Bali is a small island within the country of Indonesia. It lies approximately 8 degrees south of the equator, below Thailand, and is about half the size of the Island of Hawaii (5,780 km2).
There are no non-stop flights to Bali from the U.S. Flights stop in various Asian cities with connections to Bali. Travel time is approximately 24 hours from the west coast of the U.S. We ask that you refrain from booking flights that arrive on Bali late at night.
No, a visa is not required for visits under 30 days.
Important: You must have a valid passport that does not expire within six months of your departure from Bali back to the U.S. You will not be allowed to stay in Bali if your passport is due to expire within six months.
We will have a driver waiting for you outside the terminal holding a sign with your name on it. The drive to the hotel is 2.5 hours.
There is cell phone reception in our area, but we strongly suggest you check with your service provider at home about roaming charges, as fees can be exorbitant. We recommend you use Skype on your laptop to call home.
Bali is on the 220-volt system, with different plugs than the U.S. You will need a 2-prong European plug adapter or voltage converter , depending on the item.
Plug adapters simply change the formation of the plug and can fit into Indonesian wall sockets. The plug adapter does not change the electrical voltage.
We strongly suggest you bring a surge protector to safeguard your computers. Power outages are common in Bali.
Bali receives over 4 million visitors each year and is on many published lists of most popular destinations in the world. Like any travel destination, normal precautions should be used while enjoying your stay.
There are no immunizations required to enter Bali. Any shots you think you may need are at the discretion of you and your physician.
Some medicine is available, but we suggest you bring whatever prescription drugs you may need along with basics, such as ibuprofen, mosquito repellent, imodium, etc.
The weather on Bali is always hot and tropical. The rainy season is generally between November and April, but rains can come at any time. During rainy season it usually rains during the afternoons. The island is quite green in the rainy season. During dry season it is hotter and not as green. August is the busiest time of year for tourists, so it can be rather crowded.
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah with a current exchange rate of around 12,500/one dollar. You can change money at the airport or nearby our property.
Most smaller businesses do not take credit cards. Villa Paradiso and Golden Buddha Resort do accept credit cards, so all of your meals, tours and activities can be charged to your room. There is a 3% surcharge when using credit cards.
We STRONGLY recommend you do NOT drive on Bali. Driving on Bali can be extremely challenging even for the experienced traveler. We recommend hiring a car/driver for the day to take you everywhere while you relax. If you do choose to drive, you will need an International Drivers License.
All arrangements for tours and other activities can be made with our staff upon your arrival. They will help you plan everything. Advanced booking is not necessary.
We have a comprehensive PDF of “Bali Insider Tips” which will be provided upon booking your stay with us. A good guidebook is also highly recommended.
The best diving and snorkeling on all of Bali can be had right near our properties in Amed. We can arrange these activities for you.
It is NOT safe to drink the tap water on Bali. Please, drink only bottled water.
The food is locally grown and sourced and is fresh as can be. There are lots of veggies, rice, fish, pork and chicken. Our produce is washed in purified water.
Spirits are very expensive on Bali due to high government taxes. Beer is much cheaper. Each traveler is permitted to bring one bottle of spirits into Bali.
Bali is very casual. Bring light clothing, sandals and walking shoes. Sarongs are required when visiting temples or attending ceremonies.