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Walking hand in hand along sandy beaches while the sun sets over the water. Waking up to a sunrise worthy of a postcard. Soaking up the local culture. Frolicking through emerald green rice paddies. Enjoying a relaxing couples massage side by side. Lapping up 4-star and 5-star luxury (even on a budget).

These are just some of the incredible things you can expect from a romantic 10 day Bali itinerary. 

Read our tips, advice and suggestions below to really make the most of your 10 day Bali honeymoon and you’ll be falling head over heels with the island and each other all over again.

Making hearts at sunrise

Is 10 Days In Bali Enough For Your Honeymoon?

If you want to get a flavour for Bali and visit some of the island’s most famous attractions then 10 days is enough time in Bali for your honeymoon. 

However, you may need to sacrifice some beach days in order to see what makes Bali such a popular honeymoon destination. 

If you can afford it though, we’d recommend making your honeymoon longer to add other destinations on top of your 10 days in Bali such as a few days in nearby Singapore or the honeymoon island of Gili Meno.

Gili Meno Sunrise

10 Day Bali Itinerary For Honeymooners At-A-Glance

Follow our 10 day Bali itinerary to really make the most of your honeymoon. Here’s how this itinerary looks at-a-glance:

Day 1: Travel to Jimbaran and spend the rest of the day at the beach and having a romantic candlelit dinner together
Day 2: Visit GWK Cultural Park, Uluwatu Temple and watch a Kecak Fire Dance Show
Day 3: Benoa Bay watersports adventure day
Day 4: Jimbaran beach day and yet another candlelit dinner
Day 5: Travel to Ubud and relax at your hotel
Day 6: Have a traditional Balinese massage together
Day 7: Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and Balinese temples
Day 8: Wander around the Campuhan Ridge Walk and Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
Day 9: Visit the Bali Swing and have more romantic hotel escapades afterwards
Day 10: Travel home

Jatiluwah Rice Terrace in Bali

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Bali Honeymoon Days 1 – 4 in Jimbaran, Bali

Most honeymooners and first time visitors head to Kuta or Seminyak. This is great if you’re interested in late nights, partying and crowded beaches. 

But if you’d rather have a more relaxing and slow-paced start to your Bali honeymoon, while still not being too far from excellent bars and restaurants, then we’d recommend staying near Jimbaran Beach. 

During our own Bali honeymoon, we stayed at the 5-star InterContinental Bali Resort, which overlooked the beach, had ample swimming and restaurant facilities and beautiful suites with balconies and patios. 

The hotel also really knows how to look after honeymooners as they gave us a room upgrade for free, as well as complimentary Champagne cocktails in the room, a flower bath and even an extra special breakfast package. We’d definitely recommend it!

Complimentary Champagne cocktails at Intercontinental Bali Resort

Your time in Jimbaran should be all about relaxation and beach days. However, there are also a few famous attractions and fun things to do nearby that you simply must include in your Bali honeymoon itinerary. 

Here’s what we recommend you see and do in and around Jimbaran:

Day 1: Jimbaran beach day and romantic candlelit dinner
Day 2: GWK Cultural Park, Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Show
Day 3: Benoa Bay watersports adventure day
Day 4: Jimbaran beach day and yet another candlelit dinner

And here’s how this part of this Bali honeymoon itinerary looks in detail…

Jimbaran Beach and Candlelit Dinner

Jimbaran Beach has some of the best sunsets in Bali and many bars and restaurants have capitalised on that by laying out tables and chairs on the beach, so you can enjoy a romantic candlelit dinner at sunset together.

Just watch out for which restaurant you choose as some kitchens are not hygienic. ‘Bali Belly’ is a real thing and definitely not what you want on your honeymoon.

Read TripAdvisor reviews here so you know your restaurant choice is a safe one.

GWK Cultural Park

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The GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) Cultural Park is named after the famous 120 metre high statue that depicts the Hindu God Wisnu on top of his mythical eagle mount: Garuda. 

When driving around southern Bali, you’ll often be able to see the GWK statue in the distance. It’s so tall in fact that it eclipses even that of Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer and New York’s Statue of Liberty.

The park grounds cover some 148 acres and are home to other statues of Wisnu and Garuda, as well as sacred temples and pretty little garden areas.

It’s unlikely that you’ll be able to see all of the park in just one day but you can definitely head straight for all the best bits and most famous statues. 

Plus the park is only about twenty minutes from Jimbaran so is a really easy day trip via taxi or as a private tour. Check out Get Your Guide for prices >>

Top Tip: There are various sacred temple areas within the park. You’ll know you’ve arrived at those as you’ll be asked to cover your knees with a sarong unless you’re already wearing a long skirt, dress or trousers. Read more temple etiquette tips here.

Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Show

Uluwatu Temple gate

Uluwatu Temple is one of the most famous temples in Bali and it’s only around 45 minutes from Jimbaran.

The temple itself is perched on a cliff some 70 metres above sea level and the sunsets you can glimpse here are simply stunning. You can also find Balinese long-tailed monkeys here who are believed to be loyal guardians of the temple.

Aside from its scenic location, sunsets and monkeys, Uluwatu Temple is famous for something else: its incredible Kecak Fire Dance performances.

Blessing, Kecak Fire Dance, Uluwatu Temple, Bali

They happen every evening at sunset and are a popular part of the Balinese culture. During a Kecak show, you’ll see a large group of men sitting around a fire, chanting and singing, while the show’s main performers tell the story of Sri Rama and Sita.

It’s said that Sri Rama, Prince of the Ayodhya Kingdom was cast into exile by his father after his stepmother played an evil trick on him.

Rama’s wife, Sita and Rama’s brother, Laksamana follow him into exile. However, the evil King of Lanka, Rahwana kidnaps Rama’s wife.

The two brothers, along with the Monkey King, Hanuman and his monkey troops, seek to rescue the Princess and reunite the young lovers.

Kecak Fire Dance, Uluwatu Temple, Bali

During the show, you’ll probably find that there are moments when you’re not too sure what’s happening, but the rhythmic chants, roaring fire and spectacular costumes will keep you captivated throughout.

As Jimbaran is a popular pick up point for tours to Uluwatu, there are various tour options you can choose from. Check out Get Your Guide for various tours and prices >>

Top Tip: You’ll be asked to cover your knees with a sarong when visiting Uluwatu (unless you’re already wearing a long skirt, dress or trousers). Discover more temple etiquette tips here.

Watersports Adventure Day at Benoa Bay

No trip to Jimbaran would be complete without a few beach days. 

And if you want to add a bit of thrill and excitement into your time at the beach then we’d definitely recommend an afternoon of watersports at Benoa Bay, which is roughly 30 minutes away from Jimbaran.

From sea walking and parasailing to banana boat rides and tubing, you’ll have great fun whiling away a few hours together here.

Check out these tours from Get Your Guide, which include watersports adventures.

Bali Honeymoon Days 5 – 10 in Ubud, Bali

A Bali honeymoon itinerary couldn’t possibly miss out on some time spent in Ubud, Bali’s cultural capital. 

Famed the world over for its picturesque temples, lush green rice paddies and Balinese long-tailed monkeys, Ubud is understandably a popular place to visit in Bali.

Bali Monkey at Ubud Monkey Forest.jpg

Although Google Maps will often tell you that Ubud is about an hour away from Jimbaran, this is rarely the case. 

Traffic is crazy in Bali – and especially in and around Ubud – so you’ll want to budget for at least two or three hours to get to Ubud.

But once you’re there, there is so much for you to see and do in and around Ubud. Here’s how we recommend this part of your 10 day Bali itinerary looks:

Day 5: Travel to Ubud and relax at your hotel
Day 6: Have a traditional Balinese massage together
Day 7: Visit Jatiluwih Rice Terrace and Balinese temples
Day 8: Wander around the Campuhan Ridge Walk and Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
Day 9: Go on the Bali Swing and have more romantic hotel escapades together afterwards
Day 10: Travel home

And here’s how this part of the itinerary looks in detail…

Traditional Balinese Massage

Traditional Balinese Massage in Ubud, Bali

What would a Bali honeymoon be without a couples Balinese massage? Just walking through Ubud, you’ll see dozens of women selling massage time with them for ridiculously low prices.

But you may also find that your hotel has a spa offering them as well. They won’t be as cheap but the experience will be heavenly!

While we were in Ubud, we stayed at the luxurious 4.5-star Puri Sebali Resort, which had a beautiful spa overlooking a nearby rice paddy. This was easily the BEST massage we’ve ever had – and we’ve had our fair share of massages both at home and abroad including a traditional Hammam massage in Morocco.

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The traditional Balinese massage technique involves a blissful mix of soft and firm strokes, but it’s likely to be much firmer than what you’re used to. I definitely heard a few of my bones click and crack under the pressure – including my fingers!

This suited me just fine but Scott had issues with the pressure being put on his Adam’s apple, so do bear that in mind if you’re having a couple’s massage session together.

At the time (in September 2019), it cost us 850,000 Indonesian Rupiah (around £48) for us both to have a 60 minute massage, which is great value compared to the UK. 

But you’ll also be able to get it cheaper from a street vendor. Just expect that the spa and its surroundings are unlikely to be as luxurious as what we experienced in our hotel!

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

Jatiluwih Rice Terrace

If you think of Ubud or even Bali, it’s highly likely that an image of a large green rice terrace comes into view.

Although Tegalalang has become Insta-famous in recent years, we’d suggest visiting the slightly less busy Jatiluwih Rice Terrace. 

It’s actually the oldest and largest rice terrace in all of Bali, and with magnificent mountains as its backdrop, it’s as picturesque as it is old and grand.

There are several different paths you can follow depending on how long you have to explore. And there’s even a large statue of the Hindu Goddess of Rice and Fertility to see, which has been painstakingly crafted from a hessian-like material.

Goddess of Rice statue at Jatiluwah Rice Terrace in Bali

If you choose to stop in the restaurant overlooking part of the rice terraces, be sure to try the black rice dessert laced with coconut. It’s delicious and will allow you to try the hand-grown rice that this area is renowned for.

Balinese Temples

Monkey Temple, Ubud

Did you know that Bali has over 20,000 temples? As you only have 10 days in Bali, you’ll probably only be able to visit two or three of them, as the time to get from A to B around Ubud can be long due to having to navigate around huge rice paddies, winding roads and crazy traffic.

If we were to recommend two to visit in this part of Bali, they would be Ulun Danu Beratan and Pura Taman Ayun. They are both UNESCO World Heritage Sites and easily some of the most photographed Balinese temples.

Ulun Danu Beratan overlooks a vast lake and is surrounded by beautiful flowers and colourful paintings. You may even be lucky enough to see a ceremony in action like we did!

Ulun Danu Beratan Temple, Bali

Pura Taman Ayun is also surrounded by water and is a serpentine network of multi-tiered shrines and orange stonework.

Taman Ayun Temple, Bali

Sadly, these temples don’t allow tourists to enter the actual areas of worship but you can see inside and watch quietly if you want. 

The reason why tourists aren’t allowed in is because menstruating women are forbidden from entering the temples, and as this is something the Balinese people can’t police, they have simply closed off worship areas to tourists.

That said, smaller more local Balinese temples are often open to the public in case you stumble across some during your own visit. Just don’t be surprised if a local person questions whether you or your partner is menstruating or not!

If you’re hiring a scooter in Bali, then you can drive yourself to whichever temples you most want to see. Alternatively, you can arrange a private tour or group tour to see a small handful in just one day.

Check out Get Your Guide for some tour options and prices >>

Campuhan Ridge Walk

Campuhan Ridge Walk

As much as Bali is renowned for its incredible temples, it’s also an absolute haven for nature lovers – and not just because of its distinctive rice paddies.

There are various hikes and walking routes you can follow in Bali. While some allow you to conquer mountains at sunrise, a more low-key experience and easy walk is the Campuhan Ridge Walk near the centre of Ubud.

This interesting walk curves its way past hilltop views, thousands of trees and a river. You’ll even start the walk near a Hindu temple (Pura Gunung Lebah), so you can easily combine the two attractions within just one morning or late afternoon if you so choose.

Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest

Bali Monkey at Ubud Monkey Forest.jpg

The Sacred Monkey Forest is one of the most famous attractions in Ubud and is your chance to wander around a whopping 27 acres of woodlands with hundreds of Balinese long-tailed monkeys at every twist and turn.

They are a lot of fun to watch – and are very cheeky! You’ve probably heard all kinds of horror stories about monkeys stealing things from tourists… and it’s true. 

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We saw several people lose their bottles of water and one guy even had tobacco stolen from his backpack. 

We personally didn’t have any issues with the monkeys. But one of the key differences between us and other visitors was that we just quietly observed the monkeys from a distance rather than posing for selfies with them or trying to touch them. Hint, hint.

Although you can hop in a taxi to the forest, you can also walk to it from the centre of Ubud in around 25 minutes.

Bali Swing

Justine on the Bali swing

The Bali Swing might be an Instagrammer’s paradise and (in our opinion) not totally worth the hype. But the reason we’ve mentioned it in this 10 day Bali honeymoon itinerary is because you can get the chance to have some beautiful photos taken together.

There are various swings, beds and nests that you can sit on together for a mini photoshoot. Just ask the staff to take your photo for you and you should love the results!

Justine and Scott kissing on the Bali Swing beds

The only issue is that you should be prepared to queue for at least 30 minutes during peak times (between 11am and 3pm). Visit early or late to miss some of the crowds but please don’t spend all day here… just grab a few fun photos and move onto more exciting things to do in Ubud!

Average 10 Days in Bali Costs

Although the cost of your 10 day Bali honeymoon will differ greatly depending on what type of accommodation you choose to stay in, you should find that even a luxurious 4 or 5-star trip is considerably cheaper than what you might think. 

Read on for a few insights into average 10 days in Bali costs based on our experience of visiting Bali in September 2019.

Accommodation

Despite its popularity, Bali is easily one of the cheapest honeymoon destinations in the world. Even if you stay in a luxurious 4 or 5-star resort, you can expect to pay around £100-200 per night.

You can also easily find thousands of hostels and accommodation with low star ratings for as little as £5-10 per night.

Check out Booking.com and Hotels.com for the best accommodation deals.

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Luxury accommodation in Bali

Food and Drink

As a guide, a local Balinese beer (Bintang) will be around £2, a romantic dinner for two can be as little as £20-30 even in an upscale hotel restaurant and a bottle of water will be around 35p.

You should know that the tap water isn’t drinkable in Bali so you’ll need to rely on endless bottles of water. 

The hotels we stayed at often gave us several bottles of water each day for free and we also got given water on all the tours we joined, so we didn’t have to buy our own water even once.

Eating chocolate dessert in Bali

Activities and Excursions

Costs are generally very cheap in Bali, especially when compared to Western countries. 

If you d0 everything on this 10 day Bali itinerary, you’d pay the equivalent of around 2.8 million Rp (approx £160) in entry costs:

  • GWK Cultural Park: 110,000 Rp (approx £6.20)
  • Uluwatu Temple and Kecak Fire Dance Show: 620,000 Rp (approx £35) for a day tour including hotel pick up
  • Benoa Bay Watersports: Depends on the activities involved (and your negotiation skills!) but a full schedule of activities would be around 700,000 – 1 million Rp (roughly £40-55) shared between you
  • Balinese Massage: Depends on where you have your massage but even a hotel spa wouldn’t usually charge more than 425,000 Rp (around £25 per person)
  • Jatiluwih Rice Terrace: 40,000 Rp (approx £2.25)
  • Balinese Temples: These average at around 20,000 – 50,000 Rp (£1-3) for the larger temples; smaller temples are often free or based on honesty donation boxes
  • Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest: 80,000 Rp (approx £4.50)
  • Bali Swing: 500,000 Rp each (approx £28)

Scott on the Bali swing

Transport

To start with, public transport isn’t really a concept in Bali. Trains are non-existent while buses are infrequent and take far too long to get anywhere.

Instead, one of the most common ways to get around Bali is on a scooter. You’ll see hundreds even thousands of them throughout Bali, driven by both locals and tourists alike. 

Bali Scooter

Although it’s easy to rent a scooter in Bali, don’t do it unless you already know how to drive one. We’ve heard (and seen!) way too many horror stories of locals getting into scrapes in the middle of crazy Balinese traffic! 

But if you do decide to rent a scooter in Bali, you should expect to pay around 50,000 Rp (£28) per day.

Hopping in taxis is another common way to get around Bali. Providing you don’t go for the first one you see, you should be able to get a fair deal. Although you should expect to pay inflated tourist prices of around 7000 Rp (40p) per km plus any time spent waiting in traffic.

In our opinion though, a much better, cheaper and safer way to get around Bali is to arrange private and group tours through sites like Get Your Guide and TripAdvisor. You can get some great deals on those websites, read reviews from other travellers before booking and sort your travel around the days that suit you and your itinerary. 

Through this option, you could easily spend all day with a private driver for around 500,000 – 600,000 Rp (£28-30).


We hope you love this 10 day Bali itinerary just as much as us and have an incredible Bali honeymoon! What are you most excited to see and do first? Or do you have questions about Bali that are not already covered in this post? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll get back to you asap!

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