Bali is one of the rare places where you can experience one of a lifetime adventures, amazing nature, stunning culture and deep relaxation. Here's our compilation to help you get the most out of your holiday and experience the best things to do in Bali.
How to get there?
Although you can reach Bali by a ferry from the Eastern coast of Jawa Island, most people arrive by plane to Ngurah Rai International Airport. Nationals of 169 countries can visit Bali visa-free (for 30 days), while Visa on Arrival applies for others at USD 35 (extendable once).
Best time to visit
Being close to the equator the temperature in Bali varies only between 26 and 32 Celsius and its always warm and humid. The rainy season is between October and April while the dry season is between May and September. During the dry season the temperature might be a bit less and it can be more windy, while in the rainy season it’s hotter and more humid. High season and best time to go is between May and August.
How to get around?
There is no real public transportation on the island so in order to get around you might hire a car with driver (renting a car is not a recommended option due to the chaotic, always congested traffic and the price is usually nearly the same) or rent a motorbike.Taxis are quite cheap, but be aware of tourist scams. Local ride-hailing apps like Go-Jek or Grab might be a better solution and are also available in English.
Where and what to shop
Bali is where international and world-famous designer brands can be found right beside local and handmade curios, which range from fine art and handicrafts, unique homewares, antiques, jewellery, delicately carved wooden sculptures, up to woven and dyed fabrics (called batik). The island offers a varied shopping scene, from fixed price to bargain, and from genuine to knock-off items. Art markets are favourites for souvenir and bargain hunters, but if you’re not really into haggling and looking for a more modern shopping scene, head into any of Bali’s pleasantly air-conditioned malls.
The official language is Bahasa Indonesia, but in the touristic places you get along with English.
However here are some important phrases:
Good morning/afternoon/evening/night! -
Thank you! - Terima kasih!
You are welcome (literally translated same-same) - Sama-sama!
Yes - Ya
No - Tidak
The local currency is rupiah (IDR) and no other currency is accepted. Credit card payment is in the bigger shops and in most of the restaurants accepted, but mostly with a 3% surcharge. Service fees are usually included in the bill.
Connection and network
4G is widely available in the populated areas and SIM cards with data package are not expensive and available at kiosks and convenient stores.
Electrical plugs are two-pronged ‘Europlug’ type (20 Volts, 50Hz).
Tap water is not potable; ice in drinks at established bars, hotels and reputable restaurants are usually safe. Travellers to Bali can often be affected by what is known as 'Bali Belly' which is basically an upset stomach or travellers' diarrhoea. Sometimes caused by bacteria found in local foods or drinking water but most often caused by an increase in exotic foods, too much food or an increase in alcohol intake. It will usually clear itself up sometimes within 24 hours, other times is may take a couple of days. In case of emergencies, dial 110 for police and 118 for ambulance.