We Traveled to Bali for 3Days and 2 Nights and spent only Php15,000: Here’s How we did it!

Bali DIY Budget Itinerary

Bali on a Budget

3 DAYS/2NIGHTS TRAVEL TO BALI WITH ONLY P15000 BUDGET

Traveling to Bali with pocket money of Php 15,000 per person is possible without skimping on good food and finds. Yes, you read that right! In this blog, you’ll know how and where you can get affordable tours, must-visit attractions, and other amazing finds in Bali. You can also find here the travel requirements for traveling Filipinos to Bali.

About Bali

Bali, tagged as the Land of Gods, is a province in Indonesia that has gained traction in the most recent years as an ultimate travel destination. Whether you are traveling solo as a backpacker or with your loved ones, the place almost has everything for a perfect vacation – nature, wellness, adventure, relaxation, culture, arts, and many more. Regarding the vibe and style, it has even become a niche of its own.

Some monkeys at Nusa Penida
Some monkeys at Nusa Penida

During this trip, we went to 2 main towns/areas and an island – Ubud, Seminyak, and Nusa Penida, to see all the must-visit attractions in each.

Fountains at Tirta Gangga
Fountains at Tirta Gangga

Ubud is a town known as the uplands of Bali, where tourists usually go for traditional crafts, dance, and of course, the most popular rice terraces. On the other hand, Seminyak is a busy coastal area where you’ll find exciting beach resorts, restaurants, bars, and cafes. Nusa Penida is an island off the mainland of Bali, where you can enjoy breathtaking viewpoints and beaches.

How To Get To Bali

Several airlines fly from Manila to Bali, which alights you to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar City, where the only airport in Bali is located,

Up in the skies with Cebu Pacific Air
Up in the skies with Cebu Pacific Air

For this, we experienced a worry-free and affordable trip to Bali, thanks to Cebu Pacific Air. We took their only flight schedule daily that leaves at 3:45am so we could sleep during the 4-hour flight and arrive at 7:50am. Red-eye flights like this are actually an advantage when traveling, so you can make the most of your day and just finish it early to rest or to wander around some bars or restaurants at night.

The lines can go long for check-in, but it moves fast. You won’t have to wait for a long time in line.
The lines can go long for check-in, but it moves fast. You won’t have to wait for a long time in line.

Cebu Pacific Air’s check-in process was smooth as usual, and even though it was an early flight for the ground crew and flight attendants, they didn’t miss to smile and warmly accommodate us. We also tried some inflight snacks like the cheese roll, cookies, barbeque bun, and more. They’re so good, we had to take some home!

Don’t forget to try Cebu Pacific’s inflight snacks and drinks
Don’t forget to try Cebu Pacific’s inflight snacks and drinks

Tip: For a more hassle-free check-in process, pay your Travel Tax upon booking your tickets so you won’t need to fall in line at the tax booth.

Travel Requirements To Bali 2022

As of October 2022, the requirements lessened as Bali opened its doors to all tourists. To all traveling foreigners to Bali, which includes Filipinos, you will need the following:

  • COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate. Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated foreigners will not be accepted for the flight. The Vaccination Certificate must reflect two (2) doses of Pfizer, Moderna, Sinovac, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, and Johnson and Johnson and must be written in English. Proof of vaccination must be integrated/authorized via this website. The flight date must be at least 14 days from the last dose. (As per our experience, they also accept vaccination cards issued by the PH LGU)
  • Allowed visa (Filipinos can travel visa-free for a maximum of 30 days)
  • Passport valid for at least six (6) months
  • Proof of booking confirmation and payment for accommodation while in Indonesia
  • Download and register for the PeduliLindungi App. Please update your contact information, COVID-19 status, and vaccination status.
  • Complete the E-Customs Declaration Form and save a printed / digital copy of the system-provided barcode.
Upon arrival to Bali, you’ll need to go through their health check desks.
Upon arrival to Bali, you’ll need to go through their health check desks.

Tip:  Since Filipinos can enter Bali without a visa for a maximum of 30 days, remember to immediately ask or notify the assisting airport attendants that you have a Philippine passport, so you won’t need to line up to get a visa on arrival.

Getting Around Bali

The easiest way to get around Bali is via taxi cabs which you can hail almost anywhere. They also have TNVS like Grab (car and motorbike) and GoJek (motorbikes) that you can book if you need a ride. If you can drive a motorcycle, you can rent per day, but ensure you have the necessary requirements.

For this trip, we booked our tours and airport transfers (Pick-Up and Drop-Off) to make the most of our day via Klook. We got the best bang for our buck, especially because we want to squeeze in as many activities as possible.

Where To Stay

With a P15,000 budget per person on this trip, we stayed in 2 affordable accommodations within Ubud and Seminyak.

In Ubud, we found the Kertayasa House at Booking.com. This was such a pretty good find!

Kertayasa House
Kertayasa House

It was located along an alley filled with cheap eateries and conveniently in the center of Ubud, near ATMs, cafes and restaurants, and convenience stores. It offers free parking, free Wi-Fi, a relaxing pool, big air-conditioned rooms, laundry and ironing services, fresh fruit juices as welcome drinks, and a free big breakfast – all for only less than P700 for 2!

In Seminyak, we booked a room with double beds at Lotus Tirta Seminyak via Agoda for less than P2400 for 2.

Lotus Tirta Seminyak
Lotus Tirta Seminyak

Located near the busiest streets of Seminyak and some local attractions, it has a pool, 24-hour front desk, BBQ facilities, free parking and Wi-Fi, and other basic amenities. You can also opt to add breakfast to your booking if you like.

Places To See and Things To Do in Bali Within The Budget

For a budget of P15,000 per person (excluding airfare), you can already have a vacation to the fullest in Bali. Here are some things you can do and places to see within that budget:

DAY 1: UBUD

For our Ubud day tour, we booked a customized package via Klook worth P2322. This enabled us to choose the places we would visit. This price does not include the entrance fees. The designated driver picked us up and dropped us off in our accommodation. The tour lasted a whole day, from 10am to 7pm. Here are the places we went to and things we did:

Take delight in the Pura Taman Saraswati Temple (Free entrance)

Saraswati Temple is also known as the Ubud Water Palace
Saraswati Temple is also known as the Ubud Water Palace

Also known as the Ubud Water Palace, Saraswati Temple is a Hindu temple that charms visitors with its ancient architectural beauty and the lotus pond in front. It is a place of worship dedicated to the goddess Sarasvati.

Visit Ubud Palace (Free entrance)

Ubud Palace, one of the most important building complexes in the 1800s
Ubud Palace, one of the most important building complexes in the 1800s

Just a 3-minute walk from Saraswati Temple is the Ubud Palace, a prominent and historical landmark where the royal family of Ubud used to reside.

Join the water rituals at Tirta Empul (Entrance fee: IDR 50,000/person)

Tourists and locals line up for water purification
Tourists and locals line up for water purification

A trip would not be complete without immersing yourself in its traditions. At Tirta Empul, a more-than-a-century-old water temple notable for its holy springs is where you can experience their traditional purification.

Try Kopi Luwak at Balinese Coffee Plantation (Free entrance)

Try out various coffee and teas at the coffee plantation
Try out various coffee and teas at the coffee plantation

At Balinese Coffee Plantation, you’ll get to try Luwak Coffee, the world’s most expensive coffee and fruit and herbal teas. The entrance fee and the coffee tasting of the other variants are free for all tourists, but the Luwak Coffee is excluded, which costs around IDR 50,000 per cup.

Take a photo at Tegalalang Rice Terraces (Entrance fee: IDR 10,000/person)

Find a good spot and take that photo!
Find a good spot and take that photo!

One of the most popular attractions in Bali is its verdant rice terraces at Tegalalang. Aside from sightseeing, you can also try the zipline for a different kind of experience.

Hold your breath for a high Bali Swing (Package fee: IDR 500K+ via Klook)

Conquer your fear of heights at the Bali swing
Conquer your fear of heights at the Bali swing

Make your Bali swing Instagram photo come to life in Ubud! We booked the Bali Swing Pioneer in Ubud for 2 via Klook, giving access to the swings, romantic nests, and view decks for your photoshoot. Photographers are on standby, ready to take your photos!

Discover Batuan Temple (Entrance fee: IDR 30,000/person)

Batuan Temple is a place of worship for the village people of Batuan
Batuan Temple is a place of worship for the village people of Batuan

Batuan Temple is a village temple famous for its beautiful intricate carvings, dedicated to one of the Hindu trinity. It’s also well-known for its traditional Balinese paintings and arts. It also features a split gate, making the temple even more popular for tourists.

DAY 2: EAST BALI AND LEMPUYANG TRIP + SIDE TRIP

Go to the eastern part of Bali and discover more must-see places. We also booked a private East Bali and Lempuyang Trip via Klook for less than P3000/person. This includes an English-speaking driver, entrance fees, roundtrip transfers, fuel, and tax. We spent a day on this tour because from where we are staying in Ubud, travel time can take more or less 2 hours. Here are the places you can visit and things to do with this package:

Take a photo at the iconic “heaven’s gate” at Lempuyang Temple (Entrance fee: IDR 100,000)

If you’re lucky, you can get a clearing and see Mt Lempuyang perfectly
If you’re lucky, you can get a clearing and see Mt Lempuyang perfectly

Visiting Lempuyang Temple is a combination of cultural immersion and mountain-scape sightseeing. Don’t dare miss taking a photo at the iconic split-gate spot with Mount Lempuyang as your background.

Feed the big Koi fishes at Tirta Gangga (Entrance fee: IDR 50,000/person)

Feeds’ prices start at IDR 5,000
Feeds’ prices start at IDR 5,000

What used to be a royal palace in Eastern Bali with a maze of pools and fountains is now an attraction. Aside from having a cool retreat as you tour around, you can also buy some food for the Koi fish and feed them.

Wonder at Tukad Cepung Waterfall (Entrance fee: IDR 15,000/person)

Tukad Cepung Waterfall Photo courtesy of Klook
Tukad Cepung Waterfall Photo courtesy of Klook

It’s a magical experience.

Bali also takes pride in its natural resources, like the Tukad Cepung Waterfall. You’d love to see that this unique waterfall has its water coming down through a cave opening with the sunlight on it, which gives a glistening effect and sometimes forms a rainbow.

Take an afternoon walk at Bajra Sandhi Monument (Free entrance)

If you’ve got extra time, take a leisurely walk on the grounds of the Bajra Sandhi Monument
If you’ve got extra time, take a leisurely walk on the grounds of the Bajra Sandhi Monument

We had extra time and decided to visit a historical landmark in Denpasar, the Bajra Sandhi Monument, which stands to commemorate the struggles of the Balinese people. The whole area is about 5000 sqm, where the locals at present get together for events, have picnics in its flat green lawns and gardens, and walk, bike, or jog. When we went there, some kids in uniform were practicing football. There are things to see inside the monument for a fee, but you would just go around the area outside; it’s free.

DAY 3: NUSA PENIDA DAY TRIP

For our last whole day in Bali, we went to the lovely island of Nusa Penida, located southeast of Bali. We booked a joiner tour with snorkeling activity via Klook for around P3500 each.

We love how everything is well-coordinated with Klook! As a joiner, I never worried about being left behind. They were attentive to our needs and to our questions all the time.
We love how everything is well-coordinated with Klook! As a joiner, I never worried about being left behind. They were attentive to our needs and to our questions all the time.

This package included lunch, entrance fees, round-trip transfer to and from the meeting area, private transfer in the island, local tax, shared boat rides, and an English-speaking guide/driver.

Experience marine life (and even see a manta ray!)

We swam with this manta ray at Manta Bay!
We swam with this manta ray at Manta Bay!

Tourists usually just tour the island’s beaches, but you can appreciate it better when you go snorkeling and swimming! You’ll have 3 stops for this – Crystal Bay, Manta Bay, and Gamat Bay. You can see a Manta Ray at Manta Bay if you’re lucky! Crystal Bay and Gamat Bay are never short of beautiful corals and fishes, too!

Have your photo taken at the popular T-Rex-shaped cliff

The beauty of this cliff never disappoints, no matter what the weather is
The beauty of this cliff never disappoints, no matter what the weather is

CAPTION: Don’t miss having your photo for Instagram at one of the most iconic spots in Bali – Kelingking Beach’s beautiful T-Rex-shaped cliff!

Swim at Angel Billabong

Can’t enough of the emerald hues
Can’t enough of the emerald hues

There’s nothing like swimming in Angel Billabong’s natural pool with crystal clear emerald waters and the sea as your background.

Be in awe of Broken Beach.

Enjoy the view at Broken Beach
Enjoy the view at Broken Beach.

Check out the jaw-dropping archway of Broken Beach, where the ocean waves come in and out of the beach. Ask your tour guide about the best spot to take your photos!

3D2N Sample Itinerary with Expenses

01-Oct1ST DAYEXPENSES
3:45AMDEPART FROM MANILAPhilippine Travel Tax – Php 3240
7:50AMARRIVAL AT BALIAirport Transfers – Php 833
8:00AMPick up 4G Portable Wifi at the arrivals hallPhp 1604
Ubud Highlights Private Day Tour (for 2 pax)Php 2322
Pura Taman Saraswati TempleFree entrance
Ubud PalaceFree entrance
Tirta EmpulPhp 386
LUNCHPhp 400
Balinese Coffee PlantationLuwak Coffee – Php 192
Tegalalang Rice TerracePhp 80
Bali Swing Pioneer in Ubud (for 2pax)Php 1994
Batuan TemplePhp 230
5:00PMDrop off at the hotel
5:15PMCheck in – Kertayasa House, UbudPhp 689
6:00PM Freshen up for dinner
6:30PM DINNERPhp 200

 

02-Oct2ND DAY 
6:00AMBreakfastFree
7:00AMPick up from the hotel
East Bali and Lempuyang Temple Trip (for 2 pax)Php 5896
Lempuyang TempleTip for the photo Php 77
Tirta Gangga PalaceEntrance fee included in the package
LUNCHPhp 400
Tukad Cepung WaterfallEntrance fee included in the package
3:00PMDropped by Denpasar 
3:30PMBadjra Sandhi MonumentFree entrance
5:30PMBooked a Grab to the hotelPhp 100
6:00PMCheck in – Lotus Tirta SeminyakPhp 2324
DinnerPhp 300

 

03-Oct3RD DAY  
6:00AMBreakfast
7:00AMPick up from the hotel
Nusa Penida Day Tour from Bali (for 2 pax)Php 7002
Angel BillabongEntrance fee included in the package
Broken BeachEntrance fee included in the package
LUNCHFree
Kelingking BeachEntrance fee included in the package
Treehouse
Snorkeling at Manta Bay, Crystal Bay, and Gamat Bay (for 2 pax) 
6:00PMDrop off at accommodation
7:00PMDinner, shop pasalubongPhp 400
Php 600
Rest
 GRAND TOTALPhp 29986

Divided into 2 = Php 14993

Some good-to-know tips:

  1. Get portable wifi! There are countless times you’ll need this during your trip. We got ours and rented via Klook here. You can just pick it up and drop it off at Bali airport.
  2. Typically, locals who will be your tour guides or drivers use WhatsApp. Best to download it for easy communication.
  3. The more travel companions you have, the lower prices of some Klook packages you’ll get.
  4. As of October 2022: Indonesia is mask-free, but for safety, especially when going with crowds or using shared transportation, you can still wear yours.
  5. To save more money, try local dishes from local eateries.
  6. Sometimes, ‘pasalubong’ bought from the Bali airport is cheaper than in busy touristy areas.
  7. Balinese people are generally kind and loving, but best to still be mindful of your surroundings and the accommodations you are checking in.

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