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BALI TRAVEL INFORMATION

A friendly and remarkably artistic people, living amid breathtaking panoramas, have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies, making Bali an island almost unreal in today's hectic and changing world. Terraced ricefields dominate the landscape, with rivers and small irrigation streams dissecting a luscious green landscape, filling the air with enchanting sounds of running water.

BY AIR...

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport is one of Indonesia's main tourist gateways and is served by the national flag carrier, Garuda Indonesia, on its international and domestic routes as well as by a number of international airlines on scheduled services and charters. The Airport is situated in the south of the island, not far from the resorts of Kuta-Legian, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Sanur.

From Singapore

Direct flights with Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Singapore Airlines.

From Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

Malaysian Airlines, Garuda Indonesia & Air Asia operate direct flights and similarly.

From Hongkong

Garuda Indonesia, Cathay Pacific, British Airways.

From Bangkok

Thai International, Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia fly to Bali direct.

From Bandar Sri Begawan

Flights with Royal Brunei Airlines

From France  - Paris

Etihad, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Emirates, Garuda Indonesia, EVA Airways, Korean Air, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, British Airways, Air France, KLM

From Amsterdam

Flights from Amsterdam arrive via Medan with KLM.

From Japan, Taiwan, China

Travelers from Japan and Taiwan can fly in with Garuda or Japan Airlines from Japan and China Airways from China. From Taiwan Eva Air.

From Australia

From the Australian cities of Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Cairns, Darwin and Adelaide with Garuda, Jetstars. Selected cities only Air Asia and Virgin Pacific. 

From the United States

Connecting flights are available with departure point from Los Angeles.

Domestic Indonesian Connection

Bali also has feeder services to other eastern and northern destinations. There are daily flights to Ujung Pandang (gateway to Toraja land) and to the Western Nusa Tenggara islands of Lombok and further afield. Garuda has several flights daily connecting Bali with Jakarta, Yogyakarta, Surabaya and Lombok. Merpati flies to Bali from Jakarta, Bandung, Biak, Surabaya, Makassar.

A number of budget airlines also service routes between Bali and other islands of Indonesia.

BY LAND

Land transport from Java, both rail and road, stops at Ketapang from where a ferry service operates 24 hours a day, bringing cars and passengers across the Straits to Gilimanuk in Bali. Buses carry passengers on ferries from Gilimanuk to Denpasar. Java - Bali overland packages are available.


BY SEA

Two of Bali's four sea ports are used by international cruise ships and yachts. Benoa is a small port relatively close to the airport, while Padangbai is used by larger and luxury cruise ships. A ferry service runs from Lombok's port of Lembar to Padangbai as well as the above mentioned ferries from Java to Bali. On the north coast, the harbour of Singaraja is used by Bugis schooners and smaller craft serving the lines between Java and north Bali.

IMMIGRATION

Free Visa Facility (length of stay max. 30 days) will be issued to citizens of the following countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Macao, Morocco, Chile, Peru. 

Visa-On-Arrival Facility (length of stay max. 30 days, non extendable) is available to citizens of the following countries: Australia, Argentina, Austria,Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria,Canada, Cambodia,Cyprus Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, India , Iran, Ireland,Japan, Kuwait,Laos,Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, People's Republic of Cina, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Russia,Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Sweden,Suriname,Taiwan, The Netherlands,United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, United States.  Citizens of countries not stated above are required to apply for a visa at the Indonesian Embassy/Consulate in their country of domicile.

Cost for Visa on Arrival US$25.00 per person up to 30 days.

Passport (Most Important)

Immigration laws require that all passports are valid for a minimum of 6 months BEYOND the END of proposed visit to Indonesia. Please ensure your passport is renewed if necessary, to avoid refusal of right to entry on arrival.

OUT OF BALI

Bali is also the departure point for trips to Lombok, the neighbouring island, often termed Bali's sister island. Ferries, and shuttle flights fly this route daily. The Nusa Tenggara islands and Sulawesi are also easily accessible from Bali with boats and flights.

POLICE & THE LAW

There are police stations called Resort Polisi in every major town. The Traffic Police Office is at Jalan Seruni Denpasar and its office hours are 8.00 am to 12.00 noon from Mondays to Saturdays. A special tourist police force has been formed, to assist tourists where necessary. The Centre of Bali  tourist police number is 62 361 22411.

NARCOTICS

All narcotics are illegal in Indonesia !

The use, sale or purchase of narcotics result in long terms in prison and huge fines or even the death penalty.

LOST PASSPORTS

Report loss immediately to the nearest police station and ask for a letter of reported theft/loss Without this letter, required negotiations with immigrations can be difficult. New passports or letters of travel can be obtained through consuls or embassies in either Bali or Jakarta.

DRIVERS LICENSE

You may drive your car or rent a car if you have an international driving licence or driving licence of one of the ASEAN countries. To obtain an Indonesian motor bike or car licence, an application is made through the POLDA Bali ( Bali Traffic Police) in Jalan Seruni. A driving test is compulsory. Be warned however, that there are no existing road rules and road conditions can be very chaotic. and dangerous - We do not recommend motor cycle driving!

SHOPPING

Bali is a shopper's paradise and a treasure trove of exciting purchases just waiting to be made, from tourist handicrafts, designer goods and well made up market products.

The innovative Balinese are continually coming up with wonderful new collections to tempt the serious shopper. Even those with little spare cash will find plenty to indulge themselves Modern and traditional batiks and brightly coloured woven cloth are cheap and make wonderful gifts for friends back home. Silver jewelry is another Balinese specialty  of a high quality at great prices.

An island of artists, Bali produces great stone and wood carvings, superbly carved wooden masks, finely painted and beautiful enough to decorate any wall. Woven blankets from Bali and other nearby islands where traditional crafts are still practised make distinctive wallhangings, tasteful pottery and ceramic wares are available in studio shops in many areas of Bali. Bargaining is a traditional trading method, and many places still expect one to bargain, especially in roadside stalls or beach markets. A number of stores these days however, now have fixed prices, which cannot be bargained, and normally display signs to this effect. If no sign is evident, ask if you can bargain.

ENTERTAINMENT

Bali offers a wide range of entertainment from traditional Balinese dances, which are staged by many of the larger hotels, to discos and pubs. Kuta has the liveliest nightlife, with watering holes and discos all along Jalan Legian and Jalan Buni Sari, some of which stay open till dawn. While Kuta was previously the “in place” to be, Seminyak and Legian now top the popularity polls, and provide a wide variety of great eateries and entertainment. 

Traditional Balinese dance performances are staged regularly, and another great way to see traditional dances, wayang kulit (shadow puppet theatre) and gamelan orchestras, is to attend a village temple festival. These festivals and a variety of religious ceremonies such as tooth filings, weddings, baby’s 6months ceremonies, temple anniversaries or cremations,  play a large part in the lives of Balinese people, and there is usually something on somewhere reasonably close, if one makes enquiries.

DINING OUT

Hotel restaurants in Bali generally offer guests a wide variety of excellent dishes to satisfy every taste - Indonesian, European and even "Nouvelle-Bali". If you feel like venturing out for a meal, there are dozens of good, reasonably priced restaurants to be found in Sanur, Kuta, Seminyak, Legian and Ubud, many of them offering fusion cuisine menus that mix Indonesian, Chinese and European dishes. A number of new Fine Dining venues have developed. Internationally renowned chefs can be found conjuring  up great cuisine for discerning guests in several areas of Bali. Bali is spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out !

TRANSPORTATION

We  offer visitors to Bali our tour guides and tour company vehicles, for predesigned tours, or visitors may design their own trips, with our tour guides to accompany them. We can also provide a microbus or private car with driver, to go wherever visitors choose.  Whatever the choice, Bali is at your fingertips.

An alternative and cheep (but most dangerous) way to get about in Bali is by motor cycle. Many westerners are not prepared for the chaos of Balinese roads and drivers need to be constantly aware, in the undisciplined traffic. Valid International Driver's Licences are required, although local licences can be obtained through the Bali Traffic Police.  Insurance cover is not normally included. Helmets are compulsory when riding motor cycles! In view of the number of accidents on motor cycles we do not   recommend this as a transportation method.

A great way to get about is by bicycle. The friendly Balinese love to stop for a chat, and a bicycle is just the right speed. We like to recommend cycling tours, which originate in the highlands so that cycling is downhill or on the flat. Trips are taken through fascinating villages and rice fields, with qualified cycling guides leading the way.

OFFICE HOURS

Business offices are open either from 8.00am to 4.00pm or 9.00am to 5.00pm. Government offices are open 8.00am to 3.00pm from Mondays to Thursday, 8.00am to 11.30am on Fridays.

TIME

Bali is on Central Indonesia time, the same as Singapore, 8 hours ahead of GMT and 2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard time.




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