Bali is located at the heart of the Indonesian archipelago. Its north coast faces the Bali Sea while the southern coast is lapped by the Indian Ocean. The island is just two kilometers off the eastern tip of Java. Bali is one of the most accessible destinations in Southeast Asia with daily flights from most major cities in Asia and Australia. Travellers from the United States or Europe tend to fly via Singapore or Hong Kong. There are also domestic flights from the surrounding islands and ferry connections. Tirta Ayu East Bali is one hour 35 minutes by air conditioned Airport transfers.
Eight degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round with the most agreeable months being May to October when the trade winds blow. Humidity is highest between November and March, during the rainy season. Even during the heaviest rains, however, the sun is rarely out of sight for long. This mean temperatures are a pleasant 27.2░C (81░F).
Balinese is a complex language with several levels rooted in social class or caste distinctions. All Balinese speak Bahasa Indonesia, developed from old Malay it has become the Indonesian archipelago’s unifying national language. English is increasingly spoken in the main tourist centers. Dutch is still understood by the older generation while French, German and Japanese have a smaller following in the tourist trade.
The national currency is the rupiah. The bills are issued between 1000 and 100,000 rupiahs while coinage runs from 100 to 500. US dollars are acceptable in a number of the larger tourist centers. Moneychangers readily change most currencies but not always traveller’s cheques. Most hotels and larger establishments accept credit cards.
Visitors from certain countries require a tourist visa in advance, some can obtain these on arrival at international airports and some visitors do not require a visa at all. Prices also vary. Visas are valid for up to thirty days and are non-extendable. Three-day visas are also available. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate prior to travel or contact our reservations department for more information.
Bali is relatively safe, but in certain areas of Southeast Asia there is a chance of contracting mosquito-borne diseases. Reasonable precautions, including the use of mosquito repellent will minimize the risk. You may also wish to consult your doctor.
Electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. Bali’s time zone is plus eight hours GMT. Loose and casual clothing is advisable. In the dry season, April to November, a light sweater may be useful in the evenings, especially in the hill country. Airport customs procedures are generally handled in a fast and efficient manner.