Ultimate Bali Honeymoon Guide

Known as the ‘Island of the Gods’, Bali is one of the best honeymoon destinations on the planet. Let’s show you why with our Ultimate Bali Honeymoon Guide…

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We’re nothing less than obsessed with a Bali honeymoon, and it’s always one of our top recommendations.

It hits the spot for most types of honeymoon. Beach, adventure, foodie, jungle, private pools, delicious dining, island hopping – a Bali honeymoon has all this and more!

Plus, it’s one of our favourite affordable honeymoon destinations.

If you’re thinking about a Bali honeymoon, you might wonder, is Bali good for honeymoon? How do you get there? How do you get around? What are the best things to do in Bali? What are the best honeymoon hotels in Bali?

Let us help you plan the perfect trip with our Ultimate Bali Honeymoon Guide!

Don’t forget to check our other articles on Bali:
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The best time to visit Bali for honeymoon
Ultimate Bali Packing List
Gili Islands Guide – which Gili Island is best for honeymoon
Bali vs Thailand for honeymoon
Bali vs Maldives for honeymoon
10 Indonesian Islands to add to your Bali honeymoon itinerary
Countries to combine with Bali

Good to know about Bali

Time Zone: GMT +8

Language: Indonesian 

Capital: Denpasar

Population: 4.5 million on Bali

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah Rp

A few phrases:

Hi: Halo

Thank you: Terima kasih

Goodbye: Selamat tinggal

Visa Required: Most nationalities can enter Bali for up to 30 days if you obtain a visa online. You need 6 months of validity left on your passport. iVisa.com can help if you need a visa.

Travel Insurance: Here at The Honeymoon Guide, we want you to have the best honeymoon possible. Safety is paramount, so it’s important to have travel insurance in place when you book your honeymoon. If you don’t have travel insurance check out WorldNomads.com to learn more.

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Travel Health: Bali has a lower risk of malaria. Anti-malarial drugs may be recommended for rural parts of Bali and other parts of Indonesia. Bali is not Zika free. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.

About

Indonesia is a country in Southeast Asia, just north of Australia, between the Indian Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. There are over 17,000 islands in this archipelagic nation

The population is 280 million, making it the planet’s 4th most populous. The religion is mostly Muslim, although Bali is mainly Hindu.

Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It’s East of Java and west of Lombok.

The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller offshore islands, like Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

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Best time to visit Bali

The best time to visit Bali for a honeymoon is from April to October, during the dry season.

While many couples travel during the rainy season from November to January and particularly over the Christmas/New Year period, expect some bouts of showers, including occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms.

How to get around Bali

Bali is approx 150km from east to west and 110km from north to south, but the main Bali honeymoon destinations aren’t too far away from each other.

The traffic can be heavy. Whatever time Google Map tells you to get somewhere, double it!

It’s very rare to hire a car in Bali, but many tourists rent mopeds/scooters to get around Bali. You’ll need an international driver’s licence / permit and ensure your travel insurance covers you in the event of an accident. 

If you don’t have experience driving a moped or are cautious about driving in Bali (and to be honest we wouldn’t blame you!), we’d recommend using local drivers or taxis instead.

You can use Uber style local ride-sharing apps like Grab. There’s also a competing ride sharing app, GoJek, too. Either is safe to use.

Hiring a driver for the day is inexpensive, while it may not be as quick as a moped, it’s safer and a more leisurely way to travel! Book a 5-star rated driver.

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Dining & Drinking in Bali

Bali resorts are usually booked on a bed & breakfast board basis because Bali has an incredible dining scene!

Like the rest of Asia, the regional food is delicious.

Warungs are traditional and usually family-run establishments with super affordable Indonesian food. You get incredible value, with dishes only costing a couple of dollars and a must for diving into local cuisine.

Consider doing a cooking school shortly after arrival to immerse yourself in Indonesian cuisine (and also demystify things if you’re not adventurous eaters!).

You’ll also find many other world cuisines to choose from in the major tourist centres too. Plus, there are so many cute vegan and organic cafes with great coffee, particularly around Seminyak, Canggu and Ubud.

Bali is not only a wonderful foodie honemoon destination, but it’s ideal for couples who like a little hedonism. You’ll find plenty of nightclubs and bars and some of the most fun beach clubs on the planet.

Bali Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels

Bali has so many incredible honeymoon resorts, you’re so spoiled for choice!

The hotels and resorts are not all-inclusive and the hotel prices usually include bed & breakfast.

There is a range of accommodation types and room categories, from the world’s most luxurious five-star hotels to villa rentals to budget guesthouses.

The good news is that it’s very affordable. In fact, you get some of the best value in the world in Bali.

If you love luxury (or if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget!), Bali is your perfect honeymoon destination.

Book a suite or villa with your private infinity pool and indulge in that floating breakfast you’ve been dreaming of! Keeping reading and we’ve got some of our favourite Bali honeymoon spots below.

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Bali Honeymoon Destinations

Bali is jam-packed full of things to do and sights to see. Whether it’s a day at the spa, a yoga class at sunrise, snorkelling, diving, partying, cultural pursuits, or shopping — the list is endless.

Where to go and where to stay? Let us take you on a tour to help you decide on the perfect Bali honeymoon itinerary!

West Coast Beaches – Seminyak, Legian & Canggu

Most couples will want a stay on the west coast beaches and Seminyak is our top choice to start your Bali honeymoon itinerary.

It’s full of luxury resorts, places to eat and party while still being a little classier than its more rowdy back-packer neighbouring area to the south, Kuta. 

You also have Legian between Kuta and Seminyak, and Canggu, which is north of Seminyak.

Canggu has risen in popularity in recent years as it’s a popular spot for digital nomads and surfers. While the beach isn’t as nice as Seminyak, it has a laid back bohemian vibe and has some lovely Bali honeymoon resorts worth considering.

These areas are quite close together. The coastline from Kuta to Canggu is only around 15 kms.

The west coast is more built up because of the proximity to the capital and the airport and so the traffic can be heavy so we’d recommend choosing the beach area you want to spend most of your time in so you don’t have to jump in taxis the whole time.

Seminyak, Legian & Canggu are great Bali honeymoon spots for just relaxing by the beach or pool.

It’s also perfect for dining, shopping, day trips. It’s a great jump off point for exploring on your Bali honeymoon. Take a day trip to Nusa Penida, learn to surf and spend the day at Potato Head Beach Club.

West Coast Bali Honeymoon Hotels We Love: The Oberoi Beach Resort Bali | Hotel Tugu Bali | The Legian Seminyak | The Samaya Seminyak Bali | Theanna Villa and Spa Canggu | COMO Uma Canggu | Shore Amora Canggu

South Coast Beaches – Jimbaran Bay & Uluwatu

The Bukit Peninsula is home to Uluwatu and Jimbaran Bay and some of the most luxurious and impressive Bali honeymoon resorts.

It’s quieter than Kuta & Seminyak, but it’s only an hour away and close to the airport, too.

Some of Bali’s best beaches are in this area, like Padang Padang Beach, Dreamland Beach and Nyang Nyang.

The dramatic cliff scenery is stunning. It’s super romantic and, like Seminyak, one of the best areas to start or end your Bali honeymoon itinerary. 

Visit Uluwatu Temple, go surfing, hit Sundays Beach Club and watch the most beautiful sunsets.

South Coast Bali Honeymoon Hotels We Love: Six Senses Uluwatu | Four Seasons Resort Bali at Jimbaran Bay | Raffles Bali | JEstate Bali | Jimbaran Puri, A Belmond Hotel | AYANA Villas Bali | The edge Bali | Bulgari Resort Bali | Alila Villas Uluwatu | PinkCoco Uluwatu

Southeast Coast Beaches – Nusa Dua, Sanur & Tanjung Benoa

The south-east coast beaches around Nusa Dua and Sanur are popular with couples seeking a more resort based stay on their Bali honeymoon itinerary.

You can still get out on day trips but it doesn’t have the more thriving dining scene, independent boutiques and beach clubs you’ll find in Bali honeymoon destinations like Seminyak.

There are plenty of luxury hotels and you’ll find the Bali honeymoon resorts on this side of the island are cheaper than Seminyak, Uluwatu and Jimbaran Bay.

This area is very popular with families and it’s a great spot for watersports. One downside to staying on the south-east coast beaches is that it’s not on the sunset side (although there are beautiful sunrises for early risers!)

Southeast Coast Bali Honeymoon Hotels We Love: Andaz Bali | Samabe Bali Suites & Villas | The St. Regis Bali Resort | Amarterra Villas Bali Nusa Dua | Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort | The Laguna

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Ubud

Ubud is Bali’s most famous town, and it’s really a must add on to your Bali honeymoon itinerary.

Located inland, it’s the perfect spot for jungle adventures. Known for its arts and crafts, the town is surrounded by rainforest and terraced rice paddies dotted with Hindu temples and some of Bali’s most famous landscapes.

Ubud has some of the best Bali honeymoon hotels where you can enjoy the surroundings from the luxury of your own private infinity pool, complete with floating breakfast.

Take a yoga class, visit Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, and get that insta shot on the Bali swing. Do a cooking class, make your own jewellery and take a hot-air balloon ride.

Ubud Honeymoon Hotels We Love: Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan | Adiwana Unagi Suites | The Kayon Resort | Bisma Eight | Kuwarasan | The Alena Resort | The Samaya Bali Ubud | COMO Shambhala Estate | Viceroy Bali

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Lombok & The Gili Islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno & Gili Air

Lombok is a large neighbouring island to the east of Bali and a world away!

It’s much quieter than Bali with better beaches like Pink Beach and amazing snorkelling and diving. Plus, it has beautiful hikes where you can swim in hidden waterfalls.

A trip to the ‘hidden Gilis’, Gili Petagan, Bidara, Kapal and Kondo is a must, too. There are some lovely honeymoon resorts on Lombok.

Offshore, on the northwest coast of Lombok, there is a trio of laid-back tropical islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

While you can get to the Gili Islands from Bali, Lombok is a great jump off point to the islands as they’re just off the coast.

The Gili Islands are car-free paradises with more white sand and calm turquoise waters than Bali. They’re super laid back and ideal for snorkelling and diving.

The accommodation is a bit more rustic than in Bali or Lombok.

Gili Trawangan is a party hub and the largest and most developed of the three islands, with a bustling nightlife and beach clubs.

In contrast, Gili Meno is a serene paradise, perfect for those seeking tranquillity and seclusion.

Gili Air is a balance between the two, with a laid-back vibe while still providing a range of activities and dining options.

The Gili Islands are the place to get that insta-worthy shot of a swing in the ocean.

It’s best to take a private fast boat to the Gili Islands from Bali, which take around 3 to 4 hours and they depart from a few spots on the island.

Book your boat transfer early if travelling in high season.

During the rainy season, the seas can get choppy between Bali and Lombok and the Gili Islands and there can be ferry cancellations, so some couples will choose to fly to Lombok instead (airport code: LOP). Occasionally, the seas can be choppy during the dry season, too.

Lombok Honeymoon Hotels We Love: The Oberoi Beach Resort Lombok | Hotel Tugu Lombok

Gili Islands Honeymoon Hotels We Love: PinkCoco Gili Trawangan | Pondok Santi Estate Gili Trawangan | Mahamaya Gili Meno | Rimba Villas Gili Air

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The Nusa Islands – Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan

Home to some of the best and most instagrammable spots in Bali, the Nusa Islands are a trio of islands off the east coast of Bali.

They’re super close, and you can hop on a speedboat and be there in 30 minutes.

For many years, most couples just took a day trip to Nusa Penida, but with the advent of Instagram, they’ve become more popular to stay for a couple of days, too. If you have the time, that is.

Some of the best beaches in Bali, like Kelingking Beach, Diamond Beach and Atuh Beach, are on Nusa Penida.

There are beautiful hikes, cliff jumping and boat trips, diving and the heavenly natural infinity pool, Angels Billabong.

Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are two tiny islands, but they’re connected by a bridge, so it’s very easy to explore both.

They get fewer day trippers from mainland Bali than Nusa Penida, so if you want something a little less busy on your Bali honeymoon itinerary, then they’re 100% worth considering.

The Nusa Islands are closer than the Gili Islands, so ideal if you only have a night or two to explore an extra island.

Although remember they are different, the Gili Islands are more flat, sand islands with beaches and bars and no cars. Whereas the Nusa Islands are more rocky, and you need transport to get around.

You won’t find ultra luxury Bali honeymoon resorts on the Nusa Islands, but that’s what adds to its charm.

You can explore the beautiful beaches and watch the sunset from Devil’s Tear. Go cliff jumping at the Blue Lagoon.

Nusa is another great spot to get a shot of the swing in the beautiful blue sea. There are beach bars and great dining on the Nusa Islands, too. 

Nusa Islands Honeymoon Hotels We Love: Adiwana Warnakali Resort Nusa Penida | The Tamarind Resort Nusa Lembongan | Hai Tide Beach Resort Nusa Lembongan

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Off The Beaten Track

While parts of the south of Bali suffer from the scourge of over tourism, it’s still possible to get off the beaten track on your Bali honeymoon!

West Bali National Park is home to one of the most untouched parts of Bali. Stay at Plataran Menjangan Resort & Spa where you can cycle, trek through the jungle and visit Ijen Crater to catch the stunning turquoise coloured crater lake.

You can also visit Menjangan Island, which is a hidden gem and home to a herd of deer.

Lovina is a beach town in the more secluded north of the island, away from the hustle and bustle of the south.

It’s known as a jumping off point to find dolphins that live along the coast. The beaches are more black sand and this is a part of Bali to experience more authentic local life. Stay at Puri Mangga Sea View Resort and Spa.

Amed is a fishing village on the northwest coast with black sand beaches. One of Bali’s most famous temples and site of millions of Instagram images, Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang, also known as Gate of Heaven Lempuyang Temple, is just 30 minutes away.

Nearby Tulamben is also one of the best diving sites in Bali with the WW2 shipwreck, USAT Liberty. Stay Mathis Lodge Amed.

There are also a couple of luxury resorts by Alila Manggis and Amankila near the east coast’s much less visited Manggis. 

Just an hour east of Ubud is Sideman. It’s almost like Ubud before the crowds came with rice paddy fields and waterfalls.

Nearby you can go whitewater rafting and Mt Agung is just 45 minutes’ drive, so the ideal spot for that incredible sunrise hike.

Mt Batur is a little further north and you can do a sunrise hike there, too. Plus, Batur has hot springs at Lake Batur. You can also visit these easily from Ubud.

Stay at the heavenly Wapa di Ume Sidemen or Samanvaya Luxury Resort & Spa.

In north central Bali, Munduk has one of the best natural treasures, the stunning waterfalls trail. Explore beautiful Sekumpul waterfall and Banyumala waterfall.

At nearby Bedugal, one of the most famous images of Bali, Ulun Danu Beratan Temple can be found.

Accommodation is much more rustic around this lesser visited part of Bali. You’ll find more home stays and guest houses, but if you’re staying in this area, Sanak Retreat is the perfect rural retreat.

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How to plan a Bali honeymoon itinerary

It can be a little overwhelming trying to create the perfect Bali honeymoon. Confused about where to go and how long to stay? No matter where you go, you’ll have a gorgeous time.

Bali can be a relaxing destination where you can do nothing and pass the time away on the beach or in your private pool villa or suite, but as you can see there are lots of activities to do, islands and beaches to see, mountains to climb and foods to try!

While you can base yourself on one area, if you have time, we’d recommend picking a couple of spots / islands and moving around a little.

How much time you have and how much you want to relax vs sightseeing will help you decide on your Bali honeymoon itinerary.

When planning your itinerary, remember that 2 nights will only give you 1 full day to explore/relax, 3 nights = 2 full days, 4 nights = 3 full days, and so on.

You’ll definitely want some relaxing days, but you’ll also want to get out and explore this magnificent island.

Here is what we’d recommend for a Bali honeymoon:

If you have 7 nights, pick a beach area like Seminyak and take day trips or split your stay into 4 nights at a beach and 3 nights in Ubud.

If you have 10 nights, either add another beach to the end of your itinerary or consider adding the Nusa Islands or Gili Islands for 3 nights in the middle of your itinerary.

If you have 14 nights, relax by the beach / pool in Seminyak or Canggu for 3-4 nights, then pick some islands and come back to Bali to do Ubud and finish up with 3 nights in Uluwatu.

If you’re lucky enough to have over 14 nights, add in an off the beaten track area. We love Sideman, Munduk and Amed.

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Frequently asked questions about a Bali honeymoon

Is Bali good for honeymoon

Yes! Bali is one of the best honeymoon destinations. There is a wide range of luxurious and affordable honeymoon resorts and hotels with private pools and floating breakfasts.

There are many romantic activities for honeymoons – sunrises, sunsets, hikes, culture, and adventure. The food is delicious and Balinese people are very hospitable!

How to get to Bali

The capital city of Bali is Denpasar in the south of the country and this is the location of the airport (airport code: DPS).

Although there are currently no direct flights from Europe or the US to Bali you can easily get there via another hub in Asia like Singapore, Bangkok or Kuala Lumpur and the Middle East hubs like Dubai, Istanbul and Doha.

There are direct flights from all the major Australian cities. Plus, you can fly from other regional Asian airports like Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City or Manila.

How long should we stay in Bali on honeymoon

We recommend at least 10 nights for a Bali honeymoon. However, the ideal duration of a Bali honeymoon will vary depending on personal preferences and budget.

Longer will allow you more time to explore the different areas and islands surrounding Bali and allow you to have some time for adventure and relaxing.

Should we use a travel agent to book Bali

A good travel agent who books Bali regularly will usually have a direct relationship with resorts in the country.

This means they may have preferential rates, so it’s definitely worth checking things with a trusted travel agent.

Using a travel agent has a lot of advantages.

However, if you prefer to book a D-I-Y Bali honeymoon package, we’d recommend choosing a flexible hotel rate with free cancellation with Booking.com. You can get great discounts with their loyalty programme.

You can book transfers and ferries easily, along with tours and excursions on GetYourGuide or Viator.

When you’re booking flights, if you can’t fly directly and are booking connecting flights, give yourself enough time to change airplanes. We’d recommend at least a 2 to 3-hour layover for a stress-free experience.

Don’t forget to have travel insurance in place before booking!

Is Bali safe for LGBTQ+ couples

Indonesia is a Muslim majority country, so it is a conservative destination.

While homosexuality is not illegal, LGBTQ+ people do not have an easy time and can suffer discrimination and harassment.

Bali is mostly Hindu and a little more liberal than the rest of Indonesia.

However, it is still a conservative island and even heterosexual couples should be sensitive to local sensibilities when it comes to sexuality and public displays of affection.

In the large international resorts, you shouldn’t have any trouble as a same-sex couple in terms of honeymoon amenities however, elsewhere discretion is recommended.

Overall, Bali is a relatively safe place to travel for LGBTQ+ couples.

Should we bring cash / Should we tip

You can use credit and debit cards in Bali at most hotels, restaurants and tour operators.

You will need some cash for incidentals and if you go to the islands, but you can take out cash at the ATMS on Bali rather than bringing a pile of cash.

Tipping is not part of the customs of Bali. However, it is still appreciated for good service.

What to pack for a Bali honeymoon

Bali is a place full of adventure but it’s also a destination with sophisticated bars, beach clubs and hotels, so while we’d say leave the heels at home, you can bring your chicest yet casual summer clothes.

Check our out Ultimate Bali Packing List for everything you need to know

Where can we tag on to Bali for a multi-destination honeymoon

As you can see whether you have a week or a month, Bali has so much to see and do that even two weeks is not always enough.

So if you want to spend your whole honeymoon there, you won’t be disappointed!

However, it is very easy to add other Indonesian islands like Java or Flores, to name a few. Neighbouring countries are easy to add on, too. A city stopover in Singapore is one of our favourite combinations. Malaysia, Vietnam, India, China, The Philippines and Japan are also great options for couples with more time.

Bali is also well connected to the Middle East. If you’re travelling via Europe, you could add city stops in fascinating Istanbul. Dubai is one of our favourite honeymoon city stopovers and neighbouring Abu Dhabi has a lot going on, too.

If you can’t decide between Bali and Thailand, we’ve got the lowdown on the what makes them different.

Or, if the Maldives is on your bucket list, while there is no direct flight between Bali and Maldives, you can easily travel via Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Bali & The Maldives is one of our favourite multi-destination honeymoon ideas.

Short on time and need to decide between Bali and Maldives? We’ve got the lowdown on that, too! Bali is a wonderful alternative to the Maldives.

We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Bali honeymoon. Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information!

Check out more of our Ultimate Honeymoon Guides series. We’re always adding new guides and please contact us if there is somewhere you’d love to see on The Honeymoon Guide!

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