Bali is a great island in Indonesia and is situated east of Java and west of Lombok. The island is super green and is also the Island of a Thousand Temples. Bali is a great location for a beach holiday but also great for people who love culture and nature. There is plenty to see and to do on Bali and you can easily take the boat to Lombok. I’ve put a fun two-week travel route together and this way, I discovered the islands of Bali and Lombok! What’s a great travel route for Bali and Lombok?
Travel route Bali and Lombok 2 weeks
Day 1 till 5: Ubud, Bali
A perfect starting point of your travel route through Bali and Lombok is the city of Ubud. Ubud is located inland and can be reached by a one hour drive from the international airport of Denpasar. On arrival at the airport of Bali, take a taxi to Ubud and stay for 5 nights. The village of Ubud is all about art, culture, nature and history and is an amazing place to recover from your jetlag and for you to get used to Indonesia! The surroundings of Ubud are green and full of really green rice fields and palm trees. Ubud is a tourist place, but has a very cosy kind of atmosphere.
Fun things to do in Ubud:
• Go swinging on the Bali Swing
• Cycle through the rice fields
• Visit the Tegenungan waterfalls
• Hike the Campuhan Ridge Walk
• See the Saraswati Temple
• Spot monkeys in the Monkey Forest
• Take a cooking course
• Climb the Mount Batur Vulcano
Day 6 till 8: Sidemen, Bali
On day 6 of your travel route through Bali and Lombok, take a taxi from Ubud to the village of Sidemen. This trip takes you to the east of Bali and will take about an hour. You leave the busy environment of Ubud in search of the tranquillity of Sidemen.Sidemen is situated in a picturesque setting with rice fields, valleys and green hills. So beautiful! The life of the Balinese here is still as it was in the past. Sidemen is all about tranquillity, calmness and serenity. Here, I found complete peace in the rice fields and I hope you will find it as well! On the way there, it is also fun to make a stopover at the Tukad Cepung Waterfall
Fun things to do in Sidemen:
• Go hiking with a guide through the rice fields
• Go for a silver workshop and make your own jewellery
• Visit the Tukad Cepung Waterfall
• Chill in an infinity pool with a great view on the rice fields
• Read a book in the sun
• Walk through the village and meet the locals
Day 9 till 12: Gili Air, Lombok
In Sidemen you will find a travel agency and here you can easily book your trip to Gili Air (Lombok). The next place you will visit with this travel route through Bali and Lombok. There, you take care of a taxi to the port and there you will take a boat to Gili Air. All of this, will take you about half a day from Sidemen to Gili Air, so it is recommended to start your trip early in the morning in Sidemen. Gili Air is a small paradise-like island situated in between Bali and Lombok. It is one of the three famous Gili Islands and it is by far my favourite island. The island is small and relaxed, but there is plenty to do for you so you can spend a couple of fun days.
Fun things to do at Gili Air:
• See the sunset
• Chill at the beach
• Swing on one of the many swings in the ocean
• Go snorkelling with the turtles
• Take a hike around the island
• Go for a massage
• Rent a bike and see the island
• Visit the other two Gili Islands
Day 13 till 16: Nusa Penida, Bali
At one of the many travel agencies on Gili Air, you can book a ticket for a boat to Nusa Penida. From Gili Air, you take a boat which will take you to Nusa Penida. A perfect stop in this travel route through Bali and Lombok! A cool boat trip, but not during heavy seas! At Nusa Penida, they will drop you off at the port of the island and from there you can travel to your hotel. Keep in mind that the island is very big and it might take you an hour to get to your hotel. Tourists these days rarely manage to find NusaPenida and this is one of the things which make this island so beautiful and authentic in my opinion. The island is pure and has about twenty hotels spread out all over the island. The island is green, rough and undiscovered. This island will always have a special place in my heart and spending a couple of days on this island is amazing!
Fun things to do at Nusa Penida:
• Diving and snorkelling
• Visit Broken Beach and Angels Billabong
• Check out KlingKing Beach
• Swim at Crystal Bay
• Chill at Atuh Beach
• Rent a scooter
• Admire the manta rays
Day 17: Uluwatu en Denpasar
In the early morning, take a boat from Nusa Penida to Sanur. The last place on this travel route through Bali and Lombok! It’s fun to visit the famous Uluwatu temple and you can do this by taking a taxi from the port of Sanur. This temple is located on a high cliff and looks very impressive (especially from a distance). Each night at 6 o’clock you can watch the Kecak dance. This is a traditional Balinese dance. You can extend your holiday by enjoying the beaches in Sanur for example, before you travel back to the Netherlands.
It is definitely recommended to find a hotel away from the busy main streets! During my latest travel to Ubud, I’ve spent a few nights in the Ubud Terrace hotel. In my opinion, this is a big recommendation! The bungalows are very spacious and clean! It’s very quiet and especially very green in the gardens surrounding the little houses. It’s so nice to just sit on the porch of your bungalow and to relax. This hotel is situated directly at the main road, so it’s very central, but there are no noise disturbances at all. You will also find a great pool at this hotel.
- Click here to book a room at Ubud Terrace.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more places in Ubud!
I stayed at the Vila Karma Loka hotel and I really enjoyed it. The infinity pool is amazing and provides you with a view on the endless rice fields belonging to the village! Location is perfect and the rooms are beautiful, clean and big. The hotel is situated on a great spot at the start of the village.
- Click here to book a room at Vila Karma Loka.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more places in Sidemen!
Gili Air Hotel
I’ve spend the nights in the Pandan Bungalows and the houses are located directly at the beach. I recommend finding a hotel at the west side of the island. This is the quietest side of the island where you can find some bustling bars and restaurants which are great for you to sit down and enjoy the sunset.
- Click here to book a room at Pandan Bungalow.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more places to stay at Gili Air!
Nusa Penida Hotel
I’ve spend 3 nights in the Bataran Garden Cottage Hotel and this hotel is highly recommended! Bungalows are very spacious and clean and it’s a small complex with 6 bungalows. The pool is amazing and the view is breath taking. The hotel opened in 2017 and is a half hour drive from the port and is located high on a mountain.
- Click here to book a room at Bataran Garden Cottage.
- Not what you are looking for? Find here more places to stay at Nusa Penida!
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