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Average Spending Habits Of Bali Tourists Revealed

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Over the last year leaders in Bali have been calling for the tourism sector to promote the island as a destination for high-spending and long-staying tourists.

Bali is known to be a destination that can be explored on a shoestring budget or with no expense spared, but what are the average spending habits of tourists right now?

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Indonesia’s Minister for Tourism and Creative Economies Sandiaga Uno has attended the 2023 Archipelagic and Island States Forum Summit in Bali this week.

World leaders have discussed everything from marine protection to carbon sequestration and the future of sustainable tourism. 

Minster Uno has revealed that the average spend of foreign tourists to Bali is USD 1,500 per person per stay.

Minster Uno used the occasion to outline how meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibition (MICE) events are an impactful way to improve tourists’ interest in a destination such as Bali. 

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He explained, “In this MICE event involving more than fifty countries and an estimated one thousand participants the impact could be very significant.”

He added that “this shows that the quality of spending by MICE tourists is high, so it can have a significant impact on the local economy.”

But what does this mean for tourists planning their trips to Bali? The average spend on vacation may add up to USD 1,500 but if Ministers want to promote more big events to attract foreign visits, what will they have to do to ensure interest continues to grow?

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Tourists planning their visits to Bali can expect to see more specialist events and festivals on the calendar.

From cultural conferences to huge music events and specialist festivals like the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival for example. Leaders want to diversity the reasons why tourists may want to come to visit Bali. 

Bali’s neighboring island of Lombok is this weekend hosting the Moto GP. This event has attracted thousands of tourists to the island to watch the event live.

During their visit, spectators will also have the opportunity to explore Lombok, and the Gili Islands with many also making the boat crossing to Bali to make the most of their time in Indonesia. 

Big music events with world-class artists are happening every week in Bali, especially at the island’s most well-known beach clubs.

The next big events season will be in December when artists like David Guetta, Martin Garrix, Fatboy Slim, and Rüfüs du Sol will all be performing live.

These headline artists are noted by many party lovers as one of the biggest reasons why they are heading to Bali this festive season. 


While leaders work to lay on more events and attractions for tourists in Bali, some regular visitors to the island are raising concerns about the rising costs of food, accommodation, and travel experiences.

Bali lovers have taken to social media to discuss whether the times are simply changing or if the cost of travel in Bali is rising above a manageable limit. 


One Australian tourist reached out to the Bali tourist advice page Bali Bogans. She asked, “Is Bali becoming expensive?” 

She explained “$60 [AUD] steaks, $4 coffees, $30 taxi ride from airport less than 4 kilometers, water parks costing $300 for family.”

The Bali tourist asked “It’s more expensive than anywhere in Asia. Have they become greedy or [are we] happily pushing up prices?”


While some may argue that Bali remains a destination to suit every budget, the cost of everything everywhere is undoubtedly rising. What we do know definitively is that the cost of travel to Bali is about to increase for everyone, no matter their spending allowance. 

On the 14th of February 2024, Bali will formally introduce the new tourism tax. The charge is applicable to every traveler entering Bali, including children, and the rate is set to be introduced at IDR 150,000.

The tourist tax has been explained by officials as a way to help preserve and promote Balinese culture and environmental conservation. 

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Sunday 15th of October 2023

Prices rising while everything looks like a total dump. Horrible infrastructure, dirty, polluted, lawless, disgusting.


Monday 16th of October 2023

@Abdul, I have seriously horrific luck for coming to and investing in Bali when I did. Been downhill ever since week #2.

Mr Bear Snr

Sunday 15th of October 2023

The Slush Fund creators will be rubbing their hands with Glee next year. After paying 30,000,000Rp for your month long hotel stay in Bali visitors doing to Gilis for a break from Balis ratrace will cop 150,000Rp to return to their already paid for hotel. Roll on MotoGP in Lombok. It'll take hours for every Ferry passenger to be fleeced when returning to Padang Bai. Anyone Transiting through Bali to Lombok or elsewhere will be forced to pay or they will end up on the Immigration Merry-go-round and miss their connecting flights.


Monday 16th of October 2023

@Mr Bear Snr,

Arriving at Padang Bai without transport means shafted by the local taxi mafia that are keeping online taxis out of harbour areas. In Sanur harbour these ripoff masters are asking 400-500k for the 12-13km trip to Kuta.

Soon all activities will be controlled by mafia to extort foreigners (not only tourists).


Saturday 14th of October 2023

From South Africa. It's become expensive and many places Inc nusa pinida is really dirty and the roads are shocking besides all the extra taxes and new visa fees we now have to pay. Taxi rip offs everywhere. Many beaches ' Sanur ' is very dirty and the harbor area is shocking ...etc etc . Been here 5 times and this time will sadly be my last as many other Asian countries still offer way better value ...PS the bali people are great so I think the government needs to shape up ..

Wayan Bo

Friday 13th of October 2023

How much have to pay for not coming❓❗️


Monday 16th of October 2023

@Wayan Bo, All Americans, Europeans, and Australians are charged $2,000 per year for no-shows. Would be cheaper and less stressful than coming here. So it's a fair deal!


Friday 13th of October 2023

@Wayan Bo, Do not worry, there is already plan for a "no show" fee.

Wayan Bo

Friday 13th of October 2023

Hydrogen or EV GP❓🤣