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How to travel in Bali with less than $600 per month including accommodation

I’ve been asked numerous times if it’s possible to travel in Bali for one month in less than $600 including accommodation. As an Indonesian, my answer is YES! But, with my 25 years of local Indonesian knowledge, it is difficult to share it in a conversation. It’s getting very tedious to answer the same questions all the time.

Moreover, whenever I searched about Bali on budget online, the information I found always lacked that local knowledge. I realized that I and my local friends know more about Bali than a general Google search. Why would I want to keep this to myself?

I believe one month is a good length to explore the entire island. There is no exact budget, low or high, on how much you can spend in Bali. However, based on personal experience and feedback from Indonesian travelers you can explore for USD 600 or less, including accommodation.

The trick is: to manage your accommodation and transportation. I made calculations based on a one month stay accommodation and using motorcycle as the main transportation.

I want to share with you how you can achieve this based on 4 travel purposes; the  digital nomad, the culturally curious, the wave chaser, and the party life.

Travel in Bali with lest than USD600

 

Best Time to Travel in Bali

Indonesia is located right on the equator line. Hence, it has tropical climate. In general, you can expect warm weather in Bali. Bali seasons are the wet season (rainy season) and dry season. Dry season is the high season which falls between April and September.

Bali receives the most visitors during July & August. During Bali’s dry season, beaches are generally clean and Bali shows its pretty side. One can still expect occasional rainfall though. During rainy season, which is typically from October to March, Bali becomes quieter.

 

The Digital Nomad

Outpost Coworking Space Ubud
Outpost Coworking Space Ubud

Who’s a Digital Nomad?
Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Digital nomads work remotely, telecommuting rather than being physically present at a company’s headquarters or office. (Definition by Investopedia)

Before Getting In:

Visa
The most common visa for Bali is a tourist single-entry Visa on Arrival (VOA) which cost $35 and lasts for 30 days. Later on, you can extend it to 60 days. At the 60-day limit, you must leave and re-enter.

Productivity Must Have:

  • Unlimited internet/coworking space access
  • Coffee Places with Wi-Fi
  • Digital Community
  • Workshop

Accommodation must have:

  • Access to kitchen
    Whether you’re renting a shared room or a villa, most houses will have access to kitchen. However, don’t expect a dishwasher in Balinese homes. The electricity to power it is just too costly.
  • Laundry
    There are plenty of cheap laundry services in Bali, either charging per kilogram (IDR 20,000 / $1.5) or per item. Simply find a signage that says “Laundry” or “Laundry Kiloan.”

Best places to stay: Ubud
Find long term accommodation online:Bali housing Facebook communities

Transportation: Motorcycle
Rent a motorbike online via Bali Bike Rental or Bali4Ride, or rent one in major areas such as Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, or Ubud. If you decided to rent one on the street, don’t forget to bargain.

Coworking Space: Hubud, Dojo, Lineup, Outpost, Kumpul, The Onion Collective

Workshop:

Work friendly cafe
Well,when you’re working you will need: 1) free Wi-Fi, 2) good coffee, 3) power outlets, and 4) um, well, beer. Keep in mind that no Wi-Fi is perfect, especially in Bali, where internet is unpredictable.

Recommended places:

  • Kismet, Jl Dewi Sita No. 17, Ubud; Rp 200,000/2people)
  • Lazy Cats Cafe (+62813-3882-2589; Jl. Raya Ubud No. 11, Ubud; Rp 200,000/2people)
  • Tuck & Trap, Kerobokan (Google Map; Jl. Raya Kedampang No. 1, Kuta Utara; Rp 150,000/2people)
  • Warung Biah Biah (Google Map; +62361 978249; Jl. Goutama No. 13, Padangtegal Kaja, Ubud; Rp 100,000/2people)
  • Watercress Ubud (Google Map; +628 510 280 8030; Jl. Batu Belig No. 21A, Kerobokan, Kuta Utara; Rp 250,000/2people)

Phone & Internet Data
You can buy a Telkomsel SimPATI sim card and get a 4GB or 10GB of valid data for a month. Internet speed sometimes slows down depending on how secluded you are. If you’re traveling deep inside Ubud’s rice field’s terrain, you will most likely experience a slow internet speed.

Other resource and community:

Recommended activities:
After working all day the best thing to do is to chill with a drink while watching the sunset. Am I right? Here are some recommended bars and beach clubs to enjoy:

  • La Plancha Beach Bar and Restaurant (website; Jl. Mesari Beach, Seminyak; Rp 200,000/2people)
  • Rock Bar (website; +62 361 702222; AYANA Resort and Spa, BALI, Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera, Jimbaran; Rp 700,000/2people)
  • The Lawn, Canggu (+62 361 3351055; Jl. Pura Dalem, Canggu, Kuta; Rp 500,000/2people)
  • KU DE TA, Seminyak (+62 361 736969; Jl. Kayu Aya No. 9, Seminyak; Rp 400,000/2person)

 

The Digital Nomad Budget Calculation

1 Month Mid-Budget

 

The Wave Chaser

Bali is home to beginner or advanced surfers and divers. The wave chaser aspires to explore Bali’s beaches, seeking that thrilling feeling when riding the waves.

Before Getting In:
Riding the waves can be a full-time occupation in Bali, which means you’re going to need the equipment to feed your daily fixation. Of course, before getting in make sure what type of visa and how to get them from your respective Country Consulates.

How to transport your surfboard to Bali?
For the wave chaser bringing your surfboard intact is very important. There are several surfing stores in Bali where you can purchase one. Also, you can rent one right at the beach. Most surfers bring their surfboards to the island. Garuda Indonesia airline allows one free sports equipment piece baggage (Source: Garuda-Indonesia.com).
Note: that before you bring your board, please check with your respective airline.

Where to get a surfboard in Bali?
Here are several surfboard stores in Bali you can check.

Recommended Surfing spot:

  • Padang – Padang Beach (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pecatu, South Kuta, Badung Regency)
  • Blue Point Beach (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pantai Suluban, Ungasan)
  • Kuta Beach (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pantai Kuta )
  • Keramas Beach (Google Map; Jl. Pantai Keramas, Gianyar, Bali)
  • Serangan Beach (Google Map; Address: Jl. Pantai Serangan, Denpasar)

Best places to stay: Kuta and Seminyak area

 

The Wave Chaser Budget Calculation

1 Month Mid-Budget

 

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