What to Do in Bali in 2 Days
Bali Short Stays Mini Guide
This guide to 48 hours in Bali serves as quick reference to help you plan out your very short trip to the island. Here we present you with a good mix on things you can do and places that you can visit over the course of only two days. From touching down at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, you can plan your first day out by the island’s southern coast where you’ll find most of Bali’s famous beaches. Naturally, you’ll also have most of the modern shopping, dining and nightlife here.
Then on day two, you can head up to the highlands to discover a different side of Bali. With its marvellous mix of nature scenes and cultural highlights, Ubud is the rich central hub. Here you can admire age-old temples and palaces set alongside profuse art galleries, as well as beautiful rice terraces and valleys. You can also score some great bargains at local markets or go beyond to see more of ‘real Bali’. Here’s all the options to start planning your short trip to Bali!Read More
- Quad or Buggy Driving Adventure & Tubing Excursion
- Royal Mengwi Temple, Monkey Forest & Tanah Lot Excursion
- Bali Hai Sunset Dinner Cruise
- Devdan Show: Treasure of the Archipelago at Bali Nusa Dua Theatre
- Lembongan Island Leisure Day Trip
- Elephant Safari Park & Elephant Ride with Spa
- Highlights Of Bali Full-Day Tour
- Sunset Kecak Dance at Uluwatu & Barbecue Seafood Dinner
- Seawalker, Fly Fish Adventure & Underwater Tandem Scooter Ride
- 2-Day Lombok Island Tour
Enjoy the Sun, Sand and Surf
Bali is famous for its beaches, so you’ll most likely already have one in your plans. Your ‘day one’ can be a full-on experience; in Kuta alone you can enjoy the popular beach as well as ride the waves. Those new to surfing can join a class right on the beach. Several minutes up from Kuta is Canggu with its Echo Beach, another scenic surfing haven.
See Bali’s Best Temples and Landmarks
Besides sand and surf, Bali is famous for its majestic temples. These include the scenic Uluwatu Temple, which flanks a forest inhabited by grey long tailed macaques. Another sea temple not to be missed is Tanah Lot Temple, girt by the waves of the Indian Ocean. You can also head up to Garuda Wisnu Kencana, a colossal landmark in the making.
Enjoy a Bali Sunset
After your first day out, cool off with a cold Bintang in hand and dig your feet into the sand, or end your day with a most memorable sunset dining experience at either Kedonganan or Jimbaran. Those visiting Uluwatu Temple can actually stay on for the sunset kecak dance. Others may opt for Rock Bar to enjoy libations and sea breezes under the stars.
Party the Night Away
Then, get loose and party away at Bali’s most thriving nightlife spots. Legian and Seminyak are the places to get back to after your day out, with popular hubs not to miss such as the Bounty, the Sky Garden rooftop with its all-you-can-eat-buffets and beers, and the new Mirror Lounge with its sick audio and laser systems with gothic interiors.
Enjoy the Scenic Mountains
Since Bali’s is not all about beaches, on your second day out on the island it’s worth travelling inward to discover the beautiful highland scenery. Most popular hub is Ubud, from where you can experience everything from white water rafting, trek scenic green mountain ridges and manmade wonders of terraced rice fields over mountain sides.
Discover Hidden Temples and Landmarks
If you were amazed at the majestic sea temples you saw on day one, the larger and more ornate landmarks inland get even better. Just minutes from Ubud central is Tirta Empul Temple with its purification pools and holy water sources fed by natural springs. Then there’s the Gunung Kawi Temple complex with towering stone shrines carved into a side of a valley. The monkey forest sanctuary of Padangtegal is not only home to hordes of macaques – there are also mysterious temples hidden within.
Hunt for Souvenirs and Great Bargains
You’ve enjoyed all the sightseeing, now it’s time for some retail therapy. The Ubud Art Market forms one of the town’s centrepiece landmarks, boasting numerous stalls selling everything from daily local necessities to knick-knacks and souvenirs. Nearby are the art markets of Sukawati and Guwang, where you can also hone your haggling skills.
Enjoy a Memorable Dinner
Before your day ends, allow yourself to wind down with some of the best dining experiences on the island, which just happen to be within the central Bali neighbourhood. You can either book for a table at the romantic garden dining setting of Mozaic, overlooking Sayan valley at the Sayan House, or sit-down for a multiple course of innovative dishes at Locavore.
Enjoy an Evening of Arts and Culture
Alternatively, you can head down to these cultural spots famous for their open stages that feature enjoyable spectacles such as traditional Balinese dances and gamelan orchestras. For a modern indoor option, there’s the Bali Agung Show at the high-tech theatre of the Bali Safari and Marine Park that tells a folk tale with impressive stage performances, visual effects and sound. Let them leave lasting impressions of your short visit to Bali.
Now that you’ve gone through the best options for what to do with your two days in Bali, next step in planning ahead is where to stay. Hotels in Bali cater to a wide spectrum of preferences, be it budget-wise, style or location.
Check out our best selections of Bali hotels in many different categories, from five-star luxury stays to simple, cheap accommodation, and hotels organised by areas so you can plan your sightseeing from day one through day two.