A Travel Price Comparison for Families, Couples, and Backpackers Bali vs. El Nido for Vacations, Tours, and Honeymoons

Should you visit Bali or El Nido?

Which is cheaper to visit? Which is more expensive for vacation?

Which city is more affordable and which is best for your travel style? If you're trying to figure out where to go next, comparing the travel costs between Bali and El Nido can help you decide which place is right for you.

Where Should I go: Bali or El Nido?


Known as the "Island of the Gods," it's not difficult to see why the Gods would want to set up shop in Bali. With a beautifully diverse landscape of hills, mountains, coastlines, beaches, vibrant rice fields and volcanic hillsides, you'll easily go into sensory overload.

Bali is home to 4 million people who all hold true to a deeply spiritual and unique culture. With champion surfing, world class resorts and challenging hiking trails, this Indonesian island accommodates travelers from every walk of life. It's often called, "paradise on earth, " and no one disagrees.

El Nido

El Nido is a coastal destination on the Philippine island of Palawan. It consists of about 45 islands and islets all with beautiful beachfront scenery and plenty of opportunities for experiencing nature above and below the water. Some of the island's best features include limestone karst cliffs, coral reefs, lagoons, coves, and waterfalls.

Which place is cheaper, El Nido or Bali?

These are the overall average travel costs for the two destinations.

The average daily cost (per person) in Bali is $75, while the average daily cost in El Nido is $40. These costs include accommodation (assuming double occupancy, so the traveler is sharing the room), food, transportation, and entertainment. While every person is different, these costs are an average of past travelers in each destination. What follows is a categorical breakdown of travel costs for Bali and El Nido in more detail.

  • Accommodation Hotel or hostel for one person
    Bali $43
    El Nido $14
  • Accommodation Typical double-occupancy room
    Bali $86
    El Nido $28
Compare Hotels in Bali and El Nido

Looking for a hotel in Bali or El Nido? Prices vary by location, date, season, and the level of luxury. See below for options and compare which is best for your budget and travel style.

Hotels in Bali

Hotels in El Nido

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Our Analysis
We've analyzed the average and typical hotel prices based on guest reviews, star ratings, and hotel amenities here: Bali Hotel Prices and El Nido Hotel Prices.

Local Transportation
  • Local Transportation Taxis, local buses, subway, etc.
    Bali $9.32
    El Nido $19
Typical Local Transportation Prices in Bali

Below are a few samples from actual travelers for transportation costs in Bali:

  • Motorbike Rental

Hired Cars and Shuttles in Bali

Some specific examples of transportation prices in Bali:

  • West Beach Nusa Penida Island Tour Including Speedboat Transfer from Sanur Bali: $99
  • Unforgettable Batur Volcano Hiking With Private Transfer: $85
  • Ubud: Sky Bike and Jungle Swing Experience with Transfer: $66
  • Traditional Balinese Massage with Hotel Transfer: $50
  • The Best Paragliding In Bali With Private Hotel Transfer: $140
  • Sanur Bali to/from Lembongan: Speedboat Transfer: $17
  • Private transfer: Uluwatu to Bali Airport (DPS): $15
  • Private transfer: Nusa Dua to Bali Airport (DPS): $15
  • Private Transfer: Jimbaran to Bali Airport (DPS): $15
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Bali Airport: $29
  • Private Departure Transfer: Hotel to Airport Jimbaran and Uluwatu: $16
  • Private Arrival Transfer: Denpasar International Airport to Nusa Dua Area: $15

Hired Cars and Shuttles in El Nido

Also for El Nido, here are a few examples of actual transportation services:

  • El Nido Town: Transfers to/from Nacpan Beach: $11
  • Private Transfer From El Nido Lio Airport To El Nido Hotels: $20
  • Lio Airport to/from Hotel Transfers: $37
  • El Nido (Lio) Airport Transfers: $50
  • Private Van Transfer : From El Nido to Puerto Princesa Palawan: $140

Is it cheaper to fly into Bali or El Nido?

Prices for flights to both El Nido and Bali change regularly based on dates and travel demand. We suggest you find the best prices for your next trip on Kayak, because you can compare the cost of flights across multiple airlines for your prefered dates.

  • Food Meals for one day
    Bali $21
    El Nido $12
Typical Food Prices in Bali

Some typical examples of dining costs in Bali are as follows:

  • Coffee
  • Lunch for Two
  • Bali Cafe for Two
  • Lunch for Two
  • Lunch for 2
  • Dinner for 2

Food Tours and Cooking Classes in Bali

Also, here are some specific examples of food and dining related activities in Bali.

  • Jimbaran Bay Dinner Deal: $13
  • Best Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran Beach Sunset : $29
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner under sunset in the Beach all include: $30
  • ​​The Balinesia Lu'au - 'A Kampung Bali Experience & Dinner Show': $30
  • From Ubud: Authentic Cooking Class in a Local Village: $30
  • Private Tour Uluwatu Sunset Kecak Dance and Dinner at Jimbaran: $31
  • Bali Sunset and Dinner: Uluwatu, Tanah Lot and Jimbaran: $32
  • Amazing Private Tour-Uluwatu Kecak Dance and Romantic Seafood Dinner: $33
  • Pirate Dinner Cruise with Shows, Games, and Music: $34
  • From Ubud: Balinese Cooking Class at an Organic Farm: $35
  • Romantic Seafood Dinner at Jimbaran: $38
  • Seminyak: Balinese Cooking Class & Market Tour: $45

  • Entertainment Entrance tickets, shows, etc.
    Bali $11
    El Nido $5.44
Typical Entertainment Prices in Bali

Some typical examples of activities, tours, and entrance ticket prices in Bali are as follows:

  • Spa for Two
  • Snorkelling Trip
  • Cooking School

Tours and Activities in Bali

Some specific costs of activities, tours, and entrance tickets for Bali are as follows:

  • Bali Telaga Waja White Water Rafting Adventure : $47
  • Lembongan Snorkeling and Island Tour: $80
  • Nusa Penida Snorkeling Adventure (Private & All-Inclusive): $129
  • Sightseeing to Ulundanu temple, banyumala waterfall & Tanah lot: $57
  • Tanah Lot, Padang Beach, Uluwatu Sunset, & Kecak Dance Tour: $55
  • (BCR Rafting) Rafting Adventure in Telaga Waja River 18km: $55
  • 1 Days Tour Batur Volcano Various Very Beautiful Tourist Objects: $97
  • 2 Days Private Tours : Watersport And Uluwatu Temple: $135
  • 2-Hour Private Luxury Spa Experience Bali Aromatherapy Massage: $50
  • 3 Days Full Day Tours Tanah Lot Temple The Gate Of Heaven Temple: $300
  • 3-Days Lombok,Gili island Tour Hopping around departure from Bali island: $300
  • 30 minutes tandem Paragliding tours in Bali with free photo/video: $185

Tours and Activities in El Nido

For El Nido, here are a few prices for actual activities, tours, and tickets provided by various companies:

  • Big Lagoon and Shimizu Island Tour with Kayaking: $23
  • Island Hopping Tour A Lagoons and Beaches: $23
  • Shared El Nido Tour A: $23
  • Hidden Beaches and Lagoons Boat Hopping Tour D: $24
  • Island Hopping Tour B Cudognong Cave & More: $26
  • El Nido Tour D Full Day w/ Beach Lunch: $28
  • El Nido Tour A: $28
  • El Nido Island Hopping Tour C: Hidden Beaches & Shrine: $30
  • El Nido Island Tour A w/ Fees included (No Hidden Charges): $31
  • El Nido Social Island Hopping Tour A w/ Lunch & Photographer: $32
  • El Nido Tour C: $33
  • El Nido Tour A (shared tour): $35

  • Alcohol Drinks for one day
    Bali $3.30
    El Nido $8.46

When we compare the travel costs of actual travelers between Bali and El Nido, we can see that Bali is more expensive. And not only is El Nido much less expensive, but it is actually a significantly cheaper destination. So, traveling to El Nido would let you spend less money overall. Or, you could decide to spend more money in El Nido and be able to afford a more luxurious travel style by staying in nicer hotels, eating at more expensive restaurants, taking tours, and experiencing more activities. The same level of travel in Bali would naturally cost you much more money, so you would probably want to keep your budget a little tighter in Bali than you might in El Nido.

If you're trying to decide if either of these two destinations are within your price range, also see Is Bali Expensive? and Is El Nido Expensive?.

Which is Bigger, Bali or El Nido?

Bali has a larger population, and is about 50 times larger than the population of El Nido. When comparing the sizes of Bali and El Nido, keep in mind that a larger population does not always imply the destination has more attractions or better activities. So, always research the type of place that you want to visit along with the activities and attractions that interest you.