Bali Travel Guide
Home to beautiful beaches, stunning coral reefs, Insta-worthy rice paddies and grand volcanic mountains, Bali caters for every traveller. Relax in a private pool villa, unwind with a cocktail at one of the hot beach clubs, catch a wave at one of their surf beaches, explore inland rainforests, local villages and so much more!
When To Go & Weather
Bali experiences a warm and balmy climate year-round with temperatures ranging between 25 to 32 degrees.
Dry Season lasts from April through to September, and Wet Season is typically from October to March.
The most popular time to visit is from July through to August, as well as the Easter, Christmas and New Year holiday periods. This is when Bali is the busiest and airfare and accommodation prices are at their peak.
Nyepi is a day of silence during the Balinese New Year celebration period in March. The entire island comes to a halt during Nyepi, with shops and even Denpasar airport, closed the entire day. Travellers should plan holidays around this period.
The Indonesian Rupiah is the official currency of Bali. When exchanging money in Bali, go to banks, exchange counters at the airport and accredited operators.
ATMs are widely available across the whole island. Make sure to check with your bank about any foreign ATM withdrawal fees.
Credit cards are accepted at most large and expensive hotels, restaurants and shops.
Most Balinese speak 2 or more languages: Balinese, which is the native language of Bali, Indonesian, and in many cases, English, due to the number of tourists frequenting the island.
As a tourist, you should have no problem getting around speaking English.
Here are some etiquette rules to remember when in Bali:
■ Pointing your finger at someone is considered rude in Bali. If you want to call someone, make sure to have your fingers pointed downward.
■ The head is considered the most sacred part of the body in Balinese culture. Do not touch the head of a Balinese person.
■ There’s a time and place for bikinis, bintangs and singlets! Respect the local culture when visiting religious events and destinations such as temples. Travellers are to cover up their legs and shoulders.
Passports & Visas
Australian's can visit Indonesia for up to 30 days without a visa. Travellers intending to stay for longer than 30 days can apply for a visa from an Embassy or Consulate of Indonesia, or on arrival.
When visiting Indonesia, you are required to hold a current passport with at least six months validity.
For more details, please refer to the Australian Government's Smart Traveller Website.
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