When to visit Bali
Bali is just below the equator so the temperature are stable all year long. The average temperature stand at around 30°C (86°F) with a humidity level of around 85%.
The Wet Season starts from November/December to February/March, showers are frequent but not continuous, hardly rains all day. The Dry Season starts from April to October and this is the best period to visit Bali.
How to get to Bali
Bali airport is Ngurah Rai in Denpasar. For cheaper fares you can fly to Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Singapore, Bangkok (Thailand) and Jakarta (Indonesia) and use the low-cost airline AirAsia to get to Denpasar.
Recommended companies: Emirates, Qatar, Singapore Airlines, Thai, Turkish Airlines.
At the airport you will find many taxis and private drivers with whom you’ll have to negotiate the fare. We advise you to contact the hotel where you will stay the first few nights so that they can arrange a transfer for you.
The best mean of transport in Bali is a scooter (costs between 50,000 / 70,000 IDR per day, about 3.5 / 6.5 euro) or a private driver who will be available throughout the day or for the planned itinerary (costs between 500,000 / 800,000 IDR per day, about 35/55 euro).
Here we drive on the left (as in England) and an international driving license is required.
You do not need to change money in your homecountry, here you will find a currency exchange already at the airport but the rate is lower than the money changers around the island. Therefore we recommend changing only 50 Euros on arrival for the first costs (taxi / private driver) and then change the rest in another place. Avoid money changers that offer a high rate compared to others, ask the hotel where you are staying to point you a place to go.
ATMs are operating normally with Visa, Maestro and Mastercard. One of the most reliable banks is Mandiri Bank.
Eating in Bali
Here you will find a wide range of restaurants for all budgets and all tastes: Indonesian (of course!), Italian, Thai, Indian, fast food and street food. The Indonesian cuisine deserves a try because it’s tasty and flavoured. We recommend: nasi goreng (fried rice with vegetables, spices and usually chicken),sapi rendang (beef stew in coconut and spices), Babi guling (suckling pig).
Remember that chili is an essential component of the dishes so if you do not like it just advise.
Tap water is not drinkable but can be used for cooking.
Drinks with ice can be drunk without danger.
Any kind of vaccine is mandatory. The government of Indonesia requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever.
Please check here for further informations.
Travelling with children
Bali is a destination suitable for all ages.
In Bali there are all kinds of medicines but hospital are private so we strongly recommend a health insurance covering the entire period of your stay.
Do not forget a sunscreen with a high protection (+50) to be used not only when you are at the beach, we are at the equator !!
Free visa entry is issued directly at the airport, and is valid for 30 days. For longer stays (up to a maximum of 60 days) you can buy at the airport visa on arrival (VOA) for 30 days (costs about € 25/30) and then extend it for 30 days more at least 1 week before expiry (costs 350,000 IDR if you go directly to immigration, about 650,000 IDR if you use an agent).
Please check if your country is in the list for free visa entry