My Yoga, Surf & Spirituality 2 Week Bali Itinerary
Bali, also known as ‘the island of the gods’ is one of the world’s greatest destinations. From epic surf and diving to beautiful beaches, mesmerising temples, some of best yoga retreats in the world and some of the nicest people I’ve ever meet – there’s so much to do and see in Bali! It’s a much larger island that most people realise and it can be difficult narrowing down where to go and what to do. I’ve spent over 6 months on the island and now I’m planning for my Mum and Sister to come so I thought I’d put together my ideal 2 week Bali itinerary.
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In my 3 visits to Bali I’ve been all over the island and tried so many activities but in my ideal 2 week Bali itinerary I’m skipping all the bits that weren’t my highlights (ie Kuta!) and just including my absolute favourite places in Bali.
As Bali is one of the best places in the world for surfing, diving and yoga my Bali itinerary focuses on combining these activities with sightseeing. So if you want a healthy, fun and active 2 week Bali itinerary with a focus on yoga, surfing and spirituality them I’ve been there and done the research for you – just follow my ideal 2 week Bali itinerary! 🙂
My Perfect Bali 2 Week Itinerary
Day 1 – 4: Surfing @ Canggu
Fly into Bali. Denpasar (DPS) is the only airport. I always check Skyscanner to find the cheapest flights.
Give the busy Kuta, Legian, Seminyak strip a miss and instead head straight to cool Canggu – Bali’s hippest beach side spot and latest hot spot which isn’t as busy as Kuta but still has loads of cool beaches, surf spots, cafes, bars, shops and yoga studios. Plus, it’s close to Tanah Lot temple and surrounded my green paddy fields instead of high rise hotels. Click here for more about the coolest things to do in Canggu.
Where to stay: I stayed at Stormrider Surf Camps. The wooden traditional style accommodation is in a great area of Canggu surrounded by rice paddies and overlooking the swimming pool. Each morning, after a sumptuous breakfast, we visited the most epic surf spots, chilled on the beach at lunch and in the evening cooled down with some great yoga sessions. Bliss! They even pick you up from the airport and its perfect for beginners.
Click here for my recommendations of the best places to stay in Canggu and check out more surf camps in Balihere.
Day 5 – 9: Yoga and Temples @ Ubud
After you’ve had a your fix of surf and beaches head inland up to Ubud – the cultural and spiritual heart of Bali. Visit the sacred monkey forest, Ubud palace, the stunning rice terraces and temples, stay in one of the world’s best yoga retreats and eat in the many almost unbelievably delicious raw vegan restaurants.
There’s too many things to do in Ubud to list here so read this post for more inspiration. Ubud also makes a great base to explore the rest of the island including some of the most magical temples – my favourites are Ulun Danu Beratan (the temples that looks like it’s floating on the lake), Besakih (the mother temple) and Tirta Empul (a water purification temple.)
You can rent a scooter to explore the temples and rice terraces or if you want to see the best of all Bali’s most beautiful and instagrammable spots in just one day you can take this popular Bali Instagram tour – the tour guide will even help you get the perfect insta worthy shot.
Where to Stay: I stayed at Om Ham Retreat just north of Ubud. I really enjoyed the unique style of Kundalini Tantra yoga taught there by an authentic Balinese guru. There was plenty of time for me to rent a scooter and explore as well as just chilling in the swimming pool overlooking the rice paddies, enjoying the massages in the spa, the yummy, healthy food and kundalini smoothies.
There are yoga retreats in Ubud to suit all styles and abilities though and there are also many amazing places to stay from family run homestays to luxury villas with infinity pools overlooking the jungle and rice terraces.
Day 10 – 13: Diving and Snorkeling @ Nusa Lembongan
This small tropical island is only 30 mins boat ride away from Sanur (get your boat ticket here) and just might be my new favourite place in Bali. You could also visit the smaller Gili Islands. but I prefer these islands as there’s more local Balinese life and culture here. It’s like Bali used to be before the crowds came.
The Nusa Islands have some of the best snorkeling and diving spots in the world where you can dive with giant manta rays and turtles on the surrounding reefs. There are so many options for snorkeling trips, discovery dives and padi diving courses on the island and you don’t need any experience to try a fun dive with Lembongan Dive Center.
It’s also really fun to explore the island by scooter or just laze on the blissfully uncrowded beaches and soak up the epic sunsets. There are 3 islands to explore here – Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are connected by a super cute yellow suspension bridge and Nusa Penida is largely unexplored and contains some of Bali’s most stunning natural beauty spots. See here for more things to do in Nusa Lembongan.
Where to Stay: I stayed at Nyoh Gading Homestay and Hostel which has dorms and private rooms, a lovely swimming pool and chilled café area and great staff and it’s less than 1 minute walk from Jungtu Batu Beach – the best area to stay on the island.
Also see my recommendations for more of the best places to stay in Nusa Lembongan here.
Day 14: Sanur
If you’ve got an early flight then it’s probably a good idea to spend your last night in Bali back on the mainland. Sanur is a good place between the islands and the airport.
If you have more time then I’d recommend hopping on a boat and visiting the paradisaical tiny Gili Islands and Lombok.
What do you think of my 2 week Bali itinerary? Anywhere I missed?