The following list has been compiled to help you
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 via E-mail with any questions
or queries that you may have.
things that you should or shouldn't do...
change money at a reputable
looking location, use your own (or the hotel's) calculator before
...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 around them).
...respect the slow pace of processions
when stuck behind one, i.e. don't honk!
...haggle when buying (except on price-tagged
...buy 'Immodium' 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
×...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
×...touch people's heads - it
is very offensive to Hindus.
×...enter a temple during menstruation.
×...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
×...forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may
×..forget to reconfirm your
flight 72 hours prior to flying. Airport Departure Tax is:
International = Rp. 100,000 Domestic = Rp. 20,000
Bali Visa. Important change to Indonesia's
Visa Policy for Tourists.
read carefully as there have been changes to Indonesia visa policy.
This affects all arrivals to Indonesia after February 1, 2004,
are subject to new visa regulations
that do not require a Visa to enter Bali.
Hongkong 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 3 days, US$25 for a stay of up to 30 days.
United States America
It is important to also note the following:
- The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted
into a different visa.
Visa purchasing system will take approximately 3-5 minutes per
are 6 payment counters, a bank and a money changer set up to
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 click
Bali Time Zone is GMT + 8 hours.
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.
If you wish to hire a car you must be over 18 years of age and
posses an International Driver's License or license from ASEAN
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 visiting temples.
Word of Advice
remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as
such. Religious guidelines:
- Always wear a sarong and sash.
- Do not walk in front of people praying.
not use flash camera or push your camera into the priest's face!
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.
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 tightly!!!
- When changing large amounts of money please check each note
carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake notes in
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.
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 the temple.
you for respecting these suggestions