Indonesia plans to welcome 11.4 million international tourists next year, with Bali, the most popular tourist destination, expected to bear a significant load. In the past year, the island was visited by 4.5 million foreigners, suggesting that 2024 could be as lively as pre-pandemic times.
As demand increases, prices for popular attractions are following suit. Local officials mention that as the economic recovery period is almost ending, prices either return to pre-pandemic levels or rise in line with current inflation rates.
Managers of the Tanah Lot temple in Tabanan were the first to announce ticket price increases. The new rates are as follows:
- 75,000 IDR (instead of 60,000) for adult foreign tourists,
- 40,000 IDR (instead of 30,000) for foreign children,
- 30,000 IDR (instead of 20) for domestic tourists,
- 20,000 IDR (instead of 15) for domestic children.
It's clarified that KITAS holders can pay at domestic rates. Tanah Lot is one of the three major tourist attractions confirming ticket price hikes in 2024.
Officials from Ulun Danu Bratan also mentioned they will increase the entrance fee, but only for local tourists and only on weekends. Rates for foreigners will remain unchanged. These changes indicate the temple's team wants to balance guest flows and attract more international tourists.
New entrance fees for Ulun Danu Bratan temple:
- 75,000 IDR for adult foreign tourists,
- 50,000 IDR for foreign children,
- 30,000 IDR for domestic tourists on weekdays,
- 50,000 IDR for domestic tourists on weekends.
Prices remain the same for Bali residents.
Another location with a higher entrance fee is the Sange Monkey Forest, less known than Monkey Forest and located 30 minutes from Ubud center. The increase is significant, from 30,000 IDR to 75,000 IDR for foreigners. The management team confirmed that this new cost also includes food for tourists to feed the monkeys, though animal protection specialists generally discourage such interactions.
Local travel agents suggest that these changes might be related to growing traveler interest in immersing themselves in Balinese culture. Interestingly, some rapidly growing beach resorts have decided to maintain their ticket prices at the same level in the new year, indicating diverse trends in the industry. Examples include Pandawa Beach, Padang-Padang Beach, and the Waterblow waves at Nusa Dua, where visiting fees will remain in the range of 15,000 to 20,000 Indonesian rupiahs.