Prepare before you leave
Ensure your passport has at least 6 months validity
USD Cash 35 per person for Visa On Arrival payment (if applicable) many countries now receive free visa into Indonesia.
If you plan to use your mobile phone in Bali contact your service provider to ensure you have roaming enabled. Alternatively you can bring an unlocked handset and purchase a pre-paid SIM card on arrival.
If you plan to hire a car or motor bike/scooter ensure you organise an International drivers licence, you will need to keep this, along with your home country licence with you at all times. It is common to be pulled over and have police ask to check your licences.
It is also worth advising the issuing bank for your credit card that you will be traveling overseas to prevent them blocking international transactions as a safety precaution.
What to bring
Casual lightweight clothing – Bali is consistently hot and humid. Bring cool, lightweight breathable clothing.
Comfortable footwear – eg. thongs and sandals. The streets in Bali are uneven so comfortable footwear is essential.
Swimwear – although available to purchase, sizing can be limited and prices expensive.
Umbrella – especially during the wet season between October to April.
Power adaptor – Voltage is 220 Volts, 50Hz. Plugs and sockets are the European two pronged variety.
Essential medications – ensure you bring a supply of prescription medicines and any vitamins you may take on a regular basis.
You will also require sunscreen and insect repellent which are both freely available at all convenience stores.
Keep hydrated – Bali is hot and humid and it is important to constantly drink water (bottled water only) to ensure you remain sufficiently hydrated. Carry water with you everywhere and sip constantly.
Drink bottled water only – tap water is not safe to drink. Bottled water is cheap.
Enjoy an icy drink – ice in drinks is safe.
Taxi’s will honk at you as you are walking to let you know they are available – you can flag down from the side of the road.
Ask the Taxi driver to use the meter – simply say ‘meter please’. If they argue and refuse don’t be afraid to get out of the cab and find another one – they are freely available.
Keep small money for taxi fares.
If you visit a temple you must wear a sarong and cover your shoulders. Women cannot visit a temple during menstruation.
If the sign above the toilet tells you to throw the toilet paper in the bin not the toilet, do it. Otherwise be prepared for the toilet to clog up and overflow!
Don’t step on the offerings you will see on the ground – walk around or over them where possible.
Don’t touch Balinese people’s heads – it is considered rude.
The duty free alcohol limit is 1 litre per adult. Additional alcohol may be confiscated.
Change cash at authorised money changers or banks
ATM machines are freely available but charge fees and limit withdrawal amounts to maximum of $100 or $200 at a time.
Credit cards are accepted at most retail shops and restaurants
Smile, be friendly and enjoy the beautiful island.
A few basic Indonesian words to get you by…
Good morning (until 11am) = Selamat pagi
Good afternoon (until 3pm) = Selamat siang
Good evening (until 6pm) = Selamat sore
Good night (at night from 6pm ish) = Selamat malam
Good bye = Selamat Tinggal
No = Tidak
Thank You = Terima Kasih
You are welcome = Sama Sama
Jalan Jalan = Walking (You say this when people hassle you to get a taxi, it means ….I am walking)