Bali in 60 Seconds
Everything you need to know for a trip to Indonesia’s popular island paradise.
One Awesome Bali Video
A Haiku About Bali
Warm and welcoming culture
Rich in heritage
Speak Like A Local
The Balinese people speak Balinese and its dialects, Indonesian, and English.
Chat Like A Local
WhatsApp is the most widely-used messaging app in Bali.
All About That Cash
The official currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR or Rp., roughly US$1 = Rp14,000).
A meal of rice or noodles starts as low as US$2.
Best Time to Visit
Visit during the dry periods from April to September, especially if you're interested in water sports.
Is it safe?
Relatively safe. Beware of robbers and pickpockets, avoid drinking cheap liquor that may not be distilled properly, and always check that taxi drivers use a meter (with the exception of airport taxis).
One Crazy Fact
The world’s most expensive coffee (i.e. cat poop coffee), Kopi Luwak, originates from Bali.
-Seminyak: Known for the beaches, hipster cafes in the day and slick bars during the night. -Ubud: Visit for the tranquility of nature deep in the forests, and the casual cafes by the street. -Kuta: The party area, popular for its nightlife.
Third Best Infinity Pool in the World
Asia Spa listed the infinity pool at Bali’s Munduk Moding Plantation as the third best in the world. It’s not hard to see why - this “pool among the clouds” is positioned such that lying along the pool’s edge is akin to lying amongst the clouds.
Getting In and Out
Indonesia’s third-busiest international airports, Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (formerly Denpasar International Airport) is located 13 km south of Denpasar and just 2.5km south of Kuta.
Travelling from Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport to the city:
- By airport taxi: Turn right after exiting the arrivals hall to get to the taxi counter. A rough guide to the cost of getting to various places from the airport can be found here. These taxis are not metered - fares are paid in advance at the booth and receipts are to be handed to the taxi driver.
- By regular taxi: Call or flag down a taxi (you’ll have more luck at the arrivals area). Ensure that the driver is using the meter.
- By car: You can rent a car from Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, or Sixt, which operate from the airport.
Common forms of transportation include:
- Ojek: These are motorcycles that take a paying passenger. Average fares are around Rp20,000 for 5km.
- Taxi: Blue Bird Taxi is perhaps the most trusted taxi company, but beware of fakes. The company also has an application for you to summon a taxi conveniently. Lombok Taksi is also owned by Blue Bird Group.
- Bemos: Minibuses or vans that hold up to 12 people. Fixed fares start from Rp5000. If the bemo is empty, make it clear to the driver that you aren’t chartering it.
- Car rental: It’s a good idea to rent a car with a driver since it might be difficult to navigate Bali’s roads as a foreigner.