To travel and stay in Bali is a dream to many but with snazzy planning it can become a reality. A popular travelling quote from musician Kasper Raunholst said, “you might be poor on money, but rich on life.” It’s direct to the point: money shouldn’t prevent one to travel and enjoy the world as he or she pleases. Travelling is necessary to human, especially in self-discovery or soul searching.
But the most important question, is it possible to travel on a tight budget? Whenever people talk about travelling, most will cringe at the idea that they need to work hard (with overtime pay in the office) and save enough money to be able to enjoy their vacation. But, many seasoned travellers have proven that it is possible to enjoy even the most lovable island of Bali in Indonesia on a shoestring budget. Flocked by vacationers worldwide for varied reasons, it’s almost impossible to think that one can travel and stay in Bali cheaply.
So, here are a few valuable ways to explore Bali this summer season without having to spend all your life’s savings on a single trip.
Affordable accommodations to stay in Bali
Backpacking Bali does not need to be expensive. There are affordable surf hotels below $45 for those who plan to stay near the beach, such as The Bene in the heart of Kuta ($45), Love F Hotel in Legian ($34), DeKuta in Kuta ($35), and Ion Bali Beno in Benoa ($35). Cheaper accommodations can be found far from the beach zone, which Trip Canvas listed in their top cheap hotels in Bali article. But, the cheapest option to stay in Bali is on bedbunkers for $5 a night in Kuta – it’s cheap and relatively close to the beach.
Apart from the beautiful beaches in Bali, travellers keep coming back to stay in Bali for their authentic Balinese food that is oozing with flavours, freshness (especially the seafood), and cheap prices. For only $6, one can taste an awesome meal served with the warmest greetings from the locals that is mixed of rice, seafood, vegetables, noodles, and chicken. Even after a heavy meal, don’t forget to try the local pancake called ‘Martabak’ that you can see being sold in sidewalks for only $0.62. It’s so good!(Related: Photoblog of night food markets in Indonesia).
If waterspouts are your thing or even if it’s your first time, consider surfing while you stay in Bali. Taking surfing lessons in Bali is cheap, plus the waves are ideal for all skill levels. Based on a bali surfing guide online, the location “doesn’t really have an off season,” as the weather here is perfect all-year-round with the right amount of warm water, offshore winds, and tropical climate that forms the best waves. The instructors are very helpful, too. They will provide you all the necessary tips to help you find the best surfboard stores and boards that best fit your skill level. For first timers, it’s always best to get the bigger surfboards as you can get a better balance from it than the smaller ones.
Local transportation and getting around
Although Ojek or their local rickshaw like the ‘tuk tuk’ of Thailand (except it’s a motorcycle) is the best way to get around town quickly, travellers can conveniently rent a scooter to better explore the island. For $4.50 daily with $0.50 on petrol, you can flexibly go around Bali for over 10 hours of ride. However, scooter rentals require you to present an International Driving License and to wear a crash helmet at all times as safety precautions.
Filled with amazing temples from left to right, Indonesia is a great place for sightseeing, even in Bali. There are top five temples you must not miss to visit here, such as the Tanah Lot temple with its amazing rock formation off the island of Bali. The best sunrise snapshots are taken from this point. The entrance is free if you get there before 6PM. If you got time, it’s worth visiting the fish market where you will see fresh fish and seafood that you can cook for lunch or dinner. During the early morning, you will see ‘jukung’ or traditional Balinese boats as they stop by the shore to drop their fresh catches for the day.
Although it’s not free, the Sacred Monkey Forest Ubud Sanctuary is another great place to visit. For $1.76 for the admission fee, you will be able to spend two to three hours at the temple watching monkeys as they interact with you. Make sure to bring enough food and drinks for them, but be careful if they snatch your purses or bags, too!
(For more exciting activities in Bali, check out: Things to do with locals in Bali).
Hopefully these insights of where to stay in Bali , how to get around and what to do will help you plan your dream trip on an affordable budget. Let me know if it’s a success!
What are your budget saving tips in Bali?