Welcome to Bali, a place that an eclectic mix of travellers call home (if only for a while). If you’re choosing a hostel in Bali, you’ll be spoilt for choice. To whittle down the list, you’ll need to consider what kind of atmosphere you like, how sociable you are, and if you want to wake up to the sounds of the ocean or the rainforest! (It’s a hard life… 😉)
We asked travellers in our Facebook community to tell us their favourite backpacker hostel in Bali. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a wild rooftop party, yoga retreat, or comfortable co-working space; there is a Bali hostel on this list for you!
The 2023 shortlist! The COVID-19 pandemic changed the face of travel and as a result, many hostels sadly closed or changed hands. Our round-up of top Bali hostels has been written to include the latest recommendations from our Facebook community who are on the road in Indonesia as we speak! Some say it is the best list on the internet but we couldn’t possibly comment… 😉
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Best Hostels in Bali – Quick Answers!
- Best Hostel Near Ngurah Rai International Airport – Lokal Hostel
- Best Party Hostel – My Capsule Bali
- Best Wellness & Yoga Hostel – Serenity Eco Guesthouse
- Best Hostel For Couples – Suwardika Homestay & Dormitory
- Best Hostel With A Swimming Pool – The Farm Hostel
- Best Hostel For Digital Nomads – Tribal Bali Hostel
- Best Hostel For Divers – Bali Reef Divers Tulamben
- Best Hostel For Solo Travellers – Da’Housetel Kuta
Denpasar is the capital city of Bali. It is an ideal location if you need to be close to the airport but most travellers will want to escape the city heat and head to the beach as soon as possible!
A stone’s throw from the airport, Lokal Bali Hostel is an ideal spot to start (or finish) your Bali trip. The property boasts a lush tropical garden complete with a beautiful pool surrounded by sunchairs and beanbags.
The polished concrete interior with plenty of natural light offers a cool and calm retreat from Bali’s humid days. Breakfast is included in the room rate and there is an on-site café too. The best thing? The day spa next door where you can indulge in a little R&R.
Did you know that this notorious party enclave was recently voted in at number five on our worst places in Southeast Asia list? Love it or hate it, you’re still likely to visit it on your trip to the island. Kuta has long been THE place to learn how to surf in Bali and you’ll find several surf schools offering beginner lessons here.
Good to know! Don’t be confused by the names Kuta and Legian. Kuta is the name of the area, and Legian is the name of the street and the beach located between Kuta and Seminyak. Essentially think of them as the same place. However, Legian is often touted to be less chaotic than Kuta.
Bali Caps offers both mixed and female-only dorms with an emphasis on comfort at an affordable price. The spacious rooms have tiled floors, large windows and spotlessly clean bathrooms.
There is a convenient 24-hour front desk and BBQ facilities for guest use. Play pool in the common area or enjoy a cold Bintang with other backpackers. All in all, this is one of Bali’s best backpacker hostels!
Da’Housetel provides a cosy retreat for travellers with simple wooden decor, loads of natural light and comfortable bunk beds complete with mosquito nets. The rooms are basic but offer an enjoyable and relaxing stay.
The owner, Yoga, leads a team of amazing staff who will all go out of their way to help you have the best possible time in Bali. This hostel is the perfect choice for solo travellers who want to make friends, play guitar, bond over communal dinners and make memories which will last a lifetime.
Just a quick 10-minute scooter ride from Kuta is the trendy area of Seminyak. The streets are lined with boutique shops, restaurants, cafés, and day spas. It might not be the most budget-friendly place on the island, but these hostels are still very reasonably priced.
4. Kosta Hostel
Located in a quiet area, Kosta Hostel is a great choice for travellers. The clean white and turquoise colour scheme offers guests the perfect backdrop for lazy days by the pool.
Kosta has thought about all the little details, from soft mattresses to plush pillows. It truly feels more like a boutique homestay than a hostel! There is a choice of deluxe private rooms or a bunk in a 4-bed dorm with an ensuite. Kick off your shoes and relax with a coffee at the on-site café.
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This is THE place to be if you like pool parties, free-flowing alcohol, loud music and a banging social scene. My Capsule Bali organise weekly events including trips to Omnia Beach Club and Tropicola Beach Club, Tattoo Thursdays (don’t tell your Mum!) and regular free-family dinners.
Take a day to rest in the comfortable AC dorms, by the pool with a cocktail, or with a cheap delicious meal at the on-site restaurant. Oh, and if you haven’t already guessed, My Capsule Bali is a party hostel. If you like your sleep, head elsewhere!
Canggu is the trendiest place to base yourself in Bali. It is busy with tourists and expats so you won’t feel alone if you’re travelling solo. There are endless bars, clubs, restaurants and surf spots to keep you busy or if you prefer a slower pace of life, relax at one of the luxury day spas.
Namaste! If it’s health and wellness you are seeking in Bali, Serenity Eco Guesthouse should be your go-to accommodation choice. Already much loved by backpackers, yoga and surf enthusiasts, those seeking an eco-friendly place to stay will find plenty of like-minded travellers here! The restaurant offers excellent vegan options and you can join regular yoga or meditation sessions. Looks like heaven is a place on earth!
Tribal Bali has been designed to bring you the ultimate combination of work and play. This brand-new hostel is located in the charming village of Pererenan. Accommodation options include private deluxe rooms as well as female-only and mixed dorm rooms. All rooms feature AC (a must in Bali), secure lockers, hot showers, and free WiFi. It is an ideal spot for digital nomads planning to call Bali home for a while!
Located just off of the main Batu Bolong road, The Farm Hostel is surrounded by banana trees and rice paddies. You will instantly fall in love with the picturesque setting and peaceful vibe here.
Although the area is wonderful in its own right, the biggest selling point of The Farm Hostel is undoubtedly the two large swimming pools that wrap around the property. Get ready to jump in! On your days off from partying, you can make use of the free gym gear, yoga mats, outdoor showers, WiFi, and on-site café.
9. The Nest
This hostel is not only well cared for and exceptionally clean but it is also perfectly located just a short walk down Jalan Nelayan to the beach. The staff happily arrange airport transfers, scooter hire and surf lessons for backpackers.
If you can drag yourself out of your comfy bed, you can make use of the pool and lounge on the day beds which look out over the tropical garden.
Uluwatu in southwest Bali is famous as the home of the stunning cliffside Uluwatu Temple, one of Bali’s most iconic attractions. It’s a great place to base yourself if surfing is your thing and you don’t mind being a little further away from shopping malls.
Home-Bience Hostel is where you want to be if you plan to stay in Uluwatu. The staff serve a delicious breakfast including your choice of eggs, pancakes, waffles, and of course; coffee!
The lush outdoor area has plenty of space for relaxation with comfy hammocks strung up in the trees, lots of beanbags, and a gazebo.
Just a one and a half hour drive from Kuta, Ubud is a breath of fresh air. Surrounded by rainforests, waterfalls, and rivers, you can expect a much more relaxed pace in this part of the island. There are many important Hindu temples and shrines, traditional artisan markets, monkey forests, and art galleries to explore in the area.
11. Jero di Bisma
This hostel offers a welcome break from the Bali hubbub. The rooms are clean, cosy, and great value for money. Travellers give this place exceptional reviews, noting that it feels like home.
The complimentary breakfast is very generous with fresh tropical fruit, pancakes, excellent coffee and even homemade banana cake! Ayu and Dewa will be sure to welcome you and share their insider knowledge of the local area.
12. Poshtel Ubud
There are so many wonderful things to say about this hostel, that it’s hard to know where to begin. Putu goes above and beyond for guests, putting his heart into making sure you have an amazing time in Bali.
Each morning you wake up to enjoy a different breakfast menu before heading out for the day. Upon your return, a clean room and freshly made bed await. Bunk beds have privacy curtains, plush bedding with an actual doona (not just a sheet), and modern bathroom amenities. This is the kind of hostel where you book one night and end up staying a week.
13. WW Backpackers
The thing that makes this place so special is the location. Check in at WW Backpackers and you will be surrounded by tropical rainforest and river views. This picturesque setting succeeds in helping you to feel a world away from the tourist crowds, despite the centre of town being just a short motorbike ride away.
A blend of bamboo, wood, stone and natural materials make this property feel like an extension of the surroundings. Breakfast is a choice of banana pancakes, eggs your way, French toast and fresh fruit.
Just a 30-minute scooter ride from Kuta, you will find the laidback and often forgotten beach town of Sanur. Here you can enjoy long walks on the sand at sunset, explore the local night market or visit the Turtle Conservation and Education Centre on nearby Serangan Island.
Located a 2-minute walk from Karang beach, this spotlessly clean homestay offers a warm welcome to Sanur. The property effortlessly combines modern amenities with Balinese design and comes complete with a terrace and tropical garden.
The complimentary breakfast of fresh fruit and toast makes for the perfect start to your day, especially if you are preparing to catch the morning ferry from the harbour. It is hard to find fault with such great value for money.
Welcome to Turtle Island Homestay where Kadek is ready to welcome you! Happy to assist with free transfers to and from the Serangan Ferry Terminal, personable host Kadek is one of the main reasons travellers return to this place time and time again.
The rooms are minimal but clean and the rate includes breakfast. The homestay benefits from a good-sized pool, shadowed by tropical palms. There is also an outdoor seating area where you can kick back with your favourite travel book.
Amed & Tulamben
Located on the northeast coast of Bali and ideal for scuba diving, freediving, snorkelling, and yoga; travellers find themselves staying in Amed and Tulamben longer than expected. Nearby Mount Agung volcano is the reason why much of the coastline has black sand beaches.
16. Ocean Prana
Operating as a world-class freediving training school, Ocean Prana offers various programmes, including instructor courses and master classes. You can even become a certified freediving coach here!
The impressive 25-meter swimming pool is the perfect place to do laps and hone your underwater skills. Choose from the mixed dorm bungalow, the couples bungalow or the family-style bungalow. There is an onsite organic café serving up all-day breakfasts with plenty of vegan options!
Located across from many popular dive spots including the Tulamben Liberty Shipwreck, you can scuba dive or snorkel all day long around here. The Bali Reef Dive Centre is a 5-star PADI-certified centre offering recognised courses and fun dives.
Guest rooms at the property are available on the ground floor or up on the second floor with views over the outdoor pool and gardens. The private rooms are spacious and cool with tiled floors, a comfy sofa, and a large desk. The dorm rooms are neat and tidy but the bunk beds don’t come with curtains. Opt for a private room if you want time to yourself.
The Nusa Islands include Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Nusa Ceningan. All three are renowned for their excellent surf, great snorkelling, and world-class diving. And if that all sounds too intense for you, sit back, relax on the beach and enjoy the island lifestyle!
Dream Beach Hostel in Nusa Lembongan offers a great family-friendly vibe just 300m from the beach! The owner Panda and his wife have established a wonderful place for travellers to meet other backpackers.
They are also very happy to organise day trips and activities for guests while they are on the island. The dorm rooms are simple but comfortable, with wooden bunk beds in a mixed six or eight-bed configuration.
19. Kamasanti Hostel
Kamasanti Hostel is a charming guesthouse with crisp white linen, fresh towels, air conditioning, and subtle lighting. Surrounded by tropical gardens and plenty of trees, the whole space is super inviting and tranquil.
This Nusa Penida hostel is family-run which really contributes to the home away from home feel. If there is anything you need help with, don’t be afraid to ask. The accommodating staff will do whatever they can to assist.
20. Double’D Hostel
Double’D Hostel in Nusa Penida really makes you feel like you are on a tropical island. With beautiful wooden decor, oodles of light, landscaped gardens and an open outdoor dining area, this hostel is pretty charming.
The rooms are spacious and bright with white tiled floors and wooden bunks. Bathrooms are spotless and complimentary soap and shampoo are provided for guests (a nice treat for backpackers!). There is a continental breakfast of toast, fresh fruit, sweet pastries, and local coffee to start the day. And for all you sun worshipppers, it’s just 500 meters to Mentigi Beach!
21. Gedhong Hostel
Gedhong Hostel welcomes you to stay in clean, comfortable rooms just 400 m from Kutampi Beach on Nusa Penida. It’s an ideal base for those looking to pass on the all-night parties and instead wake up feeling refreshed.
Two things make this hostel extra special, the hot water (not easy to find on the island) and the daily buffet breakfast. Oh, the complimentary welcome drink on arrival is a plus too! Prefer your own space? Book the deluxe double room with an ensuite and private entrance.
Know of a great hostel in Bali that we should add to our list? Let us know in the comments!