Bali can be a challenge to navigate, as the aging infrastructure struggles to support rapid development. Road rules are practically non-existent, and traffic can be chaotic with frequent jams in Denpasar and other major centres. Renting a motorbike is an adventurous way to see the island, although only recommended for very experienced drivers. Cars are available for hire with a driver, which can be the most stress-free way to get around. There is limited bus service in Bali, and this can be an inexpensive way to get around for travellers willing to be very patient. Shared minivans (bemos) are available, but in Denpasar and southern Bali metered taxis are much more common. Fares start at IDR 5,000 per kilometre.
Local time is GMT +8.
Electrical current is 120/230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European two-pin and UK-style three-pin.
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR), which is divided into 100 sen. Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; the US dollar is the most accepted currency. Ensure that foreign bills are in good condition, as creased and torn notes may be refused. The best exchange rates in Indonesia are generally found in major centres like Jakarta and Bali. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at more expensive hotels and restaurants, however smaller businesses may not have card facilities (especially in more remote areas). ATMs are available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so keep small denomination notes and coins for items like bus fares, temple donations and soft drinks.
The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The local mobile phone operators use GSM networks and have roaming agreements with most international operators. Internet cafes are available in the main towns and resorts.
Emergencies: 110 (Police); 118 (Ambulance)
|New Years Day||1 Jan||1 Jan|
|Chinese New Year||31 Jan||19 Feb|
|Mouloud (Birth of the Prophet)||14 Jan||3 Jan|
|Nyepi (Hindu New Year)||31 Mar||20 Mar|
|Good Friday||18 Apr||3 Apr|
|Easter Sunday||20 Apr||5 Apr|
|Waisak Day (Buddhas Birthday)||15 May||3 May|
|Lailat al Miraj (Ascension of the Prophet)||27 May||16 May|
|Ascension Day||29 May||14 May|
|Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan)||28 Jul - 29 Jul||17 Jul - 18 Jul|
|Indonesian Independence Day||17 Aug||17 Aug|
|Eid al-Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice)||5 Oct||24 Sep|
|Islamic New Year||25 Oct||13 Oct|
|Christmas Day||25 Dec||25 Dec|
|Boxing Day||26 Dec||26 Dec|
Lying just south of the equator, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: wet (November to March) and dry (April to October). Bali, and in fact the whole Indonesian archipelago, experiences only slight temperature variations from season to season due to the warm ocean currents that keep heat fairly constant on land. There is also very little variation in daylight hours from season to season. The dry season has hotter temperatures, but the humidity levels are much higher during the rainy season. The height of the summer season also brings cool breezes to temper the hot weather. Temperatures are cooler in the mountainous areas and it is less humid. The average annual temperature is about 86°F (30°C). Although it is generally better to travel to Indonesia in the dry season - between April and October - Bali is one of the best islands to visit if you are travelling in the rainy monsoon season as it experiences fewer weather-related travel disruptions and less flooding than many other islands. Even when it is rainy there will often be sunshine to enjoy on a daily basis. May, June and July are generally considered the best time to visit Bali.
Buses leave regularly for Denpasar city centre and the main holiday resorts, including Kuta. Metered taxis are available and passengers should insist that the driver uses a meter, even if he claims it is broken.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt operate from the airport.
The official taxi counter is located outside the Arrivals hall. Fares are paid in advance, then a receipt is given to the driver. A taxi to Denpasar costs roughly IDR 70,000-90,000.
The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.
There are shops, restaurants, banks and a bureaux de change at the airport. Other facilities include a post office, pharmacy, duty-free shopping, tourist information and hotel reservation kiosks. The airport has facilities for disabled travellers; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance.
Short and long-term parking is available in a parking lot in front of the terminal building.
Wifi is available in the Executive Lounge of the International Terminal.