A quick guide with important and useful tips when traveling to Bali. Where to stay, what to think about and what not to do when traveling to Bali.
When to go
You can travel to Bali the whole year, but if you don’t want to get wet, I recommend traveling during the dry season from May until October. During July, August and September it is high season, which means the prices for hotels are higher and it gets more crowded, but the temperatures are beautiful not too humid and you can get a real Bali tan.
From almost every country you can get a free 30days visa on arrival. This means you can just go directly to the immigration counter and don’t need to pay for anything. You can’t extend the 30 days visa. However, if you think about staying longer you can get a 60days visa, but this one you need to buy at the counter before immigration.
Check out this link for more detail visa information.
Where to go
In hotels, villas or guesthouses the water is clean, but it is not drinking water. I only brush my teeth with filtered water and usually have drinks without ice, because I already have a very sensitive stomach.
Always put on Mosquito spray with deet in it. This will protect you from the dengue virus. If you haven’t read my article about dengue yet, make sure you do before traveling to Bali. Also, the Zika virus has arrived in Bali and it is not recommend traveling to Bali whilst pregnant or if you want to get pregnant soon.
In Bali you will be a millionaire 🙂 The currency is Indonesian Rupia (IDR) and for one US Dollar you get 13’400.00 IDR. How much money you need in Bali depends on your lifestyle. You can get a 2$ fried rice or you can get a meal for 20$.
If you haven’t heard it already, the law in Bali / Indonesia is really strict. It means definitely no drugs at all and you have to wear your helmet while riding a motor bike, which brings me to my next point:
If you are staying in Canggu or Uluwatu area I recommend hiring a motorbike, because there are no or few taxis. However, if you are staying in Seminyak or Kuta you can get easily a taxi for a cheap price (see part Taxi). A bike rent per day is around 6$. Make sure you have an international drivers license and you wear a helmet. This is the law in Indonesia even though you will see a lot of tourist driving around without a helmet or any drivers’ license. Be better than them. 🙂
In the more touristy centers, you find taxis everywhere and they honk at you to show you that they are free not to scare you off J If you don’t want to bargain only drive with bluebird taxis and tell the driver to put on the taximeter.
Cocktail sipping at the pool? That’s what most Bali tourists are looking forward to and there are some great beach clubs where you get amazing drinks. Compared to other stuff like for example food, you can’t get cheap alcohol. A good drink costs around 15 to 20 Dollar. Only the local beer “bintag” you can get for 2 dollars. J
Try Bali’s yummy kitchen: You won’t regret it. I am still on the hunt for the best and cheapest Nasi Goreng (fried rice) and I love Nasi Ayam and Nasi campur. These are rice dishes served with vegetables and meat. More details on Balis typical dishes you find here.
If you are traveling to Seminyak you will find yourself in the mekka for all foodies. Also, don’t worry if you have any allergies or intolerances. Most of the Restaurants in Canggu and Seminyak are aware of that and you can make changes to your menu and choose an option that suits you. Food heaven in Bali.
Bali has an amazing culture and the locals keep their traditions and their Hindu religion. They are very friendly and usually don’t tell you when you are not respectful, so try to pay attention to the following things:
- Never go to a temple without covering with a Sarong (a colorful towel which is used as skirt)
- Don’t drive in your Bikini on the motorbike, try to cover at least a bit –even if it gets hot
- While most people think that it is rude or disrespectful to step on an offering basket, for example by accident on the street, it is actually not a problem. When the offering basket is put somewhere, the Balinese people wave with their hand and a flower over it, which represents a sign for the gods to take the offering. After this small ceremony, the basket itself is not holy or anything like that. Took me a while to understand – I was always trying to be careful and dare not to step on it. 🙂