My costs start in Padang Bai, Bali and include:
- A fastboat from Padang Bai to Nusa Lembongan
- 8 nights / 9 days in Nusa Lembongan
- 6 days of scooter rental (including petrol)
- 8Gb of fast Mobile Data
- A fastboat to Sanur, Bali (including transport to my Kuta, Bali hotel)
N.B. I was in Nusa Lembongan in High Season so I was paying ‘top dollar’ for everything. Although this may have made some difference to my costs, given the costs that I negotiated and what I did, I don’t think that those differences ended up being significant.
For more information, read my post on Nusa Lembongan.
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Read About – GRANDPAcking Costs if you don’t know how to interpret my figures.
MY ACTUAL 1 PERSON GRANDPAcking COSTS:
Accommodation: My accommodation was a GRANDPAcking Double in a guesthouse set around a central garden. My room had above average furniture, an oudoor seating area with table & chairs, in-room WiFi (albeit a bit ‘slow’) and a TV with local channels.
Transport: I rented a scooter for 6 of my 8 days. It was an almost new scooter. I toured the island every day and only had to put a total of 4.5 litres of petrol in it.
Communications & Fees: I already had my Telkomsel SIMpati package and topped it up with 8Gb of Mobile Data.
Food: I averaged about IDR85k / day but I didn’t fully follow the GRANDPAcking ‘standard’; I didn’t always have a fruit juice in the evenings.
LIVING Costs: As usual, most of my LIVING Costs went on beer. I tended to have a drink in the evenings in Happy Hour on the beachfront and / or with my evening meal. I averaged 3 large Bintangs per night.
My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was IDR362k / NZ$43 / US$28 / €25 / £18. This put a pleasant roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘local cafe’, and paid for my refreshments.
My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were IDR312k / NZ$37 / US$24 / €22 / £16.
I spent most of my time relaxing and ‘soaking in’ the Nusa Lembongan ‘laid back’ atmosphere. I didn’t do any snorkelling or SCUBA diving.
My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at IDR469k / NZ$56 / US$36 / €33 / £23 per day. I had plenty of LIVING funds to have fun as and when I wanted to.
WHAT IT SHOULD COST 2 GRANDPAckers:
Accommodation: You can get places for IDR150k / night but they will be (a) exclusive of breakfast and / or (b) below GRANDPAcking standard and / or (c) in a poor location. Get a nice one for IDR200k. Negotiate hard and offer cash up front and you may be able to get them down closer to IDR150k / night for a long term stay (there’s no harm in trying).
Transport: I include the usual budget to get out of town once a week on an adventure. The roads a very bad around the island, so I have budgeted for you to have one scooter each.
Food: There are several cheap options around town for IDR20k / meal. This isn’t just Nasi Goreng and Mee Goreng… there are several different local dishes to be had at that price.
The ‘Costs Of Existence’ of 2 GRANDPAckers is about IDR413k / NZ$48 / US$31 / €28 / £20 per day.
This is about IDR261k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 40% of your GRANDPAcking budget).
With that money you could:
- Upgrade your Dinner for 2 and eat in one of the best Restaurants and have money left
- Drink 8 large Bintangs down the Star Two Thousand in Happy Hour
- Rent 2 scooters with petrol for the day and have money left
- Buy 2 full day snorkelling trips and have money left
Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a good day.
I would, normally, have spent a lot more on LIVING. I would have, normally, been out snorkelling or SCUBA diving (both are meant to be very good in this area). I was just a bit ‘lazy’ this time and preferred to get out and about on my scooter.
Nusa Lembongan is a very pleasant, laid back location that is definitely worth a visit.
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