GENERAL BALI TRAVEL INFORMATION

Published on 06/02/07 at 23:29:45 GMT by Gecko

Indonesia - a country of adventure and intrigue - beckons people from all around the world.

Discover the country's scenic beauty - which is both breathtaking and fascinating - from the sandy beaches lapped by coral blue waters to the brooding volcanoes towering over lush green rice fields. From the hustle and bustle of the cities to the creativity displayed in the villages, throughout, you will encounter happy and friendly people who are only too willing to help make your stay in Indonesia an enjoyable and memorable holiday.

Bali is Indonesia's holiday island and offers some of the most beautiful resorts in the world. You have a choice of staying in the famous beach resorts of Kuta and Legian which offer an action packed lifestyle with fabulous shopping and eating or the more sedate and sophisticated resorts of Seminyak, Sanur or Nusa Dua.

If you're looking for a more relaxing break, try the idyllic town of Ubud in the hills of Bali, famous for its art galleries and stunning vistas.

Kuta/Legian/Tuban

Once a fishing village, Kuta is now one of the most popular areas in Bali.

Well known for it's shopping. bargain hunters will have hours of pleasure at Discovery Mall, Kuta Central Shopping, Kuta Art Market, Kuta Square or the amazing variety of shops found on Poppies Lane. Enjoy a surfing lesson on the famous Kuta Beach, or a thrilling ride at Waterbom Park, before heading to Papa's for dinner. Finish your day with a Jungle Juice or two at Paddy's.

Seminyak

Perhaps the more sophisticated end of Kuta, with 'trendier' restaurants and boutiques. Enjoy a dinner at La Luciola or Ku De Ta.

Sanur

It still retains much of the village atmosphere and is recommended for families and those who prefer a slower pace than that of Kuta. The beautiful beaches curve around a calm lagoon, which is protected by an offshore reef, making it ideal for all watersport activities. A variety of fine restaurants & local markets are a feature to this charming area.

Jimbaran Bay

Perhaps one of the best beach areas in Bali, with a long white stretch of sand. Small fishing villages dot the beachfront and the area is famous for the seafood restaurants that come alive at dusk and offer cheap but excellent fresh seafood meals on the beach. Why not try Sharkey's while your there?

Sunsets are also spectacular as the beach faces the west.

Nusa Dua

The southern tip of Bali offers exclusive luxury resort accommodation at prices that suit all budgets. Wander along the beach promenade in front of all the luxurious resorts or be massaged on the beach in a private pavilion. A collection of fashion boutiques, specialty shops and restaurants can be found at Galleria Shopping Centre.

Ubud

Located about one hours drive from Denpasar is this quiet mountain village. Hotels and resorts are located above the Ayung Gorge and rivers, which offers spectacular views of the mountain slopes, rice terraces & the sweeping valley. Visit the Monkey Forest before experiencing the Balinese Art & Culture. Wood & stone carvings ainting & silverwrk are only a few examples of what you may find in Ubud town or at the Ubud Market.

Airport Information

Ngurah Rai International Airport (aka Denpasar Airport DPS)is situated in the south of the island, not far from the resorts of Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur.

Airport Taxes

• International Departure - Rp 200,000 (as at SEPT 2014)

• Domestic Departure - Rp 75,000 (as at SEPT 2014)

• Visa On Arrival Tax (VOA) - USD$35.00 (as at SEPT 2014)

(These rates are subject to change without notice. Domestic rates may vary in regional Airports)

Customs at Airport

Prohibited from entry are Chinese medicines and printings, narcotics, firearms and ammunition, pornography, fresh fruit and cordless telephones.

There is no restriction on the import or export of foreign currencies, however the import or export of Indonesian currency exceeding Rp 50,000 is prohibited.

Duty Free

Indonesian Customs allows on entry a maximum of 1 litre of liquor, 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco, a reasonable amount of perfume and personal goods to a value of USD250 per person or USD1000 per family. Video and still cameras, portable radio/cassette recorders, binoculars and sporting equipment may be imported by tourists provided they are also exported upon departure.

Passport Requirements

Visas are not generally required for visits of up to 60 days, passports must be valid for at least six months at the time of entry. For any other than Australian passport holders please check with your travel agent regarding visa formalities.

Climate

Tropical, varying from area to area. The eastern monsoon brings the driest weather (Jun to Sep), while the western monsoon brings the main rains (Dec to Mar). Rainstorms occur all year. Higher regions are cooler.

Language

The national language is Bahasa Indonesia. English however is widely understood.

Communications

Most hotels have direct dialling facilities. Check with the operator for long distance and international charges, which may also be found in the telephone directory.

Outgoing International Dialing Code: 00.

The international country IDD code for

Indonesia is 62, for Australia 61.

Currency

Rupiahs, divided into 100 sens.

Notes – 50,000, 20,000, 10,000, 5000, 1000, 500, 100.

Coins – 1000, 500, 100, 50, 25.

Australian and US dollars are the most readily accepted foreign currency.

Credit Cards

MasterCard, American Express and Visa are accepted at major hotels, restaurants and travel agencies.

Time Zone

The Indonesian archipelago is spread over 3 time zones ranging from GMT plus 7 hours in the West including Jakarta) to GMT plus 9 hours in the East (Maluku and Irian Jaya). Bali is GMT plus 8 hours.

Health

No vaccinations are required but a Malaria risk exists outside of Jakarta and other large cities and outside of the tourist areas of Java and Bali.

Electricity

220 volts/ 50 cycles in most cities, but 110 volts is still used in some areas. Normal outlets are plugs with two rounded prongs. Adaptors will be required for Australian appliances.

Tipping

Major hotels add a 10% service charge to bills, therefore tipping is not necessary however if the service is good a tip of 5-10% of the bill would be very generous. Airport porterage is Rp 1000 - 2000 for each small bag and Rp 2000 - 5000 for each suitcase. Tipping Taxi drivers is not mandatory, but depending on the service given 5-10% of the total fare would be seen as very generous.

EMERGENCY CONTACTS:

(Write down and keep these numbers with your passport)

Australian Consulate General in Bali

Jalan Tantular 32, Renon, Bali 80234, Indonesia

P.O Box 3243, Denpasar Bali Indonesia

Telephone: 0361 241 118 (In Bali)

+62 361 241118 (International)

Faxsimile: 0361 221 195

Australian Embassy in Jakarta

Jalan H.R. Rasuna Said Kav C 15-16

Jakarta Selatan 12940

Telephone: 21 2550 5555

Faxsimile: 21 522 7101/2550 5467

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