Walking hand in hand through emerald green rice terraces. Soaking up the local culture. Waking up to a sunrise worthy of a postcard. Having a relaxing couples massage side by side. Lapping up 4* and 5* luxury (even on a budget).
These are all the things you can expect from a deliciously romantic 2 weeks in Bali.
Bali Honeymoon Itinerary: 2 Weeks in Bali
For now, let’s focus on the meat of the sandwich: your perfect Bali and Gili Islands 2 week itinerary.
Day 1: Travel to Denpasar
Bali’s one and only airport is Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport, which can be found in southern Bali, 8 miles south of Denpasar.
If you’ve travelled to Bali from afar then you’re bound to feel jetlagged, so you don’t want your first stop to be too far from the airport.
Most recommend heading to Kuta or Seminyak but these places can be loud, expensive and super touristy. Not always what you want for a romantic honeymoon.
Instead, we suggest heading south to Jimbaran, which will take roughly 30 minutes from the airport by taxi.
In Jimbaran, you will still have plenty of bars, restaurants and pretty beaches to choose from, but with far less hustle and bustle than its neighbouring districts.
Days 2-4: Jimbaran
Although your couple of days in Jimbaran will mostly be spent recovering from jetlag (likely on the beach or by the hotel pool), there are lots of other amazing things to do in and around Jimbaran. Here’s what we recommend you add to your Bali itinerary.
Jimbaran Beach Sunset & Candlelit Dinner
Jimbaran Beach has some of the best sunsets on the island and many restaurants have capitalised on that by laying out tables and chairs on the beach, so you can enjoy a romantic dinner at sunset and by candlelight once the sun goes down.
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.
Check TripAdvisor reviews so you know your restaurant choice is a safe one.
GWK Cultural Park
Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK) Cultural Park is home to one of Bali’s most iconic landmarks: a towering 120 metre statue of the Hindu God Wisnu atop his mythical eagle mount Garuda.
This is one of the tallest monumental statues in the world, higher than both the Statue of Liberty and Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer.
The park itself has over 60 hectares of grounds, which are home to various statues, temples and gardens. There are also various performances to watch throughout the day such as Kecak Dances.
Note: You’ll be asked to cover your knees with a sarong when visiting the temples (unless you’re already wearing a long skirt, dress or trousers). Discover more temple etiquette tips in this dedicated blog post.
Uluwatu is easily one of the most famous temples in Bali.
Perched on top of a steep cliff some 70 metres above the sea, its scenic location (and stunning sunsets) are two of its biggest draws. It’s even named after its location; ulu = top or tip, watu = stone or rock in Balinese.
It’s also a great place to spot Balinese long-tailed monkeys as the small forest surrounding the temple is home to hundreds of them. These monkeys are believed to be the loyal guardians of the temple.
Uluwatu also plays host to an incredible Kecak Fire Dance show every evening at sunset, which we’ll talk about in more detail below – yes, these shows are just that good!
Note: You’ll be asked to cover your knees with a sarong when visiting the temple (unless you’re already wearing a long skirt, dress or trousers). Discover more temple etiquette tips in this dedicated blog post.
There are a myriad of tours that you can join to take you from your hotel to Uluwatu. Here are some great options from Get Your Guide.
Kecak Fire Dance
The Kecak Fire Dance is one of Bali’s most iconic performances where chanting and singing are used in place of gamelan instruments.
And Uluwatu Temple is home to the most famous show as hundreds of people every day watch the dancers from the clifftop amphitheatre.
The dance tells the story of Sri Rama, Prince of Ayodhya Kingdom, who was cast into exile by his father following an evil trick from his stepmother.
Rama’s wife, Sita and brother, Laksamana accompany him but the evil King of Lanka, Rahwana sets out to kidnap 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.
Although there will be moments during the show where you have no idea what’s going on, the interesting chants, roaring fire and spectacular costumes will keep you captivated throughout.
You may even be lucky to see the Monkey King up close as he is known to randomly run into the audience – just like he did with us.
The only downside of the show is that you’ll be sitting on stone for over an hour, so expect your bum to be sore afterwards!
Watersports Adventure Day at Benoa Bay
Benoa Bay is just 30 minutes from Jimbaran and is a hub for thrilling watersports.
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.
Day 5: Travel to Gili Meno
If you’ve chosen to stay in Jimbaran or another area in Southern Bali then you’ll want to get the fast boat from Serangan, which is around 30-40 minutes from Jimbaran by car.
This will take you as far as Gili Trawangan. From there, your hotel may offer a boat transfer service; otherwise you’ll need to arrange your own private boat transfer.
All in all, the journey will take roughly 3 hours from Serangan (not including wait times).
Days 6-9: Gili Meno
Nicknamed ‘the honeymoon island’, Gili Meno is the perfect Gili Island if you’re looking to escape everyday life and do a lot of snorkelling or scuba diving.
But be prepared for it to be silent in the evenings. This is NOT the island to come to if you like to party.
In fact, you can see both Gili T and Gili Air from different points on Gili Meno, and if you’re walking around at night, you will quickly notice just how many bars and restaurants the other islands have compared to Gili Meno!
Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The Gili Islands are famous for turtle sightings, so you simply must get into the water at least once during your honeymoon.
There are several popular snorkel spots surrounding the island including Turtle Point in the north east and Coral Garden in the south west.
As the name suggests, Turtle Point often has turtle sightings. While snorkelling there ourselves, Scott saw two of them (and we had only been in the water for 20 minutes!)
Coral Garden is home to a wreck swarming with corals and fish, as well as the famous underwater statues, which lie opposite a giant sign for the new BASK hotel that’s being built.
But if you want to increase your chances of seeing turtles and vibrant corals even more, then you’ll have to go deeper and try scuba diving!
We personally went with Blue Marlin Dive and we simply cannot fault the entire experience!
As it was our first time diving, we had a pool session in the morning to get used to the equipment and breathing.
Once we felt ready and the instructor was happy, they took us out in a small group to the popular diving spot Turtle Heaven… which was just that!
We saw at least six turtles sleeping and swimming to the surface, which were a mixture of Green Sea Turtles and Hawksbill Turtles.
We also saw thousands of fish and other marine life including red tooth triggerfish, clown fish, striped remora, giant pufferfish, mantis shrimp, sergeant major fish, lionfish, scorpion fish and (my personal favourite) neon damselfish.
It cost us 950,000 Indonesian Rupiah each in total (around £55) and we were in the ocean for 42 minutes, so well worth every penny!
Perhaps surprisingly, the beaches on Gili Meno leave a little to be desired compared with other destinations around the world.
But there’s one beach in particular that you’ll definitely love!
The same beach that the Turtle Sanctuary can be found on has fine white sand, crystal clear water and a great view of incoming boats as the port is close by.
Just up from here, you’ll find the Karma Reef Resort, which has views of the most incredible sunrise. The sun glows from behind the mountains of Lombok, the ocean glistens in its wake and it looks like you’ve entered a perfect postcard.
For sunsets, you should head to the north of the island and chill out on the colourful bean bags of Slainte Irish Bar right there on the beach… maybe with a Bintang (local Balinese beer) in hand if you fancy it?
Day 10: Travel to Ubud
It’s now time to head back to the main island of Bali. This time, you’ll want to catch a fast boat service from Gili T to PadangBai, which takes around 90 minutes.
PadangBai is around 90 minutes from Ubud (depending on traffic), so the full trip from Gili Meno to Ubud should take around 3 hours in total (not including wait times).
Days 11-13: Ubud
Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali. Famed the world over for its serene temples, emerald rice paddies and monkey sightings, it’s an immensely popular place to visit in Bali. Here are our recommendations of what to do while you’re there.
Bali Temple Tour
There are over 20,000 temples in Bali, and although it’s a small island, we wouldn’t recommend visiting more than two or three as it takes a long time to get from A to B due to traffic and winding roads.
During our time in Ubud, we visited Tanah Lot, Ulun Danu Beratan and Taman Ayun. These are some of the most well-known temples in Bali and are all UNESCO World Heritage Sites. However, as you might expect, they are very touristy.
These temples also don’t allow the public to enter any worship areas so you’ll have to look in from the outside instead. This is because Balinese people don’t allow menstruating women to enter their temples (you’ll see large signs near the ticket office of each one saying so). As this is something they can’t police, they simply close off the areas of worship to tourists.
Jatiluwih Rice Terrace
Jatiluwih is Bali’s oldest and largest rice terrace and it truly is remarkable to see.
There are several different walking routes you can follow depending on how long you have to explore – grab a trail map on your way in.
There’s even a large statue of the Hindu goddess of rice and fertility to see, which has been lovingly crafted from a hessian material.
All the paths are concrete but some have slopes so wheelchair users may need help getting around.
There’s also a restaurant overlooking the terraces, which offers a buffet lunch. If you eat here, make sure you have the black rice dessert laced with coconut – it’s delicious.
Ubud Sacred Monkey Forest
Before heading to Ubud, we had heard all kinds of stories about tourists being attacked or mugged by monkeys. Would this really be the romantic adventure we had been planning?
Although we did see several people lose their bottles of water to the monkeys and another monkey stole tobacco from a bloke’s backpack, we found that if we didn’t sit, run, scream or get too close to the monkeys, then we could observe them peacefully.
And it was genuinely a lot of fun to watch the monkeys!
We saw a group playing in a pond, a three-way grooming session and even a monkey trying to plug up a mini water fountain with leaves! And just take a look at this guy… isn’t he all kinds of laid back cool?
It’s worth saying that there was an ominous five minutes when some of the monkeys decided to fight and screech at each other (much to the disconcert of everyone around us) but that was it.
The monkey forest is just a little way south of Ubud – we walked to it from the centre in about 25 minutes.
And as long as you do as we did and simply quietly observe the monkeys from a distance, then you should have a great time together!
Traditional Balinese Massage
Just walking through Ubud, you’ll pass dozens of women selling massage time with them.
As we weren’t sure what to expect, we chose to have a 60 minute traditional Balinese massage in the spa at our hotel instead.
We stayed at the Puri Sebali Resort, and honestly, this massage was one of the best 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.
Bali’s massage technique uses a combination of soft and firm strokes but, it’s likely to be much firmer compared to what you’re used to. I certainly heard a few of my own bones click and crack under the pressure.
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.
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. You should be able to get it cheaper from a street vendor – just read reviews before choosing one if you can!
You’ve likely seen the Bali Swing doing its rounds on Instagram; it really has turned into an Instagrammer’s paradise in recent years.
The swings themselves are enjoyable although nothing to write home about to be honest.
But you will be able to get some beautiful photos together as alongside the swings, there are various beds and nests to have a mini photoshoot in.
Just be prepared to wait if you’re visiting at peak times, which seems to be between 11am and 3pm.
Day 14: Travel Home
Alas, it’s time to end your 2 weeks in Bali honeymoon and go back home to reality. I guess those wedding thank yous have to get written some time! 😉
Everything you see here was part of our own incredible Bali honeymoon itinerary.
We have our friends and family to thank as, having lived together for over four years now, we weren’t interested in providing them with a generic wedding gift list full of homewares.
Instead, we asked for contributions to our honeymoon by writing a poem that was included in our invites. Here it is in case you want to nab it for your own invites!
We’ve lived together quite a while with all our pots and pans,
and as we don’t need homely gifts, we’ve got another plan!
We know it’s not traditional but an awful lot more fun,
to have some items on our wedding list to help us catch some sun!
So if you’d like to give a gift and send us on our way,
a donation to our honeymoon would really make our day!
Then while we’re relaxing on the beach, or by the pool so blue,
we’ll sit back and know that it’s truly thanks to you!
Source: You & Your Wedding
For our own trip, we partnered with Buy Our Honeymoon to try out their honeymoon gift list service.
It was a lot of fun to create our list and our guests loved that they could contribute to something specific from our itinerary.
Putting the list together was easy! We just had to pick a website theme, choose our gift categories, add our items and then send the link out to our family and friends.
Once they’d decided what to gift us, they either clicked ‘Buy this item’ or ‘Contribute to this’ depending on the settings we chose for each item and then paid for it using a secure card transaction or chose to pay later if they preferred to give cash or a cheque on the day. They also had the opportunity to leave a little message if they wanted to.
We got notified by email when someone bought something and we could always see a running total within our account alongside messages left for us.
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