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.
Don’t fret about 'Bali belly'
Bali Bely is essentially an upset stomach or travelers' diarrhea which is caused by a change in diet and lifestyle. Symptoms generally include abdominal bloating, cramps and pain; nausea and/or vomiting.
Now one may relax as hygiene standards have improved across the island, and many kitchens offer good quality organic produce. Now, dodgy prawns will always exist; by staying hydrated, avoiding notorious local liquor arak and consuming street food with a degree of caution, the dreaded Bali belly should be avoided.
Dress for the Occasion
Bali is always warm and ready to party but sometimes, beachwear doesn’t always cut it in Bali. Many higher-end bars, restaurants, and clubs enforce a dress code. If you’re unsure, call ahead to save the potential embarrassment of being turned away. Also, certain temples require certain attire, therefore, do some research before visiting each temple to avoid being turned away.
In Bali, you can bargain almost anything but do so in a respectful manner with a smile on your face. You’ll know when the vendor has reached their limit, and at that point don’t push it. When in doubt, just walk away, and if the seller does not come after you, then you'll know they are not ready to drop their price any lower.
Here is a video of one of our travelers on our first trip to Bali, check out her blog for more tips about travel and fashion and more, So Southern Belle
Will all that being said, when are you joining us to Bali?