners of Indonesia. Olivia is originally from North Sumatra, a region famous for orangutans and one the largest volcanic lake in the world. Unfortunately, this region is a bit far from Bali (it requires 2 flights to get there!). However, there are many great regions closer to Bali that we love to recommend.
Be aware that Bali is very luxurious and easy to travel compared to the rest of Indonesia. If you plan to enjoy fine dining and splurge on 5-star luxurious hotels, we would recommend staying in Bali.
But if you are an adventurous couple… Indonesia is a beautiful large and diverse archipelago with over 17.000 islands. Some great destinations can be reached by ferry from Bali, while other destinations will require a domestic flight or even multiple flights. Below we list our favorite regions adventurous couples should consider when visiting Indonesia.
- Visit the neighbouring island of Lombok for surf (Kuta), hiking (Rinjani) or party and diving (Gili Islands). Take the ferry from Padangbai or take a 30 minute flight from Bali to Praia.
- Climb the Iljen and Bromo volcanoes in East Java. Reachable by short ferry from Gilimanuk in west Bali, or by direct plane from Bali to Surabaya.
- Explore the cultural heart of Java and visit the world’s largest temple Borobodur in Yogjakarta. Direct flights from Bali to Yogyakarta are available.
- Say hi to komodo dragons and dive with manta rays around Flores and the Komodo Islands. Take a direct flight to Labuan Bajo on Flores Island. From there you can board a multi-day boat trip to the Komodo Islands, or stay overnight and join any of the day trips to Komodo.
- See orang-utans in Bukit Lawang and discover Lake Toba, the largest volcanic lake in the world, in North Sumatra. We love this region (Olivia grew up here!). Not many direct flights from Bali to Medan are available, most options will require a transit in Jakarta. Medan is easy to reach with direct flights from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur too.
- Explore the underwater world in the world-famous Raja Ampat in West Papua. This is said to be one of the world’s best dive sights - but it is really hard to get here! It will involve multiple flights and a ferry.
- Go off the beaten path and discover the beauty of Sumba Island - great for surf and pristine beaches. Direct flights to Tambolaka are available. Oddly, the world’s most luxurious resort, the Nihi Sumba, can be found on this island.
- Indonesia’s capital Jakarta is not known as a honeymoon destination. However, many people enter the country here, and there is a lot of history to see, food to enjoy and some luxury hotels to stay at. In addition, it could be a starting point for discovering Java island by train.
- Bandung is one of the nicer cities in Indonesia. It is very green, nestled against the West Java mountains. Worth visiting if you plan to travel overland from Java to Bali.
- The island of Wakatobi is a luxurious dive destination near Sulawesi. Guests who stay at the Wakatobi Resort can hop on the complimentary private jet(!) from Bali to fly to the island.
Our favorite Bali Regions
Keen to design your own Bali itinerary? Below is a list of all our favorite Bali regions, with handy filter options to find the regions that fit your desires!
Written by Olivia & Dirk
Hi! We have put together this guide with a lot of care, based on our own experiences. As a couple, we have lived in Bali for the past 5 years, and we fell in love with the island. We have visited every corner of Bali, especially the romantic places ;-). While our articles do contain affiliate links, you can trust us to recommend only the experiences that we love.