So, you’ve fallen in love with Bali and want to spend more time here? The good news is that quite a few backpackers can and do stay on this Indonesian island for longer than a few weeks. And with a little preparation and flexibility, you can too. It may or may not be possible to rent a villa in Bali for long-term stays depending on your budget. But, there are lots of places available. This article tells you everything you need to know about staying in Bali for longer including tips on visas, accommodation, and how to make your money last longer.
Why Do People Want to Stay Longer in Bali?
The obvious reason is the laidback lifestyle and easy way of life. This tropical island is a perfect place for a vacation and many visitors fall in love with Bali and the hospitality of the locals. Some want to extend in order to see and experience more of what Bali has to offer. There are so many temples and beautiful places to see that a week or two just isn’t enough.
Bali is also popular for backpackers or long-term travellers to come and relax for a month or two. This is a perfect place to rejuvenate and reenergize before moving onto the next destination.
How Anyone Can Spend 3 Months in Bali – Including You
The first thing that you need to do when you decide to spend more time in Bali is to consider the legal requirements of extending your stay. Most tourists get a 30-day visa on arrival at the airport, which can sometimes be difficult to extend when you’re in the country. This poses a major challenge to people who want to stay longer.
There are three ways around this obstacle. The first is to plan beforehand and apply for a tourist visa from the Indonesian embassy before you start your trip. This gives you 60 days as a tourist and you can usually extend this for 30 days.
Not everyone can plan in advance and some people make their decision to stay longer after they arrive. This is more challenging and needs more flexibility on your behalf. Some sources say that you can extend your visa on arrival for 30 days via an agency, others say you can’t. This is something you need to look into in more depth.
The final way to stay longer is to be a bit more flexible with your travel plans. Book a return flight out of Indonesia to Malaysia or Singapore on one of the many budget airlines. Then you can apply for a 60-day tourist visa that gives you the option to extend for a further 30 days. So, with this option, you can get 30 days with your visa on arrival and then up to three more months in Bali. This is inconvenient, but at least you’ll get to spend an awesome few days in either Singapore or Malaysia.
I should point out that this information is here to give you an idea of your options. You shouldn’t take this at face value and always check for up to date information on the official Indonesian immigration website.
Making Your Money Last Longer in Bali:
Bali is a cheap destination to visit if you go to the right places. And when you find a short-term rental in one of the less touristy parts of the island, making your money last longer gets easier and easier. One of the obvious ways to save more money apart from cutting the cost of a hotel or resort is to avoid the touristy areas for food and drink. There are lots of tiny restaurants around the island where the locals come to eat and is inevitably cheaper.
You should also consider finding a longer-term rental on your motorbike. Most companies will jump at the opportunity to rent for two or three months and you should be able to negotiate a reasonable deal. Just remember to bargain until you find the best price for you. Or, alternatively, you could always buy your own motorbike and sell it again before you leave. Both will end up saving you a lot of money for your extended stay in Bali.
If you’re planning to stay longer in Bali, you should also be aware of the risks involved before making your final decision. The road quality isn’t very high and you’re at a heightened risk of accidents and injuries, especially when you’re driving on a daily basis. The island may or may not have suitable medical facilities if you do need urgent treatment. You should also make sure you take out comprehensive health insurance that covers you in all situations.
Another thing worth pointing out that Bali is at risk of terrorist attacks towards foreign visitors. Although this is rare, it’s something to be aware of. It’s always a good idea to keep up to date with the current news to be aware of if any situations are developing. And also read and take notice of your countries foreign travel advice to Bali.
The Bottom Line:
Staying in Bali for longer than a week or two isn’t just a fantasy any longer. Younger tourists may come and stay for two or three months to chill out on the beaches. Others may stay for the cultural experience and to learn Bahasa Indonesia. Whatever you want to do, with a little time and planning, almost anyone can spend three months living in this tropical paradise called Bali.