After this extensive photo shoot we decided to roam around the streets of Seminyak and soak up on as much of Bali as we could.
We went to a few different beaches, had a coffee in the oh-so-beautiful Coffee Cartel and even had a quick chat with its owner there.
All in all, we stayed for 6 nights in Bali & quite luxuriously if I may say so. All our properties were in the main areas. And we spend on an average of Rs. 4200 per night in the hotels. Which I wouldn't say is less for Bali. But it isn't even too splurging.
A few points to be noted -
- Hire scootys wherever you are in Bali. That's the best & cheapest daily travel option there. You would be able to hire scooty for Rs. 300 - 350 per day. In Uluwatu & Kuta we paid Rs. 350 but in Ubud it was Rs. 300.
- Hire a cab before going from India. There are drivers who are active on Facebook & Instagram or you can take a reference from someone - but have your cab prices negotiated from here only. You wouldn't have to haggle on the roads there saving time & money. Our driver charged around $220 for picking us up at the airport, dropping back to the airport, transfer from Uluwatu to Ubud via Tanha Lot (he waited for us there) and also Mt. Batur Trek. In totality, it came around to Rs. 8000 per couple which was not bad at all. If you need the contact info of the driver we had,
- Indian food is expensive there. So try to avoid it if you can. We had Indian food only twice in the whole trip. The most affordable is of course the Indonesian food, not to mention delicious (we were all vegetarians and we got by pretty nicely). Having said that, its obviously not the food we're used to eating every day so it does seem weird at first. The first time I tried Tempeh for example, I didn't quite like it, but then I had it again in a different place and didn't mind eating it at all!
And finally the cost breakup for two people was as follows -
Flights (to & fro) = Rs. 43600
Hotels (6 nights) = Rs. 24800
Cab Ride + Mt. Batur = Rs. 8000
Scooty Rentals = Rs. 1650
Food & Shopping = Rs. 15,000
Total = Rs. 93,050
Ruchika & Roshan spent a little lesser than us because they stayed for only 4 nights but they went for the Bali Swing which costed them around Rs. 5000 extra. Their overall spend was around 85K.
But all in all, it was a trip of a lifetime and if any of you guys are planning to go Bali - I would say don't hesitate, book your tickets now!