Did you say FREE entrance to Bali attractions? Here's how you can travel to Bali cheap so you can take a vacation without worrying about your bank balance.
Bali on a budget? No problem. There are plenty of free sights and activities to spend your time in equally rewarding ways.
Don’t stop beachin’
Why are you in Bali if you aren’t busking in the sun at one of its many gorgeous beaches? If you don’t know where the beaches are (quite impossible), just keep walking and you’ll hit the shores at some point. You don’t have to pay a single cent for a beautiful stroll and in fact, you can get tons of priceless pictures of the incredible coastline during sunset.
Get closer to heaven
There are many hiking trails up Bali’s mountains and all of them are free to climb. The more gruelling ones are Mount Agung and Batukaru, and they usually require a permit from the local village community organisation or forestry department for safety issues. Lower mountains such as Mount Lempuyang are less challenging and you will find an ancient temple at its peak. The sight you will behold is pretty close to what you might see in heaven. You can also head to Pinggan village to have a spectacular view of Mount Batur, the most visited volcano in Bali. The view from the village puts the volcano in frame and it is most impressive during sunrise or sunset. You can find Pinggan Village’s coordinates here.
Bathe in a sea of golden and white petals
Another way to feel like you are in paradise without spending a penny would be to head to Desa Temukus, where you’ll find a large flowerbed of marigolds. Known as ‘gemitir’ locally, this flower field is not far from Besakih Temple in East Bali. Go during harvest season for the best view and just ask the local villagers for directions. If you wander a few kilometres away, you will find another magical sight – the edelweiss of Bali. The landscape is snowy white with ‘kasna’, which is just another paradise in a different colour.
Go on waterfall expeditions
Put on your trekking shoes and get ready to discover waterfalls in the heart of the forests of Bali. One that is generally known only among locals is Desa Musi or Musi Village. Ask the locals for directions as this is hidden in plain sight. You can find it somewhere here.
Another one we recommend is the Jembong Waterfall, which is reputed to be the most organised waterfall in Bali. There is a small and well-manicured garden across its entrance. Jembong stands at two-storeys high and has turquoise water flowing against irregular rock walls. Don’t forget to jump into the pool and enjoy a refreshing soak beneath the waterfall. Find coordinates here.
Take romantic walks
Romance may be where you create it, but there are places in Bali that set the mood for you. One such place is the Campuhan Ridge Walk, where you can take your bae on a free trek through rice fields, past quaint Indonesian huts and beautifully designed villas. Butterflies will join you on your 2-3km stroll to enhance the romantic experience. The Tegallalang Rice Terrace in Ubud is also an excellent place to go for a stroll. The landscape becomes extra magical on a clear morning when the sun rays beam down on the terraces and through coconut trees.
Campuhan Ridge Walk
Address: Kelusa, Payangan, Jl. Raya Campuan, Sayan, Ubud, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80571, Indonesia
Tegallalang Rice Terrace
Address: Jl. Raya Tegallalang, Tegallalang, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 80561, Indonesia
Be a ninja and save turtles
Support turtle conservation efforts by visiting two major conservation sites on the island for free. One of them is conveniently at Kuta. The Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) can be found right next to the Balawista lifeguard tower and the Headquarters Beach Club. It has a huge nursery which contains a sand bed with clusters of eggs rescued from contiguous nesting sites in order to protect them from natural predators and human beach activities. You can freely participant when they release the hatchlings out to sea! The other centre is the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre (TCEC), which has a variety of activities for adults and kids alike.
Bali Sea Turtle Society
Address: Jl. Pantai Kuta, Kuta, Kabupaten Badung, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Tel: +62 811 3882 683
Turtle Conservation and Education Centre
Address: Tukad Wisata No. 4, Link. Pojok-Serangan, Denpasar Selatan, Bali 80229
Tel: +62 813 3849 0357
(Pretend to) Fly an abandoned airplane
There is one near Pandawa Beach, and this is one intact Boeing 737 that you can go into and pretend to be a pilot. Its origin is unknown and it is now a hot site for tourists and locals alike. Another can be found in someone’s backyard in Kuta, and another is in the middle of nowhere on barren land in Jembrana. Has it become a trend to abandon your airplanes these days?
Jembrana: Coordinates here
Kuta: Coordinates here
Pandawa: Coordinates here
Party like a Balinese
Participate in a Balinese festival! They are free to join and it's a great opportunity to witness the arts and vibrant culture of the island when they have a street procession. Bali has festivities throughout the year and you can refer to the calendar here. From a festival of splashes and smooches, rituals and temple anniversaries to art and kite festivals, there are opportunities galore to immerse yourself in their culture, mostly for free!
Discover the wonders of nature
Be in awe of Bali’s geographical features by visiting a ‘broken sea’, or Pasih Uwug at Nusa Penida. It is within a natural arch created by rock cliffs and there's a hole in the cliff that allows ocean waters to flow through, creating a natural pool for you to marvel at or even swim in!
You can witness a waterblow at Nusa Dua, when the waves of the Indian Ocean crash against rock cliffs. One of nature’s prettiest sights that costs nothing, this is something you can’t find just anywhere. When the waves hit the narrow space within the rock cliff and when pressure builds up, the water blows upwards to a great height.
Another natural wonder is at Tegal Wangi Beach, where you’ll find mini ‘jacuzzis’ you can soak in with an amazing view of the ocean.
Address: Jalan Batu Nunggul, Nusa Penida
Address: Nusa Dua Beach, Semenanjung Nusa Dua, Badung, Bali 80517
Tegal Wangi Beach
Address: Jalan Pura Tegalwangi, Badung, Jimbaran