Dreaming about a long weekend getaway to somewhere truly beautiful? Look no further than gorgeous Bali! If you're fantasizing about surfing off legendary Kuta Beach, doing yoga surrounded by emerald rice paddies outside tranquil Ubud or switching off and relaxing with a long, slow massage, read on as Skyscanner shows you how to enjoy the best of Bali on a budget.
Suggested holiday duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Flights: Prices start from RM300 (return, per pax). Check out Skyscanner for more cheap flights, and ideally, book 20 weeks ahead to get the best prices.
Places to visit: Kuta Beach, Geger Beach, Padangbai, Seminyak Beach, Tegallalang Rice Terraces, Ubud, Sanur, Kuta
Transportation costs: approx. RM63 (for 2-way airport transfers plus 3 days of motorbike rental fees)
Meals: approx. RM108 (for 3 meals per day)
Approx. total cost: RM634 (inclusive of costs of a yoga class and a Balinese massage)
1. Getting into town from Ngurah Rai International Airport
Once you’ve cleared customs at Ngurah Rai International Airport, look for the coupon taxi stand at departures and grab a pre-paid airport taxi direct to your accommodation. The ride to Kuta should take 20 minutes and cost RM17 (IDR 50,000) depending on which end of Kuta you are staying. Taxis to Ubud cost RM65 (195,000) and the journey takes up to 90 minutes.
Airport taxis in Bali operate on a fixed-rate basis, so be sure to buy a coupon to your destination from the airport taxi counter before boarding the taxi. Photo credit: Kiwi He / Flickr
2. Getting around
One of the easiest and most popular ways of getting around the island is by scooter or motorbike – you’ll have all the freedom in movement you want and won’t get stuck in southern Bali’s terrible traffic. Rentals are dirt cheap, at around RM10-RM17 (IDR 30,000-50,000) per day. It’s important to remember that that you need an international driving permit to rent and drive a motorbike in Bali. You must keep this license on hand at all times, and also wear a helmet whenever you’re riding.
If you’re confident of your road skills, renting a scooter or motorbike is a great way to explore Bali.
3. Check out the beaches
Bali’s beaches are famed throughout the world, but don’t spend all your time at one spot though, as each of the island’s beaches has unique charm. If you’re in the mood for a lively beach scene and stunning sunsets, Kuta Beach offers activities from sunbathing, surfing and other watersports. Those looking for a bit more exclusivity might want to head to the quieter Seminyak Beach instead, tucked amongst the luxury resorts of Seminyak. Water babies will be happy at Geger Beach, with its calm, deep and warm sea, and those with a hankering to snorkel should head to the naturally stunning beaches at Padangbai.
Beautiful Kuta Beach is a tourist favourite on Bali island.
4. Feed your body and mind with a yoga session
Few things are quite as rejuvenating to the mind and soul as yoga, especially practiced in the midst of great natural beauty. Pick up some yoga and meditation techniques on your holiday at one of Bali’s many top-rated yoga schools – you can practice amidst green fields in Ubud with The Yoga Barn or next to the ocean at Sanur with The Power of Now Oasis. Classes are priced between RM33 to RM43 for a drop-in session.
The Yoga Barn
Address: Jalan Raya Pengosekan, Ubud, Kec. Gianyar, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 6am-9pm daily
Prices: About RM43 (IDR 130,000) per class
Website: The Yoga Barn
Power of Now Oasis
Address: Jalan Merta Sari, Denpasar Selatan, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 8am-8pm daily
Prices: About RM33 (IDR 100,000) per class
Website: Power of Now Oasis
Pick up some yoga techniques amidst the tranquil beauty of Bali.
5. Explore the Tegallalang Rice Terraces
Besides gorgeous beaches and swaying coconut trees, the next image most frequently associated with Bali is that of rice paddy fields, prettily terraced on lush green hills. Be sure to drive up to the Tegallalang Rice Terraces near Ubud on your motorbike so you don’t miss out on that once in a lifetime photo opportunity; you’ll also be able to meet and interact with local folk who eke out a living tending the rice terraces or making wooden crafts in the nearby village of Pakudui.
Address: Kedisan, Tegallalang, Kec. Gianyar, Bali, Indonesia
Take a breath of fresh cool air and feel your eyes relax at this amazing, soothing sight.
6. Enjoy an authentic Balinese massage
The traditional Balinese massage involves gentle acupressure, firm strokes and the application of essential oils, making for an incredibly therapeutic and pleasurable experience. Treat yourself to an authentic Balinese massage at incredible prices; you can get a 30-minute back massage at RM43 (IDR 138,000) at a nice spa like Bodyworks Bali.
Address: Jalan Kayu Jati No 2, Petitenget Bali
Opening Hours: 9am-10pm daily
Prices: From RM46 (IDR 138,000)
Website: Bodyworks Bali
With fragrant essential oils and firm hand strokes, a Balinese massage is total bliss.
7. Feast on traditional Balinese food in a family-owned restaurant
Like the Italian trattoria, the Indonesian warung is a small, family-owned business that has often been passed from generation to generation. Have a taste of traditional Balinese food at one of Bali’s oldest and most established tourist-friendly warungs, Made’s Warung, which has serving up Indonesian favourites since 1969. Tuck into delicious bebek goreng (fried duck), babi guling (spit-roasted pig) and other Balinese dishes in this charming little restaurant, a popular choice for tourists and locals alike.
Address: Jalan Raya Seminyak, Banjar Seminyak, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali, Indonesia
Opening Hours: 10am-12am daily
Prices: From RM13 (IDR 40,000)
Website: Made’s Warung
Sample the delicious satay at Made’s Warung
Sample delicious Indonesian dishes like sate at Made’s Warung. Photo credit: Made’s Warung website
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