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When to go:
The High Season (July and August)
As the name suggests, the high season is one of the most popular times to visit Bali. While you will have solid, sunny weather, you will pay for it! Hotel rates are highest during this time and Bali will be crowded so you should prepare yourself for busy beaches, trafficky roads and packed restaurants.
The Shoulder Months (May, June and September)- Recommended
Hands down, you’ll find the best weather during May, June, and September. It will be less humid than other times of the year and you will have plenty of sunshine. While hotel prices aren’t as cheap as they are in the low season, you can still find some pretty solid deals on accommodations.
The Low Months (January through April and October and November)- Recommended for budget travelers
If you are looking to do Bali on a budget, you should visit during the low months. While it’s technically rainy season, the rain showers are usually isolated so you will still have ample outdoor time. Just make sure you bring along a dry bag for your electronics in case you get stuck in a rain storm- your cell phone will thank you. You’ll get the best hotel deals during these months and the island will be less crowded than other seasons.
Similar to many other popular tourist destinations, Bali sees a spike in tourism over Christmas and New Years. Hotel prices will be high and tourist areas on the island will feel crowded.
Average costs (USD) for basic items in Bali. We base these numbers off of what we spent.
Bed in a hostel: $6.00-$15.00
Budget hotel: $15.00-$30.00
Mid-Range hotel: $30.00-$80.00
Bottle of water (1.5L): $.75
Basic meal at a local eatery (warung): $ 2.50-$4.00
Basic meal at “western-style” restaurant: $5.00-$7.00
One domestic beer in a bar: $1.50-$3.00
Taxi ride (per 1 km): $.60
Getting around in Bali can be a bit tricky. Public transport is virtually non-existent and in the few places it is available, it can be quite confusing and unreliable.
Renting a car is pretty much out of the question for tourists as the roads are crowded and complicated. We recommend renting a motorbike but if you aren’t an experienced rider, don’t try learning in Bali as the roads are narrow and hectic.
Uber and Grab exist on the island but they are banned in many neighborhoods and at the airport. You will see signs in certain areas indicating that only drop off is allowed.
*Your best bet is to hire a private driver or a taxi to get around Bali. Surprisingly private drivers are pretty affordable and easy to find.
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