When to go
Bali has an equatorial climate with monsoon type weather. The rainy season usually lasts from November to March and the dry season from April to October. The temperature hardly ever drops below 24°C while the water temperature remains constantly around 28°C. The rainy season is characterized by sudden, momentary downpours followed by blue skies, so Bali is really a year round destination to visit.
There are daily flights from London to Denpasar/Bali on a number of airlines via their respective hub. The total flight time to Bali takes about 15 hours, excluding the connection time at the hub respective city.
You will find a range of chauffeur driven limousines, self-drive cars, taxis and hotel courtesy cars on Bali. Many taxis are not metered so it's wise to negotiate the fare before you climb aboard. Bemos are another unique form of transport, whereas buses and “bemos” are often over-crowded, hot and are recommended for short trips only. The public transport system in Bali can virtually take you anywhere you want to go, but slowly. Metered taxis are also available at very reasonable prices
If you're feeling brave and adventurous, hiring a car might be the thing for you. You will need your license from your home country and an international driving license. Apart from in the busy southern part of the island, it is quite easy to find your way around, but be aware of potholes, obstacles and sometimes manic drivers on the road!!!
European community nationals only need a passport, valid for six month after your departure from Indonesia, a return ticket and a tourist visa, which you will get at the port of entry in Indonesia for a fee of US$25
Local airport tax
When leaving Bali you will be required to pay airport taxes of RP 75.000 for international flights and RP 30.000 for domestic flights.
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah. Foreign money can be exchanged at most banks and most major credit cards are acceptable at hotels, large restaurants, department stores, travel agencies and many businesses that cater to the tourist trade, including galleries, arts and craft sellers.
Indonesia is divided into three time zones and Bali is on Central Indonesian time, which is 8 hours ahead of GMT.
The official language is “Bahasa Indonesia”, but Balinese dialect is very different, often the vocabulary used is dependant on the caste the person belongs to. English is commonly spoken everywhere in the island.
There are no vaccinations required to enter Indonesia, but inoculations for Tetanus, Typhoid and Hepatitis-A are recommended. Bali is said to be free of malaria and if you are travelling only to main tourist areas the risk is basically non-existent.
Indonesia is a tropical country with low levels of sanitation and little education on hygienic issues. The biggest hazards come from contaminated food and water, whereas there is nothing for you to worry about if you are staying and eating in the tourist resorts. The food and drinking water at the resorts is absolutely safe, but you should avoid ice cubes in your drink if you are planning to have a drink in any of the local restaurants along the road.
The biggest risks run by tourists are dehydration and sunburn, so make sure you take a bottle of water with you wherever you go and keep the sun-block lotion handy.