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.
A 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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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.
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.
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”.
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.
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.
Day Tour in Ubud
The town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali, Indonesia, is known as the center for traditional crafts.
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.
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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)
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
*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
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.
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