So you’re looking for the perfect itinerary for island hopping in Bali and Lombok, Indonesia? Look no further!
I’ve put together what I consider to be the best places to visit in Bali and Lombok, two islands you can very easily visit on any trip to Indonesia. They’re also great if you’re on a tight budget too.
For the full Bali tour itinerary you’ll need 11 days but you can easily stay in places for less time or jump a few steps if you have less time.
Day 1 Sanur Beach
Start your Bali and Lombok island hopping itinerary in the traditional beach town of Sanur. There are plenty of bars, restaurants and guesthouses ideal for backpackers to choose from.
Sanur beach is popular with tourists mainly due to its stretch of white sandy beach, a good base for water-sports and the coral reef on the east coast great for snorkelling.
Check out this view from the sky
Day 2-3 Ubud
Ubud is considered Bali’s cultural heart. It will take you a few days to explore the nearby Monkey Forest, ancient temples, rice paddies, and the famous markets in the centre of town. Ubud is also one of the best places to see traditional Balinese dance and drama.
Watch this video for the 10 best things to do in Ubud
Day 4-5 Lovina
Travel to Bali’s northern coast, stopping at the royal temple of Taman Ayun on the way to Lovina. In Lovina, look for dolphins in the clear blue water.
Make time to visit Menjangan Island which is well known for its underwater wildlife. As part of the Bali Barat National Park, Menjangan Island is perfect for some fantastic snorkelling or diving. This is a must on any Bali island hopping itinerary.
Watch this quick video for a taste of Lovina
Day 6 Kintamani
Leaving the Lovina coast behind you, travel in-land to the town of Kintamani. The picturesque slopes of the active volcano Gunung Batur and the panoramic views of Batur Lake are not to be missed.
Check out this awesome video by vlogger Bolin Chen for views from the top of Kintamani.
Day 7 Sanur
The cheapest way of getting from Bali to Lombok is by the 24-hour Public Ferry service. A ferry leaves Padang Bai in east Bali every 2 hours and arrives in Lembar in west Lombok. The ferry crossing will take between 4-5 hours.
This handy video by TheLifeOfJord will show exactly what the ferry journey is like.
Day 8 Sengiggi
Sengiggi is the main tourist hub on the island of Lombok, where you’ll find a plethora of bars and restaurants to let your hair down in. Take advantage of the blue-green waters of Lombok and get involved in activities ranging from sea kayaking and snorkelling.
Day 9-11 Gili Islands
Gili Islands are a cluster of three islands that are not as commercial as other Indonesian hotspots. The island’s main form of transport is horse drawn carts as no cars or motorbikes are allowed on the islands to protect the pristine sandy beaches and lush tropical vegetation.
This video is a great guide to the Gili Islands. Take a moment to watch.
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