Travelling to Bali on your own
As a rule, when we talk about Bali, we imagine a fairy-tale island with tropical vegetation, hospitable locals, as well as always warm ocean and beautiful sunsets. This island has always attracted travelers from all over the world, but in recent years, especially popular with our tourists has become an independent holiday to Bali.
For Russians, Belarusians, Ukrainians and residents of other CIS countries, traveling to this beautiful island has always carried a lot of advantages: firstly, the reasonable prices for the rest, secondly, the beautiful nature, and thirdly, the opportunity to obtain a visa right at the airport.
However, when buying a tour in the agency the cost will be overpriced, so wishing to save money, we recommend to go to Bali on their own, good to do it these days is not so difficult.First of all, you need to plan your trip, book a ticket and find a place to stay, and then draw up the necessary documents.
How to organize a trip without a travel agent
Choose a trip date and a place to stay
Calculate your own travel budget
Buy plane tickets
How to buy tickets
Fly to the Island of the Gods with Etihad Airways, AirAsia, Qatar Airways, Emirates and other airlines. A round-trip ticket to Bali will cost around $700, depending on the airline and the number of connections. In fact, flight expenses will be the most expensive part of your trip budget.
The entire flight will take 15 to 30 hours and will have one or two connections, depending on the city of departure. In particular, the transit point may be Singapore, Bangkok, or Shanghai. Often the connection takes more than 8 hours, so it’s best to prepare for the wait in advance.
If you are not too limited in money and do not like a long road, a convenient option would be a stop in one of the above cities for a couple of days in a decent hotel, combined with a blitz sightseeing.
However, the easiest, and most importantly, the most profitable way is to buy tickets on the Aviasales.ru portal. On this site is a very convenient search for airline tickets, with the ability to save your request data, as well as a subscription to promotions on the desired destination. To find the cheapest ticket for the dates you are interested in, simply select the departure airport and destination (Denpasar – DPS), then click on the dates in the calendar or type them in manually and click on the search button. In seconds the Aviasales booking engine will show you all available flights to Bali on the specified days and rank them by price, number of connections or other criteria. If you want to know how long the flight will last, this information is listed here.
Bali has a wide variety of accommodations at varying costs, including typical hotels, cozy guesthouses, and luxury villas. The process of booking your own hotel online is covered in this article.
Early hotel reservations on the Internet will allow you to save almost half the amount. But there is another effective way to save on room reservations in Bali, while not losing comfort. The fact is that the same hotel rooms (in the same hotels) on different sites are priced differently, somewhere the price is low, and somewhere it is substantially higher. The main challenge is to find the site with the lowest price for that hotel. But there are many sites for booking (there are more than 100 big sites for hotels in Bali), it is a very long and tedious process to go to each one and compare prices, because then each time you need to enter the holiday destination, arrival date, departure date, number of people in the room, the required food, it will take more than 10 hours of your precious time. That is why we created Roomguru.ru, which saves a lot of time and finds the lowest price for a hotel among hundreds of sites. It scans all the sites for hotels, compares all the offers, and displays the most favorable option for you, and the service itself is absolutely free. Why overpay for hotels, because this money will be useful in the resort and increase your level of comfort? Just use Roomguru and be sure to find the best deal!
How to book a room
Some travelers, going on a trip to Bali on their own, rent a separate house for accommodation from locals, but it’s quite a risky option, because not all landlords are decent people, and in some houses after a day of stay are found insects, which can significantly spoil the holiday. But if you are not afraid of renting a house in another country, then it should be done as safely as possible.
There is a special service called Airbnb (read more about the service here), where you can rent a house in Bali, as well as in many other places on our planet. Airbnb is not a 100% protection from scammers and bad homes, but it’s much safer to use than renting a house from the first guy you see.
It is better to take care of booking an apartment or a room in advance, especially if the dates of the tour fall on the high season. To save money, but to live comfortably, book the accommodation at least several months in advance. Naturally, the prices for seaside cottages, located on the first line, will be higher than the prices for housing in the city, slightly distant from the sea.
Of course, you can try to find a suitable option on the spot, but it will require a lot of time, good knowledge of English and a driver’s license to move around the island in search of houses for rent.
You will need very few documents to travel to Bali on your own. If you are not planning to stay on the island for more than a month, an early visa is not required. You can get a free visa stamp at the airport in Denpasar, immediately after your arrival to Bali. If you think to stay on the island longer than 1 month, it is better to buy an extendable visa for $35 (issued for a maximum of 60 days).
For the tourists, going to Bali on their own, it is recommended to get a medical insurance beforehand, because the medical service in Bali is not cheap. Well, and, of course, do not forget your passport when you leave home.
The main resorts and attractions of the island
When thinking about how to go to Bali on your own, the question of the main places to visit will definitely come to your mind. There are several popular resorts, varying in atmosphere and nature. Almost all places can be reached inexpensively by public transportation (it’s best to learn about it right now at the link provided so you can easily navigate the island).
You can enjoy a traditional holiday on the beaches of Nusa Dua, Legian and Seminyak, or enjoy the nightlife in bustling Kuta, see the work of local craftsmen and admire the rice terraces in the city of artisans Ubud or look at the black sand in the former capital of Bali Singaraja.
In addition, on the Indonesian island paradise, there are hundreds of temples, which are worthy to visit in the morning or sunset hours, when the flow of tourists is not so strong. It is also worth to go to the volcano Batur with the lake of the same name, watch a wonderful sunset from the windows of the temple Uluwatu or go to one of the waterfalls, whether Git-Git, Sekumpul or Melanting. For a better understanding of the local population is better to know the basic phrases used on the island, they are useful in a variety of situations, ranging from bargaining in the market, ending with a request for help (if such a need, which is very, very rare).
In addition to the cultural enrichment in Bali, you can actively recreate: go rafting on the Ayung River, ride a wave in the ocean with the local surfers, ride elephants or go to a water park in the area of Kuta. It is better to book interesting excursions in Bali in advance, so that you don’t have any problems with paying and explaining to the guide what you want to see specifically.
For more information about the main attractions of the island of the gods, see the article “What to see in Bali” on our website.