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Drawing 12 million visitors every year, Bali’s coasts are fringed with inviting white and black sands, as well as enviable surf conditions. Inland, the island houses enchanting volcanic hillsides, ancient temples and sacred sites, and a party landscape that can only be defined as infamous. Whether you choose to stay in the thick of things or wander the road less traveled, Bali is truly a paradise on Earth.
Once your plane touches ground in beautiful Bali, you’ll still have one more thing to do before you’re allowed to explore the Indonesian island — getting through customs. It may sound like a to-do, but if you get all of your documents in order, you’ll be all set. Here’s what you’ll need to have:
If you plan on staying longer than 30 days, be sure to extend your visa as you’ll incur some hefty fines for overstaying — $73.50 for each day!
You’ll be in a completely different part of the world, meaning you’ll have to adjust to the way of a life so you don’t look like such a camera-touting tourist. Here a few tips to make your Bali vacation a breeze.
First, bring some cash over with you so you can purchase your visa on arrival. Next, you should know that the currency used in Bali is Indonesian rupiah (IDR).
You can either exchange your cash with a bank or money changer, or you could withdraw local money from an ATM with a top travel-friendly debit card. Most ATMs will only allow you to take out a maximum of 3,000,000 IDR (roughly over $200). If you prefer spending with plastic, Visa and MasterCard are widely accepted, just make sure you bring a travel-friendly credit card to beat the extra fees. However, having extra cash is always a smart move, as not every location is going to accept credit cards.
The best way to get around Bali via public transportation is on a tourist shuttle. You have two options:
This is a minibus or van with a row of low seats down each side that can carry about 12 people. Bemos run on set routes determined by the local government, though fares are generally negotiable. Still, Bemos aren’t a common transit method for tourists, as they’re known for being slow and cramped.
Every town in Bali has at least one terminal for all forms of public transit, including buses. Buses in Bali are generally used for long-distance transportation, but may not be the most efficient option since drivers often wait for the bus to fill up with passengers before departing.
Travel between Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands and Lembongan is available by ferry with frequent departures during the day.
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Motorcycles, called ojek, are a handy way to travel winding country roads in Bali. While generally available in the city too, riding via ojek is more dangerous in congested areas.
It’s easy to hail a taxi while standing on the side of the road in Bali. When traveling short distances, Blue Bird taxis are cheaper. When traveling via taxi, make sure to tell the driver to put the meter on. Otherwise, they might try to charge you more rupiah than the trip was worth.
Hiring a car is probably one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around Bali. They’re fairly cheap, with drivers setting the price via negotiations. Even for long-distance travel, hiring a driver is still one of the cheapest options.
Pull up your Uber app while in Bali and have your ride come to you. Prices are published right in the app.
At all the main Bali airports, you’ll find car rental companies like Bali Car Hire and Auto Bali Car Rental, as well as Avis, Hertz, Budget and Europcar.
In general, driving in Bali isn’t recommended for tourists — in part because hiring a driver is so cheap, usually between $10 and $20 per day. A driver will know where to go and have a better grasp of navigating traffic.
Still, if you’re set on sightseeing around the island via your own set of wheels, here are our best tips for driving in Bali:
Airport transfers in Bali are generally cheap and convenient. Consider buying a ticket ahead of time to streamline the process upon arrival.
Each year, millions of global visitors flock to its shores. If you’re considering hopping on a flight to this beautiful island paradise but have a few questions before committing, we’re here to help clear up any ambiguities.
When choosing your elephant experience, always do your research before committing. While some safaris and centers are dedicated to conservation and animal welfare, poor treatment of elephants for tourism is still common throughout the country.
Other safety concerns you may have include the quality of the water, which has led many travelers to experience “Bali belly”. You can decrease your chances of contracting this by only drinking bottled water.
Driving in Bali is also viewed as unsafe for foreigners who are unfamiliar with the roads and road rules. This is not helped by the country’s chaotic traffic. It’s recommended you hire a driver for private commutes if necessary.
On top of these safety procedures, you might also consider insurance for your trip.
Before traveling to Bali with your baby, consult your local doctor for any vaccinations that may be required.
Such statements recommend travelers protect themselves from mosquito bites, as this is how the virus is transmitted.
Due to the nature of the virus, which can cause birth defects, pregnant women are advised to consult their doctor before heading to Bali.
The last sizeable earthquake in Bali was in March 2017, when a magnitude 6.4 quake shook the island. No casualties or follow-up tsunami alerts were reported.
The province of Bali, however, has an ancient history of Hinduism that dates back to the 1st century AD. According to the 2010 census, 83.5% of Bali’s population is Balinese Hindu, making it the home of the Balinese Hindu minority.
Islam is the second-most common religion in Bali, accounting for around 13% of the population.
Also, to be eligible to marry, you must attest that either you’ve never been married or that all previous marriages have been legally terminated.
For US citizens, the government generally recognizes weddings that take place in Bali and are officially registered in Indonesia, though the actual paperwork and approval must come through the attorney general in the state where you reside.
Our destination wedding guide can also help with any other considerations and necessities for your big day.
Kick back and enjoy Bali’s relaxed atmosphere or dive into Bali’s adventurous activities for an unforgettable vacation.
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