After arriving at the airport in Denpasar, you’ll head to Kuta, which is known as Bali’s party center.
In Kuta, you can join the party crowd and meet other backpackers quite easily. If you still have stamina after a night out, take a stroll through the small Poppies Lane I and Poppies Lane II, taste typical Balinese food in one of the countless warungs or take a trip to the Tanah Lot and Pura Uluwatu temples. Kuta Beach isn’t the most beautiful, but thanks to its long and gentle waves, it’s the perfect spot for surfing.
You can stay in one of the local hostels and get a bed in a 4-person dorm for €6.
You can head to Ubud by bus for about €3.
Bali’s cultural center lies in the middle of lush green rice terraces and waterfalls. The best way to explore central Bali’s picturesque landscape is on a guided day tour.
Hike through rice terraces, discover Mount Batur volcano, and learn about Balinese handicrafts. A visit to the Sacred Monkey Forest, the Holy Temple, and the Ubud Palace are also highlights. A tour includes transport, lunch, guide, and entrance fees, and only costs €36 per person.
Back in Ubud, you can explore many more temples or visit spiritual spas, vegan cafés, and yoga studios. You can stay at a local hostel and get a bed in an 8-person dorm for €12.
You can head to Ubud by bus for about €5.
This small town on Bali’s east coast is the gateway to the neighboring Lombok Island and the Gili Islands, which are both quite popular with backpackers.
Visit the Blue Lagoon, rent snorkeling equipment, and discover the colorful underwater world of the Indian Ocean. You can relax under palm trees and work on your tan on the beautiful White Sand Beach. Enjoy fresh fish and seafood in the coastal restaurants and live music at cocktail bars in the evenings.
You can stay the night in one of Padang Bai’s hostels for just about €8, where you’ll get a bed in a 4-person dorm.
You’ll reach Gili Trawangan by speedboat for €40.
There is no motorized traffic on the Gili Islands, so you’ll have to travel by foot, by bike, or by cidomo. Although Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands and has the most backpackers, you can still relax on dreamy snow-white beaches and enjoy panoramic views of neighboring Lombok. Take a diving lesson at one of the many diving schools, snorkel with giant turtles on Turtle Beach, or cycle around the island. Gili T. is also known for legendary party boats and beach parties at sunset.
You can stay the night in one of the hostels and get a bed in a 3-person dorm for €12.
You can get to the second-largest of the Gili Islands by ferry for €15.
Gili Air is a real paradise off the coast of Lombok with a more relaxed atmosphere than Gili Trawangan.
Relax on the beach, enjoy refreshing cocktails in beach bars, or try stand-up paddling. Try a Subwing tour and glide through the water or go snorkeling and dive like a dolphin through the warm water and watch turtles, colorful corals, and countless fish.
You can get a bed in a 6-person dorm in one of the local hostels for €6.
Take another ferry to Nusa Lembongan for about €40.
This small island southeast of Bali is still relatively unknown to tourists and is a hidden gem in the Indian Ocean.
Nusa Lembongan is the El Dorado for divers and snorkellers and is the best dive spot in Indonesia. If you’re lucky, you’ll see majestic manta rays and the rare moonfish. Relax on the appropriately named Dream Beach, watch surfers catch waves, or even try out surfing yourself. Hike over a small wooden suspension bridge to the neighboring island of Nusa Ceningan and swim in infinity pools or visit the Devil's Tears lookout, where waves powerfully crash against limestone cliffs.
From Nusa Lembongan, head back to Bali by ferry and grab a taxi to Denpasar airport for about €35.