Cheap flights to Bali (Denpasar International Airport) are available from Darwin and Perth International Airports. Departures from the east coast will typically include a domestic flight to one of these cities, however there are also several options for cheap flights flying directly into Denpasar. Connecting flights running primarily through Singapore and Kuala Lumpur are available from Brisbane, Sydney & Melbourne International Airports. Cheap flights are available from Adelaide International Airport and often route through Jakarta. There is a small fee for a 30-day Visa which may be organised on board your flight or upon arrival, depending on your transfer point. Denpasar International Airport is 2.5km from Kuta, 13km from Denpasar and 40km from Nusa Dua. Once you exit the arrival lounge, anticipate requests for money at every turn you make. Approach the Ngurah Rai Airport Taxi attendant for a fixed price (and super cheap) fare, or book ahead with your hotel’s shuttle bus service. Car hire is available at the airport. It is more expensive than local counterparts and you will need an International Driver's License along with a little bit of courage to brave the Balinese traffic. If you decide on renting a car, this is not the time to start haggling - make sure you're fully covered by insurance.
Transport in Bali is generally cheap and simple. You will find so much to do within walking distance from your accommodation and some hotels have their own bicycles for you to use. You can rent a bike from $2 for the entire day and if you’re completely nuts, it’s around $4 to hire a scooter. Most Australian travel insurers will not cover you when engaging in this type of activity and the roads are fairly hazardous to navigate, especially for a first-timer. For longer journeys you can hire a car and driver for very reasonable prices. If you choose to take a taxi make sure your driver uses the metre. Minivans and smaller minivans called bemos will take you shorter distances for an agreed cost – your smile and manners will ensure you get the best price.
A trip to the Elephant Safari Park of Desa Taro will see you interacting with Sumatran elephants rescued from habitat destruction. The Bali Safari & Marine Park is great value for a full day out, but definitely not on a hangover. Bali is hot! Soak up the sun snorkelling around Lembongan Island, surfing at Kuta or just lazing on the white sand beach in Nusa Dua. If you’re adventurous, camp overnight at Mount Batukaru with a local guide and take a pre-dawn hike to the summit for a spectacular sunrise. Make your way back to Denpasar via the rice fields of Jatiluwih and buy into the gimmick that is the world’s most celebrated cat poo, Luwak Coffee. Whether it's the stallholders in Kuta vying for your business or a long-tailed macaque monkey stealing your sunnies at the Uluwatu Temple, everyone in Bali wants you. Whatever it is you choose to do, you can probably get it lower than the quoted price - be reasonable, cheap doesn't mean unfair.
The Kuta Art Market is a great place to test your haggling skills. It houses locally made wares and is a bit more accessible than the packed art markets at Sukawati. Kuta Square has all the brand names you’ve seen your friends bring home as does Seminyak Square, which is probably more impressive. Try Balinese suckling pig at Ubud’s Ibu Oka or an Indonesian banquet at Bumbu Bali in Nasa Dua. For a cheap bite, try some Nasi Jinggo (rice) from a bicycle vendor. Party on the beach at Double Six or chill out at the Appache Reggae Bar. For a super star experience, sip on a Lychee Martini at Hu’u or down some cocktails at the Potato Head Beach Club, if only to say you did!
Bali is served by Bali Ngurah Rai Airport (Denpasar, Indonesia)
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