Hi, I’m in the early stages of planning a solo first trip to Bali for February. I’ve been poring over this site, guidebooks, and blogs, and discovering that’s there’s a lot to do in Bali. I’m having a very difficult time coming up with an itinerary and I’m hoping to get some advice.
Before Bali, I will have a 2-day stopover in Singapore and after Bali, a one-day stopover in Tapei. The Bali part of my trip will include a week-long yoga retreat (7 nights) at the Hotel Komune in Keramas. I will have 3 days before the retreat and 6 days after the retreat to explore more of Bali and possibly Gili Air. The retreat will include a guided morning trek to Mt. Batur and a visit to the Tirta Empul Water Temple.
For my time in Bali, I would like to find a balance between sightseeing and relaxing. I’m interested in great scenery, culture, monuments, and some nice beaches. Based on my interests, I’ve narrowed potential places to Ubud, Munduk, Canggu, Gili Air, Sanur, and Uluwata. I can’t go to all of these places and am trying to pick 3 or maybe 4. I do plan to hire a driver for sightseeing. Here are the itineraries I’ve been playing with:
1. Munduk (3 nights) to Keramas (retreat -7 nights) to Gili Air (3 nights) to Ubud (3 nights)
2. Canggu or Sanur (3 nights) to Keramas (retreat – 7 nights) to Munduk (2 nights) to Ubud (4 nights)
3. Ubud (3 nights) to Keramas (retreat – 7 nights) to Gili Air (3 nights) to Sanur or Uluwata (3 nights) I will adjust some of the things from Munduk to day trips from Ubud.
4. Munduk (2 nights) to Ubud (1 night) to Keramas (retreat – 7 nights) to Ubud (3 nights) to Gili Air (2 nights) to Sanur (1 night)
I’m hoping you can help me come up with a better itinerary than those I’m coming up with.