What can I expect from Bali?

Bali is one of the most popular destinations in Indonesia and a hub for travelers, yoga lovers, honeymooners, and digital nomads alike. Not only does it cater to the budget-savvy vagabond, but the island offers plenty of luxurious options as well. While visiting Bali has become cliched these days with some many people trying to find their “Eat, Pray, Love” experience and chill out at some expensive yoga retreat, You will still find the countryside beautiful, outsanding beaches, great hiking, friendly locals and world-class dining.

Things to See and Do in Bali

Visit a Hindu temple
Learn about Balinese culture in Ubud
Discover the numerous waterfalls
Have a walk in a rice field
Visit Uluwatu
Take a trip to Nusa Penida
Take a trip to Gili Islands
Watch the monkeys

“Nusa Penida”

“Daily sunsets in Bali”

Typical Costs When Travelling

Accommodation – If you are looking for budget hotel, expect to pay around 315,000-700,000 IDR ($22-50 USD) 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 425,000 IDR ($30 USD) per night. Airbnb is available here too, with prices starting around 150,000 IDR ($11 USD) per night for a shared room. If you want to book an entire home or apartment, expect prices to start at 350,000 IDR ($25 USD) per night. If you’re looking for luxury, Bali also has some of the most outstanding hotels in the world.

Food – Local food is extremely cheap, usually under 10,000 IDR ($0.75 USD) for street food. A basic local meal will cost closer to 15,000 IDR ($1.10 USD). Western food is a lot more expensive but is still affordable at around 125,000 IDR ($9 USD) for something decent. Fast food will cost around 60,000 IDR ($4.50 USD) while a beer at the bar will be around 23,000 IDR ($1.75 USD). A bottle of water will be under 5,000 IDR ($0.40 USD). If you plan on cooking your own meals, a week’s worth of groceries will cost between 275,000-400,000 IDR ($20-29 USD). 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 – Renting a scooter in Bali is the way to get around and it is the cheapest way as well. If a motorbike is not your thing then use apps like Grab and Go-Jek.

Suggested daily budget – 20-100 EUR / 22-111 USD (Note: This is a suggested budget. Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number.)

Money Saving Tips

Eat local You can pick up tasty local fare for around 7,000 IDR ($0.50 USD). Stay far away from the western restaurants if you want to save money and experience the local cuisine!
Negociate the prices Nothing is ever at face value in Indonesia. Bargain hard and bargain often. Don’t ever pay the first price you were quoted.
Use transport Apps Grab / Go-Jek is way cheaper than taxis and are the best way to get around a city if you don’t want to wait for a bus or pay for a taxi.
Drink cheap Alcohol is expensive in Indonesia. Save money by hitting the happy hours or just buying your drinks at a local store instead of the bar. This will be the cheapest way to drink.


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What can I expect from Bali?

Bali has a year-round warm, tropical climate with just two seasons: wet and dry. Dry season lasts from April to September, while the rainy season occurs from October to the end of March. The average daily temperature year-round is 80°F (28°C).The high season is from July and August as well as through the Easter holidays and Christmas holidays (about December 11th to January 1st). Bali is busiest during this time, and prices are the highest. In Bali’s mountainous areas, temperatures are much cooler and there is more rainfall than along the coast. If you plan on spending time in the mountains you’ll want to pack appropriate clothing. Overall, the best time of year to visit is between May and September when it’s dry and sunny. It’s still pleasant to visit during the rainy season – rainfall usually comes as fast and intense downpours that only last a few hours. In Bali, the extremes between seasons aren’t drastic. Dry season is the best time to climb the volcanoes and participate in water sport activities, and the best time to dive is from April to September.

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