Bali holidays on a shoestring

“Bypass the plush spas and chain hotels and explore Baliís lesser-known attractions, staying in small homestays and eating local meals Ė a true insight into Balinese daily life and culture.”


Candi Kuning | Lake Beratan | Brahmavihara-Arama | Singaraja | Subak Guliang | Mount Batur | Manggis | Tenganan | Ubud | Mengwi | Tanah Lot Temple

Description of Bali holidays on a shoestring

Bali, the 'island of the gods' , is famed for its outstanding natural beauty, relaxed lifestyle and wonderful culture and you'll find all three elements included on our Bali on a shoestring trip.

Escape from the beaten path of large chain hotels and instead venture into the heart of the country. Here you will meet the locals, try your hand at cooking, discover their ancient farming practices and explore the stunningly beautiful temple complexes that dot the island. Get up early and swim with dolphins and watch as the sun rises over the island from the summit of Mount Batur, an extinct volcano.

Along the way you will be escorted by an experienced, local English speaking guide who will teach you about their country. And of course, you'll have five wonderful days to relax at the end of your trip and soak up Bali's wonderful ambiance.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Bali holidays on a shoestring


Bali is an island of outstanding natural beauty and ensuring it is maintained and protected is an important element of your stay. Bali has an ancient culture and remnants can be seen as you visit its vast temple complexes - entry to these sites is covered in your payment for the trip and goes towards ensuring they remain accessible for generations to come.

During your visit to Alila's cookery school you will also have a chance to visit her organic garden - by growing food and produce organically, pesticides are removed from the growing process which has a beneficial effect on the surrounding environment.

Our Ground Agents are very much aware of the environmental impact of tourism and work closely with the charity R.O.L.E. This charity is involved in essential activities such as beach cleaning and environmental awareness training for islanders. By booking this holiday with us, your money helps to continue R.O.L.Eís work in protecting the environment and ensuring that Bali stays postcard perfect.


A key part of your trip to Bali is meeting the inhabitants of the island and discovering their special skills and businesses. Your first stop is at the beautiful markets of Candy Kuning and you'll have the chance to barter and buy spices, fresh fruit and vegetables from the vendors.

In Subak Guliang, you will spend time with local farmers, learning about their farming practices and Bali's rural rice-growing communities. Fees from this activity goes toward sustaining the famers and their family, while providing a valuable insight into their lives.

When you spend the morning with Alila you will not only try your hand at cooking some of Bali's delicious dishes, but also contribute towards the success and growth of Alila's business.

While in Ubud, you will meet with a local healer who will teach you about the traditional medicines and herbs used on the island, continuing the use of these ancient practices while helping to further these traditional arts.

Our ground handlers ensure that only local guides are employed where possible. This ensures you have an authentic and experienced introduction to the country and the guides and their families benefit directly from your tourism.

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