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Bali

Whether its water sports, animals, relaxation, trekking or cooking, Bali offers it all. A small island blessed with natural beauty both on land and around its shoreline to the East of Java, Bali is a tourist’s dream. Whether taking part in volcano sunrise trek, rafting in the Ayung River or a Romantic sunset dinner cruise, Bali is an Aladdin’s cave of fun and selection.

Key Facts

Weather

Indonesia has a tropical climate being so close to the Equator which means it’s both sunny and rainy all year round! The drier season is from May-September.

Currency

The Indonesian Rupiah is the national currency. ATMs are easily found in most towns and credit cards are widely accepted. Moneychangers are available in major tourist areas but check the rate before you make the exchange.

Electrics

220 V/230 V/ 50Hz; Plugs (Some outlets are a combination of type A and C and can accept either type plug). We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.

Visa requirements

It’s $35 (USD) in cash on arrival which will give you a visa for 30 days as long as you hold a valid passport.

Times zones

There are three time zones across Indonesia. Java is seven hours ahead of GMT and Bali is eight hours ahead.

Language

The vast majority of Indonesians speak Indonesian. However, there are over 700 indigenous languages across the country. English is widely spoken in the tourist areas and is recognised as one of the working languages.

Shopping

Shopping is a favourite pastime in Indonesia. Make some time to have a look at the treasure trove of fine art and handicrafts, antique and semi-antique furniture, paintings, delicately carved jewellery, wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed fabrics to name but a few.

History

Indonesia is a country a huge difference with each island and region experiencing its own history. Having gained full independence in 1949 from the Netherlands following Indonesian nationalism, Indonesia is fast becoming a powerhouse on the world scene and continues to receive more and more international recognition.

Transport

There is a good domestic airline industry which can get you from major locations to minor ones. Also, there is a good road network in the major tourist areas.

Business Hours

Typically, banks and public offices are open Mon-Sat morning with various afternoon opening times. Most businesses in tourist areas operate till late in the night.

Geography

This archipelago is made up of over 17,000 islands with a huge array of various flora and fauna.

Communication

Mobile phone coverage is good, especially in the main tourist areas as is Wi-Fi. It may be more difficult to come across in the more rural regions.

Health

Most if any infectious strains are caught when tourists are off the beaten track in unsafe areas. Most tourist centres such as Bali and Yogyakarta have very modern medical facilities which will take care of your needs.

Drinking Water

Drink bottled sealed water in Indonesia. Your hotel should provide you with at least two bottles per day. Ensure that the bottles are sealed before drinking.

Top Things To Do

Trekking in Bali

Trekking in Bali

The original “Venice of the East” as described by Magellan’s chronicler in 1521, Kampong Ayer, literally “Water Village”, is the heart and soul of Brunei, having been for centuries the political, trading and settlement center of the Brunei Kingdom.

 

Water Sports

Water sports

They say there is seven time more coral in Bali than in the entire Caribbean Sea. Use this chance to push yourself into absorbing some of the most sensational underwater vegetation in the world.

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