Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime with this exciting Bali itinerary!

Woman walking on Kelingking Beach

First published: 13 Mar 2018

Relaxing on the beach and lounging in villas all day may be commonplace in a short Bali getaway itinerary, but the Island of the Gods has more to offer than that.

If you’re planning a repeat visit, chances are, you’re going to want to do more than go to typical hangouts like Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak and Kuta Beach. By adding a good mix of nature, adventure and culture, you’ll be getting an entirely different experience from this beautiful island.

Pre-trip Essentials

Pura Kehen 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Best time to visit: Like Singapore, Bali is only dry or wet. Visit in May, Jun and Sep when it’s dry, and not overly flooded with tourists. Average temperatures range from 29°C – 32°C during the day, and drop to a cooling 22°C – 23°C at night.

Packing essentials: Pack sunscreen and aloe vera gel to prevent sunburns, or purchase them at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport if you’re not checking in baggage. With an array of water sports and hikes almost everywhere, don’t forget your swimwear and sturdy shoes too.

Bali Airport Transfer - Bali Itinerary

Getting around: With key attractions scattered around, renting a Bali Private Car Charter is a comfortable, efficient and affordable way to explore the island. We had a cushy SUV and a friendly driver to boot! Services like Grab and Gojek are available too.

Travel insurance: Klook Protect Travel Insurance (covers adventurous activities and overseas medical expenses)

Connectivity: Pre-book your eSIM (18GB valid for 30 days) — QR delivered via email. Check if your device is compatible with an e-SIM beforehand! Alternatively, purchase this 4G SIM Card and collect it directly at Ngurah Rai International Airport upon arrival in Bali.

FYI, take note that starting 14 February 2024, all tourists (incl. Singaporeans) will have to pay Rp150,000 (~S$12.80) in tourism tax when visiting Bali 😱 More details at the end!

Day 1: Get to Know Ubud

Arrive in Bali

Klook Airport Transfer Meet up point at Ngurah Rai International Airport

Start your Bali itinerary with a fresh day by catching a morning flight. We flew in via the 7:05AM Jetstar flight and landed at 9:55AM.

Since accommodation check-ins are usually after 2PM, make use of the early head start and get exploring, pronto! Arrange for an airport transfer so you won’t have to worry about lugging everything with you.

Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang

Hidden Canyon Beji Guwang - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Before your first stop, you might want to change your attire as exploring the hidden Canyon Beji Guwang will definitely get you soaked!

Traverse across gargantuan rocks and uneven walls that literally leave you on the edge of this elusive canyon. For at least 2 hours, you’ll be climbing, jumping, and occasionally lunging across strong currents in waters that can go up your neck — with a guide to ensure your safety, of course!

*Pro-tip: Bring along booties or you’ll be asked to go barefoot (the guides will carry your footwear).

Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon Trekking Experience in Bali
Cost: From ~S$30.80/pax
Timings: 10AM, 1PM and 1:30PM
Meeting point: Hotel pickup

Read also: 11 Best Things To Do In Bali For Adventure Seekers

Tegenungan Waterfall

Tegenungan Waterfall - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

In the outskirts of Ubud in Sukawati lies one of the most famous waterfalls around Bali, and also one of the most beautiful — Tegenungan Waterfall. Although it’s a popular tourist spot, the vast area has ample vantage points to have a good look without being distracted by the crowd.

This waterfall is also known by another name — Blangsinga Waterfall. Its name depends on which side of the waterfall you end up at! We found that the view from Blangsinga’s side was better; get there by walking towards the right until you reach the waterfall.


*Pro-tip: Bring a drone if you have one to capture the majestic view in its entirety!

Entrance fee: Rp20,000/pax (~S$1.70)
Opening hours: 6:30AM – 6:30PM
How to get there: 15min drive from Hidden Canyon Beiji Guwang (Google Maps)

Ubud Market

Photo credit: Klook

Fun fact: This place is famous for its appearance in the 2010 film Eat Pray Love!

Shop for an array of handicrafts and souvenirs at the Ubud Market, and its sister Ubud Traditional Art Market. Purchase traditional sarongs, woven straw bags and exotic monk bags, or simply stroll through the open-air street to soak in the atmosphere.

*Pro-tip: Visit during opening hours or right before closing time to get the best bargains. Superstitious stallholders are more inclined to give discounts to first customers to “bless” the rest of the day with good business, and right before they close to simply clinch a quick deal.

Opening hours: 6AM – 6PM (individual stalls vary)
How to get there: 35min drive from Tegenungan Waterfall (Google Maps)

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

End your first day on a high note (literally) with a hike up the Campuhan Ridge Walk. With gentle slopes and sweeping views of Bali’s greenery, it’s the perfect locale to witness the sunset and makes for an Instagram-worthy photo-op that’ll leave your followers green with envy 😉

There’s no distinctly marked entrance to the Campuhan Ridge Walk, so we advise having your driver know where to drop you off (near a sign for “Warwick Ibah Hotel“). After which, you’ll see a small sign pointing you towards the direction of the walk.

Campuhan Ridge Walk Sign - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Further downslope, you’ll see another similar sign (image above), where you’ll have to head down an obscure staircase to the right. We made the mistake of heading straight as the arrow wasn’t very visible.

*Pro-tip: Carry a torchlight with you in case it gets too dark on the way down, as there are no street lamps lining the path. It starts getting dark after 6PM.

Entrance fee: Free
Opening hours: 24hrs
How to get there: Walk 10mins from Ubud Market (Google Maps)

Grilled Dinner at Kedai D’Sawah

Kedai D Sawah Food

For affordable local fare, dig into smokey Ayam Bakar, grilled chicken leg with rice (Rp17,000), or Iga Bakar, grilled pork ribs with rice (Rp25,000) alongside Bali’s local Bintang beer at Kedai D’Sawah.

As with many eateries, or warungs in Bali, this one sits right beside a paddy field, so it’d make a great lunch spot too. Do prepare some insect repellant though, the mosquitoes can be unforgiving.

Opening hours: 11AM – 10PM
How to get there: 20min drive from Campuhan Ridge Walk (Google Maps)

Day 2: White Water Rafting and North Ubud

White Water Rafting

White Water Rafting - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Now the Bali itinerary really begins! Dive deep into an adventure by rafting along the Ayung River. Be awed by the sights of magnificent waterfalls (the cheeky guides might even lead you right under them!), rock formations, and gorgeous gorges.

For an activity that lasts at least 3 hours long, we’d say this one is the most value for money!

Cost: From ~S$16.40/pax
Timings: Between 9AM – 1:30PM
How to get there: 13min drive from Campuhan Ridge Walk (Google Maps)

Tukad Cepung Waterfall

Tekud Cepong Waterfall - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Another sight to behold, the Tukad Cepung Waterfall draws less of a crowd than its mainstream counterpart (the Tegenungan Waterfall), but with the same charm. An hour away by car from Central Ubud in Bangli, the waterfall is nestled in a cave that’s a 5-minute walk from the entrance.

As a mark of respect, women who are menstruating are advised not to enter, and you should refrain from using foul language while you’re there. Otherwise, enjoy the steep hike down and prepare to get wet in the clear running waters!

*Pro-tip: Visit in the early morning or afternoon to get the best viewing experience, when the sun rays penetrate through the overhead canopies. Avoid visiting after 5PM as the area might become too dark for photos.

Entrance fee: Rp15,000/pax (~S$1.30)
Opening hours: 7AM – 6PM
How to get there: 1hr 10min drive from Ayung White Water Rafting meeting point (Google Maps)

Read also: 11 Lesser Known Scenic Places in Bali You Should Visit

Pura Kehen

Pura Kehen Front

Built in the 12th century, Pura Kehen is a Hindu temple that exhibits the elegance of traditional Balinese architecture! It also doesn’t draw a massive touristy crowd to ruin its enchantment 😉

Pura Kehen 2 - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary - Ubud, Seminyak, Uluwatu

Visitors are required to don a sarong as a form of respect, but don’t worry if you don’t have one as you can rent one for free over the counter. Similar to the Tukad Cepung Waterfall, menstruating women should avoid entering the premises.

Entrance fee: Rp50,000/pax (~S$4)
Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM
How to get there: 13min drive from Tukad Cepung Waterfall (Google Maps)

Read also: Ubud Travel Guide: Fun Things to Do in Ubud, Rain or Shine

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

Tegallalang Rice Terrace

They are ubiquitous across Bali, but don’t miss out on the mother of all rice terraces at the panoramic Tegallalang Rice Terraces. Although it’s a touristy spot, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is large enough for you to have ample personal space with undisturbed views.

Tegallalang Rice Terrace Swing - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

For an additional Rp100,000 – Rp200,000, get the chance to hop on one of the three swings for an unparalleled viewing experience of the fields from a different angle.

Entrance fee: Rp25,000/pax (~S$2.10)
Opening hours: 8AM – 6PM
How to get there: 40min drive from Pura Kehen (Google Maps)

Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary

Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

A nature reserve that’s also a Hindu temple complex housing over 700 playful monkeys, Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary is only a short drive away from Central Ubud. Get pally with the resident monkeys, and bring a few bananas to feed them if you’re feeling adventurous enough!

The Monkeys of the Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

*Pro-tip: Avoid carrying any food or beverages even if it’s in your bag, otherwise the monkeys will tail you and attempt to steal them!

Entrance fee: ~S$6.90/pax
Opening hours: 9AM – 6PM (last ticket redemption at 5PM)
How to get there: 28min drive from Tegallalang Rice Terrace (Google Maps)

Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill

Naughty Nuri's Ubud Entrance - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Your Bali itinerary will never be complete without eating at Naughty Nuri’s. There’s no excuse especially if you’re in Ubud, where its first branch opened.

Naughty Nuri's Spareribs - 5D Bali Itinerary

The iconic sight of their signature BBQ spareribs (Rp150,000) grilling right at their entrance never fails to get mouths watering, with lethal cocktails that keep you wanting more.

Spare the “order different dishes, so we can all share” mantra. The other dishes are not remotely half as good (we felt like we were chewing on a tyre with the pork chops).

Opening hours: 8AM – 10PM
How to get there: 19min drive from Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary (Google Maps)

Read also: 4D3N Bali Itinerary — The Ultimate Ubud Getaway Guide

Day 3: ATV and Seminyak

ATV Quad Bike Adventure

ATV Quad Bike Adventure - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Look ma (or maybe not), no driving licence needed! Get on the longest ATV Quad bike track at Pertiwi Adventure Bali to discover Bali’s rice fields, greenery and villages, riding across uneven terrains that will challenge your inner adventurer.

*Pro-tip: Bring a change of clothes. Your socks will get stained with mud, so we suggest wrapping plastic bags over your feet.

Cost: From ~S$28.40/pax
Opening hours: 9AM – 5PM (last time slot at 2PM)
How to get there:
5min drive from Bali Swing (Google Maps)

Lunch at Sisterfields

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After a fun-filled morning out in the sun, grab lunch at Sisterfields — an Australian cafe in Seminyak known for its all-day breakfast menu.

All-day breakfast here includes Bacon Benedict (Rp100,000) and Smashed Avocado (Rp85,000). But if you’d like something more filling, mains like the Original Dirty Burger (Rp115,000) and Short Ribs Rigatoni (Rp125,000) are also available.

The Acai Berry Bowl (Rp110,000) is a pretty sweet alternative — the generous portion and vibrant colours were a feast for both our stomachs and eyes.

Cost: From Rp85,000/main (~S$7.30)
Opening hours: 7AM – 9PM
How to get there: 1hr 15min drive from Pertiwi Adventure Bali (Google Maps)

Read also: The Ultimate Bali Food Guide: 21 Things To Eat in Seminyak, Ubud and Nusa Dua

Shopping Along Poppies Lane

Photo credit: @electerious via Instagram

Comprising two lanes, Poppies Lane in Kuta houses an assortment of restaurants, cafes, hostels, bars and shops, ideal for a leisurely afternoon stroll to hunt for souvenirs and chill out.

Opening hours: 8AM – 10PM (individual stalls vary)
How to get there: 36min drive from Sisterfields (Google Maps)

Party at Finns Beach Club

Finns Beach Club - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary - Ubud, Seminyak, Uluwatu

Photo credit: Finns Beach Club

Seminyak is known for its nightlife — but rather than squeezing with the crowd in the likes of Potato Head, we prefer chilling on a beach and swimming in a 30m infinity edge pool that also has a swim-up bar at Finns Beach Club!

Entrance fee: From ~S$20.90/pax
Opening hours: 7AM – 12AM
How to get there: 51min drive from Poppies Lane (Google Maps)

Day 4: Seminyak to Tanah Lot

Ubud Adventure Cycling

Bali Nature Biking Trail - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Ramp up your Bali itinerary by hopping on an Ubud Adventure Cycling by Bali Sobek — peek into the Balinese lifestyle and cycle past vast highlands, forests, temples and villages! We booked a cycling tour which included pick-up and drop-off from our accommodation, as well as a buffet lunch 😉

*Pro-tip: Carry some cash with you to purchase souvenirs if you’d like!

Cost: Contact the operator via Whatsapp
Meeting point: Hotel pickup

Tanah Lot Temple

Tanah Lot Temple - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

A hit with photographers, the immaculate view of Tanah Lot, an offshore temple, is about an hour’s ride out of Seminyak. It makes for the perfect sunset backdrop.

Entrance fee: Rp60,000/pax (~S$5)
Opening hours: 6AM – 7PM
How to get there: 33min drive from Plataran Canggu (Google Maps)

Dine and Drink at Ku De Ta

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Photo credit: Ku De Ta

End the day with a boujee drink or two at Ku De Ta, an iconic restaurant bar with panoramic views of the Indian Ocean.

While this is undoubtedly popular with tourists on any regular day, the bar also hosts various events like pottery and resin painting workshops, and live music performances to amp up the Bali nightlife experience. Check their website for upcoming events before your trip!

Cost: From Rp200,000/main (~S$17)
Opening hours: 8AM – 12AM (closes at 1AM on Fri – Sat)
How to get there: 1hr 5min drive from Tanah Lot Temple (Google Maps)

Day 5: Explore the Coasts of Uluwatu and Nusa Dua

Water Sports at Nusa Dua Beach

Water Sports at Nusa Dua - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

From the banana boat to parasailing, there’s a whole wave of water sports you can partake in over the clear waters of Nusa Dua Beach!

Don’t forget to pack a change of clothes and slather on some sunscreen. Depending on weather conditions, they might halt Parasailing activities, so keep an eye out on the weather forecast and be prepared for any change of events.

Regardless, when all else fails, you can always retreat to the vicinity where there’s a chock-full of restaurants to relax at.

Cost: From ~S$9/pax (Banana Boat), From ~S$42/pax (Parasailing)
Meeting point:
Hotel pickup

Read also: A Lesser-Known Bali: A 48-Hour Nusa Dua and Uluwatu Guide

Pig Out at Art Cafe Bumbu Bali

Bumbu Bali Nasi Atau

What’s a Bali itinerary without some indulgence? Swing by Bumbu Bali, located 5 minutes away from Nusa Dua Beach. Chow down on the Sate Campur — assorted skewers of chicken, pork, duck, seafood and prawn (Rp120,000).

Opening hours: 9AM – 10PM
How to get there: 8min drive from Nusa Dua Beach (Google Maps)

Suluban Beach

Suluban Beach - 5D Adventurous Bali Itinerary

Don’t bother with the crowd at the commercialised Jimbaran Beach, and get your tan on at Suluban Beach instead.

A fairly untouched beach littered with gigantic rocks, white sands and crystal clear waters, its relatively low accessibility contributes to its lack of human traffic — yay privacy!

Cost: Free
How to get there: 46min drive from Bumbu Bali (Google Maps)

Pura Luhur Uluwatu

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A short 5-minute drive from Suluban Beach, Pura Luhur Uluwatu is one of nine temples on the island that wards evil spirits off Bali, sitting majestically on the edge of a 70m-high cliff.

Inside, there are traditional Balinese Kecak dance (~S$12/pax) performances that occur daily at 6PM, so come down just in time to look around and watch the dancers.

Entrance fee: Rp50,000/pax (~S$4)
Opening hours: 7AM – 7PM
How to get there: 5min drive from Suluban Beach (Google Maps)

Seafood Dinner at New Moon Cafe by Jimbaran Beach

new moon cafe-must eat places in bali

End off your Bali itinerary with a bang! Dine with the sunset in full view at New Moon Cafe, Jimbaran Beach. While the fresh selection of fish, prawns and fruit juices could set you back upwards of Rp1,000,000, we think it’s a reasonable price for the experience.

Opening hours: 10AM – 11PM
How to get there: 37min drive from Pura Luhur Uluwatu (Google Maps)

Where to Stay in Bali

Plataran Canggu - Villa - Where to Stay in Bali

We wanted to make the most of our time and avoid the hassle of changing accommodations, so we set up camp at a central location — Canggu — and made day trips out to explore Ubud, Seminyak and Nusa Dua.

Plataran Canggu Drone Shot - Bali Accommodation

We stayed at Plataran Canggu, a tranquil resort surrounded by lush greenery. Its relaxing, chill vibes provided a nice respite at the end of each action-packed day.

The resort offers several experiences centred on wellness, including a private yoga class. But the highlight of our stay had to be the Padma Spa Treatment. The hour-long treatment left us floating on cloud nine and some of us even fell asleep 😅

For a more hands-on experience, go for the cooking class and learn how to whip out authentic Balinese cuisine from local chefs!

Cost: From ~S$162/night (up to 2 pax)
How to get there: 20min drive from Naughty Nuri’s Warung and Grill (Google Maps)

Bali Itinerary for the Adventurous

Campuhan Ridge Walk - TTI Ambassadors Programme in Bali

Every Singaporean visiting Bali doesn’t want to be reminded of the bustling crowds back home, so why stick to the obvious tourist picks that are bound to be teeming with people?

With Bali being eight times larger than Singapore, there are lots to do while avoiding the crowd, and getting the same experience. In this five-day Bali itinerary, you’re guaranteed the best, without the mental stress! 😉

Kelingking Beach Cliff at Nusa Penida - Things to Do in Bali

Reminder: If you’re travelling to Bali after 14 February 2024, you’ll need to pay a tourism tax of Rp150,000 (~s$12.80)! You can do this upon arrival at the airport counter or before arrival via the Love Bali website — download the voucher that’ll be emailed to you and show it for scanning after arrival.

Take note that the tax is chargeable per entry so if you’re returning from other nearby Indonesian islands like Lombok and Gili Islands, you’ll have to fork out another Rp150,000 😭 back to the mainland.

Have you visited any of these places listed in our Bali itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

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  1. Hi, for chartered car booked via Klook for your Bali trip, is it safe to leave our luggage in the car while we leave the car to explore at our attractions?

    • Hi Christina, based on personal experiences (incl. this trip) we’ve always done that without incident, but if you want to be extra safe you might wanna ensure everything is properly locked up and that you take your valuables along with you 🙂 Cheers!

  2. We love this part of the world! Very good article, thanks for posting it. We last visited Nusa Dua and it was one of the most peaceful holidays we’d ever been on. I took my eight year old son scuba diving for his first time and my daughter to visit the turtles. She dipped her feet in a tank full of fish…they nibble the dead skin from your feet!! Great fun and they really loved the whole experience.


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