Know Before You Go FAQs

General - Know Before You Go - Tropical

When is the best time to go?

Bali is a spectacular destination to visit all year round with stunning tropical scenery and endless opportunities for adventure. While temperatures tend to average 27 °C throughout the year, we recommend visiting between May to August for optimal tropical conditions without the holiday crowds.

Is getting to Bali easy?

Approximately 4 hours from Australia's west coast, getting to Bali is as easy and affordable as taking a domestic flight. Direct international flights depart daily from Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and The Gold Coast and land at Denpasar International Airport. To learn more about getting to Bali check out our fantastic range of flights here.

How do I get around Bali?

Getting around Bali is fairly easy and affordable as there are a number of transport options available on the main island, from affordable busses and taxis, to motorbikes and private vans. If you are planning on exploring the islands off the coast of Bali such as Lombok and the Gili Islands, we recommend booking your transfers in advance to avoid any inefficiencies.

Can I hire a car in Bali?

Yes, you can hire a car in Bali. While there are a number of well known rental companies on the island, we urge travellers to seek alternative modes of transport as driving conditions are chaotic and road conditions are poor. Drivers wishing to hire a car will also require an international drivers' licence.

Is Bali a good destination to take children?

Bali is a great holiday destination for families with young children, thanks to its tropical climate and fantastic range of exciting activities. Many Bali resorts also offer kids club and child minding facilities, so mum and dad can relax knowing that the kids are safe and having the time of their lives.

Are things expensive once I arrive in Bali?

Despite the costs normally associated with an overseas tropical holiday, Bali is very affordable destination. Everything from food and drink to shopping and massage treatments will be at a fraction of the price you would normally pay at home, allowing you to truly indulge while on holiday. A beer will cost you approximately $2.50, a standard meal will cost approximately $15. However prices will vary depending on the restaurant.

Is there any special clothing or equipment I should take?

Other than your bathing suit and sunscreen it's a good idea to pack a shawl or scarf to cover your shoulders as a sign of respect while visiting sacred Balinese landmarks.

Do they have ATMs, and can I use my credit card?

There are ATM's located all over the islands, although the daily withdrawal limits are quite low and vary between machines. There are also a number of money changers located in the main retail precincts. While they offer competitive rates, it is important that you ALWAYS check how much Rupiah you will receive for your money and count the exchange carefully to ensure the transaction is correct

What is the currency in Bali?

The currency in Bali is the Rupiah (Rp).

Do I need to tip in Bali?

Tipping in Bali is appreciated but not necessary. However, sometimes more up market restaurants will add between 15% and 20% to the bill to cover the 10% government tax.

Are there any restrictions on buying alcohol in Bali?

The legal drinking age in Bali is 21 although this is rarely enforced. Alcohol in Bali is extremely cheap and can be purchased at restaurants, bottle shops and even convenience stores.

Do I need a passport and visa?

For visitors from most countries, entry visas for a stay of 30 days or less will be granted to those with a valid passport (for at least six months beyond your intended stay).

Are there any public holidays I should be aware of?

Nyepi is a Balinese public holiday that is a 'day of silence' observed every New Year on the Balinese calendar. During Nyepi, the Balinese remain silent, fast and meditate. Although Nyepi is mostly a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents and tourists also observe the day of silence out of respect. Although tourists are free to do as they wish inside their hotels, no one is allowed onto the streets or beaches and the airport remains closed for the entire day. Of course this can affect your holiday plans significantly if you fail to prepare ahead so keep track of these future Nyepi dates when planning and booking your next Bali holiday.

Can I use my phone and internet?

With an unlocked mobile phone, you can purchase a local sim card to use while in Bali or alternatively contact your service provider to see if international roaming is available. Prepaid sim cards cost very little and $20 of credit should last you a week or two. Free Wi-Fi is also available throughout Bali among the main tourist areas, hotels, resorts and internet cafes.

Can I use my normal electric plugs in Bali?

Bali electrical plugs are the 2 pin sockets that are typically found in larger parts of Europe. If you are travelling from countries outside Bali or Europe, you will need a plug adaptor to use your normal electronics. The voltage in Bali is 230V and the frequency is 50Hz.

Do I need travel insurance?

Yes. Despite being located so close to home, travellers should always take out travel insurance. Regardless of your good health or preferred style of holiday, travel insurance protects you against accident, illness or injury. Insurance also covers you and your family in case of acts of nature, lost or stolen luggage and in light of unexpected changes to your travel plans.

What's the best way to deal with street vendors?

Bali's great range of market shopping provides the perfect place to pick up those all important holiday souvenirs. If you would like to buy something, it is customary to barter with the street vendors. Test your haggling skills and try to get at least 50% off the original price. If they are being too pushy, it is OK to walk away and ignore them.

Is there much crime?

Bali is a safe holiday destination however like many holidays destinations across the world, pick-pocketers will target tourists. It is important to always keep your belongings close to you in a secure bag and be wary of bag snatchers on scooters. If anything is stolen from you, report it to the local police immediately.


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