Chew a little on the name Bali. The taste of tropical paradise, lush nature, thriving culture and a colorful religion. Taste buds do not lie.
Bali offers all the ingredients for an exotic dream holiday come true.
Relax under palm trees, diving trips to the coral reefs with dotted and striped aquarium fish, hiking in the lush green paddy fields, meeting with centuries-old religious ceremonies, surfing waves and hectic nightlife in Kuta.
From Europe over Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok or Jakarta you will reach Denpasar in 14 hours. Different Airways (Singapore air, Malaysian air, Emirates, China air, eg) fly from different europ. airport to Denpasar.
Since February 2004, you need a visa. Be shure, that your passport is valid more than 6 months. The visa costs are 35$, pay on arrival. The visa is valid for 30 days. By the departure from Indonesia, an airport tax of 200.000 Rupiah. will be charged. This can only be paid in local currency directly at the airport.
Cities in Bali
"Capital" of Bali, with more than 600,000 inhabitants
Kuta Legian Seminjak Tuban
Tourist center, nightlife, shopping, restaurants, hotels, surfing
A small village in the northeastern part of Bali, hereliess the 120-meter
USAT Liberty wreck. The wreck is very close to the beach which offers several other world-class diving sites.
Name: Ngurah Rai International Airport
Location: South- west Bali between Jimbaran and Kuta
A fishing village southeast of the capital Denpasar, luxury hotels and small home stays located side by side. Sanur has a wide selection of restaurants.
Padang Bai is a small fishing village with white sandy beaches.
It is also from here that ferries ply the water between Bali and Mataram Lombok. Padang Bai is a backpackers dream.
Nusa Dua is the southernmost peninsula of Bali. Here it is the 4 and 5 star hotels that dominate the landscape with sandy beaches and water sports activities.
is a former fishing village on the east coast.
Amed - Bunutan
A picturesque fishing village community. In Amed they extract salt from the sea, as it has been done for generations .. Several good diving sites in this area.
A famous artist city in the heart of Bali, surrounded by fascinating rice terraces. In the surrounding suburbs is a village of silversmiths and stonecutters. Ubud is the pearl of Bali for its craftsmanship and artists..
Singaraja - Lovina
Singaraja is the former capital of Bali on the north coast, the town bears the stamp of its old buildings and commercial streets with its Chinese character. Lovina is located a few kilometers away and is famous for its black sand beaches.
Here is the volcanic mountain Mt. Batur, 1900 meters high, surrounded by the beautiful lake, with its hot springs.
Festivals and public Holidays
Although the official calendar the same is as in Europe, Bali also has its own traditional calendars, which is essential to the everyday life of the Balinese.
The Balinese Year or Wuku calendar consists of 210 days with 30 weeks of 7 days.
The saka calendar is based on another calculation and is approx. 80 years behind the western Gregorian calendar, so that 1925 is the equivalent of 2003.
Beside the specific Balinese time calculations the Muslim-Arabian, the old Javanese and the Chinese calendar also apply.
Although this sounds very complicated, the traveller is not affected.
Because of the various calendar in use, there are a large number of public holidays and festivals in Bali, having information about the Balinese calendar is helpful when planning to visit one of these festivals.. Independent of the official public holidays following local festivals are celebrated almost daily: funerals/cremations, temple festivals, tooth-filing ceremonies, temple offerings and prayer ceremonies.
Contrary to European habits, travellers are always welcome to take part in these festivals and ceremonies (including cremations) but the proper respect and behaviour is expected.
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (Stand January 2010: 1 Euro = ca. 14.000 Rupiah), with the smallest denomination of 500 Rp being a coin and all other denominations from 1000 to 200,000 being notes.
Travellers cheques in US$ and credit cards are widely accepted but it is advisable to always have enough cash with you. It is possible to change traveller cheques or your home currency into local currency. It is often worthwhile comparing the exchange rates of the banks and money changers.
Euros are very welcome also US$.
The strain a trip to the tropics put on your health should not be under estimated.
Alone the flight from central Europe takes up to 20 hours and the change in climate is extreme.
The average yearly temperature in Indonesia is between 25-30°C (77-86°F) and humidity is high.
In general special vaccinations and precautions are not necessary but tetanus, polio and Hepatitis A are recommended. The decision to take Malaria prophylaxis should be made individually, but it is important to protect against the mosquitoes with sprays and appropriate clothing. The risk of HIV-Aids In Bali is the same as everywhere else in the world.
Although medical care is easily available in Denpasar and other large tourist areas, further inland and in more remote areas western medicine is not so common. It is also possible to be treated by the traditional healer (Balian), the massages are especially beneficial by sprains or broken bones. The traditional medicine in Bali is passed on though generations and is, in many cases, officially supported.
There are no special travel facilities for handicapped people or people in wheelchairs. More information can be obtained from special tour operators for handicapped people.
A personal first aid kit should be included in your luggage and you should check the terms and conditions of your health insurance before leaving home. If necessary take out an additional travel health insurance, including transport back home in medical emergencies.
When arriving from Europe no special vaccinations or precautions are necessary.
Bali is free from malaria but in Irian Jaya, on the small Sunda islands and in the rainforests of Kalimantan malaria is widespread.
Consult your local doctor, vaccinations against tetanus, polio, hepatitis A and B are recommended.
Indonesia has a tropical climate with high humidity.
The average yearly temperature in Indonesia is between 25-30°C (77-86°F) Nights are not much cooler.
The seasons are defined by the monsoons and consist of dry season and rainy or wet season.
The rain falls in short, heavy showers, after which the sun shines again. The climate throughout Indonesia varies considerable depending of the area.
The Balinese society follows strong rules collectively known as „adat". These include general rules of behaviour and daily life according to the Hindu religion. Although the Indian caste system is not practised on Bali, differences can be seen in the names.
The Brahmins (Ida Bagus / Ida Ayu) belong to the priests, the Satrias (Ratu/Anak Agung/Cokorde) are the aristocracy and the Wesia (Gusti / Si Luh) are the warriors and traders, the Sudras - the majority of the population - do not belong to any caste. By the children of the Sundra caste, their names also indicate the order in which they were born, the first born is called Wayan, followed by Made, then Nyoman and Ketut. By the fifth child the sequence begins again with Wayan, etc.
Ritual regulations determine the daily routine and the religious and social duties of the Balinese.
Bahasa Indonesia, a Malaysian language, is the language spoken in Indonesia and the official language in Bali is Indonesian.
English is common enough in the main tourist areas, that communication is possible.
However, the mother tongue of the inhabitants is Balinese, which is rooted in Sanskrit, with a separate written language. Tourists are most likely to encounter this language during ritual festivals.
As small tip:
Bahasa Indonesia is the easiest language in the world to learn, and it is possible to learn a couple of words within a short time with the help of a travel dictionary.
Apart from the possibility of telephoning from the larger hotels, there is also a reliable telephone service from public telephones and fax machines: WARTEL. To use mobile telephones it is advisable to buy a local SIM card.
There are three time zones in Indonesia. Depending on if we have winter or summer time, the time difference to west Indonesian time is +6 or +7 hours. Between Java and Bali there is a time difference of 1 hour (middle Indonesian time) meaning there is an additional hour difference to England. (+7 or +8 hours).
Jl. M.H. Thamrin No. 75
Tel. 00 (62) (21) 315 6264
Fax 00 (62) (21) 315 4061
Indonesian Tourist Office
Kanwil X Depparpostel
Kompleks Niti Mandala
Jl. Raya Puputan
Denpasar 80235 Indonesia
Tel. 00 62 (3 61) 22 56 49
Fax 00 62 (3 61) 23 34 75