Indonesia is one of those countries you don’t want to leave! This place just has so much to offer. From rice fields and jungle, to surf spots, to paradise beaches (and yes even PINK beaches), … the diversity of this country is immense! We wanted to cover as much as possible in a short period of time, so this itinerary is a guide for 3 relatively active weeks. But at every place there was so much more to discover, so if you have more time, you should definitely stay longer on these stunning group of islands! We can’t recommend it enough!
HOW TO GET AROUND IN INDONESIA?
If you plan on going to different parts of Indonesia and you don’t want to spend too long traveling, then taking domestic flights is the best option. For example, we flew from Bali to Flores to visit Komodo. If you have some extra time and you want a cheaper option, then traveling by boat is a good alternative. To go from the Gili islands and The Nusa Islands to Bali, we travelled by boat.
In most places in Indonesia, getting around by scooter is the easiest and cheapest way! For about 3-5 USD you can rent a scooter for the day. Needless to say that was our main mode of transport. For longer trips or trips where we travelled with our large backpacks we took a car with driver, mainly for going from and to the airport or for full daytrips.
READY FOR OUR 3-WEEK GUIDE?
Here we go!
DAY 1 – DAY 4: CANGGU
Just an hour away from Bali’s main airport Denpasar, this place immediately felt like home! We can’t really describe why but just promise us you’ll spend at least one day in Canggu!
Food, food, food. Actually that’s what Canggu is all about! You go somewhere for breakfast, hang out at some shops, find a good spot for lunch, chill at the beach, have dinner and after that maybe some drinks. That’s what most of our days in Canggu looked like!
Oh and of course, the place to be for surfing…
Click HERE for our full guide on Canggu.
DAY 5 – DAY 8: UBUD
If your goal is to relax and do some yoga, or if it’s to visit beautiful rice terraces and temples, … Ubud is the right place to enjoy some time in the jungle.
For a full guide on what to do in Ubud, click HERE.
From Ubud we did a day trip to Munduk, where you can visit some amazing waterfalls, temples on water and the Instagram famous golf gate.
DAY 9: MOUNT AGUNG, PURA LEMPUYANG AND AMED
Rise and shine very early! With early we mean like 3.30 AM! This is the perfect day to skip the scooter and get a driver! You can book our lovely driver ‘Yoga’ via whatsapp +62 877 615 54443. He will pick you up at your hotel in Ubud and drive you all the way to Bukit Cinta to see the sunrise at Mount Agung. After witnessing one of the most stunning sunrises you’ll ever see, you’ll visit the Instagram famous gates of Pura Lempuyang, where you’ll soon find out that not everything is what it seems. Want to know what you should visit after that?
Our blogpost ‘Discover the north’ will be online soon, but here’s a little preview already:
DAY 10 – 12: GILI ISLANDS
The 3 famous Gili Islands are Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Which one you have to go to, really depends on what you like. Gili T is known as the busiest island and also the party island. Personally we prefer a more quiet area. Gili Meno is literally the opposite from Gili T. It’s really quiet, not a lot to do, except for snorkeling and chilling on the beach. It is often referred to as the honeymooners island. Gili Air is a bit in between. It’s not a party island, but it has some really nice beach bars and restaurants. But you can still find a lot of peaceful beaches where you’re completely alone.
We can only give you a guide on Gili Air and Gili Meno, since we didn’t go to Gili T.
Discover our full blogpost HERE.
DAY 13 – 18: NUSA ISLANDS
The Nusa Islands are one of our absolute favourites! We recommend to do all 3 islands:
- Nusa Ceningan (the smallest and cosiest of the 3, with the best bars and restaurants and some great sunset spots)
- Nusa Lembongan (the most touristic of the 3, but with lots of beautiful places and hotels to visit and a great hub for daily snorkeling trips)
- Nusa Penida (our favourite island of the 3 with the most beautiful nature)
Click HERE to read – Your guide to Nusa Penida.
Click HERE to read our blogpost about Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan.
DAY 19 – 20: ULUWATU
Uluwatu is a known surf town. The vibe is a bit similar to Canggu, but everything is more spread out and Uluwatu has a rocky coast. We preferred Canggu over Uluwatu because of the cosy vibe. But definitely a must-visit if you’re in the neighbourhood!
DAY 21 – DAY 24: KOMODO NATIONAL PARK
If you want to see one of the most beautiful places in Indonesia (and a pink beach!!!), you should not miss Komodo. Take a short flight to Labuan Bajo, Flores, after you finished your Bali adventure and discover some of the most stunning islands of Indonesia by boat.
Click HERE to read our blogpost about our sailing trip to Komodo with Travass Life.