Bali has become one of the most popular Islands to visit; in order to get you prepared, here are a couple do's and don't but also some useful things to know before boarding your flight.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Language: The main languages spoken in Bali are Indonesian, Balinese and English.
Currency: The currency of Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah. 1 USD is equivalent to about 14045.14 IDR.
Credit Cards and ATMs: There are plenty of ATMs in Bali's main cities like Ubud, Canggu, and Seminyak. As long as you’re not eating at local ‘warung’ restaurants, you can pay for your meal with your credit card, but cash is always preferred.
Plugs: The plugs in Bali are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V, and the standard frequency is 50Hz. I recommend buying a universal adapter and using a converter for hairdryers and hot tools.
Safety: Bali is one of the safest destinations for travelers! You mostly need to look out for two things; 1) road safety, especially if you’re renting a motorbike. If you are not a confident rider take a taxi, it is definitely cheaper than a hospital bill; 2) pick-pocketers, keep your belongings close by and be vigilant.
American Citizens do not need a visa to enter Bali for a stay of up to 30 days or less but a U.S. citizen visiting family or traveling for other purposes may apply for a 30-day visa on arrival. The Visa-on-Arrival can be extended for a maximum of 30 days by applying at the immigration office in Indonesia
Regardless of what country you are from and if you plan on getting a visa; You need…
A passport that is valid for at least 6 months from the day you enter Indonesia
A passport that has at least one completely blank page
Proof of a return flight or onward flight out of Indonesia
8 Tips for Your Trip
Cash is King
Always carry a couple 10,000 to 100,000 Rupiah aka Purple or Red (a quick way to recognize the money in Bali as they have distinct colors).
Eat at Local Restaurants
The food in Bali is enough of a reason to visit; local dishes like Mi-Goreng (fried noodles) Nasi-Goreng (fried rice) satays and noodle soups are a must-try for traveling foodies. You will be tempted to eat at the tourist restaurants but what is the point of traveling if not to taste the local cuisine plus its cheaper and taste delicious. everything is very natural and healthy.
Day Trips Outside of Bali
Nusa Penida is an island located southeast of Bali. While it does lacks trendy restaurants and beach clubs, you will find incredible natural beauty and breathtaking views. There is the east side (most popular because it is easier to get too) and the west side; they are both just as beautiful and offer great views. You will find many companies that offer tours to either side for a reasonable price.
Rent a Scooter
Scooter is the main way of transport in Bali as it is quicker and can get you out of the traffic jams (pretty bad in touristic areas like Seminyak and Canggu). If you do not feel comfortable driving one, you can always use the app GO-JEK for an uber like experience but in the back of a scooter.
Taxis remain the safest option and even though more expensive than a scooter, they are still very affordable.
One of the best and my favorite things about Bali is affordable spa services. You can get a one-hour aromatherapy massage for as little as 60,000 IDR ($4.50 USD)! With such a low price point, you could get a massage every day! If you ever feel like splurging, try a spa at one of the many luxury hotels or spas.