2 Weeks In Indonesia: Sample Itineraries

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One of the most common questions we are asked now is, “So I’ve got 2 weeks in “insert country here” what should I see and do?”

We’ve decided that it just makes sense based on how often we are asked to create this new ongoing series of posts where we’ll present sample itineraries based on what we believe are some of the best things to see and do during your upcoming travels.

In this, our second post of our itinerary series, we give you TWO separate sample itineraries for the diverse and fascinating island nation of Indonesia. Both of these itineraries begin in Bali as most travellers, whether seeking culture, parties, or relaxation will begin their Indonesian adventure on this tiny island.

The first itinerary is designed to help you explore the diverse and culturally rich island of Bali before then heading to the idyllic trio of islands known as the Gili’s for fun in the sun.

The second itinerary hits a few of the best spots in Bali before flying east to Flores, possibly the most beautiful island in the country (which is saying a lot) to come face-to-face with real life dragon’s before heading back west to the island of Java where you will scale volcanoes and visit the hardest working men in the world, the sulphur miners of Kawah Ijen.

Of course, these sample itineraries are just a guide and you depending on what type of traveller you are, you can modify these to suit your own style.

Indonesia

Looking back on our year in Asia, Indonesia stood out to us as perhaps our favourite country in all of Southeast Asia. Each island that we visited was like its own country which is strange considering how small and close together each of the islands are to each other. This of course has a lot to do with the fact that Java (Muslim), Bali (Hindu) and Flores (Catholic) follow separate religious beliefs. Mosques are widespread throughout Java and Lombok and the distinctive call to prayer throughout the day sets the tone.  While in Bali, processions of locals dressed in traditional Hindu attire on their way to and from temple and small temples in front of each home makes Bali truly unique.

Indonesia is composed of about 18,000 islands and so there are endless itineraries that I could provide to you but because most people who contact me are flying into Bali, my emphasis will be on Bali and the surrounding islands.

If you are lucky enough to have more than 2 weeks in Indonesia then you should definitely plan on spending some time on some the lesser travelled islands like Sumatra, Sulawesi, Papua and Kalimantan (Borneo).

Let’s begin!

2 Week Itineraries

Itinerary One: Bali and The Gili Islands

Days 1-2: Kuta, Seminyak, Legian

  • Ease into your trip by exploring Kuta, Seminyak and the Legian areas of Bali which all offer some fantastic shopping and electric restaurants and nightclubs.
  • We highly recommend going out for dinner at Potato Head in Seminyak which is located right on the beach, has a very funky interior, lounging pools and live music.
  • Make sure to also check out Sky Garden in Bali where it’s all you can eat AND drink before 9 pm for only 99,000 Rupiah ($7 USD)!
  • Take some time to relax on any one of the exciting beaches of southern Bali with a Bintang beer in your hand.
  • Check out our photo tour of Bali to charge up your wanderlust!

Where we stayed: We stayed in Tabanan with friends of ours but we did stay one night in Kuta at Bali Hawaii– $13 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Three Balinese women accept a new village to temple

Days 3-5: Ubud

  • Ubud is popular with expats and travellers looking for a Balinese cultural experience. The area is full of spas, yoga studios, mediation classes and other eastern style clinics.
  • Do your best to find out when a procession to temple will be taking place and make sure not to miss it. The costumes, the music and then dancing are simply incredible.
  • Rent a motorbike and head to some of the smaller villages in the area to see the beautiful temple clad homes of the Balinese people.
  • Head out one evening to see the traditional Balinese dancing.

Where we stayed: Amel Homestay – $12 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Male Balinese dancer in Ubud

Days 6-8: Lovina

  • Popular spot amongst locals as a romantic honeymoon spot, Lovina is a quiet town on the northern edge of Bali.
  • During the drive from Ubud to Lovina you will see monkeys in the mountains, thick jungles, waterfalls and small villages which give you a glimpse into the “real” Bali.
  • While in Lovina, negotiate a rate with one of the boat captains to take you out in the morning to go dolphin watching.

Where we stayed: Ray Beach Inn – $15 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

dolphins at lovina bali

Days 9-13: The Gili Islands

  • Head to Senggigi where you’ll want to buy your ferry tickets to one of the Gili Islands. Gili Trawangan (Gili T) is the most popular spot with travellers as there are both budget and high end accommodations, restaurants and bars. Gili Meno is a quieter island which is perfect for anyone envisioning just laying on the beach and relaxing. Gili Air has a few more high end resorts than the rest and is a popular spot with families.
  • While on the Gili’s go snorkelling and/or diving and try and spot a turtle or two.
  • Enjoy the nightlife on Gili T as there is always live music, fire dancing or something going on.
  • Eat at the local market on Gili T for some delicious cheap street food. This is your best bet if you are on a budget like us!
  • We also loved Scallywags restaurant on Gili T as they salad bar was outstanding and as was the BBQ seafood.
  • Head over to the West side of Gili T during the day if you are wanting some peace and quiet as there are still stretches of sand with no tourists. This area is also your best place for sunset as the volcanoes of Bali provide the perfect backdrop.
  • Read all about our wonderful two weeks on Gili T in our post here.

Where we stayed: Beach Winds Guesthouse – $15 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Bali at sunset

Day 14: To the Airport

  • Fly back home or onward to your next destination!

Itinerary Two: Bali, Komodo & Java

Days 1-5: Bali  

  • Ease into your trip by exploring Kuta, Seminyak and the Legian areas of Bali which all offer some fantastic shopping and electric restaurants and nightclubs.
  • We highly recommend going out for dinner at Potato Head in Seminyak which is located right on the beach, has a very funky interior, lounging pools and live music.
  • Make sure to also check out Sky Garden in Bali where it’s all you can eat AND drink before 9 pm for only 99,000 Rupiah ($7 USD)!
  • Take some time to relax on any one of the exciting beaches of southern Bali with a Bintang beer in your hand.
  • Head north after a few days to the culturally rich town of Ubud. This town is popular with expats and travellers looking for a more authentic Balinese cultural experience than presented in Kuta. The area is full of spas, yoga studios, mediation classes and other eastern style clinics.
  • Rent a motorbike and head to some of the smaller towns to see the beautiful temple clad properties. Make sure to see a temple procession while on the island as it is one of the best things to experience while in Indonesia.
  • Check out our photo tour of Bali to activate your wanderlust!

Where we stayed: We stayed in Tabanan with friends of ours but we did stay one night in Kuta at Bali Hawaii – $13 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower) and  (Ubud) – $12 USD per night (private room, included A/C and hot shower)

Balinese men praying

Days 6-8: Komodo National Park

  • Fly from Bali to Labuan Bajo, Flores. That afternoon/evening book a tour in your price range to tour Rinca and/or Komodo Islands. There are plenty of shops all along the main road that offer tours.
  • If you have time, head over to the spa on the main road of Labuan Bajo (there’s only one) and treat yourself to a massage. It was the best massage I had in all of Southeast Asia.
  • Spend two nights/three days hiking Komodo National Park with the massive dragons that call this place home. Just try not to get bit!
  • Read all about our adventures on Komodo Island in my post here.
  • If you have a few extra days fly to Ende, hire a car and head to tiny village of Moni. Take the very early morning motorbike drive up to the crest of Mount Kelimutu. I cannot speak highly enough about how stunning multi-coloured volcanic lakes are especially at sunrise. Check out my photo tour of Mount Kelimutu to see what I mean.

Where we stayed: In Labuan Bajo we stayed at Gardena Guesthouse – $20 USD per night (private room, included cold shower). I cannot remember which tour company we went with for the Komodo Tour but they were the cheapest on the main road and I wouldn’t recommend them anyway.

Komodo dragon Indonesia

Days 9-11: Kanawa Island, Komodo National Park

  • After hiking with the dragons, have your tour boat drop you off at Kanawa Island on the way back to Labuan Bajo. This tiny little island is paradise. Powdery white sand beaches, electric blue waters, jaw dropping sunsets from the top of the mountain, and incredible aquatic wildlife like tiny reef sharks, turtles, manta and eagle rays and much more.
  • Relax on the beach or in your own hammock with a drink in your hand.
  • Make sure to spend a few hours snorkelling or diving and make sure to walk around the entire island which takes about three hours. The other side of the island is completely empty so you will more than likely have a postcard style beach all to yourself.
  • Make sure to book your accommodations in advance just in case.

Where we stayed: Kanawa Beach Bungalows – $25 USD per night (private room, included cold shower)

Kanawa Island Indonesia

Days 12-14: East Java to Yogyakarta

  • Fly back to Bali from Labuan Bajo.
  • Before leaving Bali for Flores, find yourself a Kawah Ijen/Bromo tour in your price range that will travel from Bali across to East Java. Look for the two night, three day tour.
  • On the first evening you will wake up (if you’ve actually slept) at 1230am to begin hiking up Kawah Ijen to see the rare blue flame which is one of only two places in the world to see it with the other being Alaska.  While the blue flame is spectacular, watching the sulphur miners do what they do in maybe the most inhospitable place on earth, is extraordinary. We stood in awe as they chipped away at the sulphur while wearing no protecting from the toxic fumes and then proceeded to hike up a jagged mountain face with 70-80 kg on their shoulders and only sandals on. This was one of the main highlights of our entire trip as we talk about in this post.
  • The next day you’ll head off to the Mount Bromo area where you will wake up bright and early, to ride up the mountain in a jeep to take in what many say is one of the most picturesque sunrises in the world.
  • After this you continue onto Yogyakarta where you should spend a day exploring this ancient city before flying home or to your next destination.

Where we stayed: Losmen Lucy – $9 USD per night (private room, included hot shower)

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We spent two months in Indonesia and felt like we didn’t even scratch the surface of this vast country. It is a diverse as it is beautiful and any number of superlatives I could use to describe its beauty would fall short. My only hope is that if you follow our itineraries you will understand why we always speak so highly of this country to other travellers.

I hope these sample itineraries for 2 weeks in Indonesia have helped you plan out your Indo adventure!

Make sure to check out our post on how much to budget for Indonesia.

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Ross & AlyseWith our friends in Tabanan


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