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Bali Travel Guide

In the 1970s surfers went to Indonesia’s mystical island of Bali to ride its mesmerising waves while living as frugally as possible. These days they settle into luxury pool villas and slip in some surfing between yoga classes and smoothie bowls. The Bali of today caters for all budgets, tastes and interests – you can surf, spa and shop, take a cooking class, do a meditation course or watch a traditional ceremony. You can feast on farm to table cuisine or tuck into roast duck, dance on tables or savour beachside sundowners. Avoid Kuta and Bali is as spellbinding as it’s ever been.

Bali Itineraries

One Day

Itinerary

Rice terraces, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. Copyright 2016 Terence Carter / Grantourismo.

Two Day

Itinerary

Sunset at Seminyak Beach, Bali, Indonesia. Copyright 2016 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

Stay in Bali

Tips To Renting A Holiday Villa

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Spending a holiday in a villa rental with family or friends can be very special. But things can also go horribly wrong. Thankfully, after years of experience staying in holiday rentals we know how to ...

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Festivals & Events in Bali

A Balinese Royal Cremation Ceremony

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Kiki was adamant. "There is a Royal Cremation Ceremony tomorrow," she told us, "You must go!" Our villa manager, Kiki had made it her mission to ensure we were getting the breadth of Bali's local experiences. And ...

Bali Local Knowledge

Local Knowledge: Kiki from Bali

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For travellers who need some handholding, the only thing they’d probably miss from a holiday rental is a concierge. Being travel writers, we’re not the types to depend on one other than to score us ...

Bali Resources

How To Eat Like Locals When You Travel

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How to eat like locals when you travel? There’s an abundance of advice out there: slurp soup from a street food stall, sample home-cooked food at a local home, savour creative cuisine at a secret ...

Bali Essentials

WHEN TO GO

Bali is warm and humid all year around, with two main seasons.
Apr-Sep Is high and dry season, with the busiest months being July & August and only ocassional rainfall.
Oct-Mar Is the low and wet season and while it doesn’t just pour with rain every day, it does rain a lot at night.

Health

Bali has healthcare treatment facilities for minor accidents, however for serious injuries (surfing and motorbike riding accidents are common culprits) you will need a care flight overseas for more expert care. Be sure that your insurance covers these costs. Recommended Vaccinations

Visas

There are two main visa types that will concern visitors to Bali; the free visa and arrival and the paid visa on arrival. The free visa on arrival cannot be extended, but the paid visa on arrival (US$35) is generally used to exend the visit for two months. You can purchase a two month visa at Indonesian consulates and embassies before arrival.

Insurance for Bali

CURRENCY

CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES

$1.00 USD = 14,215.65 IDR
$1.00 AUD = 25.00 IDR
€1.00 EUR = 38.59 IDR
£1.00 GBP = 45.71 IDR

The Indonesian currency is the rupiah (Rp), but the currency code is IDR. You’re going to be carrying a lot of notes around as the 1,000Rp note is worth around 6 cents US. When withdrawing money from ATMs you may get a good exchange rate but be hit by big transation fees. The 50,000Rp and 100,000Rp notes are best to carry being respecvely about US$3.50 and US$7.

LANGUAGE

BALINESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF BALI.
'Om Swastiastu', hello in Balinese. Copyright © 2018 Terence Carter / Grantourismo. All Rights Reserved.

ELECTRICITY

ELECTRICITY IN BALI IS 230 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.

LOCAL TIME

CURRENT BALI TIME
Time in Bangkok:

Bali’s Time Zone is (GMT+8)
Bali has never utilised daylight saving.

WEATHER

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TRANSPORTATION

AIR/LAND/SEA

While Jakarta is the capital of Indonesia, there are many direct international flights to the island. There is one airport, Ngurah Rai International Airport with a code name of DPS, and it’s just south of Kuta. There are ferries servicing other areas of Indonesia such as Java, Sumbawa and Lombok. Getting around is generally on hired motorbikes, hiring a car and driver is safer.

Bali Daily Costs

Budget

Daily Budget Up To:

US$30

  • Guesthouse dorm room: US$5–10
  • Cheap restaurants, street food: US$3
  • Motorcycle hire (weekly) US$25

Mid Range

Daily Budget From:

US$31–200

  • Air-con hotel room: US$50–150
  • Good local restaurant meal: US$20+
  • Full Spa Treatment: US$30

Luxury

Daily Budget From:

US$201+

  • Boutique hotel or resort: US$150+
  • Fine dining meal without drinks: US$50+
  • Car and Driver (daily Rate): US$60+

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