Bali Travel Tips
The following list has been compiled to help
make the most of your stay in Bali. If you
have any further concerns
that are not mentioned
here, please do not hesitate to
contact us with any
questions or queries that you may have.
General things that you should or shouldn't
change money at a reputable looking location; use
your own (or the hotel's) calculator before changing!
put on loads of High Factor Waterproof Sun Cream
(especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water).
drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh
fruit - do your body a favor.
be careful with your belongings at all times. Crime
is on the increase and can ruin your holiday. Cases of handbag
snatching have been reported, so leave important documents in your
hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulders!
try not to step on offerings in the street (walk
respect the slow pace of processions when stuck
behind one, i.e. don't honk!
haggle when buying (except on price-tagged goods).
buy 'Imodium' to relieve bouts of Bali belly.
have a great holiday!
× Don't ...
forget to take your passport (or a photocopy of your ID), with
you at all times and a copy of Bali Plus!
swim outside designated swimming areas on the beach, currents
can be very strong. Swim between the red and yellow flags.
do drugs! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough
foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Govt. prison service!
touch people's heads - it is very offensive to Hindus.
enter a temple during menstruation. Sorry Ladies!
forget to put salt on your food & drink water - you will
probably sweat a lot.
worry too much about the ice - it's government-quality
controlled in established bars and restaurants.
forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may
stop, motorbikes may not!
forget to reconfirm your flight 72 hours prior to flying. Airport
Departure Tax is:
International = Rp. 100,000 Domestic = Rp. 50,000
Passports and Visas
Bali Visa. Important change to
Indonesia's Visa Policy for Tourists.
Please read carefully as there have been
changes to Indonesia visa policy.
(updated December 1st 2006)
Countries that do not require a Visa to
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region,
Macao Special Administrative Region,
Countries that require and are eligible
for Visa-On Arrivals - cost for these visas are US $10 for a
stay of up to 7 days, US $25 for a stay of up to 30 days.
(updated June 18th 2007)
United States America
It is important to also note the
The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and
cannot be converted into a different visa.
The Visa purchasing system will take
approximately 3-5 minutes per applicant.
There are 6 payment counters, a bank and
a money changer set up to process payments.
Once you have paid for and received your
visa you will need to proceed to Immigration where your
visa will be processed.
Citizens of countries not on the visa on
arrival or visa free lists will be required to apply for a
visa before entering Indonesia.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6
months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and you must
have proof of onward passage (either return or through
tickets). If you cannot fulfill both of these requirements,
you may not be allowed to enter the country.
The Rupiah. Notes 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000,
100,000. Coins 25, 50, 100, 500, 1000. Currency Converter
Bali Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.
Major credit cards are acceptable in most hotels
along with American dollar traveler's cheque.
Most hotels use 220 volts, 50 cycles and a round, two-pronged slim
plug. Bathroom shaver plugs usually have a transformer switch. We
suggest taking an adaptor for your appliance.
You will find a range of chauffeur driven
limousines, self-drive cars, taxis and hotel courtesy cars. Many
taxis are not metered so it's wise to negotiate the fare before you
climb aboard. Bemos are a unique form of transport. They are a
mini-van masquerading as a communal bus. You simply hail the driver
and negotiate the fare that suits you both. Motorcycles can also be
hired in many places but special care should be exercised at all
times as road and traffic conditions can be somewhat hazardous in
certain locations. Traveling around Bali is made all the easier
because everywhere you go you'll find friendly people only too happy
to give you advice and directions on how to get where you want to
go. For car rental service on Bali, visit our
Bali Car Rental page.
If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years
of age and posses an International Driver's License, license from
ASEAN countries or obtain Tourist Driving License.
Light, airy, casual clothes are the most practical and you'll find
natural fibers like cotton or linen are the most comfortable in
Bali's often humid conditions. Waist sashes should be worn when
AEA International (Medical Evac) Jl. Hayam Wuruk
40, Denpasar. Tel: 228996
Bali International Medical Center Jl Bypass Ngurah
Rai 100X Denpasar. Tel: 761263
Rumah Sakit Dharma Husada (Hospital) Jl. Panglima
Sudirman No.50, Denpasar. Tel: 227560
Kuta Clinic: Jl. Raya Kuta No.100X, Kuta. Tel:
Nusa Dua Clinic: Jl. Pramata No. 81A, Nusa Dua.
Rumah Sakit Umum Sanglah (Hospital): Jl. Diponegoro,
Denpasar. Tel: 227911
Search & Rescue : 51111
Red Cross: 26465
Operator Assisted Calls
Within Indonesia: 100
Credit Card Enquiries
Grand Bali Beach Hotel, Sanur. Tel : 288511 ext.
MasterCard & Visa Card
Bank Central Asia, Jl. Imam Bonjol, Denpasar. Tel :
759010 / 11
A Word of Advice
Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such.
Always wear a sarong and sash.
Do not walk in front of people praying.
Do not use flash camera or push your camera into the priest's
Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.
At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees - however
important that photographic opportunity is!
Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.
Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance
that will cover any accidents.
In Bali always expects the unexpected; always keep your eyes open
and your mind on driving. Beware of motorbikes! It is best to rent a
car with a full insurance as this will save time and money if you
are involved in an accident.
Please be very careful when changing your money. Always check the
rate of exchange and commission (if any) the money changer is
taking. Most importantly, always count your money before you leave
the premises and if you can, bring your own calculator, as the ones
used by some places can be "a little inaccurate".
There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after
tourists have cashed money at Banks or Money Changers! Put your
money away in your 'bum-bag' or hold onto your handbag.
When changing large amounts of money please check each note
carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake notes in
When trying on garments do not take your jeweler off and leave it
lying round - give it to a friend or leave it in the hotel safe.
Swimming in the sea
Current underflows can be strong, always swim between the red and
yellow flags, don't swim too far out! Do not leave your belongings
unattended on the beach.
When attending Special Ceremonies or Anniversary Celebrations
as a guest or onlooker, small donations are gratefully received.
Your donations will help in paying for the offerings and upkeep of
Thank you for respecting above suggestions.