Being on a holiday is a luxury; you have saved up for a vacation for a long while and now the time is finally there to spend this money. But how do you get the most out of it by not spending it all at once? No matter if you are backpacking, on a budget holiday or just looking for something fun to do for a decent price, we have selected for you 20 fun cheap things to do in Bali.
We all have different tastes, some people like to lie on a beach devouring books while others like to get on the road to sightsee or be active in the hills. In Bali there is just about everything to do, all on one island! Think about something and Bali will have it on offer at only a short drive away.
1. Surfing lesson – $25 for 2 hours class
Bali is enveloped by some of the world’s most beautiful waters, what’s more they are blessed by amazing waves and surf spots.
What better place for learning how to surf than in this surfing paradise for beginners in Kuta? For $25 USD per person you will learn the basics of surfing during a two-hours lesson. Fun (and muscle pain) guaranteed!
2. Snorkel in Bali’s pristine waters for less than $5 a day
Located in the Coral Triangle Region, Bali is one of the most special places in the world where you can find incredible marine life. Make sure you witness this! Rent a mask and snorkel and head straight for the clear blue waters (no boat ride required) in Amed or Pemuteran. A low cost and unique activity to do.
3. Treetop park access – $29 per person
Feel like a monkey in the trees at this treetop adventure in the Botanical Garden of Bedugul. You will find 7 adventure circuits from one tree to another with 72 challenges for all levels and ages. 2,5 Hours of fun for the whole family (minimum age 4 years) or a group.
USE DISCOUNT CODE “CHEAP” for a USD 10 Discount!
4. Waterbom Park – entrance ticket for only $35
Set in a lush tropical garden, the aquatic Waterbom Park offers 101 ways of thrilling activities on land and in the water! A whole day of fun and entertainment for the young and the young at heart for only USD $35. Book your Waterbom ticket here at the lowest price.
USE DISCOUNT CODE “CHEAP” for a USD 10 Discount!
5. Trampoline at Bounce Bali – only $7
Bounce Bali Trampoline Center is located at the Canggu Club and has been designed and created for only one purpose: to have FUN! Bounce your head off and go crazy!
6. Bali Zoo – entrance fee $19
Do you want to meet animals from Indonesia and outside Indonesia? Visiting Bali Zoo is a great day out for a couple or when traveling with children.
7. Yoga class – from $10 per class
Known as a yoga haven, Bali proposes different types of yoga classes. Doing yoga in Bali is a must experience and you will definitely find a yoga course that is suitable to your liking. We recommend you the Yoga Barn in Ubud, Samadi Yoga in Canggu, Prana Spa in Seminyak, Desa Seni in Canggu all the way to this yoga class at Sanur Beach to experience the feel of real relaxation. Probably one of the best place in Asia to experience amazing yoga at a cheap rate!
8. Half Day Balinese Cooking class – from $21
Enjoy an Indonesian cooking class in Ubud only using local products. You will visit a local market first, after which you will learn to cook the products you bought. If this is not yet enough, watch a fruit carving presentation and Balinese traditional medicine presentation that are also included in this half-day culinary experience for USD $21 per person. Bali, and especially Ubud are famous for their creative cooking classes, prices are relatively more affordable than in other touristic destinations of Asia.
9. Picnic by the beach – only $21 per person
Bali is speckled with beautiful beaches that are ideal for a memorable picnic with your family. Sanur is the most family friendly beach with its calm waters, and would be the perfect picnic spot for a family or group of friends.
The famous South Peninsula beaches also offer stunning sceneries with beaches hidden by the cliffs, for this intimate occasion we’d recommend you to head towards Balangan. Or if you prefer more quiet scenery, you could just head towards the East Coast of Bali and find a quiet beach, away from the crowds.
However, if you don’t feel organising anything on your own, we invite you to join this picnic on a private beach near Uluwatu, it will cost you only $21 per person and even a waiter will attend you. One of the best deal you’ll find around Uluwatu beach!
10. Boat trip to Nusa Lembongan island – return ticket for $25
If you are looking for a beach-day out or few days excursions around Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan, or Penida. You can just take the ferry from Serangan harbour (near Sanur) and venture some of Bali’s most beautiful beaches. The cost of this cheap ferry ticket is USD $25 per person. Book your ferry tickets to Nusa Lembongan right here.
11. Walking tour – On your own or guided tour for $25
Enjoy this half-day walking tour in Ubud to learn about the Balinese culture while enjoying the stunning scenery of rice fields and waterfalls. The expert guide will be happy to explain you about all your encounters along the way, from growing rice to the irrigation system in this area. The cost of this tour is $25 USD per person. However, if you decide take this tour on your own we recommend you exploring Campuhan Walk and Ubud’s surroundings.
12. Rent a motorbike or bicycle & explore Bali countryside – from $3
Travelling by motorbike or bicycle is a great way to explore Bali and witness its countryside. Rent one for about IDR 50.000 per day and enjoy riding around Ubud’s rice fields with its amazing views. You may prefer to book a downhill cycling tour for USD $18 to experience a fascinating tour through Bali’s quiet back roads including a visit to a woodcarving workshop, temples and coffee plantation.
13. Kecak Dance – entrance ticket for $8
Having rented that motorbike, make sure you get to see the Kecak dance on the way, just bring with you IDR 100,000 for the entrance fee and you can witness the spectacular ceremony. If you prefer, book a guided tour for $43 USD with a late afternoon transfer to the beautiful Uluwatu Temple, perched 30 meters above the cliff facing the Indian Ocean. The impressive Kecak dance tells the love story of Rama and Shinta with the setting sun as background in this extraordinary location.
14. Silver workshop – from $32
You can choose to buy a souvenir in a shop, or you can make your own souvenir! At this silver workshop in Ubud you will learn Balinese silver smithing techniques and create your own jewellery for USD $32 per person. Children of over 8 years of age are welcome to join.
15. Batik Workshop – from $28
Another unique local activity in Ubud is this Batik workshop, a 3-hour fascinating introduction to Balinese Batik techniques, tools and dyes. Produce your own design or try to master the detail of a traditional one and bring your self-made souvenir home with you.
16. Homemade beauty product workshop – a unique experience for $35
Discover Balinese healing traditions and learn how to make beauty products with homegrown herbs from the garden in Ubud. Aditionally you will get a one-hour organic facial treatment.
17. Coffee workshop – from $25
Are you a coffee-lover and do you see coffee as the black gold? Time to learn more about it! Choose one or more of these interesting workshops like a roasting demo (a journey from green bean to the roasting process), a home brewing course (learn how to become a home barista), espresso-mastering or milk & latte art. Each workshop costs USD $25 per person.
Here is a complete list of workshops in Bali, coffee but not only!
18. Sip a cocktail in a beach club – from $8
The real feel of holiday kicks in with a cocktail in your hands, feet in the sand and looking at the ocean. There are many places to enjoy this feeling in Bali, we recommend you among them Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, Rock Bar in Jimbaran or Finns Beach Club in Uluwatu (Ungasan). A cocktail should cost you about USD $8-15 but you can always go for a fresh Bintang, this holiday feeling will be the same 🙂
19. Taste the famous Balinese traditional dish : Babi Guling – from $4
You can’t say that you have been to Bali if you haven’t tasted Babi Guling or suckling pig, one of Bali’s most popular dishes. The pig is stuffed and infused with a spicy concoction and traditionally spit-roasted.
All around Bali you can find this delicious meal for $4 – 10 USD, of which Ibu Oka in Ubud is best known. Other restaurants worth a try are Warung Babi Guling in Sanur or Sari Kembar in Seminyak.
20. Learn how to make your own kite and fly it like a local – $30
No matter where you are on this beautiful island, Bali has a lot to offer. Water & beach activities, traditional workshops, sightseeing tours, adventure & fun things to do for the whole family. And from now on you don’t have to spend too much money anymore.
We hope you enjoy our selection of cheap things to do in Bali, feel free to share with us your feedbacks and tips to enjoy Bali at its best.