How to Spend 24 Hours in Bali, Indonesia

Tanah Lot Sea Temple in Bali
Tanah Lot Sea Temple in Bali | © Megan Coughlin / Flickr
Edira Putri

Twenty-four hours is hardly enough to fully experience Bali’s riches. But with proper planning, there are so many things to do and enjoy in the islands of the Gods. Read our guide on how to spend 24 hours in Bali and see what a difference a day can make.

Morning

Good news. Tourists don’t have to wait long to hit the beaches after arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport. The world-famous Kuta Beach is just minutes of drive away from the airport, and it’s a great place to start your day. The area is much more lively at night, but there is no problem finding a decent breakfast at the nearby restaurants or warungs (small, modest, family-run restaurants).

From Kuta, take a relaxed stroll along the beach and arrive at nearby Legian and then Seminyak without even trying. No need to get too attached to these idyllic beaches, as there will be many more to encounter later.

Kuta Beach, Bali

Noon

Rent a motorcycle or car with a driver for the day and move a little further inland, to the vibrant artsy spot of Canggu. This neighborhood is a great place to grab lunch. Eat at a restaurant beside the rice fields, enjoying the green, relaxing panorama and fresh air while feasting on Balinese cuisine. Popular choices are Cloud 9 and Red Salt.

In Canggu, the rice fields share the neighborhood with gorgeous beaches. Chill with a drink or coconut shell, or head to the ocean to surf. Canggu has no shortage of spa and massage parlors with prices relatively cheaper than those in Kuta.

Cloud 9, Jalan Subak Canggu, Canggu, Kuta, Bali, +62 0812-3823-6185

Red Salt Cafe, Jalan Munduk Kedungu No.29, Pererenan, Mengwi, Bali, +62 0361 8482666

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Evening

Stop at Seminyak again for dinner. The place puts on a different face in the evening, with bustling bars, restaurants, and clubs. Most of them stay open until very late. If you fancy shopping in Seminyak you can find everything from local handmade souvenirs to high-end designer products.

Many tourists fancy La Plancha, a bar just by the beach, with beanbag chairs on the sand. The bar gets livelier as the night gets darker, with live music, a DJ, and dancing. For tourists who prefer to drink and chill indoors, Motel Mexicola has been attracting the best crowd with its vibrant interior and finger-licking good Mexican food.

Seminyak is also an ideal place to stay the night, with many luxury resorts and hotels to choose from. It takes less than 30 minutes to reach the airport from there, so is an ideal base for an early-morning departure. If you’re on a budget or prefer a more humble place, head to neighboring Kuta for motels and budget hotels.

La Plancha Beach Bar & Restaurant, Seminyak, Badung Regency, Bali, +62 0878-6141-6310

Motel Mexicola, Kerobokan Kelod, Badung Regency, Bali, +62 (0361) 736688

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