With so much to do and so little time, first comers to Bali can feel overwhelmed by the excitement of it all.

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I understand, I to have been there surrounded by guide books and forums and blogs trying to figure out what I wanted to see, where I wanted to go and I threw my hands in the air. At the end of the day I just threw caution to the wind and went exploring. I’ve spent so much time in Bali now that I know what is worth a look and what could be skipped, but then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder after all.

So, to help guide you in the right direction, I’ve compiled a 10 day Bali itinerary of action, culture, art and relaxation to give you some great ideas of what Bali really has to offer you. Pick and choose what tickles your fancy and tailor the itinerary to your holiday time limit and your every desire.

Day One:

Take it easy, you’re on holiday! The first day of any holiday is about settling in and letting all the worries of the real world disappear. What better way to do this than to spend some time at the beach?

After a relaxing morning reading, sleeping or wandering the streets near you rented private Bali villa get ready for an afternoon in the sun. Take a car down to Balangan Beach, a beautiful and relatively quiet beach on Bali’s south coast.

Relax on the sand, have a surf or a swim and when your feeling refreshed head down to Pura Luhur Uluwatu, a spectacular temple standing grandly on a black rock cliff, watch the sunset here and catch one of the amazing kecak, monkey dance performances, before you leave. Go and have a seafood dinner at Jimbaran Bay to really top off the perfect day!

Day Two:

Take a trip out of the hustle and bustle of touristy Bali and immerse yourself in culture, art and all that is Ubud.

Learn the art to shopping in the enchanting Ubud market, taste the local food whilst overlooking a rice field terrace and after lunch visit one of the areas amazing spas you can really get into the holiday spirit with a full body Bali massage and herbal flower bath.

In the afternoon delight in the cheeky monkeys and the spectacular forest surrounding the Monkey Temple (hold on tight to your belongings)!

Day Three:

Take the whole day to get a bit of adventure running through your blood.

White water rafting in the morning through the beautiful jungles and then in the afternoon head to the Elephant Safari Park in Desa Taro where you can get up close and personal with these amazing gentle giants.

Take a sightseeing tour from the back of one of the world’s most impressive animals.

Day Four:

You have had a big three days, so now a day just for you to unwind.

Start off slowly and then wander around the streets of Seminyak and find some amazing bargains, Jalan Raya is the perfect place to shop for souvenirs, clothing and handicrafts stopping to sip coffee and sample some of the local delicacies along the way.

Make sure you take your swimming gear and a good book and when tired of all the shopping pleasures retire quietly to the beach and swim, tan and get some real R and R.

In the evening head to Ku De Ta to watch the sunset and enjoy an amazing cocktail in one of the world’s most beautiful beach bars.

Ku De Ta Seminyak Beach Club Top

Day Five:

Head to Geger Beach in Nusa Dua where you can watch the farmers collecting seaweed early in the morning.

Find a little romance in your life and take a hot air balloon ride in the Bali Eye where you can see the beautiful Bali coastline from the sky.

Head the the beautiful Desa Seni Village in Canggu, an incredible property where you can have lunch, wander the beautiful gardens and find your inner strength in an amazing yoga class.

Day Six:

Take a sunrise tour to Mount Batur where you can trek up the mountain to watch the sunrise over the amazing island of Bali.

This trek is spectacular and will really get your blood pumping, make sure you wear good strong shoes and take your camera with you. It’s an early start to get there for sunrise so in the afternoon when you arrive back at your villa you might want a nice cool shower and a lie down.

In the evening head down to Kuta in the evening to check out the exciting night life and pumping clubs fully refreshed.

Day Seven:

Fun for the whole family is a trip to the Bali Safari and Marine Park.

Popular with kids and parents alike this park is complete with sixty beautiful animal species all roaming free in their natural habitat.

Ride on the tram to visit the animals and watch amazing animal shows and get cuddly with the baby orang-utans.

It’s fun, family friendly and a wonderful up-close experience for kids big and small.

Day Eight:

For the last couple of days I would suggest heading to the north of Bali and see something truly different.

Drive up to the North coast via Tanah Lot, Temples of Tamaran Ayu and the Gigit Waterfalls to Lovina.

Lovina is a beautiful black sand beach and is famous for dolphins! Spend the afternoon on the beach relaxing and watching the fishing boats coming in and out of the local harbour.

Eat on the beach with your toes in the sand.

Tanah Lot Temple

Day Nine:

Early in the morning head out for a dolphin tour and check out some of the most impressive animals in the great ocean surrounding this beautiful island.

After an impressive morning head south stopping off in Ubud on the way back to take a class and learn the basics of Balinese dance with professional teachers and artists. Head to the night markets at night to do some final shopping and taste some more local street food.

Day Ten:

How can it be over already?

A trip to a spa, a swim and a day at the beach is the only way to finish off a perfect island holiday before heading to the airport.

If you have more time, add in some diving, a trip to Gili Islands or a Bali west coast tour… For more island fun!

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