Bali Travel Guide

In this Bali Budget Travel Guide, i will show you how to have an amazing Bali vacation without spending a lot of money.

The island of Bali Indonesia is known for its amazing volcanic mountains,beautiful rice terraces, beaches and coral reefs. Uluwatu Temple is also found in the island. Kuta has lively bars, while Legian, Seminyak, Sanur and Nusa Dua have popular resort towns and beautiful villas. Yoga and meditation retreats are also popular in Bali Indonesia.

Essential Information -Bali Travel Guide

Language: Bahasa Indonesia is the official language but most people understand English.

Religion: 80% of the residents in Bali practices Hinduism.Therefore,always be respectful when visiting temples.

Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)

1USD = 15,000 IDR

PHP100 = 29,000IDR

Modes of Payment: Cash and Credit Card


How to get to Bali

Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar Airport (DPS) or Bali Airport is the second busiest airport in Indonesia. Manila is 4 hours away from Bali. DPS airport is 5 kms away from Kuta, 10 kms away from Seminyak and 37 kms away from Ubud. Hire a taxi to go to your hotel from DPS airport. A taxi ride from DPS airport to Seminyak would cost you 100,000 IDR ($6.6)

Ride hailing apps like Grab or Gojek (motorcycle taxi) are also available.

Private charters are also available.

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Where to stay in Bali

The two most popular areas to stay in Bali is Seminyak and Ubud. 

Seminyak is a beach resort area 10 kms away from DPS airport, with many luxury hotels, villas and spas, as well as high-end shopping malls and restaurants. Places to visit near Seminyak Bali include Kuta Beach, Potato Head Beach Club, Garuda Wisnu Kencana Cultural Park and many more.

hostel bed would cost you 150,000 IDR($9) per night while a good hotel room with pool access would cost you 300,000 IDR ($20) per night.

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Motel Mexicola in Seminyak

Also know as Bali’s culture capital, Ubud is 37 kms away from DPS airport. Ubud is all about nature and culture – rice terraces, rain forests,stunning mountains,beautiful museums and sacred temples. If that’s not the focus of this trip, then you might enjoy your time in Seminyak more. 

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Getting around Bali

Getting around Bali is easy. Here are your options.

Rent a Scooter: Scooter rental is 70,000 IDR($5) per day. Also, dont forget to wear helmet while riding the scooter.

Car Rental: Book a Private Car Charter via Klook for only P1360 ($27).  The Private Car Charter is good for 10 hours inclusive of the driver and gas fees, Click here to book.

Taxi: Meter starts at 7,000 IDR($0.50) and 6,500 IDR($0.46) per succeeding km. 

Grab/Gojek: Ride-hailing apps. Download Grab and Gojek


What to eat in Bali

Enjoy a Nasi Goreng(fried rice) for only 15,000 IDR ($1). You can also dine in one of the best restaurants in Bali and spend $100 for a 6 course meal. The choice is yours. 

Must try food in Bali : Pisang Goreng, Mie Goreng, Babi Guling and Sate.

Food is cheap in Bali, however, Alcohol is expensive. A bottle of beer would cost you 300,000 IDR($20)  

Pro Tip: Buy big gallons of drinking water. Tap water in Bali is of uncertain quality. If you have a weak stomach, it is better to use bottled water for brushing your teeth to avoid “Bali Belly”.

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Mie Goreng

Places to Visit and Things to do in Bali

Visit the Lempuyang Temples

Lempuyang Temple is known as Gateway to Heaven. See the active volcano of Mt Agung from the “Heaven Gate”. There are 7 temples inside the Lempuyang Temple compound, however, you will need around 4 hours to visit all the 7 temples.The Hindu temples of Lempuyang is 70 kms away from Seminyak, travel time is 2 hours.

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Lempuyang Temple

Nusa Penida Day Tour

This Bali travel guide is incomplete without including the most popular island in Bali, Nusa Penida. Nusa Penida is a beautiful island southeast of Bali.

From your hotel, ride a taxi to Sanur Pier 100,000 IDR($6).After that, ride a ferry at Sanur pier going to Nusa Penida 146,000 IDR ($10). Then rent a private car with driver for 500,000 – 600,000IDR ($30-40) Book here for a discount.

Must visit tourist spots in Nusa Penida are Kilingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and Crystal Bay.

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Kelingking Beach
Broken Beach in Nusa Penida Bali Travel Guide
Broken Beach in Nusa Penida

Day Tour in Ubud

The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as the center for traditional crafts. 

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Giant Swing

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Surf in Kuta Beach

Most tourists go to Bali Indonesia for its amazing surf spots. Surf season in Bali is May to September. Surfboard rental is 400,000 IDR ($26) per hour.

Always check the surfboard before renting in order to prevent paying “damaged” surfboards. This happened to me when I was surfing in Dreamland beach.

Sample Itinerary - Bali Travel Guide

Sample 4 day itinerary for 4 person cost sharing. 

Pro Tip: For solo travelers, join Bali Travel Facebook Group and look for other travelers to share the cost of the car rental or rent your own scooter to save money.

Day 1 Seminyak Tour

 8:00am – Arrival in Bali 

8:30am – Grab to Seminyak 75,000IDR

9:15am – Early Check-in. Just leave your bags in the reception if not possible.

10:00am – Surfing 400,000 IDR

12:00pm – Lunch

2:00pm – Potato Head Beach Club

4:00pm – La Plancha Seminyak

7:00pm – Dinner

9:00pm – Chill at Alila Seminyak Beach Bar

Day 2 Lempuyang Day Tour

7:00am – Hotel Pick up. Private Van via Klook P1360($27) good for 10 hours.  There are 7 temples inside the Lempuyang Temple Compound.

5:00pm – Back to hotel

6:30pm – Dinner

8:30pm – Party at Potato Head Beach Club

Day 3 Nusa Penida Day Tour

7:30am Grab car going to Sanur Pier 100,000 IDR($6.7)

9:00am Fast Boat going Nusa Penida Island 147,000 IDR ($10)

10:00am Island Tour. Nusa Penida private van via Klook P1819($36) good for 10 hours.  Places to visit in Nusa Penida are Kilingking Beach, Angel’s Billabong, Broken Beach and Crystal Bay

4:30pm Fast Boat going to Sanur 147,000 IDR ($10)

5:15pm Ride a grab car going to hotel 100,000 IDR($6.7)

7:00pm Dinner

8:00pm Coffee at Ritual coffee and eatery

Day 4 Ubud Day Tour

10:00am Early Check-out

10:05am Hotel Pick up. Private Van via Klook P1360($27) good for 10 hours. Places to visit Ubud Art Market, Sarcred Monkey Forest 80,000 IDR($5) Tegalalang Rice Terraces 20,000 IDR($1.3) Tegalalang Swing (optional)

6:00pm Drop off at DPS airport

Budget Breakdown

*4 day itinerary for 4 person cost sharing

P4900 divided by 4 = P1225 ($24) Casa Kayu Aya Hotel-

275,000 IDR divided by 4 = P238 ($4.75) – Grab fares

P1871 divided by 4 = P468 ($9.3) Nusa Penida Car Rental

P1360 divided by 4 = P340 ($6.8) Lempuyang Tour Car Rental

P1360 divided by 4 = P340 ($6.8) Ubud Tour Car Rental 

P833 ($17) Round trip Fast Boat fare 

Total P3444($70)*

Excluding Food, Airfare and Travel Tax *

For solo travelers, you can easily have a cheaper vacation if you rent a scooter.

In conclusion, you can now have an amazing Bali vacation without spending a lot of money if you follow this Bali Budget Travel Guide.

Now plan your trip!

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37 thoughts on “Bali Travel Guide”

  1. Love this! Bali wasn’t really somewhere I was looking at to travel but it looks beautiful. I like how you broke down your time there.

    1. We were choosing between Bali and Guam last year and ended in Guam… But Bali is always a must go to place for us and this is something to check back when the chance to travel safely is up again.

    1. Glad you enjoyed Bali! If you will be with friends, it is always recommended to just rent a car to save time. I see you are a beach person. Bali is definitely famous for the beaches and bars. ❤ I personally love the subtle vibe of Ubud. ❤

  2. looks like a place full of great sites to see. did you take a helicopter tour of Kelingking Beach? the aerial photo you took is beautiful. i imagine you don’t get the splendor until you see it from the air.

  3. My goodness. Your shots are perfect and beautiful! I really want to go to Bali even before. It is so beautiful, the beaches, the greeneries, everything. Will definitely go there after this crisis. 🙂

  4. Wow those pictures look amazing. I had no idea it was so cheap to visit Bali. Bali has been on my bucket list for awhile now, I can’t wait to go some day.

  5. What a great resource this Bali travel guide is when I get ready to visit Bali I will make a point to revisit this guide with such excellent things to do and see.

  6. I have never been to Bali, Indonesia but this is one of my dream place to visit. Thank you for sharing these information and guidelines with us, I am going to save this and use it on my future trip in Bali.

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  8. WOw, that’s really a good deal for a trip to Bali, Indonesia. Cheap, very affordable and very practical if you want a simple and short vacation. I am hoping to visit it one day. My sister went there before and she told me that it’s really beautiful..

  9. The place I want to go outside of Japan after pandemic is Bali! This is just so timely, I will bookmark this! Perfect beach and ohh the view!

  10. ang ganda ganda! napapaisip ako if better ba na mag tour package if with a kid or okay na mag DIY na lang. ill definitely drop by your blog again if ever we plan to go to bali. thanks super informative!

  11. One of my best friends live in Jakarta, and he’s always tild us to come and visit him so we could all go to Bali together. I can now understand the fascination. It such a beautiful destination!

  12. Bali is included in my international bucketlist. I hope I can visit this soon after the pandemic. Was wondering if the shot at Lempuyang Temple include special techniques like what circulated on the web previously?

  13. Bali is in my bucket list for asia destinations! Unfortunately ang mahal lagi ng ticket probably because it’s the trending country these past few years. I want to visit it so badly! Your travel guide will come in handy for me in the future for sure. Thanks for including the budget and sample itinerary! ☺️

  14. I didn’t know that you can spend this amount for an international travel. I have always seen it as more than 15 thousand pesos. Lempuyang Temple is also in my bucketlist. Once everything settled down, I think Bali is one of the places that I will travel. No one can change my mind. Haha!

  15. blair villanueva

    I have never been to Bali yet and now I understand why many go crazy to visit this place. It is gorgeous and has a paradise appeal plus it is cheap!
    I would love to go soon 😀

  16. This is very helpful!! I’ve always wanted to visit bali some time with my friends. I feel like I need a calming get away from all of the chaos that is my life. I just wish it was safe to travel again.

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