I swear, there is so much to see in Bali even though it’s not a huge island. Deep jungles, high waterfalls, traditional villages, sandy beaches, a national park, and I haven’t mentioned all the diverse activities yet.
Whether you are planning a Bali day trip or a tour from Bali to neighbouring islands, here are the coolest tours for under 100 USD. Some Bali tours are even under $30!
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Should you plan ahead or book onsite?
In Bali, you will find a “tourist information” at nearly every corner. Even taxi drivers offer customized tours. The problem is just weeding through the options and finding a tour that is well planned, comes with a guide fluent in English and a price you feel is appropriate. You have to haggle, too.
That’s why organizing a tour in advance promises a more hassle free experience. Especially when you only visit Bali for a short time and winging it isn’t your style, you need to get your ducks in a row to fully enjoy your time here.
Some of the Bali day tours I picked for you are from Get Your Guide, which allows you free cancellations until 24 hours before the trip. So it’s a good idea to book your trip on the day you think is best. You can always cancel it if you feel like you’ve overstretched yourself sightseeing. The prices are fair too.
Should I book a private or group tour for Bali?
That depends on whether you prefer travelling alone (or with your friends) and on your budget. A private tour offers a mere personal and indepth tour as you have the guide to yourself and can better tailor your Bali excursions to your tastes and preferred schedule.
By joining a group, you get better Bali deals for tours. It’s much more budget friendly and you get to share the experience with other people. And maybe make new friends! At the very least you can ask others to help take photos, which can be hard as a solo traveller.
Water Temples and Rice Fields Day Trip
Driving around Bali by yourself if you aren’t confident on a scooter can be super daunting. And getting from Tanah Lott o Ulun Danu Beratan is quite the adventure, I can tell you. Winding roads, lots of traffic and uphill. So it’s great that you can hire your own private Bali tour guide to take you.
This way, you can see the iconic temple that seems to float on the lake during high tide surrounded by stunning mountains rising all around. To balance this view, the next stop takes you to the lush Jatiluwih Rice Terraces, a renowned UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site and one of the prettiest rice fields in Bali.
Completing your tour of water temples in Bali, you will stop by beautiful Tanah Lot near Canggu. The best time to visit is during sunset and you get to do exactly that. Remember: walk away southward along the beach to get the best view of the Balinese ocean temple.
Prices from US$ 20.65 per person
The Instagram Day Tour
Bali is THE place to be for serious Instagrammers it seems. And it’s not hard to see why. Gorgeous sunsets over wide stretches of sandy beach. Soft golden rays of sunlight poking through the jungle foliage and hitting softcarpets of rice fields. Awesome waves when riding your surf board. Towering waterfalls. Colourfully decorated temples… I could go on and on.
To get to see the main points of interest, join a tour that is catered to your photography needs. Don’t forget your camera and outfits you want to document on your trip. It’s also possible to book the drone option, so you can get 3-4 minutes of epic, edited footage of yourself within 24 hours.
You will be picked up from your accommodation island-wide (except for North and West Bali) and your entrance fees are covered as well. Yes, you will get to try out the famous jungle swing and take a dip at Tukad Cepung waterfall. The water temple Tirta Gangga is also on the list as are the Gates of Heaven at Lempuyang Temple.
Prices from US$ 73.27 per person
Nusa Penida Island Day Tour
Not far from Bali, you can find the wonderful mini island of Nusa Penida. It’s a hugely popular day trip from Bali for a good reason. The boat ride is only half an hour and it’s more untouched than Bali. There are tons of great places for snorkelling and diving and on land, you can admire beautiful beaches.
You can choose between a private or group tour from Bali to Nusa Penida and whether you prefer seeing East, West or South Penida. Visiting all the main attractions of Nusa Penida is not possible within a day.
Prices from US$ 37.39 per person
Volcano Sunrise Hike
One of the coolest tours in Bali you can do is a sunrise hike of Mt Batur. The day is long (it’s an 11 hour tour!) and you have to get up ridiculously early but the rewards are so worth it. Watch the orange light illuminate the cloud covered valleys below and feel on top of the world on Bali’s highest volcano crater.
The 1.5-hour trek isn’t too challenging as you will have a driver getting you close. You need a moderate level of fitness and comfortable walking shoes and a light jacket as it can get chilly. (No flip flops!!) Check out my free downloadable Bali packing list here.
Afterwards, you will be served breakfast with a view and then relax your sore muscles in a local hot spring at 9am. The day tour around Bali will be concluded at a coffee plantation and you can take a nap back at your hotel at around 1pm.
Prices from US$ 66.27 per person
Ubud Temples and Rice Fields
There are a ton of things to do in Ubud, whether you are looking for scenic attractions or spiritual events, you won’t be disappointed. If you seek the former, a tour will help you majorly with ticking off all the must see spots.
Learn more about Bali’s religion and traditions at Batuan Temple and then mingle with playful monkeys at Ubud Monkey Forest. (Take off and store away all jewellery, hair clips and glasses before entering!) Entrance fees are included in the tour.
You’ll be hungry and luckily you have time to get yourself a yummy lunch near the Tegalalang Rice Terraces. Of course, you also get the chance to stroll around Ubud Market and purchase local products. They make for great keepsakes and souvenirs.
Prices from US$ 50 per person
Uluwatu Kecak Dance at Sunset
Surfers typically visit Bukit Peninsula for its stunning white beaches and glorious waves. There are a lot of attractions around here as well (such as abandoned airplanes), the most well known being Uluwatu Temple towering over the ocean.
It sits on a cliff and is also home to the cheeky Bali monkeys (again, put away ALL jewellery, glasses and shiny items on you. They WILL steal them.) One specialty of the temple is the daily performance of the traditional kecak dance to the backdrop of a fiery sunset. And yes, the performance includes actual fire.
During your Bali tour, you won’t just watch but also learn more about Balinese culture with an optional English speaking guide. You can choose a Bali tour package that is either private or involves joining a group tour, depending on your budget.
Prices from US$ 17.00 per person
Canyon, Waterfall and Cave
Are you a lover of nature? Bali is JUST the place and you don’t even need to travel far from Southern Bali to be right in the middle of breathtaking landscapes. Trek right into the depth of the famous Beji Guwang Hidden Canyon or feel utterly small (and refreshed) at Tegenungan Waterfall near Ubud.
Close by you will find – and visit – two UNESCO World Heritage temples. The first one is the Elephant Cave, Goa Gajah. Since there are no elephants native to Bali, you will find out what gave the religious cave its name.
The other temple on the list is Gunung Kawi, one of the Bali’s oldest monuments. If you ask me, it’s the most beautiful temple of the island. Along your drive, you also will see the many rice fields that Bali is so known for.
Prices from US$ 26 per person
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