One of the most wonderful places on the face of the Earth is the Indonesian island of Bali. More accurately, the 2018 TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice report granted Bali fourth place in the world for the best-traveling destinations. The breath-taking beauties that the island offers its visitors are enough to rank it so high on the list. Marveling into the forested volcanic mountains and mesmerizing coral reefs with tropical beaches is what makes people fall in love with Bali.
The high frequency of people there is encouraging the island to change rapidly. In the last years, Bali built a new airport, and it gets easier to find affordable accommodation, restaurants, and bars where you can enjoy. This gives you more options but you’ll also need to choose carefully where to stay in Bali. You don’t want yo stay in an area that doesn’t fit your tastes.
How much does it cost to travel in Bali
If you’re going to visit this beautiful island, you have to organize your budget accordingly so you won’t miss out on anything. Bali is a fairly cheap place and if you pay attention you can end up using around 600.000 IDR (about 40 USD) daily.
Costs of Accommodation in Bali
You can find different accommodations according to your preferences and planned budget. Bali has some cheap guesthouses and hostels, but it also is the home of some of the most luxurious and expensive hotels in the world
Wifi and breakfast are usually included in the price wherever you go, and you are expected to pay up from 120.000 IDR per night. If you want to go with the cheapest version, use Hostelworld to look up some cheap hostel. If you want a hotel or a guesthouse, try using Booking.
A third option that you have is the usual Airbnb rentals which can also be a fairly cheap option.
How to travel in Bali
Although there is no public transport that you can use to go around the island, there are taxi services like Bluebird taxis that are really cheap, clean, and safe. Taxis are usually around 65.000 IDR. You can also rent scooters for around 135.000 IDR or even bikes for around 60.000 IDR per day.
When is the best time to travel to Bali
When you start making your plans about this trip, you have to keep in mind the season you’re going in. Although when off-season the prices can be very tempting, you should be aware that it usually rains a lot. As off-season months are considered the months between October and March. From April you can expect much better weather but also higher costs.
The proximity of the island to the equator makes it have an average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius all year long. However, the humidity will cause some monsoons and rains that might end up ruining your vacation if you decide for the off-season option.
Where to stay in Bali
Even though Bali is a small island, different parts of the island offer different things to its visitors. Depending on what you’re looking for, whether it is a more lush nature, or the best beaches, or just a wild nightlife – you should choose where to stay according to your preferences.
This place is for those of you who have a moderately high budget, and like to enjoy both in the beauty of the beaches and the good nightlife scene.
if you prefer green landscapes to tropical beaches this is the place for you. Art, culture, and history are the main things that can be enjoyed here, and since the nightlife is kept to a minimum, it’s a very peaceful place.
If you like clubbing and surfing on beaches while maintaining a low to medium budget- head to Kuta. This place is also very close to the airport around 10 minutes away which is very convenient.
if you have a high budget and your main preference is to have a fun nightlife while also being able to enjoy the beach, this is the place for you.
Jimbaran is a perfect place for honeymoons and wealthy travelers too. The accent is put on coastal views and direct beachfront access filled with harmony and calmness.
There are many more places that offer different things, so make sure that you know what you’re looking for before you book a hotel. You don’t want to book any place hoping for a peaceful vacation, just to find out that you can’t sleep at night because of all the clubbing.
Food scene in Bali
When it comes to the local food in Bali, you can try different things, and they will usually be very cheap. The street food is something that you have to try, and the prices range around 10.000 IDR. If you go to a bar, the food will be around 15.000 IDR. The “normal” food that we eat can be found there as well, but it will cost you a little bit more, around 125.000 IDR. Though, we need to mention that the best cafes in Bali offer some amazing food, snacks, and coffee.
Another great thing is that a bottle of water costs under 5.000 IDR which is very cheap and very necessary since water in Bali is not safe for drinking for people that are not used to it. You’re even advised to brush your teeth with bottled water and to avoid getting ice cubes in your drinks.
What to see when you travel to Bali
The whole island is covered with magical Hindu Temples, and you have to see at least one. The temples are considered to be Bali’s most known attractions. If you plan to visit a temple, then you have to wear a sarong and a sash to cover yourself. The people of Bali are very religious and it is considered very disrespectful to go inside a temple without the proper clothing.
this is an active volcano that will provide absolutely breathtaking sceneries. If you’re going to hike it, you have to make sure that you are physically active because this is indeed a demanding hike. You can hire a guide that will cost around 300.000-400.000 IDR to show you the way and the history properly.
this gorgeous volcanic black sand beach will create an entirely new level of memories for you. It’s a quieter beach and has fewer tourists, which is a perfect place for those of you who appreciate the peace that nature can offer. Walking across the black sands of the beach is surely worth the visit.
Treetop Adventure Park
This park is both for the adrenaline junkies and for families. You can find a variety of fun rides, and some of them are kid-friendly. There are a lot of fun things to do and see like swings, nets, flying foxes, zip lines and more!
This forest can be the most intriguing thing you see on your trip to Bali. This forest is a natural sanctuary to the Balinese long-tailed Monkey, and it’s one of the most well-known attractions in Bali. You can go and observe the monkeys as they climb the trees and eat bananas, and you can even get in contact with them.
If you prefer to lay down and relax on the sunny beaches then you have a lot of options. Some of the best beaches are Kuta Beach, Balangan Beach, Nusa Dua, Padang Padang, Jimbaran Beach, Seminyak Beach, Sanur Beach, Geger Beach, White Sand Beach, Lovina, and many more.
Activities to do in Bali
There are tons of activities that you can do in Bali. One of the reasons why it’s such a highly visited destination is because it offers something for everybody. You can go snorkeling or diving and admire the different types of sea creatures, and it will cost you around 2.000.000 IDR. You can go on a boat trip to watch dolphins swimming for around 800.000 IDR. You can go to Negara and watch a buffalo race which is usually happening every second Sunday from July until October.
If you’re more adventurous, you will have a lot of options to get your adrenaline rush. There are sports like bungee jumping, mountain cycling, paragliding, jungle trekking, and more! You can even go horseback riding or just plain hiking on volcanoes. Treetop zip-lining is another exciting activity that is worth mentioning. The prices for these kinds of activities are different, but they are generally not too expensive, around 1.000.000 IDR.
If you prefer something more peaceful, you know that you can find plenty of yoga retreat centers in Bali where you can go to a single class or for a longer period. This is a great way to de-stress during your holiday and to take care of the health of your soul.
The chances are that you’re going to fall in love with Bali. Between the sunny tropical weather, the good food, the amazing beaches, and the mystical temples you will find yourself planning your next trip to Bali as soon as you hop the plane to go home. The Balinese people are known for their hospitality which will further enhance your good experience. And the best part of all of this is that you will be able to afford almost all of the things in Bali since the prices are usually low for everything compared to other countries. What more can you ask for?
Cal Bailey runs Mountain Leon – a travel blog he started after two years of backpacking around the world. If you want to learn more about life on the road or his blogging, you can read his latest blog posts.