Bali: My first digital nomad trip 2023
Published Date: April 1, 2023
After working remotely for about 3.5 years (since 2019), I finally took the leap and started my digital nomad journey. The first country I visited was Indonesia (Bali).
This article covers my first impressions, experiences, and the cost of living in Bali.
First day in Bali: Airport and first impression.
For many passport holders, you can enter Bali with a visa on arrival that you can pay for online before the flight (recommended to prevent a long queue at the airport). Indonesia Visa On Arrival Official Website
After 20 hours of flight time from Casablanca, Morocco, I landed at Denpasar Bali Airport.
I obtained a visa on arrival for one month, which can be extended for an additional month.
The airport and customs process was very smooth. Additionally, I completed an online customs form (on-site computers are available for this purpose).
I spent my first 3 days in Jimbaran, it’s popular for seafood and restaurants. I didn’t find a lot of coworking cafes and spaces there. (I don’t recommend it too much, it was a bit boring for me staying there)
My first week in Bali: Canggu
After that, I moved to Canggu which’s very popular for digital nomads and backpapers. It was a crowded bit but you can find many coffee shops, restaurants, co-working spaces, fitness clubs, and more.
I checked my first coworking space which was “Bwork”, and I love it so far. If you’re looking for a weekly or monthly pass, you need to join a waitlist.
I used only daily passes when I worked from there. You need to make sure to get there a bit early to get your day pass at least (like 8 or 9 am).Sometimes you can get it even if you get there late but it depends
Also, they have a coffee shop that you can use for work. you can order food and coffee while working from the coworking space
Additionally, there´s a coffee shop in front of the Bwork coworking space which is also good for work.
The day pass costs 280 000 IDR (≈ 19 USD)
Bwork Coworking space and coffee shop
I visited my second coworking space which was Nebula coworking space, it was lean more like a dedicated office than a coworking space.
The day pass costs 300 000 IDR (≈ 20 USD)
Nebula coworking space
My second week in Bali: Canggu
I spent 3 days in a content creator's guest house (Lost Creator house), which was a great place to sleep and work but it was a bit far from the city. But you need to fill an application from to stay there
Lost Creator House
Then, I spent about 2 weeks in this Airbnb. I was working mostly from this place which remember me of my home office layout.
I checked the third coworking space “Tribal”, it’s like more a coffee shop than a coworking space in my opinion. It was spacious and you don’t need to pay for a day pass, you just need to order something to drink or eat.
Note: All the coworking spaces I’ve been to have a swimming pool except Nebula.
Also, I checked the coworking cafe “Zin”, it was good but a bit crowded. You have many places to work from.
My third week in Bali: Ubud
I spent a week at Outspot Ubud coliving and coworking space, I spent 2 nights in their first place in Outspot Ubud, then Outspot Ubud Penestanan. I like the last one because the place had many people and was more modern.
My fourth and last week in Bali: Ubud, Nusa Penida, and Gili Islands.
I spent my third week last week between Ubud, Nusa Penida, Gili T, and Canggu.
Cost of living in Bali
Here are some prices for common expenses in Bali:
it depends on your style and budget. You can expect to pay between 40 USD - 140+ USD per night for private rooms and villas.
For example, I paid about 40 USD per night for a private room at a guest house (it was clean, comfy, and spacious).
Also, I paid about 100 USD per night for a stay at a private loft with a private pool (it was also clean, comfy, and spacious).
You can pay less than 40 USD if you stay in a guest or hostel. I recommend checking the property first before booking it if you’re in Bali because sometimes the photos in the property listing isn’t up to date.
Note: Maybe, you book 2-3 days before staying in Bali and while you’re there do a stay tour before booking it. I did it
Coworking Spaces and Cafe:
I worked from different coworking spaces and cafes, the cost is between 15 - 20+ USD for a day pass. Or you can work from a cafe, there’re many cafes that you can work from and you just to need to order something to eat or drink.
It depends on your preferences. from my experience, you can except to pay between 15-40+ USD for eating out per day. you can pay way less or more.
- Full tank of scooter: 85,000 - 110,000 IDR (it depends on scooter tank size)
- Scooter rental for 2 weeks (15 days): 2,100,000 IDR (Canggu)
- Scooter rental for 3 days: 75,000 IDR / day (Jimbaran)
- Scooter rental for 5 days: 750,000 IDR (Ubud)
- Parking fee: 2,000 IDR (it depends, mostly free)
- You can use Grab (like Uber or Careem) (Moto or Car)
- Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple (famous Instagram bali temple) entrance fee: 55,000 IDR, shuttle bus (from the parking area to the temple): 45,000 IDR
- Tegenungan waterfall entrance fee: 20,000 IDR
- Nusa penida entrance: 25 000 IDR
- Uluwatu Temple entrance fee (Canggu): 60,000 IDR
- All nusa penida beach entrances: 5 000 IDR
- Gili Trawangan: entrance and exit fees (10 000 IDR each)
- Amok Sunest restaurant (Nusa Pendia)
- B work Coworking space (Canggu)
- Nusa penida stay
- Canggu loft stay
My first digital nomad trip was a great experience, learned many lessons from it, meet many amazing people, and discover the local culture.
I had a great experience with the local people, they’re very friendly and try to help you even though sometimes doesn’t know English. I highly recommend it if you’re new to the digital nomad lifestyle
Here’re some photos of the trip:
Broken Beach, Nusa Penida
Pura Penataran Agung Lempuyang temple
Broken beach, Nusa Penida
Indie Makers Meetup