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.
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Bali Local Knowledge
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.
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
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
CURRENT EXCHANGE RATES
$1.00 USD = 14,164.50 IDR
$1.00 AUD = 22.47 IDR
€1.00 EUR = 35.62 IDR
£1.00 GBP = 41.28 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.
BALINESE IS THE OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF BALI.
ELECTRICITY IN BALI IS 230 VOLTS. 50 CYCLES/SEC.
CURRENT BALI TIME
Bali’s Time Zone is (GMT+8)
Bali has never utilised daylight saving.
CURRENT BALI WEATHER
°C | °C
SAT 27°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
SUN 28°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
MON 29°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
TUE 30°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
WED 1°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
THU 2°C | °CCloudiness%Humidity%
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
Daily Budget Up To:
- Guesthouse dorm room: US$5–10
- Cheap restaurants, street food: US$3
- Motorcycle hire (weekly) US$25
Daily Budget From:
- Air-con hotel room: US$50–150
- Good local restaurant meal: US$20+
- Full Spa Treatment: US$30
Daily Budget From:
- Boutique hotel or resort: US$150+
- Fine dining meal without drinks: US$50+
- Car and Driver (daily Rate): US$60+