Bali Tour Guide - 101 Travel Tips on Packages, Visa, Day Tours,

Bali has been considered as an idyllic ‘Honeymoon Destination’ for couples for years throughout the world. Fondly referred as ‘Island of Gods’, this stunning province amidst Indonesia is well versed in alluring tourists throughout the year. A one-stop destination for all kind of travelers, while, the couple celebrates their love in the solace of its crystal blue waters, the families love the countryside appeal of this island, hippies, on the other hand, get a chance to be closer to Mother Nature and everyone who couldn't miss the attractions in Bali.

When it comes to travel, there are a lot of things to be taken care of.  From best season to accommodation to things to do, there are numerous things one cannot ignore when planning to travel abroad. If you are struggling with all these dilemmas, the worry not! We bring you a complete detailed Bali tour travel guide.
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What are the Things to Do in Bali

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Cooking Classes

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Cooking Classes
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 Now this may not be adventurous nut how about polishing your cooking skills in Seminyak. There are a lot of cooking schools where you can learn to prepare some of the delicious Balinese dishes. Bali Cooking Class Seminyak Square,Nia Cooking Class are some of the best places.

To know more check out list of best things to do in Seminyak


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Trekking

Trekking

Head out for an adventurous trekking in Ubud. There are a few places in Ubud which are best for trekking.

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Hiking

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Make your day adventurous as you hike through the Tegalalang and Jatiluwih and admire the beauty of the green paddy field with the majestic scenery. Also head out for a walking tour to the Monkey Forest which is a famous site in Ubud.

For more information check out 40 best things to do in Ubud

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Surfing

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Bali always calls for an adventure, with the majestic scenic views and the crystal clear waters, Bali is the best place for surfing. Kuta also has a lot of places like the Oddessy surfing centre where you can go for some surfing lessons as well.

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Jet Pack in Kuta, Bali | Book Online & Save 11%
  • South Kuta
  • South Kuta
₹5,784 ₹5,104
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About Jet Pack in Kuta:

- Experience one of the most extreme water sports, Jet Pack on the beautiful islands of Bali. 
- Get your own jet packs and fly as high as 5 meters in the air. 
- Sit on a chair comfortably, as you enjoy your jet pack activity with jet streams on your back. 
- No matter if you are new to the activity, within five minutes you will start enjoying the ride after briefing and instructions by a guide.
- This is a 20 minute activity.
- NOTE: Free pick up and drop from any hotel located in Legian, Seminyak, Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa.
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Night Market Exploration

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Night Market Exploration
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While you are in Kuta, this is one of the must things to do. How about exploring the night market in Kuta. Shopping will never be that interesting until you visit this place.

To know more: 22 Best things to do in Kuta

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Kintamani Volcano Helicopter Tour | Book Online & Save 10%
  • Ubud
  • Ubud
₹15,173 ₹14,493
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About Kintamani Volcano Helicopter Tour:

- Experience the bird’s eye view of the beautiful Kintamani as you embark on this helicopter ride.
- Start this exciting tour after reaching the tour locality.
- Behold the amazing scenery and sparkle of Jade Caldera Lake located beside the majestic Batur volcano.
- Enjoy the helicopter ride for 20 minutes and head back home with lots of amazing memories. 
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Cycling in Kintamani Bali
  • 5H
  • Kintamani
  • 5H
  • Kintamani
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About the Activity: 
  • A tour to Bali without cycling amidst the beautiful scenery of Kintamani is incomplete. 
  • Reach the Kintamani in the morning and start your cycling down the hills and pass through natural villages.
  • The total distance covered during the trip will be around 17 KM, which will give you tremendous time to acquaint yourself with traditional and authentic Balinese culture.
  • During your cycling trip, stop for some time, relax and enjoy a delicious Indonesian buffet lunch.
  • End your trip after this adventurous cycling trip and get dropped off to your respective hotels.
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Trekking

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Trekking

Greet the sun as you head out for an exciting night trek to Mount Batur which is one of the most favourite trekking sites in Kintamani. There are few other places like Mount Agung and Mount Rinjani which is famous for trekking.

To know more: 18 Best things to do in Kintamani

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Surfing

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For any surfers this place will be at the tip of their tongue. Uluwatu is very famous among the surfers around the world. Break the waves and taste the ocean waters as you surf in Uluwatu beach, Padang Padang and Balangan Beach.

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Uluwatu Sunset Tour with Kecak Dance | Book at Flat 20% off
  • 10H
  • Uluwatu
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About Uluwatu:

Shun the self-drive hassles and check off three classic south Bali attractions on this Uluwatu Kecak Sunset Tour in Bali. Start your tour from Uluwatu Temple, set on the top of cliffs from where you can capture sweeping views before you watch a “Kecak” dance and firewalking performance with the sunset. Finally, travel to Jimbaran Bay and feast on fresh seafood on the sands (own expense) before your private driver drops your hotel.

Garuda Wisnu Kencana Jimbaran: 
Garuda Wisnu Kencana is the name of a cultural park on Bali’s hilly southern coast famous for the ongoing construction of a gigantic statue of Vishnu riding on the back of a ‘Garuda’.

Uluwatu Luhur temple: 
A photography enthusiast's pilgrimage, perched atop a cliff overlooking the sea, Uluwatu Temple offers perfectly instagrammable frames with the drowning sun. It is a Hindu temple, counted among the most significant ones in Bali. The perfect location offering spectacular views brings to this place the honour of being the best sunset spots on the island. So don't forget to fully charge your camera before coming here. 

Once you are done soaking in the sunset vistas of the place, brace yourself for Kecak Fire Dance – an intense traditional form of dance that is performed at Uluwatu Temple every evening. This dramatic performance involves actors enacting scenes from Ramayana along with trance chants and a local style fire dance. This experience makes Uluwatu sunset tour such a visual treat for visitors.

Jimbaran Beach: 
Jimbaran Beach is famous for its amazing sunsets. The endless ocean seems to swallow the sun whole before the horizon glows with twilight’s embers.

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Uluwatu Sunset Tour With Kecak Dance:
-A unique sightseeing experience designed to amuse participants with various shades of Bali.
-The tour starts with a visit to Uluwatu Luhur temple, which is a clifftop Hindu temple.
- Enjoy breathtaking sunset scene from the temple and capture it on your camera.
- Then after the sunset, you can watch the most intense dance performance of Bali, Uluwatu Kecak Fire Dance which involves powerful chanting, enacting of chapters from Ramayana.
- Indulge in a scrumptious dinner experience at Jimbaran Beach.
- An English speaking guide will accompany you on the tour, so you can learn more about the local culture and traditions from him.
- The package also covers round-trip transportation from and to your accommodation in Bali.
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Hiking

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With an enormous view of the blue waters and the green mountains there are a lot of hiking places in Uluwatu. Hike to the Pura Luhur and get mesmerized by the picturesque beauty of this region. Also visit the Uluwatu temple.

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Yoga in Bali

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Radiantly Alive, Ubud

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Radiantly Alive, Ubud

As the name says, bring back that perfect glow as you take the yoga lessons in Radiantly Alive. There are 3 rooms for yoga and offers 5-7 yoga classes in a day.

To know more check out yoga retreats in Ubud

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Taksu Yoga, Ubud

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Taksu Yoga, Ubud

Built your inner strength as you indulge in a yoga listening to the stream flow. Learn Hattha flow and Asthanga while you are at this yoga centre.

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Power of Now Oasis, Sanur

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Power of Now Oasis, Sanur

Away from the hustle and bustle of life this yoga centre offers two levels of yoga and meditation.The serene surrounding will give you that extra effect.

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Jiwa Bikram Yoga, Seminyak

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Jiwa Bikram Yoga, Seminyak

Get trained by yoginis who are master in this art. Learn to bend your body and increase the flexibility in your body.

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Seminyak Yoga Shala, Seminyak

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Seminyak Yoga Shala, Seminyak

Basically based on the Mysore Style Asthana this yoga shala offers Hatha Vinyasa flow classes, Qi Gong and Tai Chi. So don’t miss to take the class at this yoga centre.

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Intuitive Flow, Ubud

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Intuitive Flow, Ubud

As the name suggest, revive yourself and strengthen your whole body. This yoga center offers six classes a day. Start your day with a basic yoga and then try yin, vinyasa flow, hatha, yoga pranala and restorative mediation.

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Taman Hati, Ubud

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Taman Hati, Ubud

Situated in a peaceful village this yoga centre lets you connect with your inner self and strengthen your intuitions. This yoga centre offers Astanga, Kundalini, Hatha Yoga and Iyengar.

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Things to Know Before Visiting Bali

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Currency

Currency

The official currency of Bali is Indonesian rupiah. 1 USD is equal to 12940.00 Indonesian Rupiah. It will be a better option to exchange your money only after landing.  Once you land at the Ngurah Rai International Airport you will see a lot of money exchange. The official currency exchange office ‘Central Kuta Exchange’ is located in Kuta, Nusa Dua, Jimbaran and Ubud. So try to exchange your money at the currency exchange office in Bali which will be more convenient for you.

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Renting a Scooter

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The most effective way of travelling in Bali is to rent a scooter. It is not only cheap but is one of the most preferred mediums of transport in Bali. For pillion riders, who either have no license or are just too scared to drive in an unknown land can make use of an app called ‘GO-JEK’ which is in all ways similar to a rental taxi service but on a scooter. 

Kuta, Uluwatu, Seminyak, Denpasar and Canggu are few of the major cities where you can rent your scooter at a much convenient price. The approximate price for scooter will start from  Rp20, 000 to Rp50, 000.

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Avoid Taxis if possible

Avoid Taxis if possible

Every land has its own dirty game and such is case with Uber in Bali. Due to monopoly of the local taxi service Uber is somewhat banned or uncommon to be specific in Bali. You can use it, however, avoid using Uber in populated areas. 

Also for similar kind of service you can use an app called ‘Blue Bird’ for car rental service. Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Kintamani and Denpasar are few of the cities in Bali where you can rent a taxi at an affordable price. The approximate price starts from Rp35, 000 to Rp85, 000.

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Cash or ATM

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Cash or ATM

When commuting in Bali, it is always advised to carry some cash in hand. Also, make sure you have converted your currency into Indonesian rupiah as a new law prohibits business to charge in dollars / any other currency instead of Indonesian rupiah in Bali. ATM’s are well spread throughout the region, thus, it totally depends on your choice whether to keep the wallet loaded with cash or cards.

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Language

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Language

While Indonesian is the official language of Bali considering that this is one of 17,500 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, however, if you are touring or travelling in the countryside you will come across a mix of Indonesian and Balinese. Bali, is also home to a lot of Australian expat population and thus English is in wide use throughout the island.

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Religion

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Religion

The majority of Balinese population follow Balinese Hinduism which is actually an amalgamation of Hinduism, Buddhism and Animism.

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No Traffic Rules

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No Traffic Rules
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There are absolutely no traffic rules in Bali. If you come across a crosswalk which are actually quite less, do not take them for guaranteed. Make sure you look both ways while walking on the road.

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Avoid Smoking in Public Places

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Most of the travelers assume that Bali is a cigarette friendly place, however, since 2011 it is actually illegal to smoke in a public place in Bali that includes hotels, temples and schools as well. If caught you could be penalized to a fine of as much as US$5,500.
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Please Mind the Flags at the Beaches

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While Bali has some of the best beaches in the world but not all beaches are tourist friendly. Some of the beaches are an absolute ‘No – No’ for swimming, surfing and other water related activities. Almost all of such dangerous beaches are marked with red flags. Make sure you do not go near the water at the currents are so high that they will sweep you right in the middle of nowhere.

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Be Considerate while Bargaining

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hopping in Bali runs on bargaining but everything has its own price. Be mindful about surroundings, do an immediate check whether or not bargaining is allowed in the particular store or not. You do not want to anger the local crowd here, thus, do not push their limits.

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Monkeys are Everywhere in Bali

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Monkeys are Everywhere in Bali
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While stray animals appear cute but you certainly should not touch/pet them. The notorious monkeys of Bali are known of robbing travelers for food. Carry all your valuables in bag or keep them in your Hotel room before going out. Be careful while trekking or walking through fields. 

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Best Time to Travel to Bali

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Peak Seasons

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Peak Seasons
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It is always good to have your own research done about the place before travelling. The crowd might won’t bother you but usually peak seasons implies expensive itinerary which you certainly wish to avoid, unless, and until you have a big paycheck in the bank.

July- August period in Bali, generally witnesses family crowd as people want to make the most out of their kids school vacations. Also, Christmas and New Year are voted as most popular seasons no matter where you are travelling – everybody is in the festive mood during this time of the year!

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Bali Climate

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Bali Climate
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Bali, maintains a very cordial relationship with the Sun and is pleasantly sunny throughout the year. If you are looking for some ‘Pocketful of sunshine’, then, avoid rainy season and consider travelling during May, June and July which are considered as the best months to travel to Bali.

On the other hand adventure junkies, who are really looking forward to surfing must opt to travel during dry season, May to October as during this time the western side of the Peninsula is known for creating some of the best waves ideal for surfing.

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Rainy Season

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Rainy Season
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Bali, does not suffer rainy season as compared to the rest of the Southeast Asian countries. It’s usually sunny with short showers that does not seem to bother much to the travellers. Also, mostly it rains in Bali during the night time, however, sometimes the odds might work and you might encounter non-stop rain throughout the day.

If you are not much of a rain lover, then, avoid coming during the months of January and February as it rains heavily during this time as compared to the rest of the time of the year. One might assume that the weather during this period might become cold due to continuous rainfall, however, it’s not true. The weather is pleasant and cool during this time - perfect weather for shorts and T-shirt. In case of unbearable rain, you can always make a quick escape to the neighbouring Gili Islands which are drier as compared to Bali.

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Dry Season

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Dry Season
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Dry season begins in Bali around April as humidity level drop and it is tropically hot during this point of the year. Considering the cool evenings, there might be a need to carry a jacket or sweatshirt especially if you are commuting on a bike.

July and August are the peak months of the dry season, it is during these two months that Bali becomes overloaded with tourists from all over the world.

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Surfing Season

Surfing is possible all throughout the year, however, one needs to be knowledgeable about best spots during different seasons. Usually, all the southwest spots of Bali do not permit surfing during the rainy season. Thus, is you are visiting Bali anytime between November - April for some surfing adventure, you might want to avoid Berawa Beach, Pererenan, Balian, Medewi.

Places like Nusa Dua, Grinbowl in the eastern side and Serangan, Keramas , Padang Galak , Lembeng in the north of Bali offer best waves making these places an ideal spot for surfing during the wet season. If your sole objective of visiting Bali is surfing, then, the best time for you to plan the trip is during the dry season i.e. anytime between March - November. Bukit peninsula is a haven for surfing during the dry season -  Jimbaran, Balangan, Dreamland , Padang-Padang, and Uluwatu are just to name a few.

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Festive Season

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Festive Season
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While some visit Bali for either relaxation or surfing there is an other section of travellers too who wish to witness the rich Balinese culture from close. Bali might be small but is well-known for its vibrant and colorful events and festivals. The entire place is enveloped in the festive spirit - fireworks, music, dance and food everything is perfect.

Negara Bull Races, is one such event where locals compete their decorated bulls and chariots against each other. This energetic event is organised between July and October.

Part of the attraction when visiting Bali are some of the vibrant events and festivals that are held and New Year's Eve is one of the biggest. A highly celebrated event by the locals, Bali comes alive with fireworks, music, dancing, food and a festive spirit shared by locals and tourists alike. One of Bali's more surprising events are the Negara Bull Races, where highly decorated bulls and chariots compete against each other between July and October.

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Visa Situation in Bali

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Free Visa Entry & VoA ( Visa on Arrival)

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Free Visa Entry & VoA ( Visa on Arrival)
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While you are travelling to Bali, you definitely need not worry about the visa as recently Bali has announced Free Visa Entry for most of the  countries. Your visa will be valid for the next 30 days and is not extendable. With that visa you will be able to move freely through 29 airports, 88 harbours and 7 land crossings.

If you are travelling from Libya then you Visa on Arrival in Bali will cost $35 for 30 days and is extendable for another 30 days.

In case, you are extending your Visa

Extending visa might appear as an easy business but is actually tricky. You need to provide 2 copies of your departure tickets, however, you do not need a sponsor in extension of visa. Also, make sure that you passport is valid for another 6 months before jumping into any impulsive decision of extending your visa.

Procedure while leaving Bali on VOA

Travellers while exiting Bali are need to pay a departure tax in IDR. While this amount may vary from airport to airport, however, make sure you have approx. 200,000 IDR  ready in cash especially if your flight is from Ngurah Rai International airport.

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Types of other Indonesian Visas (Visa in Advance)

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Types of other Indonesian Visas (Visa in Advance)
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If, in case, you entering Bali with the intention of staying more than 30 days or have something more long at the top of the priority list like beginning a business or seeing family, you should apply for a visa ahead of time – as in before you leave for Bali. For this, you should apply through an Indonesian Embassy and/or Consulate in your nation of origin.

There is no second opinion that you can apply for the visa on your own, however, the process becomes more smoother and less demanding with an assistance of an expert travel/visa specialist who knows precisely what to do and how to streamline the entire procedure a bit. Following list are different categories of vis that can be availed as per the criteria you fit in :

Tourist Visa

A Tourist Visa endures up to 60 days and perfectly fine as long you intend to visit this beauty place with the sole intention of touring it. If you are looking forward to apply for Tourist Visa for Bali, then, make sure your passport is valid for next six months of the year with at least three pages blank in your passport.

Social/Cultural Visa

If, in case you are visiting Bali not with the purpose of travelling but say studying, visiting family or if you are a part and student exchange program, then, you might be needed to apply for Social/Cultural Visa. For this visa, a valid passport as well as passport photograph is must.

You will need to acquire an application structure from Indonesian embassy or consulate and an introduction letter or guarantee of sponsorship from a reliable individual or school in Indonesia. The visa is substantial for 60 days, however, it can be extended for maximum of about six months considering you extend it for one month at a time. You will be required to pay for the application and visa extension charges in case of extension.

Business Visa

People wishing to extend their business to Bali can avail 60-day Single Entry Business Visa. This visa is also applicable if you are visiting for a conference or seminar. In case, there is a need for extending the visa, you will be required to pay a visit to the local immigration authorities or a visa agent. Bali also provides an option of a Multiple Entry Business Visa which is valid for as long as 12 months.

However, Business Visa comes with certain terms and conditions i.e. you are visiting the country for business motives of meeting overseas business partners, however, it does not mean that you are taking up employment (of any sort ) in Indonesia. In order to apply for a Business Visa, you are required to have a passport with at least six months validity, a passport photograph, a completed visa application form and an evidence that supports that you have enough funds to cover your accommodation in Indonesia (usually accepted in the form of a bank statement).

In addition to the above mentioned, you also need to submit two supporting letters that outline the exact summary of your visit, one from your workplace and the other from your guarantor in Indonesia.

Employment Visa/KITAS

For those who are looking for an employment in Thailand need to avail Employment Visa or referred as Temporary Stay Permit or KITAS. However, in order to apply for this visa, you need to show a letter that proves you are sponsored by a company or organization active in Thailand. This is best suited for foreigners who are looking for work and play kind of an atmosphere.

Retirement Visa

Bali is an ideal destination for retiring – picture perfect landscapes, spa, laid back atmosphere. What else can you desire for? For people above, 55 years of age who are looking for settling in this beautiful place can avail themselves with a renewable five-year visa. In order to apply for this visa, your passport should be valid for at least 18 months and you will also be required to prove certain insurance standards such as financial capability for your stay.

60 Day Tourist Visa ‘ 211’

‘The 211’ or ‘B -211 Tourist Visit Visa’ is another 60 – day tourist visa that is not known by majority of travelers to Indonesia. One of the most impressive thing about 211 Visa is that just like any other tourist visa, this too can be extended for a 6 months duration, costing for about 550k for each month over a period of 60 days. The 211 Visa can be availed from embassies and consulates, and is also extendable for up to 6 months (costing about 550k for each month over the 60 days). Thus, in all you can stay in Bali up to 180 days (6 months).

In order to apply for 211 Visa, all foreign nationals are required to submit a sponsor letter, copy of your sponsor ID, filled Application to be submitted to the Thailand Embassy, return tickets, bank statement that states you own a minimum amount of 2000 USD and lastly your passport should be valid for the next 6 months.

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What to Do When your Visa is About to Expire

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What to Do When your Visa is About to Expire
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You might need to get familiar with the term ‘Visa Run’ especially if you are a first time traveller to an international destination. While in Indonesia, this run is usually exercised by expats either on the day or couple of days before their visa is about to expire. In order, to extend your Visa, you will be needed to visit Indonesian embassy in Singapore as this is one of the quick and efficient government organizations.

Generally, it takes three days for the process, however, if you realised it just now and your visa is going to expire in next few days, you can always opt for ‘Express Service’ which provides you with a new visa in just one day.

One things to keep in mind before visiting the Indonesian Embassy is that it is a highly sophisticated organization that follows its own dress code. Please avoid wearing shorts, sandals, flip-flops - this is not a sightseeing trip in Bali. Make sure you present yourself in formal clothes or descent a T-shirt and jeans.

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What if I do not Extend my Visa

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What if I do not Extend my Visa
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It is quite understood to forget time when in Bali, however, we strongly advise you to keep in mind that your VOA is only valid for 30 days. Incase you extend your stay without official an approval you will be penalised to US$20 per day.

This penalty can even turn for worse and you might face jail term too.

Immigration Offices in Bali

Ngurah Rai International Airport
Jl. Ngurah Rai, Kuta
Tel: (0361) 751038

Denpasar Immigration Office
Jl. Surapati 7, (in the Renon Complex), Niti Mandala, Denpasar.
Phone: (0361) 227828.

For more information check out everything you need to know about Indonesian visa

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Flights

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If You are Travelling from US

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If You are Travelling from US
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Option 1: USA - Tokyo - Bali

If you are travelling to Bali from USA and have everything planned in your travel itinerary, then, you might need to leave two days prior to your arrival date in Bali.The reason partly being International Date Line and partly due to the transit time. Continental Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas and ANA provide direct flight carriers to and from Denpasar in Bali.

Usually these flights have a short layover in Chicago followed by a non-stop flight to Narita Airport in Tokyo that calculates to a total of 13 hours of journey till now. You will then board a direct flight from Narita to Denpasar which will take 7 hours to reach.

Option 2: USA - Tokyo -Singapore - Bali

As compared to the above mentioned journey, most of the travellers prefer travelling through Singapore as this rote is preferably cheap as well as less time consuming. This route is best suited for travelers flying from Eastern half of the USA. The journey will remain same till Hong Kong, however, from Hong Kong instead of taking a direct flight to Denpasar, you can pot for flight to Singapore which will take you around 4 hours.

You can either stay in Singapore or can take a direct flight from Singapore to Denpasar. This route is loaded with various options, however, the most preferable carrier is Air Asia. you can book an Air Asia flight from Singapore to Denpasar in under 200$ that is inclusive of all the taxes as well.

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If You are Travelling from Europe

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If You are Travelling from Europe
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There is absolutely no direct flight from any of the European countries to Bali. However, to ease out the process of searching the best prefered routes, following listed are some of the best options.

 - If travelling with KLM royal Dutch airline, you can either make a short stop in Singapore or in Kuala Lumpur and then proceed with other cheap connecting flights to Denpasar

 - If travelling with China Airlines, you can travel to bangkok followed by boarding a connecting Thai Airways flight to Denpasar

 - You can also opt for a transit to Hong kong, continue your journey from here either by taking a flight to Singapore or Denpasar

 - You can opt for a transit  to Dubai, continue your journey from here either by taking a flight to Singapore or Denpasar

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If You are Travelling from India

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If You are Travelling from India
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There is no direct flight, thus, you will be required to make at least one transit before reaching Bali. All the major airports in India, Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai, Indira Gandhi International in New Delhi, Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata, Kempegowda International Airport in Bangalore and Chennai International Airport in Chennai provide flights to Bali, however, no matter which airport you choose you will be required to make one stop atleast.

Various renowned flights operate to and fro from India to Bali. You can book tickets in any of the flight as per your preference and budget - Etihad Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas Airways, Thai Airways and Singapore Air.

If you want to fly cheap, the best route and flight is as listed below:

 - Air Asia, a budget airline is our favourite pick if you are looking for budgeted options of flying. Book your tickets either from Trichy or Kochi to Kuala Lumpur, if booked well in advance you can avail tickets at a price Rs5000 (approx.)

 - From Kuala Lumpur there are multiple flights that fly to and fro Denpasar. You can book these connecting flights for 50 Euros that comes to approx. Rs4000

 - You might won’t believe but there is another cheap route too - you can opt for a Singapore flight from Trichy which will come to almost same price as Kuala Lumpur. The flights operating from Singapore to Denpasar can be booked for as less as Rs3500.

 - You will be required to book individual flights for each destination separately, make sure you leave enough buffer time between the connecting flights.

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If You are Travelling from Australia

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If You are Travelling from Australia
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Australia has one country that has a strong connection with Bali, a lot of expat population have now permanently settled in Bali. Not only the flights from Australia to Bali are cheap but one also has the privilege of booking a direct flight.

 - Jetstar, a budget airline, operate directly from as many as 11 airports in Australia. While you might be required to pay more for Virgin Australia, but considering this flight has been voted as the best domestic airline (2012), the price is worth it. Also, this airlines partake direct flights to Bali from 9 airports in Australia. Garuda on the other hand is Indonesia’s national airline, this carrier too operates directly from 4 airports across Australia.

 - Air Asia, Singapore Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Qantas are some other carrier options that do not offer direct flights to Bali, however, are cheaper and one needs to make a stopover before reaching Denpasar.

 - On an average, flights from Australia to Bali cost between $300 - $1200. It further depends upon which airport you pick to begin your journey. Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide, Gold Coast airports provide direct flight facility to Bali.

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Travel and Flight Booking Hacks

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Travel and Flight Booking Hacks
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Your flight booking will again be dependent on various factors such as peak season, date of travel, budget and various other factors. It is tiresome job, we understand. However, to ease out this process we bring you some quick hacks that will save some extra bucks.

Book during the right time of the week: It has been observed that Tuesday and Thursday are considered as most economical days as compared to the remaining days while booking an international flight.

Your Credit Card can let you travel for free: If you are paying through credit card, then, you might want to opt for the one that offers best deals in terms of miles. If you are frequent flyer or just want to earn few extra miles to plan your next trip, you can always opt for airline credit cards such as Gold Delta Skymiles credit card from American Express. There are various other cards that offer you some of the best lucrative deals when it comes to travelling. A little research before hand might save few extra dollars.

Pick the best-of-best booking sites: If you have ample time to travel, the, keep a check on airfare on numerous sites. There are an array of booking sites that not only provides you with cheap fares but also provide you thorough information about price change.

Signing –up for the newsletter for various booking sites is another added advantage as you get an immediate notification about any price change.

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Scams in Bali and How to Avoid Them

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Bogus Drivers

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Bogus Drivers
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Most of the travellers prefer renting a personal driver for sightseeing in Bali as cabs are expensive. However, since most of these drivers are local, thus, they very-well know in and outs of the entire region. They might fool you to with their own recommendation when it comes to cafes, restaurants and other tourist spots as by alluring you they can earn their commission from these places.

What you should do instead?

Make sure you have done your own homework about the place that you are visiting. It is always good to plan your own itinerary than be dependant on somebody else. Be very open about your choices - just remember at the end of the day, you are paying your driver. Be straightforward about your choices as well as pit stops in between your journey

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Surcharge When Booking a Taxi

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Surcharge When Booking a Taxi
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If you are planning to rent a cab for sightseeing in Bali, then be aware of the surcharge policy that the local drivers follow here. Most of the travellers have fallen victim to this trend especially when travelling from Kuta to Ubud, as the driver states that since the taxi is Kuat based they will have to pay surcharge once they reach the other destined destination.

What should you do instead?

As mentioned earlier, Uber is rare in Bali due to the monopoly of local drivers. However, you can rely on Bluebird Taxi as they run on meter.

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Phoney Money Changers

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Phoney Money Changers

Recently, there is a new scam that has been on increase in the local streets of Bali. While exchanging money , these phoney money changers will first show you a stack of $10,000 rupiah. However, once you are convinced they remove few notes from the stack behind the counter.

What you should do instead?

We have been stressing on the importance of carrying cash while in Bali. Also, in case you forgot to exchange currency, make sure that you get it done only through authorised money change units.

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Avoid Guides Unless You are Ready to Pay for Them

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There are hoards of people acclaiming themselves as guides outside all famous temples such as Goa Gajah (Elephant cave), Besakih Temple and various other tourist sites. In the beginning they will make you believe that the service is free, however, at the end of the tour they will ask you for donation and you are left in a situation with no other option than paying them.

What you should do instead?

Be very straightforward once you enter the premises. If you are intentionally are looking for a guided tour then make sure that you talk about money prior to the tour. Also, in latter case they will actually provide you with an insightful tour as they know they will be earning at the end of the tour.

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