Insurance coverage against illness and accident is highly recommended.
Such reputable providers as AIG offer medical evacuation and repatriation,
travel accident and outpatient expenses insurance.
Indonesian is the common language of Bali together with Balinese,
both spoken by the indigenous population. English is widely used
in tourist areas. Qualified foreign language speaking guides and
simultaneous interpreters are available.
Many hotels maintain clinics and offer the services of house doctors.
Several well-equipped and professionally staffed international medical
and emergency. assistance outpatient facilities, such as BIMC, operate
on a 24-hour 7-days-a-week basis. Bali also has a number of privately
run hospitals in addition to Denpasar's main general public hospital
(RSUP) at Sanglah with its modern trauma and blood donor facilities.
Bali's population is approximately 3 million, spread across eight
regencies. The most populous are the island's southern districts.
The Indonesian postal service has a complete range of mail and parcel
services, including Express Mail Service (EMS). Major international
courier services such as by DHL operate in Bali.
Hinduism is the predominant religion of Bali with minorities of
Moslems, Christians and Buddhists.
Regular car and passenger ferry service operates between Ketapang
(East Java) and Gilimanuk (West Bali). Travel from Bali to adjacent
Lombok Island is available on car and passenger ships from the ports
of Padangbai and Benoa on Bali's east coast. Lombok is also serviced
by fast passenger ships and catamarans. Cruise ships also call at
Padangbai or Benoa, depending on their size.
The Island of Bali covers an area of 5,623 square kilometers. At
its widest points the island measures 90 kilometers by 150 kilometers.
The highest point on the island is Mount Agung at 3,142 meters.
Bali time is +8 hours from Greenwich Mean time/UTC.
Most hotel and restaurant bills include a 10% service charge. An
additional gratuity for excellent service and a 10-15% tip to drivers
and guides is always appreciated. Airport porters are entitled to
Rp 2,500 for each bag carried.
The international dialing code for Indonesia is 62. International
roaming facilities can connect cell phone users, except in some of
the more remote corners of Bali. Phone cards are available everywhere.
Bali's directory assistance is 108, or call your hotel operator. Hotels
and resorts offer international direct dialing (IDD) services.
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and Service Charges
An 11% development tax (plus a 10% service charge) is added to most
hotel and restaurant bills.
There are several reputable metered taxi companies operating in
Bali. Insist that taxis use their meters or be sure to agree on
the fare before you get in. Initial flag fall is Rp 4,000,- while
the per kilometer charge is Rp 2,000,- Waiting or standing time
is Rp 20,000,- per-hour. Public transport, in the form of small
local vans and intercity buses, operate at very reasonable rates.
Indonesia has numerous national television networks, many broadcasting
some entertainment and news programs in English. Most hotels offer
cable or satellite delivered international TV broadcasts in a number
of languages. Consult your hotel for service details.
Water is generally not potable in Bali. Most hotels provide bottled
water in each room, often at no additional charge. Bottled water
is available everywhere in Bali.
Bali enjoys a warm tropical climate averaging 25-34 degrees Celsius
(77-91 degrees Fahrenheit), depending on the season and altitude.
Due to its proximity to the equator, Bali escapes the monsoons and
typhoons found either 15 degrees north or south of the equator.
A rainy season from approximately November to April often brings
late afternoon showers of brief duration, not likely to disrupt
scheduled tour programs.
Bali operates on the metric system.
The English language Jakarta Post and International Herald Tribune
are both printed in Jakarta daily and delivered by air to Bali.
International magazines are available at many hotels, bookstores
and newsstands. Real time downloads of major newspapers from around
the world are now available in Bali.
Most pharmaceuticals are stocked at Bali's many drug stores. It
is recommended that you bring with you copies of eyeglass and medical
prescriptions. Also consider bringing details of any significant
medical history should a sudden need for local medical treatment
Many religious denominations are represented in Bali. Schedules
of services and locations are maintained at your hotel reception.
The Puja Mandala complex near Nusa Dua houses Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist,
Roman Catholic and Protestant places of worship in a single shared
Public smoking is widely accepted and many Indonesians enjoy smoking.
Major brands of imported tobacco products are available. There is
a growing sensitivity to the dangers of passive smoke and it's polite
to always check before you light up in public settings. Many hotels
also offer non-smoking rooms. Those who enjoy smoking should not
leave Bali without sampling the aromatic clove cigarettes or kretek
loved by Indonesian smokers or the fine cigars produced in Lombok
or Central Java.
No vaccinations are currently required for visitors to Bali but
cholera, typhoid and tetanus shots are recommended. Note that malarial
and dengue fever infections can occur in urban areas. However, cases
reported among tourists staying at hotels and resorts where pest
control measures are in place are very rare.