BALI ON A BUDGET

Bali is a super budget-friendly destination, so it’s pretty easy to visit the island and not have to worry about breaking the bank. Though often busy with tourists, Bali is still surprisingly affordable if you know where to look. Depending on your accommodation style, I would estimate $50 USD a day is a good estimation of a budget to travel very comfortably around Bali.


Where to stay?

We wanted to get a feel of the different places in Bali, so we stayed in four areas.


£365 Our total cost for 3 hotel stays.

I wanted to get a feel of the different places in Bali, so we stayed in four areas. ​ Ubud - 'cultural capital’ of Bali is home to the famous Yoga Barn, tranquil jungle atmosphere, Tegalalang Rice Terrance as well as the Monkey Forest which draws in the crowds.


Our hotel Kupu Barong Hotel provided us an exceptional start to our Bali adventures! We were welcomed with lovely cocktails with a scenic view of the jungle, beautiful leis and chaperoned to our room with a cart. Our stay included breakfast buffet, yoga in the morning and free shuttle service to-from Bali central. I would highly recommend this hotel, very affordable and excellent customer service.

Kupu Barong Hotel Ubud

Seminyak - Further along the coast Seminyak still has plenty of restaurants, malls, nightlife( For Rnb Hipop go to La Favela) and the beach but also comes served up with some of the famous premium nightspots such as Potato Head and Ku De Tah.

Our hotel Apple Villa Apartment is located in a good location about 10 min driving to Seminyak village, great restaurants and night scene. The apartment came equipped with a kitchen with useful utensils, if you have time to cook for yourself. Breakfast buffet is available at an extra daily charge of around £3/4. For £17 a day I cannot complain, the hotel was decent, everyday our room was cleaned and great security too.

Gili T - Gilis are still powdery white, the water a beautiful clear blue and they are positioned perfectly for sunsets over Bali’s Mt Agung and sunrise over Lombok’s Mt Rinjani. Its a great place for sea food, nightlife, unwinding and snorkelling.

We stayed at the beautiful Pandawa Beach Resort which provided us with a unforgettable sunset and famous swings. By far the best breakfast buffet we have, they provided EVERYTHING etc panacakes, fried rice hahah. The hotel is on the other side of the island which is quite and serene, and slightly more expensive than the other side in terms of food. For pubic transport you can rent bikes and cycle away or use the horse carriages.

Uluwatu/ Canguu - Provides the BEST beaches in Bali with a more chilled out surfer vibe here you will find plenty of Acai bowls and cool coffee shops as well as Echo Beach which is well known for it’s surf.

Nominas Villas was my favourite hotel, it provided a scenic infinity pool and balcony with stunning morning views. Amazing breakfast by the terrance with a view and sound of the beach waves and seagulls. This gem is hidden in Uluwatu, however its so worth the hassle. We were provided a family room, so yes we had two king size bed hahah, and an enormous bath with the view of the sea.



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  • Staying in a local homestay..Price estimate £5 – £15 a night for a 2 person stay and

  • Staying in a hostel… Price estimate £4-7 a night

  • Staying in a hotel/villa… Price estimate £20-40 per night on Airbnb, Hotels.com & Bookings.com

  • Staying in a western resort…Price estimate £60-100 per night

Websites used : Hotels.com Agoda.com


Should I book my activities online?

Do not book activities online, as they are extremely overpriced! Once you arrive, you'll find loads of tourist agencies on the streets and shops, if you love to support local businesses - like me, this is your chance to. its so easy to negotiate a price for the activities ( also souvenirs) you wish to embark on.

We booked our some of our activities through our driver Gede who had friends operating travel businesses.


Prices are subject to change:

  • Entrance to Tegalalang Rice Field {make your own way there} – 5,000RPH

  • Elephant Ride included three course lunch meal £25

  • Mount Batur Sunrise Hike ( cheaper as a group or pairs, I managed to negotiate from £60 to £30 for myself)

  • Massage in a street spa – 60-80,000 RPH full body

  • Massage in a Salon – 100-150,000RPH

  • Yoga Class – 100,000 RPH

  • Manicure – 40-70,000RPH

  • Boat over to Gili – £40 Return- fast boat includes pick up in Bali and drop off at your accommodation {See my Guide to Gili T, Indonesia}

  • 4 Hour Snorkelling – £5

  • Night out {5 drinks} – £8-10

  • PADI Open Water Diver course – 3,000,000 – 3,500,000RPH

Food?

The local food isn't that great, however do try the Nasi Goreng it's super yummy!

Bearing in mind that 10,000RPH = £0.60

  • Local dish in a Warung e.g. Nasi Goreng, Nasi Campur – 20-30,000RPH

  • Western cafe dining dish – 50-80,000RPH

  • Western hotel buffet dinner {seafood platters, 3 courses etc} – 195,000 – 300,000RPH

  • Street Food Corn – 15,000RPH {my absolute favourite, bbq’d in front of your eyes}

  • Cocktail in a nice bar – 65,000-90,000RPH

  • Local Bintang Beer – 25,000RPH

  • Acai Bowl – 50-80,000RPH

  • Smoothies – as cheap as 15,000RPH

  • MUST VISIT - THE W HOTEL SEMINYAK (£50 Minimum spend for group)& THE ROCK BAR PERFECT PLACES TO UNWIND AND EAT

How to get around?

We spent £188 on a chauffeur, he took us to all our tourist attractions.

Transport in Bali is similar to the likes of the rest of Asia. The roads are pretty hectic and noone really sticks to their lanes. Transport is so cheap, we spent a total of £26 on Uber!

Example of transport prices in Bali:

  • Uber to the Airport – £2.50 {This was the cost of mine from Uluwatu – Denpasar airport}

  • Cost to hire a Bali Tour driver for the day – $40 for the WHOLE DAY!

  • Moped hire for a day – 50/60,000RPH a day

Our Driver Gede Contact: Whataspp: +6281916274509 email:suandatrans@gmail.com

He was so lovely and friendly, took us to all the famous spots. I would highly recommend him if you want some Balinese banter haha !


I hope this inspired you to jet to Bali on a budget! :)

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