Bali, which is located in Indonesia, became a popular destination amongst many Australians. You can find a great deal for the flight tickets from Australia ( from around 500 AUD a return ticket excluding check-in baggage).
Bali is popular for cheap eating and drinking. Accommodation is cheap as well. In addition, you can find a really awesome place to stay for a reasonable price! The main island offers a lot of stunning temples which I highly recommend to visit.
Their unique style is just breathtaking! I am a huge fan of temples, therefore I was really impressed by the architecture. In the next post, I am going to show the best temples to visit!
If you are a person who enjoys a beach time, snorkelling and having fun, then Bali will be a great option for you as well.
In that case, I suggest visiting smaller islands around such as Lombok or Gili Trawangan which has wonderful beaches surrounded by the island.
Currency – Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) – 10000 IDR = 0.94 AUD, 10000 IDR = 16.51 CZK. Check other currencies here
What should you know about Bali
- Be careful what and where you eat!
- Take some medication with you for your trip in case of feeling sick from food (if you eat in restaurants it should be fine but be careful about street food)
- Don’t drink tap water!
- Balinese drives on their left (same as Australians and Japanese)
- To visit some temples you need to have a sarong (scarf), which you can hire or buy your own (there are plenty of markets with amazing Balinese scarfs)
- It is common to bargain for prices
- Don’t show much money in public or I wouldn’t recommend you to wear an expensive watches or jewelry on public, Bali is a poor country
- Be careful on fake taxi
- In the temple areas, you might find a “tour guides” which will just want to charge you for a service you didn’t ask for, just go on your own, a tour guide is really not necessary. Sometimes they will also try to take you to some “ceremony” and then want you to pay for it.
Start from 4 AUD per night (for backpackers with shared dormitory), a single room starts from 12 AUD (if you book it in advance).
To find a nice accommodation can cost around 30 AUD. If you want a luxury place then you will pay around 50 AUD. That is a good deal for luxury.
Transport in Bali
I would say that taxi is the best way to get around. If you stay on the main island as it can be a bit tricky to drive on your own. All depends how confident you feel.
If you stay on a small island such as one of the Gili Island, you don’t need anything. It is very easy to just walk around. If you want more fun, then hire a bike.
Price for a taxi is around 20 AUD from the Airport to Nusa Dua.
Whole day Bluebird Taxis – 50 AUD
If you already made some research, you probably found out that you Bluebird Taxis are the most common and reliable. I would recommend them as well as they are official taxis drivers in Bali.
You will recognise them by wearing a blue T-shirt with flowers. Be careful to not choose a “fake” taxi drivers which will either rip you off or it is just risky especially when you travel alone.
These blue guys are ok, they speak more languages as well, for example, Japanese. Their English is not much strong though.
It is better to always ask how much it will approximately cost before you get in. They can try to charge you more so you need to negotiate a bit.
In Bali, you can also hire a taxi driver for half or whole day which is cool. Whole day cost around 50 AUD and the driver take you to multiple places (if it is not really far from each other).
They will wait for you even though you want to spend an hour somewhere which is really convenient! It will make your vacation much easier.
Very popular in Bali, especially for young locals. It can be a bit dangerous though. In addition, if you go to hilly places, you might get stuck. I would stick with the taxi.
To get to Gili Trawangan, there is a ferry from Padang Bai. The cost varies – depends on if you choose a fast boat (1,5 hours) for 45 AUD or public ferry (5 hours) for 4 AUD. Consider what will have a better value for you.