Going To Bali
Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport, or Denpasar Airport (DPS) for short, is the main airport where flights to Bali land. It is a major air hub and the third busiest airport in Indonesia. The two terminals of DPS are used by both international and domestic flights; its international flight services come from Australia, Europe, America, and most Asian countries, including Singapore.
It is also well connected to most regions in Indonesia, with regular domestic flights connecting it to major cities within the country. A port of call for numerous cruise liners going through Southeast Asia, Bali receives visitors on ships and ferries.
Accommodation in Bali
Accommodation in Bali can range from as low as Rp60,000 to as high as US$4,000 per night. Kuta’s hostels and dormitories are popular among budget-conscious backpackers. If you are willing to splurge, Nusa Dua, Seminyak and Ubud are where many five-star resorts await with their fine lodgings and bevy of offerings like spa packages and gorgeous ocean views. Serviced bungalows and villas are great options for those who prefer more privacy. An idyllic refuge in more naturalistic settings can be found in village homestays in the Canggudistrict, as well as the fishing district of Amed.
Getting around Bali
Buses from the Denpasar airport are infrequent and are hence not recommended. Instead, hop on a bemoor (shared minibus) as a cheaper alternative. Many hotels in Bali also operate courtesy shuttle buses.
When moving around Bali, do be mindful of chaotic traffic conditions and jams in tourist-concentrated areas, especially in Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak and Denpasar. Traveling by foot is easier in beach and touristy areas; it is recommended that you join an organised tour, should you want an excursion round the island. Alternatively, you can opt for bus services as a cheap and reliable means of getting to popular destinations around the island.
Metered cabs are rare in Bali. Some operate on a pre-paid voucher system and vouchers are sold at the official taxi stand near the airport exit. Some tourists may prefer renting cars or scooters to get around Bali.
Bali uses the Indonesian Rupiah (abbreviated, Rp). Most banks and authorised moneychangers allow the exchange of foreign currency. Tipping is not mandatory at most hotels, restaurants and at the airport – but always appreciated.
All visitors to Bali require a valid passport/travel document with minimum validity of six months beyond the period of intended stay. Visa requirements vary for different countries of origin so be sure to check.
Temperatures are generally pleasant during the day, fluctuating between 20-33⁰C throughout the year. Do carry an umbrella if you’re travelling during the December to March period, when the west monsoon season can bring on sudden heavy showers in the afternoon and evening. The weather is cooler from June to September with hardly any rain in coastal lowlands. However, there may be flooding along the beach from Tuban to Melasti (Kuta) due to the region’s drainage limitations, which could result in knee-deep waters without the first two hours. Travellers to the highlands, such as Bedugul or Kintamani will need a jacket or sweater after the sun sets and temperatures fall.