Gili Air – Indonesia – GRANDPAcking Costs

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I landed in Kuta, Bali with the intention of only spending a couple of days there. I was only there to organise how I was going to get to Gili Air in Lombok.

Gili Air was the main focus of my trip.

However, when it was time to leave Gili Air, I decided to take the opportunity to spend a few days in Kuta Town, Lombok. I left from Lombok airport to Malaysia – so did not require a return Fast Boat to Bali.


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Gili Air GRANDPAcking Costs


Please Note: I do not include transport costs to and from Indonesia.

Accommodation: Typical accommodation was a Bungalow near the beach with double bed, aircon, front deck, hammock, and COLD WATER shower (which, in this heat, is WARM).

Food: Breakfast was included in the accommodation but I needed to buy my large Water. Typical food for the day would be about IDR170k

  • Breakfast: Scrambled egg on toast (free), coffee (free), large water (IDR10k) = IDR10k
  • Lunch: Gado Gado (IDR25-35k), Juice (IDR15-25k), large water (IDR10) = IDR60k average
  • Dinner: Something for about IDR60-IDR80k, Fruit Juice or Shake (IDR30k) = IDR100k average

My ‘Cost of Existing / Day’ was IDR480k / NZ$51 / US$38 / €35 / £25. This put a reasonable roof over my head, gave me necessary transport & other basic necessities, fed me 3 times each day in a ‘reasonably priced’ restaurant, and paid for my refreshments.

My available ‘LIVING Funds’ each day were IDR280k / NZ$29 / US$22 / €21 / £15.

I spent most of these ‘LIVING Funds’ on beer (averaging 4 large Bintang each day at IDR35k each) but easily managed to keep within budget.

My actual GRANDPAcking costs came in at NZ$73 / US$55 / €51 / £37 per day.


Accommodation: On Gili Air, I paid for an Aircon Room that I did not need; I could have saved IDR100k per night by taking a Fan Room. A fan blowing air over you at night is all that you need. However, at these prices, expect a COLD WATER shower.

Transport: I could have saved money by not tipping a couple of drivers and by getting the Fast Boat to Gili Air directly down at the Sanur Quay in Kuta Bali… but I have assumed that GRANDPAckers will take the ‘easy option’ like I did. On the island you can walk everywhere. Your only concern will be the few 100 metres that you need to walk to and from the ferry terminal with your luggage when you arrive / leave.

Communications: In the end, a single XL simCard would have been enough to last me 1 month. GRANDPAckers wouldn’t need as much data as I do.

ATM Fees: You can reduce fees by always using ATM machines that dispense IDR3 million at a time.

Food & Beverages: You should get a simple breakfast included in your room rate and will only need to buy a couple of large Waters. For Lunch, you can head into the village where you can easily pick up meals for IDR25-35k. Likewise, head to the village for Dinner.

After making such savings and adjustments, 2 GRANDPAckers would have a Costs Of Existence’ of about IDR389k / NZ$41 / US$31 / €29 / £20 per day.

This will give you IDR371k per day to LIVE on (i.e. 49% of your GRANDPAcking budget will be available for LIVING).

With that money you could:

  • Go on 2 snorkeling day trips in a boat (IDR100k each) and half money left
  • Eat Dinner for 2 in one of the best Restaurants and money left
  • Go out on the town in Happy Hour and drink 12 ‘local’ Cocktails or 17 large Beers
  • Rent 2 bicycles and 2 sets of snorkeling gear and spend a day snorkeling around the island (IDR70k each) and money left
  • Have 24Kgs of your clothes laundered
  • Buy lots of personal ‘luxuries’ in the village store
  • Go on a Scuba Dive (IDR360k)
  • Buy a bag of Marijuana (IDR200k) and have money left
  • Buy 3 magic mushroom cocktails (IDR100k each)

Having such funds available day after day means that every day is a good day.


I was ‘sensible’ with my expenditure without ever being ‘too frugal’.

I wanted for nothing and did everything that I wanted to do – including a few ‘big nights out’ with friends.

If I had made the available savings and spent all of my resultant ‘LIVING funds’, I would have been living very comfortably.

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