Countries That Qualify for Visa on Arrival

The Visa on Arrival (VoA) for travellers arriving directly in Bali is valid for 30 days and can be extended for another 30 days, but not more than a total of 60 days. 

Passport holders from the following countries qualify for the Visa on Arrival (VOA).

Argentina
Australia
Austria
Belgium
Brazil
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Cambodia
Canada
China
Croatia
Cyprus
Czechoslovakia
Denmark
Estonian
Finland
France
Germany
Greece
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Ireland
Italy
Japan
Laos
Latvia
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Malaysia
Malta
Mexico
Myanmar
New Zealand
Norway
Philippines
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Romania
Saudi Arabia
Seychelles
Singapore
Slovakia
Slovenia
South Africa
South Korea
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
The Netherlands
Timor Leste
Tunisia
Turkey
United Arab Emirates
United Kingdom
United States of America
Vietnam

Source: Welcome Back to Bali

Fully Vaxed Travellers No Longer Need Covid Test

Excellent news for those planning a holiday to Bali — travellers who are fully vaccinated are no longer required to present a negative Covid test result to enter Bali.

This means that PCR and antigen tests will no longer be required if you are fully vaccinated. This applies to both international and domestic travellers as of 18 May 2022.

International travellers only have to show their two-dosage vaccination certificates (both hard and soft copies) obtained at least 14 days prior to departure to Bali.

International visitors who are not vaccinated still need to present a negative PCR test result on arrival and will get vaccinations administered at local, government-approved medical facilities.

International travellers who have only received their first vaccination dose will be required to undergo a 5-day quarantine.

Travellers who have only received their first dose will be required to show a negative PCR test result obtained three days prior to departure or a negative antigen result 24 hours before travelling.

Source: Welcome Back to Bali

DO’s and DON’T’s in Bali

Travelling to a place that is unfamiliar to you will be very difficult if some issues arise. That is why we made a list of a few Do’s and Dont’s that might be helpful if you are going to travel to Bali.

Do’s and don’t’s about drugs

  • Do NOT take drugs into Bali. They do execute people as happened to two Australians who were executed in Bali in 2015. This is all of Indonesia and Bali, where the death penalty exists, and there is little tolerance for drugs, and rightly so.
  • Do NOT buy drugs in Bali, and have no doubt – you will be offered them often. Always answer them “No, Thank You”.
  • You will be offered everything including Viagara when you are having your breakfast in the morning. If you want to run the risk of what could be in that capsule, then that is up to you; but I would be highly suspicious of this.

When arriving

  • Do expect that it will take a long time to get through customs and immigration at the airport. For some reason, it takes forever. However, if they are being meticulous, then that is a good thing and means you will be safer on the island.
  • Do not use your left hand when giving money or a business card, if you can help it. Many Balinese, however, have been exposed to a lot of Western cultures and do understand south paws.
  • Don’t point with your index finger. The Balinese are becoming more used to these Western gestures but theoretically you shouldn’t.
  • Learn some Balinese phrases, like Selamat pagi, good morning, and Terima kasih – thank you.

Do’s and don’ts on Temples

  • When entering any Hindu temple in Bali, and many are open-air temples, and you will need to wear a sarong it is a travel packing essential and a sash. Many temples will have these at the entrance. Don’t expose too much of your upper body out of respect. Don’t point your feet to the altar in the temple either.
  • Take your shoes off when entering a temple or a person’s house. You will know because there will be shoes everywhere outside.
  • Leave a donation at the temple…because it is the right thing to do, and good karma.
  • If you are a female menstruating, do not enter a temple.

Ceremonials do’s and don’t’s

  • Try and avoid walking on the ceremonial offerings in the street. Dogs walk over them, but if you can, and they are everywhere, try not to as a mark of respect to these deeply spiritual people
  • Enjoy the many ceremonies that take place in this spiritual country. This is part of the beauty of real Bali.

Do’s and don’t’s with food and water

  • You are in Bali, and the food is fresh and very good. Enjoy the tropical fruits, and more.
  • Don’t drink the water, and be a little careful about which bottled water you do buy. Many people have bottle capping machines. It pays to take a water filtering bottle with you. You can always boil the jug to remove issues from the water.
  • Enjoy the local Bintang beer.
  • Be careful when ordering any drink other than a Bintang, as it may be watered down or even something different, and this will make you ill.
  • Go to a cooking school in Bali. You will love it
  • Eat at the warungs, the local Balinese cafes. The food is cheap, and the food is good.
  • You don’t have to tip as service charges are already included.
  • Don’t avoid Kuta, it is changing, and changing for the better

Do’s and don’t’s in the Bali markets

  • Haggle with the market owners, it is expected. Bali has the most unusual lot of t-shirts, some purely disgusting but others relatively funny. If you have to buy one, then don’t wear it, but if you do, expect to be recognised as a tourist and probably an Australian bogan one at that.
  • Be careful with the hawkers/salesman who are often Anglo-Saxons, who want to show you a hotel and give you a free night , or a week of free nights. and that you have won something and then take you for a long ride to try and sell you something or other. They will approach you the minute you walk out of your hotel. Politely and persistently say, “No, Thank You”.
  • Don’t get annoyed when you are hassled at the volcano, or when you go to see the Kecak dancers, or any other tourist place by the hawkers. They need to make a living.
  • Always be careful when getting a tattoo. Some tattoo artists use textile chemical dyes which are not suitable for use on the human body

Do’s and don’t’s when driving in bali

  • Always wear your helmet when you hire a scooter, which you inevitably will. You will more than likely get booked by the police of you do if you don’t.
  • Be careful when you offer the police money to pay off your fine for not wearing your helmet.
  • You are going to need an international drivers license or if you don’t have one of these, you will need to get a Balinese driving license, which you can get in Denpasar. Many people don’t bother, and then deal with the fine that they will inevitably get. Check your insurance policy, to see what they do cover.
  • Always use your horn to honk a lot. There is no road rage in Bali; it is a means of indicating that you are overtaking or trying to get some type of attention. Don’t get cranky if people are honking at you.
  • Make sure you have travel insurance. There are many accidents in the surf, on scooters and from dog bites.

Other do’s and don’t’s

  • The internet reception in Bali, in the main, is not too bad. Most cafes will have free wi-fi. Expect in some of the inner areas of the island like Ubud, that it can drop out every now and then, but it is better than many other countries we have been to.
  • Be respectful of the turtles on the beach, they are endangered, and you will see Balinese trying to help them
  • The monkeys on the island, particularly in highly touristy spots like Ubud and Uluwatu Temple, are cunning thieves and will steal the sunglasses from your head, and anything else they can get their hands on.
  • Do use motorbikes, scooters, taxi’s and tour guides and also hire a driver, but make sure that your rate is set in concrete before you go.
  • Local buses are also OK.

5 Reasons Why A Villa Is Better Than A Hotel

Once previously only an option for the more affluent traveller and holiday goers, the idea of staying in a personal villa while is becoming more common all round. With a vast amount of options available, at some very appealing prices, the luxury experience of staying in your own private getaway has become the staple of holiday vacation rentals.

1) Privacy

Within a villa you’ll get your own personal hideaway with no other’s to invade your space. Unlike a hotel you don’t need to worry about any rowdy neighbours, people taking up the sun-beds or late night (or early morning) noises. You’ll have your own private haven where you and your loved ones have absolute privacy to enjoy your holiday as you intend.

2) Location

You can tailor your villa to the location you prefer – whether that be close to the beach, away from the hustle and bustle of the busy areas or even closer to your favourite hangouts. The location of a villa can be a deal breaker for most people, as what’s available to keep you entertained locally is an important factor in any person’s vacation.

3) Amenities

Unlike hotels that can feel very “one use” stay, most villas are set up to be a home away from home. You’ll find these properties to be kitted out for all your needs, with a kitchen, lounges and own private pools. You can relax in luxury with all of the items needed to make your next vacation as simple as needed.

4) Personal

Nearly every villa has their own personal team dedicated to enhancing your stay. Depending on the villa these might include chef, butler and even private driver. With this kind of service you’ll be looked after in style so you can enjoy the other comforts of a relaxing holiday. Make sure you check the villa information to see what wonderful extras are included when it comes to staff and service.

5) Price

Like many things in life the defining factor can always come down to price. However, by the time you’ve paid for a larger group to stay in a hotel per room and added costs of meal, you may find that the price of staying in a villa is pretty competitive. Last minute deals are also. When it comes to booking it’s also much better to go with villa agents (rather than the likes of airbnb), as you generally can find a price better matched minus the usual fees and get that true service catered to your every need.

Where to stay in Bali

When it comes to exploring new destinations, Bali has many options. Regardless of whether you’re hoping to take a spiritual journey or immerse yourself in scuba diving or surfing, Bali offers something for everyone. Not only is there an environment that must be seen to be believed, but there are several options available when holidaying in Bali that ensure the destination is perfect for all types of budgets.

The following is an overview of some of the more popular locations in Bali, as well as some of the experiences that can be enjoyed along the way.

Seminyak Villas

Ideal for Nightlife and Food

Despite how appealing Canggu is, there will be those searching for a location in Bali that’s more suitable for families and nightlife and Seminyak is a perfect choice.

Although famed for its collection of boutique shops, there’s a lot more to unearth when visiting Seminyak.

Those searching for nightlife with a difference will fall in love with the Potato Head and KuDeTa beach clubs which feature famed DJs from all over the world.

Things to Do in Seminyak

As well as being able to enjoy unique beach clubs and luxury accommodation, there are plenty of other experiences for those choosing to stay in Seminyak for their holiday.

One of the most popular pastimes in Seminyak is surfing, and Seminyak beach is the perfect location. Although as popular as other beaches in Bali, the beach in Seminyak feels less crowded, allowing for more freedom when it comes to surfing.

If there is little in the way of waves when hitting the beach then fear not, as there are plenty of stalls where you can enjoy some refreshments.

Those looking to explore the waters of Seminyak in a different way may want to take advantage of the professional diving schools in the area, which offer immersive and memorable dives that can be enjoyed by newbies and experienced divers.

Seminyak often finds favour with those that love food thanks to the iconic KuDeTa, the best restaurant in Seminyak. As well as being treated to an authentic Balinese experience in relation to food, but it’s a beautiful location for enjoying the famous Bali sunset.

Canggu Villas

Perfect for First Timers and Backpackers

Those visiting Bali for the first time will want to find a town that offers a balance of life in Bali, and those new to Bali will find this in abundance when visiting Canggu.

When compared to other locations in Bali, Canggu can seem a little stripped-back, but this is what makes it the perfect town for those visiting Bali for the first time.

The lack of tourists ensures that those visiting Canggu experience the organic side of Bali without obstruction, be it the surfer beaches, voluptuous villas or immersive rice fields.

Things to Do in Canggu

Despite not having as much as tourist traffic as other areas in Canggu doesn’t mean that there is a shortage of things to do.

Those looking to enjoy the environment in an exciting way can take advantage of local surf schools and enjoy Canggu in an original way, whereas those looking for some respite can enjoy a relaxing Indonesian head massage which is not only revitalising but also very affordable.

There is also plenty to experience when it comes to food and drink in Canggu. One of the most popular eateries in Canggu is Shady Shack, which offers a great choice of food that include smoothies and homemade cakes, but there are plenty of other restaurants that offer local dishes as well as an Indonesian take on global dishes.

Ubud Villas

Perfect for Those Looking to Explore Their Spiritual Side

The popularity of Bali can be attributed to how much choice there is. Just as many head to Bali for the immersive nightlife and sense of adventure, others are keen to embrace their spiritual side, and Ubud is the perfect destination to achieve this.

Ubud has been cited as one of the most beautiful places in the world, but this isn’t the only appeal to this bohemian haven, as there is plenty more on offer.

Locals can be seen immersed in prayer, while surrounding rice fields, temples and waterfalls offer a sense of tranquillity that’s just not possible with some destinations.

Things to Do in Ubud

Although Ubud lacks the nightlife and beaches seen in other areas of Bali, those looking to absorb Balinese culture while exploring their spiritual side will love what Ubud has to offer. What’s more, there’s still plenty to do, with each experience offering something unique.

Those keen to embrace the historical sites of Bali can enjoy the Goa Gajah, often referred to as the ‘Elephant Cave.’ The relic-filled courtyard offers plenty of carvings and stone sculptures that detail the vast history of Bali in peaceful surroundings.

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy local attractions such as Bali Bird Park, home to over 1,000 birds from all over the world, including Indonesia. There is also the Ubud Monkey Forest, the best-known monkey sanctuary in Bali, home to over 700 macaques.

Food enthusiasts keen to try some of the best fusion food in Ubud should make sure they visit Lacavore, a restaurant that has won a series of awards for its amazing food.

As the restaurant has a focus on fusions, those that visit Lacavore will find that the food is a mix of locally sourced products prepared with foreign techniques.

Most popular Bali dishes

Thousands of islands with different cultures make up Indonesia, so it’s no wonder that Balinese food is just as diverse. To complement your holiday experience in Bali, you would not want to miss out on some of its most popular dishes.

Some Balinesse cuisine meat classics

Sate(or satay)are marinated, skewered and grilled meats served with spicy sauce. The meat usually consists of diced or sliced chicken, goat, mutton, beef and pork, but you’ll also find satay that’s made with fish, tofu, eggs or minced blends. Bali’s variant is the sate lilit. It is made from minced beef, chicken, fish, pork, or even turtle meat, it’s also mixed with coconut, coconut milk, and a rich blend of vegetables and spices. The satay is then wrapped around bamboo, sugarcane or lemongrass sticks before it’s grilled over charcoal. You can enjoy sate lilit with or without sauce.

READY TO EAT SATAY

Nasi ayam and nasi campur known as Bali’s own take on chicken rice, nasi ayam and nasi campur can be found served at many warungs (small eateries) and restaurants throughout the island. The dish is mainly white rice served with different elements of Balinese food, such as a portion of babi guling(roast suckling pig) or betutu (spiced chicken or duck), mixed vegetables, and a dab of spicy sambal matah (Balinese sauce). Nasiayam and nasi campur is served with a bowl of soup sometimes. For those who are not a fan of spicy food you can simply ask for it without the sambal.

Bebek and ayam betutu. Betutu is the slow-cooked equivalent of Bali’s babi guling (roast suckling pig). Suitable for those who don’t eat pork, this iconic Balinesedish consists of a whole chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) stuffed with traditional spices, wrapped in banana leaves, then enveloped tight in the bark of a banana trunk. The entire thing is baked or buried in a coal fire for 6 to 7 hours, resulting in a rich and juicy meat that easily separates from the bones.

Babiguling Babi guling is an all-time favourite of the Balinese, consisting of spit-roast pig stuffed with rich traditional spices and vegetable mixes such as cassava leaves, slowly rolled over (guling means “to roll” in Indonesian) a coal fire. The crisp brown skins are prized, while the meat is a tender and juicy treat. At first, the dish was a communal treat during special festivities and ceremonies, but now babi guling can be found widely served at warungs and restaurants specialising in this dish.

Other Bali food treasures

Tahu and tempeh is the most versatile of food items, tahu (tofu) and tempeh come in different preparations – some as savoury snacks, and others as accompaniments and main-course dishes. These soybean curds may be fried, stuffed and battered. Many Indonesian cuisines, especially rice dishes, include tempeh crackers. Some of the best tahu snacks are the stuffed and fried versions, which usually include a mixture similar to spring rolls.

If you’re up for seafood Jimbaran seafood is the answer. Most of the beachside cafés on Muaya Beach in Jimbaran Bay typically serve grilled seafood, ranging from shrimp, clams, crabs, calamari, lobsters and a wide assortment of fish. But in terms of taste, the secret lies in each of the café owner’s recipes of barbecue sauce and condiments – usually in the form of homemade sambal, which has collectively become known as “sambal seafood –Jimbaran style”. From sweet-sour blends to the typical hot and spicy, tasting is believing when it comes to Jimbaran seafood.

Pepes and tum are an Indonesian Sundanese cooking method using banana leaves as food wrappings. The small package is sealed with thin bamboo sticks at both ends before it is steamed, boiled or grilled. It is commonly used to prepare fish as pepes ikan, but meat, chicken, tofu or vegetables are common ingredients as well. Tum takes on a different form, with the wrapping folded and stitched at one top end, and is usually steamed. Tum commonly contains minced pork mixed with spiced paste. The use of banana leaves adds an aromatic and authentic Balinese flavour to pepes and tum.

Lawar is a traditional mix of finely chopped meat, vegetables, grated coconut and spices. In some areas, it is prepared with fresh blood mixed with meat and spices to strengthen the flavour. The dish is usually served immediately after preparation as it cannot be kept long. There are 2main types of lawar – white and red. The white version appeals to vegans and vegetarians as it doesn’t have meat or blood.

Nasigorengis Indonesia’s fried rice, one of the nation’s most known dishes. The dish is pre-steamed rice stir-fried with a combination of meats and vegetables, ranging from scrambled eggs, diced beef, strips of chicken, shrimp, anchovies, lamb, crab, green peas, onions, shallots and a blend of kecap manis (sweet soy sauce) and hot chilli sauce. The presentation usually features the typical toppings – sliced tomatoes and/or cucumber, fried shallots, fish or shrimp krupuk(crackers), and acar (mixed pickles).

Traditional sweets

For your sweet tooth, traditional cakes are collectively called jajanan pasar (traditional market cakes), it is originally used to accompany ceremonial offerings, but are available as daily coffee timefavorites. There are plenty of jajanan pasar to choose from, which are mainly made with rice flour, glutinous rice, sugar, coconut and tropical fruits. Some of the most common desserts in Bali include wajik (sticky rice cake), pancong (rice flour and coconut milk cake), jaja batun bedil (glutinous rice balls in palm sugar soup), bubuhinjin (black glutinous rice porridge), pisang rai (steamed banana), and kelepon (coconut-covered rice cake with liquid palm sugar).

Things to do in Bali

The best things to do in Bali include not-to-be-missed cultural treasures and some of the most iconic landmarks and landscapes that you can find around this magical island. There are innumerable temples, historical sites, and spots of natural beauty spread across Bali’s 8 regencies, which were formerly kingdoms.

This compilation of great things to see and do in Bali will help you discover the best the island has to offer. Go east to see the majestic ‘mother temple’ and magnificent royal water palaces or travel to the island’s lush interior where rice paddies offer scenic photo opportunities. From Bali’s scenic vistas to exotic cultural performances, there is something for everyone.

Visit some of the best beaches in Bali

Not only are the beaches in Bali some of the best in the world, but also one of the best free things to do in Bali. Bring a beach towel with you and claim a spot on the beach. For a few Indonesian rupiahs, you can rent a beach chair and umbrella. Better yet you may want to rent a house right on the beach. There are a lot of listings in Bali that you may rent that are beachfront. There would be no better place to wake up than at the beach and see the beautiful sunrise and sunset at the beach.

Surf at Kuta beach

If you’re into surfing, Bali is famous for surfing. There are several places offering surf lessons right on the beach or, if you know how to surf, you can rent a surfboard for a few hours. So why not catch your first wave in Bali?

Visit the Ubud monkey forrest

You should be prepared to get up and close with the monkeys at the Ubud monkey forest. Whatever you do, don’t buy bananas from the nice ladies out front or else you want the monkeys will literally crawl up on you. Always keep all your bags zipped and don’t wear a hat/sunglasses, the monkeys are known to be naughty thieves.

BALINESE MACAQUE

Visit Ulun Danu Beratan Temple

It is one of the best things to do in Bali. One of the prettiest in many temples in Bali is the Ulun Danu Beratan temple. It is a floating temple just off the shore in Lake Bratan, which is in the centre of Bali, 3600 feet above sea level. So, it’s really nice and a cool place.

Get a balinesse massage

After a tiring day with all the things to do in Bali, you may want to relax with a Balinese massage. Massages in Bali is super affordable and really amazing. It will cost you around $5 for an hour for a Balinese massage. Massage parlours offer several types of massages and other services. If you happen to run into some rain in Bali, just go get a massage. You will forget about the rain.

Try beach parasailing

If you want some adrenaline rush. Nothing will compare to a good dose of adrenaline to get your day started! Parasailing in Bali is beautiful and one of the cheapest places. It will cost you $30, but only for a few minutes. Don’t forget to bring your GoPro to get some good and cool photos of the beaches in Bali from above.

MOUNT BATUR

Hike mount Batur at sunrise

For breathtaking views set your alarm super early. Hiking at Mount Batur starts several hours before the sun rises. The early morning wake-up call is totally worth it once you make it to the top of Mount Batur and you see the sun rising it’s really a promising view. This is easily one of our favourite things to do in Bali and we would do it again in a heartbeat.

Watch the magnificent Bali sunset

There is no better way to end a perfect day in Bali than watching the sunset. Head to the beach and watch the locals come out to play a game of beach soccer, or head to a rooftop bar for happy hour and grab some beer.

Eat your chicken satay

Chicken Satay with peanut sauce? Yes, please! Yummy! Chicken Satay is a must-try dish when in Bali. These tasty little meat skewers are served with a delicious peanut dipping sauce. Once you pop you can’t stop. Eating chicken satay is one of the best things to do in Bali and one you’ll find yourself doing over and over. Very delish!

CHICKEN SATAY

Visit the Tegallalang rice terraces

For another scenic view, go to the gorgeous green rice paddies really exist and they make for some epic photos. When planning out your things to do in Bali make sure to schedule a day in the Ubud area for the Tegallalang rice terraces & Ubud Monkey Forest. Instagramable view.

Try yoga in Bali

Get your “Eat Pray Love” on and give yoga a try in Bali. There are a lot of yoga retreats in Bali, more specifically in Ubud.

Drink a cup of Kopi Luwak coffee

Drink a cup of the most expensive coffee in the world, Kopi Luwak Bali coffee. This is the coffee that is made from the coffee beans that have been eaten and pooped out from the cat-like animal, civet. Bring your friends back a shitty present, literally. Very satisfying coffee.

Places to visit aside from Bali

There are few other neighbouring beautiful cities near Bali that are eye-catching sights for visitors and must-see for those visiting Bali.

Places to visit aside from Bali

There are few other neighbouring beautiful cities near Bali that are eye-catching sights for visitors such as Komodo and Bogor that provide a hiking experience to visitors. There are a lot of cities for tourists, therefore, you can spend your whole vacation. The people of all these cities are very friendly and hospitable. You will never feel like you are away from your home. They will help you in all possible ways therefore it is your responsibility to respect their culture, values, and norm. It is recommended to get some information about the cultural values of people in these cities.

Jakarta

The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta. It is the administrative city of the country that controls all its economic and trade activities. It is the most populated city in the country. Diversity is an important aspect of the city because when you will visit it, you come across different traditional people of the country. The city is built on a modern scale. Semanggi Clover Bridge in the city is the representation of modernization.

The city has many modern shopping malls. The most famous shopping mall in the city is Grand Indonesia. It consists of the largest mosques in the world. The Istiqlal Mosque is the true depiction of modern architecture. There are other historical places in the city; one of the most historical places is the Jakarta oldtown. It has been the headquarters of the famous Dutch East India Company. The other famous places are the national monument and Waterbom Jakarta.

How To Get to Jakarta

  • When you’re travelling by air, Jakarta has two international airports, one is the larger Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, located in Tangerang, now in the neighboring province of Banten. The other is the smaller Halim Perdanakusuma Airport, which is reserved for limited domestic flights.
  • When you’re travelling by land, Jakarta is connected by land to major cities in Java, public transport to get to Jakarta is available by bus and train.People who visit Jakarta, usually take time to stop by the neighboring Bogor, famous for it’s Botanical Garden and highlands getaway in the Puncak area.Or if you prefer the coastal area, head to Banten and spend a holiday at Anyer and Carita Beach.
  • When you’re travelling by sea, Tanjung Priok is the name of Jakarta’s seaport, located in North Jakarta. It is the busiest seaport in Indonesia. A delightful choice for the one who wants to splurge aboard a luxurious cruise ship.
  • Getting around Jakarta is by rented a car, taxi or a package tour. Be prepare for a heavyv traffic specially when travelling peak hours. It is advisable therefore to choose a hotel near the location where you will have your meeting or business appointments or to the attraction or destination you wish to visit. Distances between points of interest in Jakarta can sometimes be far and might be interspersed with traffic.

Bandung

Bandung is maybe the most beautiful city in Indonesia. The popularity of the city is associated with the tea plantations and their art of disco structural design and construction. There are a lot of beautiful resorts. The famous resort of the city is Dulang resort. The city provides the best experience of the waterfall. This city is also famous for its volcanic eruption therefore this place is a real sensation for geologists. They come here from all over the world to study the volcanic mountains of this city. The city is safe and you can visit there with your family.

BANDUNG TEA PLANTATIONS

How to get to Bandung

  • Husein Sastranegara International Airport in Bandung is connected to major Indonesian and a number of neighboring countries. On domestic flights, Bandung is served by direct flights from Jakarta, Surabaya, Semarang, Bandar Lampung, Bali, Surakarta, Pekanbaru, Banjarmasin, Kualanamu (North Sumatra), Palembang, Pontianak, Yogyakarta, Balikpapan, Batam, Makassar, and Pangkal Pinang.
  • For your accommodation in Bandung, ranging from Airbnb to luxurious hotels, do check with Online Travel Agents.

Depok

It is an amazing place especially for those visitors who want to observe and experience the traditional ways of Indonesian people. A lot of famous places provide the best experience of travelling and enjoying the vacations. The city is the true manifestation of the old traditions, people were old fashioned and live their life in the traditional and primitive way. It would be a great experiment to visit such a traditional and primitive place in Indonesia.

How to Get to Depok

  • When you’re travelling by air, the closest airport is Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta, which is around 30 miles to the north. From there, take the DAMRI bus to Pasar Minggu (Rp20,000) then take the Debora bus to Depok. Taxis cost around Rp120,000.
  • Trains run every hour from Jakarta to Depok; the trip takes between 30-120 minutes and costs around Rp17,000.
  • From Jakarta, take the Jalan Lenteng Agung straight into Depok.
  • Debora buses run from Jakarta into central Depok.

Manado

Manado is also one of the beautiful cities of Indonesia situated in the bay of Manado. The peculiar characteristic of the Manado is tasty traditional food. The characteristics and taste of the foods related to Philippines cuisines. The tourists must taste the traditional food for a better experience. There are several hotels for fast food but don’t forget to try out street food, but always stay vigilant about the health of your digestive system because a disturbed stomach can ruin your entire trip.

Howto get to Manado

  • So to arrive in Manado, the best way is to get a plane from Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur or Bali. On most of the flights there is a stop over in Makassar airport.
  • Most of the resorts will arrange a private boat or charter boat for your transfer. If not, you can take the public ferry leaving daily (except Sunday) at 2 PM. It will cost you around Rp 25000 for a foreigner and Rp 10000 for a local. You can also charter your own boat but be prepared to bargain hard!

Semarang

It is a historical area with museums, historical buildings, and monuments. The old cities of the world provide historical experiences. One of the oldest cities in Indonesia is the Semarang. The city consists of temples that are monuments of eighteen centuries. It also has lots of modern buildings and the influence of technological advancement is clearly evident in this city. So, the skyline of this city is a blend of old and modern architecture. But, to experience the beauty of any place you must have an eye for it.

Howto get to Semarang

  • Achmad Yani International Airport (SRG) lays about five-and-a-half kilometres west of the city centre. The arrivals area has an ATM and a couple of snack shops, and the departure lounge is better serviced with cafes, restaurants, bookshops and a minimarket. A taxi to the city is via a voucher system and costs 50,000 rupiah.

Lombok

It is a fact that Indonesia is the country of islands; one of the most beautiful islands of the country is Lombok. It is a famous place for local and foreign visitors. The island is laden with natural beauty and natural waterfalls. The whole area of the island is covered with forests and beautiful suburbs.

There are tall trees that increase the beauty of the island. Sasak is the famous village of Lombok Island in the country. You will not want to miss out on the beauty of that village during your visit to Lombok. The path to Sasak is not very challenging. Local guides will take you there and you can even go there on your own.

LOMBOK VOLCANOES

How to get to Lombok

  • Lombok travellers hail from Bali, which welcomes more international flights than virtually anywhere else in the country. From there, you can either board a connecting flight to Lombok International Airport (starting from $25 USD in low season) or head to Padangbai port for a cheaper public ferry (less than $4 USD per person any time). It takes about 30 minutes to reach Kuta beach in Lombok from the airport and one hour to Senggigi beach. Meanwhile, the Lembar port in Lombok is approximately an hour away from both points.

Nightlife in Bali

Nightlife in Bali emerges as the sun sets over the western coastline. The beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian have some of the best nightlife spots on the island.

What to do at night in Bali

Nightlife in Bali emerges as the sun sets over the western coastline. The beaches of Kuta, Seminyak and Legian have some of the best nightlife spots on the island. Live bars host occasional gigs from international artists, while resort-owned bars transform into more dynamic places, where you can enjoy live DJs and bands until late in the evening. In other parts of the island, some of Bali’s top nightlife spots are known for impressive locations and winning menus, such as Ku De Ta on the Seminyak coast and the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort. Getting around at night is relatively easy – taxi drivers know how to get to the island’s bars and nightclubs like the back of their hand.

Dance/Night Clubs

  1. Mirror Bali Lounge and Club located at Jalan Camplung Tanduk, Seminyak
  2. Bounty Discotheque
  3. Engine Room
  4. Boshe VVIP Club
  5. Red Ruby Club

Bali Beach Clubs

  1. KuDe Ta
  2. Sundays Beach Club
  3. Potato Head BeachClub
  4. Finn’s Beach Club
  5. Azul Beach Club
  6. S.K.A.IBeach Club
  7. Komune Beach Club
  8. Cocoon Beach Club
  9. Karma Beach Bali
  10. Vue Beach Club
  11. Birdhouse Beach Club

Night Markets in Bali

  1. Sanur Night Market (Pasar Malam Sindhu)
  2. Gianyar Night Market
  3. Kuta Art Market
  4. Garlic Lane
  5. Taman Sari Market
  6. Kereneng Night Market

Rooftop Bars

  1. Rock Bar Bali
  2. Double Six Rooftop Bar
  3. Moonlight Kitchen and Bar
  4. Skygarden RooftopLounge
  5. Unique Rooftop Bar at Rimba Jimbaran Bali

Traditional Dance Performances

  • Surya Mandala Cultural Park at Tanah Lot
  • GWK (Garuda Wisnu Kencana) Cultural Park
  • Jambe Budaya Barong Dance
  • Putra Barong & Kris Dance
  • Sahadewa Barong Dance
  • Sari Wisata Budaya Barong & Kris Dance

Live Music Venues

How to travel to Bali

All you need to know about how to get to Bali. Visa information. How to get to Bali from Australia. How to get to Bali from Singapore and Europe. Transport at the airport. How to get around. What to do if you need medical attention. Important phones and addresses.

It is not difficult to travel to Bali, even for those who are not used to travelling. Whenever you are travelling anywhere in the world, it is always best to keep in mind, to know something, like important facts, helpful tips, and knowing the rules and regulations before going to a new place. That is why we made a list of some important information for you to do and to know if you plan to travel to the Island Paradise of Bali. Here are some important information that you need to know when travelling to Bali,

Indonesian VISA

Visitors and tourists that are coming from the countries listed below do not need any VISA to enter Indonesia.

Myanmar, Laos, Chile, Hong Kong, Macau, Morocco, Peru, Ecuador, Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Oman, South Africa, Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Sweden, Austria, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Russia, Britain, France, Germany, Holland and USA.

However, visitors and tourists that are coming from the countries not listed above, are eligible for a 30-day Visa-On-Arrival (VOA), which can be extended once at any of the three immigration offices on Bali for a total stay of up to 60 days. The standard VOA fee will cost US$35 per person.

The currency they use in Bali is the Rupiah (Rp). There are a lot of ATMs located all over the islands, although the daily withdrawal limits are quite low and vary between machines. There are also a lot of money changers located in the main area. To ensure the transaction is correct even though they offer competitive rates, keep in mind that it is very very important that you always check how much Rupiah you will receive for your money and count the change carefully before leaving the Money changer. Theft is not a very popular thing with the Hindu people of Bali, though you should still be cautious. Credit Cards are accepted in a lot of locations but not everywhere, and you might end up paying a fortune in foreign transaction fees if you don’t check beforehand with your bank. You’ll need the local Rupiah for cabs, local vendors, and much more. Credit cards whether it’s a VISA or MasterCard may come in handy at all times.

How to get to Bali from Australia

Approximately 4 hours from Australia’s west coast, getting to Bali is as easy and affordable as taking a domestic flight. Direct international flights depart daily from Perth, Brisbane, Sydney and The Gold Coast and land at Denpasar International Airport. Virgin Australia, Jetstar, Garuda Indonesia, and Malindo Air operate direct flights from Australia’s major cities to Denpasar.

Flights Australia Bali lenghts

Flights departing Brisbane and Melbourne take approximately 6 hours.

Sydney departures take around 6.5 hours.

Flights out of Perth take just under 4 hours.

Companies fliying to Bali from Australia

Virgin Australia: Direct flights are available from Brisbane, Sydney &Melbourne with connections from all other major cities available.

Jetstar: Direct flights are available from Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Melbourne, Townsville & Perth.

Garuda Indonesia: Direct flights depart Sydney, Melbourne and Perth with connections available from other major cities.

MalindoAir: Direct flights depart Brisbane, Melbourne & Perth.

Airline Ticket ranges from $200-500 AUD

How to get to Bali from Singapore

The usual Flying time from Singapore to Bali is approximately 2 hours,34 minutes.

Top airlines that service Singapore to Bali flights include Garuda IndonesiaSingapore AirlinesSilkAir and Qantas.

Budget airlines that service Bali directly include ScootJetstar and AirAsia, offering the cheapest flights to Bali from Singapore.

Airline ticket ranges from $150-500.

How to get to Bali from Europe

The 7,760-mile flying time from London Heathrow to Bali will take 15 hours and 35 minutes. Indonesian national airline Garuda Indonesia is one of the direct flights from London Heathrow to the Indonesian island of Bali.

How to get from the airport to main Bali places

There are a number of transport options available on the main island of Bali from affordable busses and taxis, to motorbikes and private vans. If you are planning on exploring the islands off the coast of Bali such as Lombok and the Gili Islands, we recommend booking your transfers in advance to avoid any inefficiencies. Airport Taxis fares start at US$20 regular taxis costs a bit less.

How do I get around Bali?

Transportation in Bali comes in plenty of options, some are tourist-friendly than others. If you are not relying on your hotel to take you around, not that there’s anything wrong with that, you can get around town by foot, on rented bike or motorbike, or via bemo. If you’re seeking to go between towns, you can catch a ride on a public bemo (bus), a private bemo, a taxi, a car/driver rental package, or rent a car to drive. Due to its large and spottily-regulated tourist industry, Bali hosts an endless number of short- and long-distance transport entrepreneurs, each jostling to get your business. Some of them are honest brokers; some are not so we should always be vigilant at all times.

Hiring a car in Bali

You can also hire a car in Bali. While there are a number of well known rental companies on the island, we urge travellers to seek alternative modes of transport as driving conditions are chaotic and road conditions are poor. Drivers wishing to hire a car will also need to have an international drivers’ license.

What to do if you need Medical attention

Fortunately, these kinds of troubles are mostly avoidable, but to give you an idea here are some tips listed to make sure you complete your Bali vacation in excellent health.

Bali’s medical infrastructure is very advanced, with air ambulances, multilingual staff, and specialists in difficult emergency disciplines all represented on the island. Emergency services can be reached from anywhere in Bali via a couple of emergency numbers. You can dial 118 if you need ambulance services, and 112 if you need operator-assisted general emergency services.

The primary hospital in Bali is the government facility at Sanglah, Denpasar, which handles the island’s most difficult cases. Some clinics provide emergency and primary health services in more remote areas of Bali.

Most important phone numbers in Bali

When we are on vacation we do not bother to determine or even know what are the contact details of the important facilities in case of an Emergency like the local Police station, Hospitals, Airports, and your country’s Embassy numbers.

Here are some of the most important Phone numbers that might come in handy whenever you are in Bali.

Bali Police:

Police 110 or (0361) 751598

Main Consulates:

Australian Consulate-General
Jalan Tantular, No. 32, Renon, Denpasar, Bali 80234
Telephone: +62 361 2000 100
Fax: +62 361 2000 195

Embassy of the Republic of Singapore
BlockX/4, KAV No 2, Jln H R Rasuna Said,
Kuningan Jakarta Selatan 12950
Telephone: +6221 2995 0400
Emergency Tel (after hours): +62811 863 348
Fax: +62-21-5201486 (General), 520 2320 (Consular)

Emergency Call Number:

  • Number 112

Main Hospital:


Airport :

Jalan Raya
Gusti Ngurah Ra
Bali, 80361,
Indonesia
Telephone: +62361 9351011

Let’s Explore Bali

The best things to do in Bali include cultural treasures and some of the most iconic landmarks and landscapes that you can find around this magical island.

Some information about Bali

Bali is in the province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is located east of Java and west of Lombok. There are provinces that include the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, which are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. 

Denpasar is the provincial capital and it is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and Makassar is the second largest in Easter Indonesia. It is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. Did you know that Bali’s second-largest city is the old colonial capital, Singaraja, which is located on the north coast and is home to around 100,000 people?

Bali is the main tourist destination in Indonesia. Known for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, painting, sculpture, leather, metalworking and music. Bali was awarded as the world’s top destination by Trip Advisor in its Travelers’ Choice in 2017.

Bali has the highest biodiversity of marine species is a part of the Coral Triangle. Over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. This is about seven times as in the entire Caribbean. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bali is home to a unified confederation of kingdoms composed of 10 traditional royal Balinese houses, each house ruling a specific geographic area. The confederation is the successor of the Bali Kingdom. Royal Houses are not recognized by the Indonesian government of Indonesia, but they originated before the Dutch colonization.

Do not miss in Bali

The best things to do in Bali include cultural treasures and some of the most iconic landmarks and landscapes that you can find around this magical island. There are innumerable temples, historical sites, and spots of natural beauty spread across Bali’s 8 regencies, which were formerly kingdoms. This compilation of great things to see and do in Bali will help you discover the best the island has to offer.

Tanah Lot Temple in Beraban

One of Bali’s most important landmarks, famed for its unique offshore setting and sunset backdrops. An ancient Hindu shrine perched on top of an outcrop amidst constantly crashing waves. Tanah Lot Temple is simply among Bali’s not-to-be-missed icons.

TANAH LOT TEMPLE

The onshore site of the Tanah Lot temple complex is dotted with smaller shrines together with visitors leisure facilities that comprise restaurants, shops and a cultural park where regular dance performances are shown regularly. The temple is located in the Beraban village of the Tabanan regency, approximate 20km northwest of Kuta. It is often included on sightseeing and cultural tours to Bali’s western and central regions.

Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu Temple, or Pura Luhur Uluwatu, known for its magnificent location, perched on top of a steep cliff approximately 70 meters above sea level in The Bukit, as Uluwatu is locally called. As one of the 6 key temples considered to be Bali’s spiritual pillars, the splendid sunset backdrops as that of Tanah Lot Temple, another important sea temple located on the island’s western shores.

PURA LUHUR TEMPLE IN ULUWATU

Pura Luhur Uluwatu is definitely one of the top places on the island to go to for a delightful sunset, with direct views overlooking the beautiful waves of the Indian Ocean and daily Kecak dance performances held at an amphitheatre nearby. Balinese architecture, traditionally-designed gateways, and ancient sculptures add to Uluwatu Temple’s appeal.

Tegallalang Rice Terraces

Situated in Ubud and famous for its beautiful scenes of rice paddies and the innovative irrigation system. Known as the subak, the traditional Balinese cooperative irrigation system. It is said to have been passed down by a revered holy man named Rsi Markandeya in the 8thcentury.

Tegallalang forms the 3 most splendid terraced landscapes in Ubud’s shared region, with the others being in the villages of Pejengand Campuhan. It offers a scenic outlook that spreads down before you and away to the far side of the valley. The high roadside location is cool and breezy and it’s a well-known spot for tourists to stop and take photos. Painters and nature lovers also enjoy visiting this place and numerous art kiosks and cafe’s near the ledge.

TEGALLALANG RICE TERRACES

Besakih Temple

Known as Bali’s ‘mother temple’. A grand complex of at least 86 clan temples and shrines on the south-western slopes of Mount Agung. Each shrine has its own anniversary, at least 70 celebrations are held at Besakih yearly. It is also considered to be the biggest and holiest of Bali’s temples. It offers spectacular views with rice paddies, hills, mountains and streams. Besakih is only the temple to open every devotee from any caste group. It will take one day to explore the whole site.

Ubud Monkey Forest

Known for the sanctuary of Grey Macaques in Ubud. Home to over 700 grey long-tailed macaques. It is also known as the Sacred Monkey Forest of Padangtegal, this natural sanctuary has paved pathways through a leafy nutmeg forest as well as several ancient temples under dense foliage. It’s a popular wildlife reserve in Bali thanks to its community-based management, location and ease of access.

Mount Batur Volcano

Mount Batur or The Kintamani Volcano is an active volcano and very popular for trekking. Surrounding the 13 square kilometres Batur Caldera Lake. Those who are adventurous can take a winding road down to the lakeshore. It will lead you to Toya Bungkah, Ulun Danu Batur Temple and hot springs. It consists of three (3) main villages, Penelokan, Batur and Kintamani.

There are also some Balinese villages around Batur Lake, often called the Bali Aga Villages. If you want a vantage point at the southernmost part of the crater rim, you will find it in Penelokan. Also known as the popular stopover for some tourists. From Penelokan, you can enjoy the captivating views over the magnificent Bali volcano.

MOUNT BATUR VOLCANO

Ubud Art Market in Bali

Shopping! It is a good place to find beautiful silk scarves, lightweight shirts, statues, kites, handmade woven bags, baskets or hats and many other hand-crafted goods. It is locally known as Pasar Seni Ubud, located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace and it is open daily.

You may find most of the goods are made by the neighbouring villages of Pengosekan, Tegallalang, Payangan and Peliatan. Its location itself is centred among the art producing villages, makes it a strategic shopping place for handicrafts and souvenirs. Bargaining is essential when you go here.

Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Safari and Marine Park has around 400 wild animals from Indonesia, India and Africa. You’ll find spotted deer, Himalayan bears, blackbucks, African hippos, zebras, camels, ostriches, baboons, and Indian white tigers. Their signature Safari Journey takes you through the manmade habitats of Indonesia, India and Africa on modified safari trams. See the park’s wildlife living naturally in the open range regions from the comfort and safety of the air-conditioned safari tram.

Key exhibits in Bali Safari and Marine Park include Ranthambore, a replica of an ancient Indian fort in the city of Rajasthan where majestic white tigers roam, Kampung Gajah (Elephant Village), a sanctuary for retired working elephants, and a showcase of komodo dragons. There are also fun close-up photo opportunities with some of the animals. The Bali Agung Show takes place at Bali Theatre, where 150 Balinese dancers, musicians and shadow-puppetmasters perform together.

A visit to the Bali Safari and Marine Park will consume a full day to enjoy all the park has to offer. You should have your own transport or at least a return transfer to your hotel. It can really be hot so keep yourselves hydrated throughout your visit. Make good use of the free attractions and photo opportunities found throughout the park. The location is quite far, so it’s a good idea to plan some stopovers on the way to or from the park. There is also a water park and amusement park adjacent to the Safari so it is best to bring extra clothes, a towel and swimwear.

Goa Gajah Temple in Bali

A Must-See Historical Site on Tours to Ubud. Gajah ‘Elephant Cave is an archaeological site on the cool western borders of BeduluVillage, 6 km out of central Ubud. To the unknowing, Goa Gajah’s name can be slightly misleading, often creating an impression that the site is a gigantic dwelling full of elephants. After taking the flight of stone steps down to the Goa Gajah temple complex, you often don’t need more than an hour to explore and admire the relic-filled courtyard and view the rock-wall carvings.

The site contains a central meditational cave, bathing pools and fountains. As with any temple visit in Bali, women during their periods are forbidden entrance and wearing a sarong and waist sash is compulsory. These are also available for rent at the entrance. Goa Gajah temple celebrates its piodalan temple anniversary every ‘Anggara Kasih Prangbakat’ Tuesday on the Balinese 210-day Pawukon calendar. This day corresponds to different dates on the Gregorian calendar each year.

Jatiluwih Rice Terraces

The Jatiluwih rice terraces in the namesake upland village in West Bali are most famous for their dramatic and exotic landscapes. It is an acultural landscape heritage site in Tabanan. The cool highlands and the breathtaking scenery of this village at the foot of Mount Batukaru make for wonderful photo opportunities and serves as a soothing retreat away from the island’s crowded south.

It is once a UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site candidate, the Jatiluwih rice terraces comprise over 600 hectares of rice fields that follow the flowing topography of the Batukaru mountain range. These are maintained by a traditional water management cooperative known as ‘subak’, which dates back to the 9th century. The cooperative itself eventually won recognition as a dominant factor in Bali’s ‘cultural landscape entry on the heritage list.

Most tourists on tailored tours normally enjoy the scenery by day, the rice fields are equally impressive at sundown, complete with fireflies and the sound of nature that emerge and become more appealing in the evening.

Surfing in Kuta

Bali is a surfer’s paradise since the 1930s. It is the island’s first surfer’s beach. This white sand beach attracts beginner up to intermediate surfers. This is one of the most popular beaches in Bali. The first surfer in Bali, and therefore in Indonesia for that matter was the American expatriate named Robert Koke, as early as 1938. Kuta has grown substantially since then. This is the adventure you’ve been waiting for, and it’s the first of many you’ll have during your getaway in Bali, Indonesia.

White water rafting in Ayung River

Explore Ayung River in Bali, the skilled and friendly raft guides will take you on a thrilling, safe and fun trip while riding on an inflatable raft, paddling, sailing and navigating across a rushing river, taking risks and finishing strongly with your skills. Be sure to try white water rafting in the most beautiful and longest river of Bali, the Ayung River.

Snorkeling in Amed

Located in the east of Bali, Amed as they call it is actually a long coastal strip that runs starting from the village of Culik through seven other villages namely: Amed, Bunutan, Lipah, Banyuning, Jemeluk, Selang and Aas. The sand in the Amed area is mostly black due to its location near Mt. Agung, but you might find some patches of white sand as well. Amed is a bit remote and most people usually go there to dive and snorkel so on the beaches.

Scuba Diving in Bali

You’ll find Bali’s dive spots scattered around the island. Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, legendary surf breaks, rich culture and world-class dive sites. In the northwest part of the island are, Secret Bay, Menjangan Island and Pemuteran. Secret Bay is a diving critter hunt. Menjangan Island, on the whole, offers calm diving mostly on walls. It’s possible to see Sharks and Manta Rays, Mola Mola (sunfish) here. An incredible wreck and colourful reefs will leave even the most seasoned of divers spellbound.

Learn everything about Indonesia

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Learn everything about Indonesia

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia is the fourth most populated country in the world with more than 250 million in population. The name Indonesia comes from the Greek word Indos and Nesos meaning Indian Islands. Indonesia is the world’s largest island country and is composed of more than seventeen thousand islands. It is also the largest Muslim country in the world. Indonesia has a constitutional republic with an elected legislature. Currently in 2019 Joko Widodois the president of the republic.

Capital

The capital of Indonesia is Jakarta which is the second-most populous urban area in the world with more than 30 million, just behind Tokyo’s 40 million. Other important cities in Indonesia are Surabaya (2.3M), Medan (1.8M), Bandung (1.7M), Bekasi (1.5M) and Palembang, Tangerang, Makassar, South Tangerang, Semarang all withmore than 1 million in population.

Ethnics and languages

Indonesia has more than 300 distinct native ethnicities and more than 700 distinct linguistic groups. The largest ethnic group in Indonesia is the Javanese which makes up around 40% of the total population. Indonesian ethnic diversity is reflected in the national motto “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” which can be translated as “Unity in Diversity”.

Indonesia’s official language is Indonesian. It is a variant of Malay based on its prestigious dialect that was used over centuries as the common language in the archipelago. It is rich in local and foreign influences due to Indonesian history. Most Indonesians speak Indonesian due to its use in education, academics and media but most Indonesians also speak one of the more than 700 local languages.

Indonesia Geographical information

Indonesia is an equatorial country. Its latitude lies between 11°S and 6°N and longitudes 95°E and 141°E. Such width means Indonesia has three time zones. WIB western Indonesian Time, UTC +7 in the capital Jakarta, WITA Central Indonesian Time UTC +8 in cities like Makassar and WIT Eastern Indonesian Time in cities like Manokwari.

The Indonesian archipelago consists of three main regions. One of the regions consists of Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and the islands that lie between them. These islands stand on the Sunda shelf, where the ocean depths are never more than 210 m (700 ft). Another region consists of Irian Jaya and the Aru Isles, which stand on the Sahul shelf, projecting northward from the north coast of Australia at similar depths. Between these two shelves is the remaining region, consisting of the Lesser Sunda Islands, the MalukuIslands (Moluccas), and Sulawesi, which are surrounded by seas with depths that reach 4,570 m (15,000 ft).

INDONESIA MAP

There are large islands that have central mountain ranges rising from more or less extensive lowlands and coastal plains. Peaks rise to 3,650 m(12,000 ft) in Java and Sumatra. Many inactive volcanoes and scores of active volcanoes dot the islands. Indonesia islands soil is predominantly rich volcanic soil, that is carried down by the rivers to the plains and lowlands. There are over 100 volcanoes in Indonesia.

Java, Bali, and Lombok have extensive lowland plains and gently sloping cultivable mountainsides. Extensive swamp forests and not very fertile hill country are found in Kalimantan. Sumatra’s eastern coastline is bordered by morasses, floodplains, and alluvial terraces suitable for cultivation farther inland. In Sulawesi mountainous areas predominate. Aside from the mountainous landscape, much of the islands are covered in thick tropical rainforests that give way to coastal plains. Remarkable rivers of Indonesia include the Barito, Digul, Hari, Kampar, Kapuas, Kayan and Musi; there are also scattered inland lakes that are relatively small in size.

Indonesian Climate

As Indonesia is over the equator its climate tends to be relatively even all year: In Indonesia, you do not speak of extreme seasons like winter and summer. Indonesia has two seasons. The wet season is between November to March and the dry season is between April to October. Indonesia’s tropical climate ranges from the tropical monsoon climate in north Java and Bali to the tropical savanna climate in the island interior. You can find colder climates in higher altitude areas.

Temperatures in the coastal plains averages at 28°C while the inland averages 26ºC lowering to 23º in mountain areas. Indonesia is a very humid country with its humidity ranging from 70% to 90% all year.

Biodiversity in Indonesia

Due to Indonesia’s size, its tropical climate, placement between Asia and Oceania and its archipelagic nature Indonesia is the home of huge diversity. Its flora and fauna is a mixture of Asian and Australasian species. In Indonesia, there are animals like the Sumatran tiger, rhinoceros, orangutans, Asian elephants and leopards. In the past all these animals were abundant but in the current time, biodiversity has been in decline. At present 36% of Indonesian bird species (1,531birds) and 39% of Indonesian 515 species of mammal are endemic.

INDONESIAN BIODIVERSITY

Apart from mammals and birds, Indonesia has a wide range of sea and coastal ecosystems. Famous white sand (coral origin) beaches, dunes, river estuaries, mangroves, seagrass beds, coastal mudflats, tidal flats, algal beds, and small island ecosystems plus the amazing coral reefs. Indonesia possesses the world’s most enormous diversity of coral reef fish with more than 1,650 species just in eastern Indonesia.

Indonesian culture

There is no such thing as an Indonesian culture. Its culture is anything but uniform. With more than 300 ethnic groups diversity is the word that should come with Indonesian culture.

In Indonesia, family is as close as possible. For example, young Indonesians even having a proper income choose to live with their parents. It shows the country values regarding family. Religion is a very important aspect of Indonesian culture. No matter the religion you can see Indonesians dropping everything for prayer time. Religion is present daily through ceremonies, rituals and the high number of temples.

BALINESSE DANCES

Indonesian culture tends to be collective. Historically farmers work together in their lands and manage villages and natural resources as tight communities. In Indonesia exists a strong pull towards the group, let it be the family, the village or even the island. Indonesians are friendly and close. Indonesians tend to celebrate everything. It can be a baby first step or a certain month in pregnancy. Depending on the local culture you can find a special ceremony for the tiniest milestones.

In Indonesian culture, hierarchy plays a great role. Hierarchical relationships are respected by people, emphasized and maintained through time. This leads to many signs of respect to those with status, power, position, or age. This shows in villages and offices where the most senior are expected to make group decisions.

Shame is something most cultures try to avoid. In Indonesia, in order to maintain group harmony the concept of “face” is easy to understand. Indonesians try to avoid shame in their relations, so they are very careful how they interact and speak. Face/shame concepts show very well in that Indonesians communicate quite indirectly. They would not want to cause any shame to anyone by giving a negative answer.

In essence, the Indonesian “face” concept can be shown as:

  • Never ridicule, shout at or offend anyone.
  • Imperfections should always be hidden and addresses only privately.
  • Blame should never be aimed at any individual/group publicly.

Indonesian food

Indonesian food is spicy and savoury. Indonesia is rich in herbs and spices and that shows in Indonesian cuisine. Unless your palate is used to most Indonesian recipes may come out too strong to tourists tongues. The cuisine is very local varying from zone to zone according to the main crops grown in the area.

SATAY, DELICIOUS CHICKEN

Other Indonesian interesting facts

  • When calling by phone to Indonesia you should add the country code +62.
  • China, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, and Japan are the top five sources of visitors to Indonesia.
  • Tourism grows 20% per year attracted mainly by Indonesian Nature and culture
  • “Wonderful Indonesia” has been the international marketing slogan of Indonesia
  • Indonesia is the 5th most competitive tourist market in price in the world.
  • Every place in Indonesia has a legend. Make sure you learn the local legends.
  • “bapak” or “ibu” are widely used and are the equivalent of father or mother, sir or madam.
  • Eat or pass food with your right hand only.
  • In formal situations, men are served before women.
  • Sometime greetings can be rather formal as a mean to show respect.
  • Many Indonesians after shaking your hand may give a slight bow or they place their hands on their heart
  • If you are being introduced to several people, always start with the eldest or most senior person first.
  • The most common greeting is a handshake along with the word “Selamat”.

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Why Choose a Bali Villa

Bali is a gorgeous place to take a vacation, and even if you’ve visited before, you’ll probably struggle to book accommodation because there are just so many great options. Do you go to a hostel, homestay, or luxury hotel? We’re here to tell you about another great alternative that not a lot of people think of – villas.

Villas often come off as fancy and extravagant, and people usually don’t bother to look them up, believing that it will take up most of their travel budget. However, villas in Bali are cheaper than you’d think, and even come with amenities that you wouldn’t have at a hotel.

Bali Villas Holiday Vacation Rentals in Seminyak are renowned for being one of the most popular villa rental companies on the island. They’re great value for money – read on to understand why we think a villa is a right choice for you during your next Bali getaway.

Value for Money

Small villas and huge villas alike are lavish, and a glance at the exterior will already have you sighing and wondering if you’ll ever be able to afford such a luxury. Little do you know, villas are actually significantly less expensive if you travel with a group and divide the price. Villas provide areas like a living room, kitchenette, and a private pool. You can even take a bath outdoors and watch the sunset in your private villa garden. Would you be able to experience that in a hotel?

Privacy

Bali villas are spacious, and you can enjoy a soak in the private pool with a mug of tea you’ve just whipped up in the kitchenette. You won’t be limited to a room – the whole space is yours!

Bali Villas Holiday Vacation Rentals offer quite a few options when it comes to villas, with over 700 Bali villas currently listed on the site. You could opt for a private pool villa or a 2 or 3 bedroom villa where children are welcome. We have every villa you can imagine, up to a fifteen bedroom Seminyak villa. We even have babysitting services that you can take advantage of to enjoy some private time with your partner. Go ahead and enjoy drinks and conversation late into the night without worrying about disturbing the neighbours!

There are also one-bedroom villas that are lovely for couples. You’ve got privacy, and our employees will not bother you without your request.

Bespoke Services

Many villas offer quite a few services that you can take advantage of. If your holiday goal is to exert the least amount of energy possible, we have chauffeurs, masseuses, chefs, butlers and many other staff members who are happy to make your vacation a delight; and a Guest Relations team who are dedicated to making sure you have a dream holiday in Bali.

Bonuses

If you’d like to have friends over for brunch or a late-night pool party, villas are an ideal choice. A hotel would charge extra for people, space, and food. In a private villa, however, the space is already yours – all you have to do is get some help from the staff, get some food set up, and you’re set!

Exploring Bali

Visitors to Bali are not short of places to visit or things to do. One of our favourite things to do in Bali is to get out and away from the usual tourist destinations and see some of the lesser-explored parts of the island, where the pace of life is slower and Bali still retains its inherent natural charm.

Here are some less well-known places you should try to add to your itinerary when visiting the Island of the Gods.

Sidemen, Klungkung Regency

One of Bali’s most beautiful, and still relatively unknown beauty spots, and only around an hour on a bike from the bright lights in the south of the island. Great for those who want a bit of peace and quiet surrounded by some of the best scenery on the island, the village and surrounding area comprised of a number of small, rustic guest houses, rudimentary hotels and decent cafes, small restaurants and warungs.

Most people, having approached Sidemen from the south, turn left at the main junction in Sidemen village (by the market) to a small street leading down a hill where most of the guest houses are based. However, the best views are to be had if you drive through Sidemen village for another couple of kilometres. Here, in the hills on the right, you’ll find a number of more discreet guest houses, all enjoying spectacular views of the rice field and palm tree canopy leading all the way to the awesome Mount Agung right in front of you.

Pemuteran, Buleleng Regency

While Lovina is often seen as the ‘got to’ place on Bali’s quiet north coast, Pemuteran, home to the largest artificial Biorock reef project in the world and just 45km to the west, is a haven for divers, snorkelers and those who appreciate a slower way of life. Escaping the mass development seen in the south of the island, accommodation options are mainly limited to large, spacious resorts on the beach side of the road, private villas and quiet home stays.

Pemuteran is an ideal place to explore the Barat National Park, Menjangan Island, whose marine fauna incorporates one of the best-preserved coral reefs in the area, and just kicking back and relaxing under a palm tree after enjoying one of the best underwater eco-systems the island has to offer.

Munduk, Buleleng Regency

High above the central Bali tourist destination of Bedugul lies the less visited village of Munduk. When it’s not amongst the clouds, Munduk offers sensational views, not only of lakes Tamblingan and Buyan, but remarkably both the north and south coasts. Being so high, it can get comparatively cold for those who are used to the balmy weather on the beaches in the south, so pack some warmer clothes as a precaution.

There’s lots to see and do near Munduk, and photographers, in particular, will love Banyumala Twin Waterfall and Munduk Waterfall, one of Bali’s most famous temples at Lake Tamblingan, and the tremendous views at Munduk Moding Plantation.

Bali’s Lesser Known Beaches #1

Part one in our series highlighting some of Bali’s less well-known beaches. These aren’t ‘undiscovered’ beaches, just great places to visit for those visitors to Bali who may only know the main tourist beaches such as the Kuta/Legian/Seminyak beach on the south-west coast, Jimbaran beach and Sanur’s numerous beaches on the south-east coast.

Secret Beach, Nusa Dua

Heading south just past the huge Mulia resort in Nusa Dua there’s a small turning on the left towards the Hindu temple of Pura Geger. The name of the small road is Jalan Pura Puget. There’s a security post, where locals will collect an ‘entrance’ fee, at the time of writing, of Rp.5,000 for motorbikes. Head straight on towards a rudimentary car park, and look for the stairs leading down to the lovely, quiet, white-sand beach.

The best time to visit is at medium tide. At high tide, the beach is almost submerged beneath the waves, while at low tide entering the water can be quite rocky. At medium tide, you’re rewarded with lots of small, beautiful white sand beach coves accessible either through the knee-high (for an adult) sea or through lovely caves and rock formations. Often you’ll be able to find your own secluded cove for a romantic getaway.

Karma Kandara Beach, Ungasan, Bali

Accessed by cable-car from the exclusive Karma Kandara resort (paid), or for free via the steps at the same resort for those who consider themselves extremely fit, this beach is also home to Sundays Beach Club, as well as Karma Resort’s own Karma Beach beach club. Surrounded by cliffs, this beautiful white sand beach leads down to clear, aqua-marine waters with gentle waves.

The easiest way to access this beach is to head south on the Bukit Peninsular on Jalan Uluwatu, and once you have passed Nirmala water park, look for the signs to Karma Kandara resort on your left (before the Dreamland exit).

Pasir Putih, Virgin Beach, Amlapura, Bali

This one is a hidden gem. On Bali’s south-east corner, past Candidasa and on the way to Amlapura and the delights of Amed beyond, Pasir Putih, translated as White Sands, has recently been renamed Virgin beach. Look out for the white sign on the left as Jalan Raya Bugbug turns into Jalan Raya Perasi. Once through the little village, continue on through stunning rice fields and ancient woodland until reaching the parking area at the top of the hill. Pasir Putih is a two hundred metre walk from the car park to the beach.

The beach itself consists of lovely white sand, is surrounded by cliffs, hills and greenery, giving it the feel of a Thai beach. There are a wealth of local warungs at the rear of the beach to tuck into some fresh seafood or a mie goreng. Though not a surfing beach, the waves here are particularly powerful and break very close to the beach, leading to some great fun getting in and out of the water (or watching others trying to do so).

Lipah Beach, Lipah, Amed

Bali’s beautiful and unspoilt Amed area has been a favourite for divers for many years. Although the area is commonly referred to as Amed, it actually comprises a number of villages and bays, with Amed being the first village reached when approached from Amlapura.

The next village along the coast is Jemeluk, itself a magnet for snorkellers with its crystal clear waters and amazing sea life. Around four kilometres further south is the lovely village of Lipah. Being on Bali’s east coast, there are no real waves to speak of, just calm warm waters and great snorkelling. Snorkelling equipment can be hired from vendors on the beach, along with sunbeds and even canoes and stand-up-paddle boards.

10 Great Things About Our New Website

Hello, welcome to our brand new Bali Villas Holiday Vacations website. We’re delighted you’ve joined us. Here are 10 great new things we think you’ll love about our website!

It’s got prices in your currency

With our old website, one of the most frequently asked questions was, why are all your prices in US dollars? Well, the answer to that was that, although most of our guests come from Australia, we do have a considerable number of guests from all around the world, and our old creaking site just didn’t have the ability, no matter what we fed it, to display more than one currency, so we had to display prices in the ‘global’ currency, US dollars.

That’s all changed now, and the site should be displaying the villa rental prices in the currency of the country you are viewing the site from. Neat eh? (If it’s not, there’s a currency selector at the top of the page, and perhaps you could let us know 😀)

We’ve added great new search abilities

This, along with the next feature, is one of our favourite two new features about the new website. You can now search for Bali villas with any or all of the following: villas that provide breakfasts, villas that have a butler, villas that have a chef, villas that are beachfront, and villas that come with a car and driver!

It’s great being able to specify which area you would like to stay in, the price range, and how many bedrooms you’d like, but nowadays we all demand that little bit more from our villa experience and these new search parameters will really help you find your dream Bali villa.

You can now search on anything or everything

That’s right, no more of those old fashioned and annoying ‘this field is required’ notices when filling in a search form. Now you can enter as little or as much search information as you like, and we’ll do our best to find you villas that exactly match the criteria you’ve entered. Together with the ability to search for villas with butlers or breakfasts and such like, this gives you tremendous power to find a villa that exactly suits your needs.

It’s so much quicker

In today’s world speed is everything. No one wants to be hanging around while their browser whirls away in the background trying to download a webpage. To be frank, we just don’t have either the time or the patience. We also had to consider that nowadays most people browse the web on their phone or tablet, and a lot of us have data charges and may not be able to access the quickest networks whilst on the move.

We tried every possible way to speed up the old site, but we eventually came to the conclusion that the old girl just wasn’t up to it. After much head scratching, the team at Bali Villas Holiday Vacation Rentals decided only the best would do, and decided to have an ultra high-tech custom system built from the ground up to be as fast as possible, whilst still giving you beautiful images and all that great search functionality.

It’s so much easier to enquire about a villa

We’ll be honest, the enquiry forms on the old site were rubbish and the enquiry process was poorly thought out. You actually had to fill out two forms, with a number of the fields on the second form information which you had already entered on the first form. As we said, terrible. So, we’ve streamlined all that. Just fill out one simple form and we’ll get straight back to you to help you arrange you perfect Bali villa holiday. Oh, and the enquiry form now works on a handphone, which leads us nicely on to our next great thing…

It works beautifully on a handphone

View our new website on a handphone and it feels just like an app, an app that was designed especially for *your* phone. Load up our homepage, and the first thing you see is the first thing you need to see, an easy to use search form for finding your perfect villa. You can still scroll down and see our latest special offers, the latest villas added to our portfolio (we’re always expanding our portfolio), or look for some inspiration.

Villa pages are beautiful now. Designed specifically for a handphone, to use Apple’s phrase, ‘it just works’ and displays all the information you need in a clear and concise way that works perfectly on your phone.

We’ve added real customer reviews

As a business we’re very aware that your opinion of of villas and the service we provide is far, far more important than ours. That’s why we’ve added real customer reviews to each of our villa’s listings. We feel that this gives you a far greater feel for the villa and what to expect, than just some marketing speak. Of course, because we’re always adding new luxury villas to our portfolio, some villas won’t have reviews yet, but if they do, you’ll see them on the villa page. The page will also show you the number of reviews, and the average rating for that villa. We love this!

We now tell you what we love about each of our villas

We’ve given you customer reviews, and alongside those we now tell you why we love the villa. With many years experience in the property rental industry, and being Bali’s number one villa rental company, we think we have a pretty good idea when it comes to Bali villas, so we’re replaced the reams and reams of old guff and replaced it with concise bullet points telling you why we think you’ll love the villa. Let us know what you think!

The images now look great!

Nowadays pictures a king, or to use the oft used phrase, a picture is worth a thousand words. Our villa pages now contain, big bright images that fill the whole page, both on big screens and on handphones, giving you a perfect idea of what your villa will look like. We now display every image we have for that villa on its respective page, so you can go directly to the image you’d like to view. Of course, if you’d like to view all the images, the new image carousel works beautifully on any device.

Best Places Providing Activities In Bali? Look No Further

When staying in Bali there’s a wealth of activities to be found that offer a wide range of things you can do. Whether it be art, sport or leisure – here you’ll find some of the best options available when planning your stay.

Bali Reply

One of the more trusted providers of tours in Bali that also give back more to the locals than anyone else is Bali Reply. Their exceptional service and friendly team are always willing to go the extra miles to support you in finding what is most exciting for you. They also pride themselves on offering great multi-language speaking guides to make your life ever so easier.

Mason Adventures

Possibly the largest selection of activities based in Bali, with great insurance packages included. However, you may find they are not as competitive on prices as some of the other options – but their extensive range of activities can make this your go-to service.

Baruna Surf Culture

If surfing is your priority then look no further than Baruna Surf Culture. They specialise primarily in surf related activities – ranging from camps, schools and considered the go to and “in the know” for everything regarding the best surf info in Bali.

Local Tour Guides

Let’s face it…there’s nothing better than giving back to the locals and cutting out on the bigger competitors when it comes down to getting a good deal. However, it’s best to speak with locals around your area of stay to find a good quality activity provider. Check with your accommodation managers for the best trusted agents in your area.

Here at Bali Villas Holiday Vacation Rentals we strive to make your stay in Bali special, whether it be for accommodation or any other info needed in your visit. You can contact us direct by email or visit our website to view our large selection of villa options in Bali.

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