16 days in Bali & Samoa Itinerary

16 days in Bali & Samoa Itinerary

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Ubud, Indonesia
— 3 nights
Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia
— 1 night
Ferry to Sanur, Bus to Seminyak
Seminyak, Indonesia
— 6 nights
Drive to Ngurah Rai (Bali) International Airport, Fly to Apia
Apia, Samoa
— 4 nights


Ubud, Indonesia — 3 nights

Experience small-town Bali in Ubud, an atmospheric town surrounded by small settlements, farms, and rice paddies.
Ubud is known for parks, spas, and classes. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: tour the pleasant surroundings at Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary, go for a walk through Campuhan Ridge Walk, take in the spiritual surroundings of Tirta Empul Temple, and make a trip to Tegalalang Rice Terrace.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ubud trip planning site.

Sydney, Australia to Ubud is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Sydney to Ubud due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Sydney in December, things will get a bit warmer in Ubud: highs are around 36°C and lows about 29°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Mon) early enough to catch the ferry to Nusa Lembongan.
Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 23 — 26:

Nusa Lembongan, Indonesia — 1 night

The island of Nusa Lembongan sits amidst swathes of calm, clear waters as well as some of the most notable surfing waves in the region.
On the 27th (Tue), enjoy the sand and surf at Jungut Batu Beach and then see some colorful creatures with a scuba or snorkeling tour.

For photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Nusa Lembongan trip planner.

Traveling by ferry from Ubud to Nusa Lembongan takes 1.5 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 36°C, and evening lows to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) so you can travel to Seminyak.
Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Beaches
Find places to stay Dec 26 — 27:

Seminyak, Indonesia — 6 nights

A popular resort town offering a good range of tourist trips, activities, and amenities, Seminyak houses numerous tour companies providing excursions into the jungles of Bali.
Change things up with these side-trips from Seminyak: Uluwatu Temple (in Pecatu), Sanur (Gede Private Bali Driver & Pantai Sanur) and Tanah Lot Temple (in Beraban). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and make a splash at Waterbom Bali.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Seminyak trip itinerary tool.

You can do a combination of ferry and bus from Nusa Lembongan to Seminyak in 3 hours. In December, daily temperatures in Seminyak can reach 36°C, while at night they dip to 29°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) to allow enough time to fly to Apia.
Outdoors · Parks · Beaches · Tours
Side Trips
Find places to stay Dec 27 — Jan 2:

Apia, Samoa — 4 nights

The Samoan capital of Apia serves as the first port of call for most visitors, and it plays home to a number of historic sites, a laid-back seaside promenade, and a range of hotels and restaurants keeping tourists entertained.
Apia is known for nature, museums, and historic sites. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: soothe aching muscles at Yoga Samoa, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Baha'i House of Worship Samoa, take in the dramatic scenery at Papaseea Sliding Rock, and explore the fascinating underground world of Piula Cave Pool.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Apia tour planner.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Seminyak to Apia. The time zone difference moving from Central Indonesia Time to Apia Standard Time is 5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) so you can catch the flight back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Shopping
Side Trip
Find places to stay Jan 3 — 7:

Bali travel guide

World heritage site · Spas · Beaches
Island of the Gods
A province of Indonesia, the island of Bali remains one of the world's top tourist destinations thanks to its beaches, diving spots, and resorts. Take a trip to Bali to discover the island's smiling and famously hospitable locals--perhaps the biggest treasure of this tropical paradise. More than just another fun-in-the-sun getaway, Bali also reveals a rich history and varied geography of mountains, rugged coastal areas, sandy beaches, thriving rice terraces, and stark volcanic hillsides that seem transported from another planet. A Bali tour uncovers some of the world's best surfing spots, as well as a deeply spiritual local culture and globally significant archeological attractions.

Samoa travel guide

Geologic Formations · Waterfalls · History Museums
Enchanting Samoa and its people boast a legendarily laid-back approach to life, and clocks and set times are merely a formality here. The society remains a proud one, deeply connected to a set of millennia-old traditions known as "Fa'a Samoa"--the Samoan Way. Spread out over two main islands and several smaller landmasses, Samoa is a land of incredible contrasts and natural beauty, home to rocky volcanic mountains and expansive beaches, rugged cliffs and lush rainforests. Visitors on holiday in Samoa can easily spend their time exploring the country's exotic interior and untamed coastal reaches, which offer plenty of wildlife and fantastic landscapes. Alternatively, they can just as readily kick back in sleepy seaside villages, indulging in a full-service resort, or splash around in lagoons and at beaches that hold their place among the world's best.