Welcome to our straightforward, no nonsense guide detailing all you need to know about visiting the tropical island of Bali. From flight prices and car hire queries to frequently asked questions like do I need a passport and visa? Let us help answer all your essential travel questions and let you plan your holiday with ease.
The best time to visit Bali is between May to August for optimal tropical conditions without the holiday crowds. However Bali is a spectacular destination to visit all year round with stunning scenery, tropical weather with temperatures averaging 27 °C and endless opportunities for adventure.
Approximately 4 hours from Australia's west coast, getting to Bali is easy and affordable. Direct international flights to Bali depart daily from Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and the Gold Coast and land at Denpasar International Airport.
Getting around Bali is easy and affordable as there are a number of transport options available on the main island including local buses, taxis, 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 get everything right and at the best price.
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.
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 clubs and child minding facilities, so mum and dad can relax knowing that the kids are safe and having the time of their lives.
Despite the costs normally associated with an overseas tropical holiday, Bali is a 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.
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. You may wish to take some basic medications such as Imodium, Loperomide or activated charcoal tablets in case you experience a common stomach upset known as 'Bali Belly'.
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. Credit cards are accepted at most resorts and major retailers in Bali however for transactions at local markets cash will be required.
The currency in Bali is the Rupiah (Rp).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.