Last year I had the pleasure of visiting the Island of Bali for a Girls Trip!! Our group consisted of 9 beautiful ladies and we had the most amazing time. The best part was that this trip didn’t cost more than $1500 dollars! Bali is an incredibly cheap country to visit and I’m here to give you some hints as to how I did it.
- Getting There: My airfare for Bali was $800 roundtrip. We flew on Singapore airlines (it was nice). The only downside to traveling to Bali is that it’s far. We had two layovers and our travel time just in airtime alone was 21 hours. Part of our group paid around $660. They left a day earlier to arrive on Thursday instead of Friday and left a day early with a 20-hour layover on the way home.
- Our accommodation: We rented an AirBnb in Amed. Amed is on the Eastern coast of Bali. It’s a small area consisting of homes as well as hotels and villas. Our villa had 3 rooms and slept 10 people. For 5 days, each person paid $150. Our villa was ocean air, but we did have AC and a housekeeper who was there to arrange trips if we wanted and to cook for us if we asked; food was not included. Before the trip, we didn’t all know each other, but the time we spent traveling helped us to get to know one another and I really enjoyed all the bonding with my fellow ladies. I will make a note that you should be mindful of where in Bali you will be staying. The island is very spread out and you’ll be taking cars or motorbikes if you want to rent and it’s not the easiest getting from place to place. Because our villa was so far from say Ubud or Canguu we had to drive at least 2+ hours to get anywhere.
- Money: I took out about $400 US dollars which amounted to $5.5 million Rupah. This was the only money I spent while in Bali. This money was enough for me to buy gifts for my family as well as gifts for myself, it covered my food as well as activities and transportation. After conversion, I would say that most meals probably cost about $10 US. Transportation roundtrip for 6 hours was about $6 US.
- The Country: Bali is a breathtakingly beautiful island. The lush countryside is filled with mountains and volcanoes and the people are nice and friendly. We didn’t spend a lot of time at the beach, we went to the beach in Canguu and it was ok.
- Activities: We of course went to the Bali swing and spent about two hours there taking pictures. It cost $95 for entry, lunch, transportation, and we went to Tegenungan waterfall. Tenguen Waterfall was honestly not very impressive. You’re not allowed in the water and the water was brown it was a very far walk down and back up. I would recommend staying hydrated as I got a little sick after that walk. We spent some time in Ubud which is very trendy, and probably more for tourists than the real Bali experience, but it was still really nice. We went to a beach club called the Lawn in Canguu and had some amazing food and drinks. I would recommend it, if you find yourself in that part of the world.
The highlight of the trip for me was the climb up Mount Batur. Mount Batur is one of the volcanoes in Bali and its popular to do a Sunrise hike. We were picked up at 1 am and started our hike at around 4. It took two hours to reach the top, and it was a pretty intense hike. We climbed up rocks, and had a couple of falls, but the view and the satisfaction of making it to the top was worth the near-death experience.
For me personally, I took the time to truly enjoy my time away. I didn’t check emails while I was away, and tried to limit my social media to only posting a few photos while I was there. It was a beautiful vacation and I am so happy that I had the opportunity to go and that we all made it back safely! If you’re thinking about visiting Bali, I would highly recommend it. You won’t regret it and you can’t beat the price! Happy Exploring!