Bali is, without doubt, one of the most popular travel spots for Aussie travellers. It's no surprise, either. Not only is it super close to home, but the island boasts stunning countryside, picture-perfect beaches, super friendly locals, and world-class cuisine. The best bit? It is incredibly affordable, with options for even the most budget of budget travellers. Luxury travellers are also catered for by 5-star resorts, private villas and niche dining. Love it or hate it, Bali really does have something for everyone.
Perhaps one of the more confusing things about planning a trip to Bali is the AUD to IDR currency conversion. With just over 100 Aussie dollars, you will be considered a Balinese millionaire. The jarring exchange rate can leave you scratching your head when it comes to sorting out your Balinese travel budget. Luckily for you, the team at Travel Money Oz have put together a nifty travel budget calculator that combines Numbeo data with the latest exchange rate to give you the most up to date idea of how much you'll be spending in Bali.
Before we dive into the calculator though, let's take a look at what you should include in your Bali travel budget.
What goes into a budget for Bali?
Bali's proximity and popularity with Aussie travellers mean airlines are often slinging super cheap flights. You can expect to pay between $80 (yes, $80!!) and $900 (ouch) for your flights to Bali.
Once you arrive, you have a few different ways of getting around.
Taxis: These start at around 1AUD and got up by 50cents or so per km. Bluebird Taxis are the most dependable for metered taxis and drivers that speak English.
Rideshare: Grab is the go-to rideshare option in Bali; however, it can sometimes be more expensive than taxis. You can also use Go-Jek, however, it is generally for motorbike rideshares. Drivers will bring you a spare helmet and are super cheap.
Scooter rentals: Did you even go to Bali if you didn't ride on a motorbike or scooter. For around 15 AUD per day, you can live the Bali dream and scoot around as you please. Just make sure your travel insurance has motorbike and scooter inclusions.
Bicycles: Keen to be on two wheels without the motor? Grab a bike for around 6 AUD per day.
Tourist bus: These are super cheap with air-conditioning and even wifi if you're lucky. Tickets start at 2AUD and go up from there depending on where you travel.
Boats: Ferries are a cost-effective way of getting to places like Lombok and the Gili Islands, with tickets less than 10 AUD. Alternatively, you can get a speedboat for around 40AUD.
Private car charter: if it's you're first time on the island, and you're keen on a convenient way to explore the island with plenty of freedom, a private car is a great option, especially if there are a few of you travelling together. For less than 40AUD a day, it is often the most popular option for Aussies.
It's also worth noting that you should most definitely wear a helmet if you are riding any kind of bike. Seriously, if not for your health and wellbeing, do it for your mum's peace of mind.
Bali offers a full scope of accommodation options, from 5-star luxury villas with a private infinity pool and meal plan to humble boutique hotels and hostels. The vast supply of places means hotels are always competing, which is excellent news because you can nab some sweet digs for a very low price. Prices will surge in Aussie school holidays; otherwise, you can expect to pay around the following. This is a guide only, and prices will fluctuate with seasonality and location on the island.
Guesthouse and hostel - 7-20 AUD per night
Budget hotel - 25-70 AUD per night
Private villa - 80-400 AUD per night
Airbnb - 50 - 500 AUD per night
Resort - 100-500 AUD per night
Luxury room - 500-1000 AUD per night
Bali boasts some mouth-watering, world-class cuisine. It's popularity with ex-pats, and social media influencers have resulted in some very hip and trendy cafes and restaurants popping up across the island. Catering to all food preferences and cravings, you are bound to leave well-fed and satisfied.
Food as a whole is very cheap, especially when compared to Australia. You can eat mountains of street food and local dishes without even putting a dent in your travel budget. The following is a good guide for prices while in Bali:
Street food - 1 AUD
Basic local dish - 1-5 AUD
Western food - 10 - 15 AUD
Restaurant cuisine - 15 - 40 AUD
Bottle of water - 2 AUD
Make sure you try the following dishes while visiting:
- Babi Guling: a famous dish of tender suckling pig.
- Sate: mashed chicken blended with an array of spices.
- Pisang Goreng: fried bananas served with honey or palm sugar syrup, flaked coconut and ice cream.
- Mie Goreng: fried noodles served with veggies, your choice of meat all topped off with a fried egg.
- Nasi goreng: like Mie Goreng with rice instead of noodles.
- Spring rolls: you should know what these are.
It's also worth noting that alcohol is very cheap, and you can very easily get a great cocktail for a small price. Just be cautious of nasty bootleg drinks that appear cheap even by Bali standards. As a guide, avoid drinks labelled as 'arak'.
There is plenty to keep your mind, body and soul occupied while on holiday in Bali. We recommend setting some time aside for the following:
- Shop 'til you drop! Bali offers travellers more than the usual mass-produced souvenirs, boasting boutiques, high-end homeware stores, silver jewellery and gorgeous antiques. Just keep in mind that a lot will cost the same as back home in Australia, so keep your eyes peeling for sales if you're keen on a bargain.
- Immerse yourself in the local culture, learning about customs and the Balinese way of life.
- Explore the temples. Pura Besakih is a popular location, mainly because it is located on the sacred Mount Agung, an active volcano. Tanah Lot Temple is also a famous and visually striking temple to visit.
- See the wildlife, including monkeys (they are very cheeky), buffalo and dolphins.
- Relax and pamper at one of the many spas. Balinese massage and spa treatments use herbs and spices to ignite the senses and re-energize your body.
- Have a go at some adventure sports including mountain bike riding, horseback riding, zip-lining, paragliding and mountain trekking. There are also plenty of water sports available if you're keen to get the adrenaline pumping while staying cool.
- Speak of water sports, Bali is very popular for its diving and snorkelling. If you're keen to scuba, make sure you check out the US Liberty cargo shipwreck dive.
- Head to a yoga or pilates retreat to destress and stretch. You can attend a single class, or take part in a multi-day retreat.
- Listen to TLC and go chasing some waterfalls.
- Appreciate the local art, whether it be paintings, woodcarvings, metalwork, sculptures or dance.
- Take a cooking class and learn to make classic Indonesian dishes.
- Relax on the beach with a cocktail in hand
- Eat like a King!
Aussie's don't need a visa for stays of less than 30 days in Bali. Before leaving for your trip, stop by your doctors to make sure you're up to date with any relevant travel immunizations. Further to this, it's in the best interest of all travellers to invest in a comprehensive travel insurance policy, regardless of where you are visiting.