Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia, and there is a good reason why. Simply put, it’s amazing. If it had better internet, I would live there in a heartbeat! The countryside is beautiful, the beaches (outside of Kuta) are picture perfect, there is great hiking, friendly locals, world-class dining, and it’s inexpensive. Bali is the total package. There’s a reason why so many people go here and never leave. I spent a month exploring this island and would happily go back and explore it again. If you are considering going here, just pull the trigger and go — you won’t regret it. And once you leave the touristy southeast corner of the island, you won’t be bothered with crowds of tourist who never venture past their bars and spas in Ubud and Kuta! This guide will show you how to make the most of your visit.
Accommodation – Cheap guesthouses and hostels usually cost around 120,000-200,000 IDR per night. Most hostels do not offer private rooms, though free WiFi and free breakfast are generally included. Bali has some of the most expensive hotels in the world, many costing over 13,000,000 IDR per night. If you are looking for budget hotel, expect to pay around 300,000-700,000 IDR per night for a double room. This will generally include free WiFi and breakfast. For a hotel with a pool, expect to spend at least 550,000 IDR per night. Airbnb is available in the area, with prices starting around 150,000 IDR per night for a shared room. If you want to book an entire home or apartment, expect prices to start at 350,000 IDR per night.
Food – Local food is extremely cheap, usually under 10,000 IDR for street food. A basic local meal will cost closer to 15,000 IDR. Western food is a lot more expensive but is still affordable at around 125,000 IDR. Fast food will cost around 60,000 IDR while a beer at the bar will be around 23,000 IDR. A bottle of water will be under 5,000 IDR. If you plan on cooking your own meals, a week’s worth of groceries will cost between 275,000-400,000 IDR. Be sure to stick to local food items, as imported foods like wine, cheese, chicken, and beef are super expensive. Buying them often will ruin your budget.
Transportation – Transportation around Bali is very cheap. You can get taxis for around 65,000 IDR and private mini vans across the island for around 200,000 IDR. Flights from Bali to most of Asia and Australia can be found for as little as 1,000,000 IDR, one way. Scooter rentals are available around the island for as little as 135,000 IDR. Bicycles are also available for rent, usually costing around 60,000 IDR per day for a basic bike.
Activities – Most people on Bali go surfing, visiting a dancing show, or go hike a few mountains. Most of these activities cost between 135,000-350,000 IDR. The famous Mt. Batur hike costs between 300,000-800,000 IDR depending on the company you go with (you can usually split this cost up amongst a small group). Diving, bungee jumping, and paragliding will cost between 1,000,000-2,000,000 IDR per person, per activity. A guided visit to the Mother Temple will cost between 400,000-1,000,000 IDR. Yoga retreats start at 400,000 IDR.
Suggested daily budget – 500,000-700,000 IDR / 40-50 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out at the cheaper restaurants, cooking some of your meals (if you can), doing a few activities, and using local transportation. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number but nicer accommodation, spa days, or some of the fancier restaurants, can drive your daily budget up!)