What to Do in Bali in 2 Days

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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!

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DAY 1 – A DAY AROUND THE COAST

Daytime: 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.

Daytime: Enjoy the Sun, Sand and Surf

  • All About Kuta Beach

    Bali's most popular beach and number one party zone! The original surfers destination has expanded - absorbing Read More»

  • Odysseys Surf School Tours

    Odysseys Surf School Tours

    The story goes that Kuta's rolling waves were discovered by the first surfers in the 1930's. They've been drawing those Read More»

  • Echo Beach

    Echo Beach

    Echo Beach serves as one of the island’s best surf spots, and a great place to chill with a laid-back vibe, great sunset Read More»


Daytime: 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.

Bali’s Best Temples

  • Uluwatu Temple

    Uluwatu Temple

    Pura Uluwatu, one of six key temples believed to be Bali's spiritual pillars, is renowned for its magnificent location Read More»

  • Tanah Lot Temple

    Tanah Lot

    Famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops, Tanah Lot, an ancient Hindu sea temple and one of Bali’s Read More»

  • Garuda Wisnu Kencana

    Garuda Wisnu Kencana

    Garuda Wisnu Kencana, or GWK for short, is a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing Read More»


Evening: 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.

Bali Best Sunsets

  • Kecak Fire Dance at Uluwatu

    Enjoy a most dramatic sunset through a Kecak show, one of Bali’s iconic performances that combines dance, drama and a Read More»

  • Kedonganan Seafood Cafés and Restaurants in Bali

    Kedonganan Seafood

    Famous for its fishermen’s landing site and fish market, the strip of seafood cafes and restaurants in Kedonganan Read More»

  • Rock Bar

    Rock Bar

    The Rock Bar at the Ayana Resort and Spa Bali is a premier sunset venue that combines an unmatched rock and cliff base Read More»


Evening: 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.

Where to Party in Bali

  • Mirror Lounge and Club in Bali

    Spend your late evenings lounging or getting down on the expansive dancefloor of this exclusive church-like, Read More»

  • Bounty Discotheque

    Bounty Discotheque

    The Bounty Discotheque is Legian’s legendary and hottest nightlife spot that attracts a young crowd with its late night Read More»

  • Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge

    Sky Garden Rooftop Lounge is a Legian nightlife institution, with great skyline views, international DJs, drinks and Read More»


DAY 2 – TO THE HIGHLANDS!

Daytime: 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.

Adventure in Bali

  • Ayung River Rafting

    Ayung River Rafting

    As Bali’s longest and largest river, Ayung offers an exciting day out with class I and II rapids, where the island’s Read More»

  • Campuhan Ridge Walk in Bali

    Campuhan Ridge Walk

    Campuhan Ridge Walk is a free scenic nature trail in Ubud that lets you enjoy the cool fresh air among some of the most Read More»

  • Tegallalang Rice Terraces

    Tegallalang Rice Terraces

    Ubud is famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies involving subak (the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation Read More»


Daytime: 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.

Temples of Bali

  • Tirta Empul Temple

    Tirta Empul is an important temple complex and holy mountain spring, located in the village of Manukaya in central Bali. Read More»

  • Ubud Monkey Forest

    Ubud Monkey Forest

    Some refer to this site as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, and by its official designation, Mandala Wisata Read More»

  • Gunung Kawi Temple in Bali

    Gunung Kawi Temple

    Gunung Kawi Temple complex is one of Bali’s most unique archaeological sites, comprising a collection of ancient shrine Read More»


Daytime: 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.

Best Markets in Bali

  • Ubud Art Market

    Ubud Art Market

    Ubud Art Market, or 'Pasar Seni Ubud', is just opposite the Ubud Royal Palace. Open daily, here you can find beautiful Read More»

  • Sukawati Art Market

    Sukawati Art Market

    Sukawati Art Market, or 'Pasar Seni Sukawati', is Bali’s most distinguished and long-standing art market. Items here Read More»

  • Guwang Art Market

    Guwang Art Market

    The village of Guwang is home to an art market referred to locally as ‘Pasar Seni Guwang’. It shares much similarity and Read More»


Evening: 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 Some Great Restaurants in Bali

  • Mozaic Restaurant

    Mozaic Restaurant

    Enjoy eclectic French inspired cuisine incorporating local Balinese flavours at this award-winning garden restaurant and Read More»

  • The Sayan House in Ubud

    Enjoy Asian fusion delights masterfully crafted by a Japanese chef at this beautiful contemporary restaurant in Sayan, Read More»

  • Locavore Restaurant

    Locavore Restaurant

    Locavore in Ubud presents an ingredient-driven menu that features an exceptional interplay of flavours through creative Read More»


Evening: 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.

Arts and Culture of Bali

  • Bali Agung

    Bali Agung

    Lively choreography, vibrant costumes, dramatic music, and state-of-the-art lighting and sound come together in this Read More»

  • Agung Rai Museum of Art

    Agung Rai Museum of Art

    The Agung Rai Museum of Art (ARMA) is part of a gallery, cultural centre and accommodation venture in Pengosekan, Ubud, Read More»

  • Ubud Royal Palace

    Ubud Royal Palace

    The focal landmark of Ubud, the Ubud Royal Palace is one of the region’s most prominent highlights, located at the Read More»

Where to Stay?

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.

  • Best Hotels in Bali

    Top 10 Best Hotels in Bali

    With so many amazing hotels to choose from, the question is always the same: where should you stay to enjoy the best the Read More»

  • Top 10 Best Beach Resorts

    Top 10 Best Beach Resorts

    Strategic locations, being a mere steps away from the famous beaches of Bali, make for a convenient leisure stay while Read More»

  • Best Luxury Resorts in Bali

    Top 10 Best Luxury Resorts

    Bali is home to among the most luxurious resorts in the world. But where should you stay to enjoy the best services, Read More»

  • Top 10 Best Villas in Bali

    Top 10 Best Villas in Bali

    The best luxury villas in Bali are those that offer a sense of privacy and intimacy, as guests experience a more Read More»

  • 10 Best Family Resorts in Bali

    Top 10 Best Family Resorts

    Parents travelling with kids share the fun and peace of mind throughout their Bali holiday, as family resorts in Bali Read More»

  • Top 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Bali

    Top 10 Best Cheap Hotels in Bali

    The best cheap hotels in Bali come in a wide range of styles, choices of complementing facilities, and of course, room Read More»

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