An Insider’s Guide to Bali on a Budget
Why would anyone not want to go to Bali?
Known by locals as the island of the gods, this Indonesian paradise offers varying terrain and so varying activities. Scale mountains, swim in the ocean, or take a relaxing walk along a hillside. There’s so much to do here without spending money, that if you plan it right, you’ll only be pulling out your wallet to buy food or pay the hotel bill.
Tuban, Kuta, Sanur and Nusa Dua beaches
One of the big reasons for coming to this island paradise. The beaches are, of course, free to enter. You can work on your tan, take a stroll along the coastline or go for a dip.
If you want to see something amazing, stick around for sunset or head out early to catch the sunrise. There are footpaths right next to the beach which can also offer some brilliant views of the sea. Explore them and find out which ones you like the most.
Mount Agung and Batukaru
Mountain climbers rejoice. Both Mount Agung and Batukara offer some great climbs and rewarding views from the top.
If you prefer something a little easier, head to Mount Lempuyang in Karangasem. This smaller and easier Mountain won’t leave you out of breath, but will still offer some brilliant views from the top.
Another great location for trekking and awesome panoramas. This free and easy nature trek will offer a cool breeze and views of gorgeous hillsides.
It’s 9 kilometers long, so it should be doable by almost anyone, and it offers a great chance to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, or the crowded sand at the beaches.
Pakudui village in Tegallalang
This small village – and several others – offer you a unique chance to view local artisans and craftsmen at work. Immerse yourself amongst woodcarvers or embroidery experts.
There is also unique local jewelry available for those who prefer something shinier. If you’re lucky, they may even let you have a try.
Kuta Beach Sea Turtles
This has to be one of the more unique and fascinating activities you can take part in, in the whole world. Located conveniently on Kuta beach, this sea turtle sanctuary is a great spot for learning about this captivating (and cute) animals.
If you’re lucky and you arrive when they’re about to release the turtle babies out to see, you can join in and be part of something special.
Head off the beaten path
For some of us, this is better than even the most expensive attraction and it’s certainly unique. Bali’s ‘off the beaten path’ attractions include an abandoned theme park north of Sanur beach, an abandoned hotel resort in Central Bali, several abandoned planes dotted around the island and a village for only deaf people known as Bengkala.
Be sure to be careful around these structures. However, if you want to see a piece of Bali which most holiday goers probably won’t visit, put on your adventure cap and get moving.
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