Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush green rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer for a very broad market of visitors ranging from young back-packers to the super-rich.

The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the other-worldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide

Bali is magical. The magic of this island can only be felt by travelling & experiencing the wonders of this paradise.

Being just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali has a fairly even climate year round. Day time temperatures at low elevations vary between 20-33⁰ C although it can be much cooler than that in the mountains. The west monsoon is in place from approximately October to April and this can bring significant rain, particularly from December to March. Outside of the monsoon period, humidity is relatively low and any rain unlikely in lowland areas.


Just like common tropical islands, in Bali you will find a wide variety of plants by surprise. Huge banyan trees are everywhere in the villages by the Bale banjar or pavilion, or temples ground. Tamarind is also a typical Balinese tree mostly found in the north coast, as well as clove at the highlands. Meanwhile acacia, flame tree and mangrove can be found along the south coastlines. Craft and house use basketries, a dozen species of coconut palms and varieties of bamboos are also everywhere across the island.

Flowers families are just as surprisingly as the variety of big plants. The most common are hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, and water lilies. Magnolia, frangipani, and a variety of orchids are found in many front yards and gardens, along roads, and in temple grounds. In the day to day life flowers are routinely used as decorations in temples, on statues, as offerings for the gods, and during prayers. Dancers wear blossoms in their crowns, and flowers are worn behind the ear during ceremony sessions. The Eceng Gondok (Eichornia crassipess) is a typical flower of the tropics where it grows in profusion in warm ponds and lakes. Usually discovered in large clusters, it can also be seen blossoming alone adding its accent to the clear brilliance of the surrounding water. The serene lotus plant exhibits a delicate sheen at the outer edges of its leaves. No wonder this plant has so often been regarded as a symbol of eternal peace.


Like some other parts of Indonesia, Bali was home for big mammals such as elephant and tiger, although they no longer exist since early of last century. However, Bali still is rich of wildlife with the existence of various species of monkeys, civets, barking deer and mouse deer. There are 300 species of birds occupy the island including wild fowl, dollar birds, blue kingfishers, sea eagles, sandpipers, white herons and egrets, cuckoos, wood swallows, sparrows, and the endangered Bali starlings. The underwater world or marine life of Bali has been noted as one of the best in the world with various species such as dolphin, shark and sun fish, and some smaller inhabitants like colorful coral fish, small reef fish, and moray eels, as well as crustaceans and sponges.

The existence of these flora and fauna become necessary for the day to day life of Balinese, where ceremonies and rituals always flourish.

Bali was inhabited around 2000 BC by Austronesia people who migrated originally from Southeast Asia and Oceania through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are closely related to the people of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania. Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island's west.

Hindu Influence

In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead.

Inscriptions from 896 and 911 don't mention a king, until 914, when Sri Kesarivarma is mentioned. They also reveal an independent Bali, with a distinct dialect, where Buddhism and Sivaism were practiced simultaneously. Mpu Sindok's great granddaughter, Mahendradatta (Gunapriyadharmapatni), married the Bali king Udayana Warmadewa (Dharmodayanavarmadeva) around 989, giving birth to Airlangga around 1001. This marriage also brought more Hinduism and Javanese culture to Bali. Princess Sakalendukirana appeared in 1098. Suradhipa reigned from 1115 to 1119, and Jayasakti from 1146 until 1150. Jayapangus appears on inscriptions between 1178 and 1181, while Adikuntiketana and his son Paramesvara in 1204. Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD. The name Bali dwipa ("Bali island") has been discovered from various inscriptions, including the Blanjong pillar inscription written by Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD and mentioning "Walidwipa". It was during this time that the people developed their complex irrigation system subak to grow rice in wet-field cultivation. Some religious and cultural traditions still practised today can be traced to this period.

The Hindu Majapahit Empire (1293–1520 AD) on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony in 1343. The uncle of Hayam Wuruk is mentioned in the charters of 1384-86. A mass Javanese emigration occurred in the next century.

Kandapat Sari statue in Semarapura, one of old settlements in Bali. Historically, Balinese art and culture is born and based in this town

Portuguese contact

The first known European contact with Bali is thought to have been made in 1512, when a Portuguese expedition led by Antonio Abreu and Francisco Serrão sighted its northern shores. It was the first expedition of a series of bi-annual fleets to the Moluccas, that throughout the 16th century usually traveled along the coasts of the Sunda Islands. Bali was also mapped in 1512, in the chart of Francisco Rodrigues, aboard the expedition. In 1585, a ship foundered off the Bukit Peninsula and left a few Portuguese in the service of Dewa Agung.

Dutch East India

In 1597 the Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman arrived at Bali, and the Dutch East India Company was established in 1602. The Dutch government expanded its control across the Indonesian archipelago during the second half of the 19th century (see Dutch East Indies). Dutch political and economic control over Bali began in the 1840s on the island's north coast, when the Dutch pitted various competing Balinese realms against each other. In the late 1890s, struggles between Balinese kingdoms in the island's south were exploited by the Dutch to increase their control.

In June 1860 the famous Welsh naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, travelled to Bali from Singapore, landing at Bileling on the north coast of the island. Wallace's trip to Bali was instrumental in helping him devise his Wallace Line theory. The Wallace Line is a faunal boundary that runs through the strait between Bali and Lombok. It has been found to be a boundary between species of Asiatic origin in the east and a mixture of Australian and Asian species to the west.

In his travel memoir The Malay Archipelago, Wallace wrote of his experience in Bali :

I was both astonished and delighted; for as my visit to Java was some years later, I had never beheld so beautiful and well-cultivated a district out of Europe. A slightly undulating plain extends from the seacoast about ten or twelve miles inland, where it is bounded by a fine range of wooded and cultivated hills. Houses and villages, marked out by dense clumps of coconut palms, tamarind and other fruit trees, are dotted about in every direction; while between them extend luxurious rice-grounds, watered by an elaborate system of irrigation that would be the pride of the best cultivated parts of Europe.

The Dutch mounted large naval and ground assaults at the Sanur region in 1906 and were met by the thousands of members of the royal family and their followers who fought against the superior Dutch force in a suicidal puputan defensive assault rather than face the humiliation of surrender. Despite Dutch demands for surrender, an estimated 200 Balinese marched to their death against the invaders. In the Dutch intervention in Bali, a similar massacre occurred in the face of a Dutch assault in Klungkung. Afterward the Dutch governors exercised administrative control over the island, but local control over religion and culture generally remained intact. Dutch rule over Bali came later and was never as well established as in other parts of Indonesia such as Java and Maluku.

In the 1930s, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, artists Miguel Covarrubias and Walter Spies, and musicologist Colin McPhee all spent time here. Their accounts of the island and its peoples created a western image of Bali as "an enchanted land of aesthetes at peace with themselves and nature." Western tourists began to visit the island.

The Bali bombings monument

Imperial Japan occupied Bali during World War II. It was not originally a target in their Netherlands East Indies Campaign, but as the airfields on Borneo were inoperative due to heavy rains, the Imperial Japanese Army decided to occupy Bali, which did not suffer from comparable weather. The island had no regular Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) troops. There was only a Native Auxiliary Corps Prajoda (Korps Prajoda) consisting of about 600 native soldiers and several Dutch KNIL officers under command of KNIL Lieutenant Colonel W.P. Roodenburg. On 19 February 1942 the Japanese forces landed near the town of Senoer [Senur]. The island was quickly captured.

During the Japanese occupation, a Balinese military officer, Gusti Ngurah Rai, formed a Balinese 'freedom army'. The harshness of war requisitions made Japanese rule more resented than Dutch rule. Following Japan's Pacific surrender in August 1945, the Dutch returned to Indonesia, including Bali, to reinstate their pre-war colonial administration. This was resisted by the Balinese rebels, who now used recovered Japanese weapons. On 20 November 1946, the Battle of Marga was fought in Tabanan in central Bali. Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai, by then 29 years old, finally rallied his forces in east Bali at Marga Rana, where they made a suicide attack on the heavily armed Dutch. The Balinese battalion was entirely wiped out, breaking the last thread of Balinese military resistance.

Independence from the Dutch

In 1946, the Dutch constituted Bali as one of the 13 administrative districts of the newly proclaimed State of East Indonesia, a rival state to the Republic of Indonesia, which was proclaimed and headed by Sukarno and Hatta. Bali was included in the "Republic of the United States of Indonesia" when the Netherlands recognised Indonesian independence on 29 December 1949.


The 1963 eruption of Mount Agung killed thousands, created economic havoc and forced many displaced Balinese to be transmigrated to other parts of Indonesia. Mirroring the widening of social divisions across Indonesia in the 1950s and early 1960s, Bali saw conflict between supporters of the traditional caste system, and those rejecting this system. Politically, the opposition was represented by supporters of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) and the Indonesian Nationalist Party (PNI), with tensions and ill-feeling further increased by the PKI's land reform programs. An attempted coup in Jakarta was put down by forces led by General Suharto.

The army became the dominant power as it instigated a violent anti-communist purge, in which the army blamed the PKI for the coup. Most estimates suggest that at least 500,000 people were killed across Indonesia, with an estimated 80,000 killed in Bali, equivalent to 5% of the island's population. With no Islamic forces involved as in Java and Sumatra, upper-caste PNI landlords led the extermination of PKI members.

As a result of the 1965/66 upheavals, Suharto was able to manoeuvre Sukarno out of the presidency. His "New Order" government reestablished relations with western countries. The pre-War Bali as "paradise" was revived in a modern form. The resulting large growth in tourism has led to a dramatic increase in Balinese standards of living and significant foreign exchange earned for the country. A bombing in 2002 by militant Islamists in the tourist area of Kuta killed 202 people, mostly foreigners. This attack, and another in 2005, severely reduced tourism, producing much economic hardship to the island.

  • Capital
  • Currency
    Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
  • Area
    5,632.86 km2 (2,175 sq mi)
  • Population
    4,225,384 (2014)
  • Density
    630.4 /km2 (1,633 /sq mi)
  • Ethnic groups
    Balinese, Javanese, Baliaga, Madurese
  • Religion
    More than 94% of the population follows Hinduism and rest are Muslims, Christians & Buddhists
  • Languages
    Bahasa Indonesian & Balinese
  • International Airport
    Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar International Airport (DPS)
  • Time Zone
  • Dialing Code
  • Places to Visit
    Kuta Beach, Legian Street, Seminyak, Ubud, Sanur, Tanjung Benoa, Uluwatu, Jimbaran etc.
  • Islands around Bali
    Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, & Serangan Island.
  • Major Festivals in Bali
    Galungan, Kuningan, Nyepi, Pagerwesi & many other temple ceremonies are followed year around
  • Electricity
    220 Volts (Universal adaptor comes in handy)

Bali is a small, beautiful island famed for its unique arts and cultures, enchanting nature and the friendliness of its people. Most people come to Bali to experience the marvelously rich cultural heritage; some come for the beaches and the waves, others for pure relaxation. Bali is situated in Indonesia, one of the best tourist destinations in Asia. For those who plan to visit Bali, here are some Essential Tips for Bali Vacation for your consideration.

Entering Bali

To enter Bali, or Indonesia for that matter, make sure your passport is valid for six months upon entry into Indonesia, otherwise you’ll find yourself on the next plan out. You also must have proof of onward passage (i.e. a ticket out of Indonesia). Tourist, social and business visas can be obtained from any Indonesian embassy or consulate abroad. Citizens from Asian countries comprising Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Brunei, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippine and Laos do not require a visa, only a valid travel document. Visitors from some thirty countries are also provided with a 60-days tourist visa issued directly upon arrival. Consult your travel agent or airlines, mention your nationality.

Money matters

The rupiah is the basic unit of money. Foreign currency, in bank notes and traveler’s checks is best exchanged at major banks or authorized money changers. Do change money at a reputable looking location, use your own (or the hotel’s calculator before changing), as the ones used by some places can be “a little inaccurate”. Most important; always count your money before you leave the place. Traveler’s cheques are accepted at all major hotels and large shops; some smaller shops will also accept them. Passport number is required. Do not forget to take passport (or a photocopy of your ID), with you at all time.

Money Exchange

When changing large amounts of money please check each note carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake bills in circulation


There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after one has cashed money at banks or money changers. Put your money away in your “bum-bag” or hold onto your handbag tightly.

Credit cards and charge cards

Many hotels, shops large and small accept plastic money, with the provision that an additional 3% is added onto your bill(Depending on shop policy). However, when traveling to the country side, take rupiah with you. Keep small change handy when riding in public transports or buying drinks at warung.


Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance that will cover in any accidents. If you rent a car (must be with insurance), beware of motorbikes, as there are too many on the road. When you park the car, always remember to remove all your properties. Crime is on the increase and can spoil your holiday. Be careful with your belongings at all times. Cases of handbag snatching have been reported, so leave important documents in your hotel safe (carry photocopies). Do not forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stops, motorbikes may not!

Dress Code

Going to Bali – dress casually. Take light clothes, as the weather is warm-to - hot throughout the year. Remember Bali is a land where prayer and religious festivals take center stage. When visiting a temple or attending ceremonies, make it a point to respect local customs and traditions. Always wear a sarong and sash. Do not walk in front of people praying. Do not use a flash camera or point your camera to the priest’s face. Do try not to step on offerings in the street (walk around them). Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.


Do not drug! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Government prison service.


Do not swim outside designated swimming areas on the beach, current/undertows can be very strong. Swim between the red and yellow flags. Don’t swim too far out. Do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.


International health certificates of vaccination against smallpox, cholera, and yellow fever are required only from travelers comprising from infected areas. Typhoid and paratyphoid vaccinations are optional but still advisable. Drink only distilled or mineral water, or water that has been boiled and eat a lot of fresh fruit – do your body a favor. Don’t worry too much about ice, it’s a government quality controlled in established bars and restaurants. Most people traveling through Bali get the infamous 'Bali Belly' at some time or other. Taking and Imodium will stop you up. At the first time of discomfort (diarrhea and cramping), drink strong, hot tea and avoid all fruits and spicy foods. Taking charcoal tablets will help alleviate the cramping.


The Indonesian Rupiah offers very favorable rates of exchange and buying power against most foreign currencies. Hotels, moneychangers, and banks provide foreign exchange services. We strongly recommend the use of banks, whenever possible, when exchanging currency. Always insist on an official receipt at the time of the transaction and take your time to make sure the money received matches the total shown on the receipt. Those bringing foreign currency to Indonesia should note that many banks and moneychangers refuse to accept foreign bank notes that are soiled, torn or generally poor condition.

Medical Services

Bali has several well-equipped hospitals providing emergency and outpatient services. There are also several very modern and efficient medical service centers on the island that have been established to cater to the needs of foreign visitors. Health services are not socialized in Indonesia and it is therefore recommended that visitors purchase travel insurance.

Religious Services

Most major religions are represented in Bali with Catholic and Protestant denominations providing English language services. Particularly worth a visit is the inspiring Puja Mandala complex near Nusa Dua in which places of worship for the Roman Catholic, Protestant, Hindu, Buddhist and Moslem stand side-by-side in a single complex.

Walking Shoes

A comfortable pair of shoes for walking is highly recommended; particularly when you will be joining one of Bali Discovery's trekking programs.


Indonesian telecommunications are of a high standard and generally available. Hotels offer international direct dialing, facsimile and, often, Internet connections.


Most major hotels and some restaurants include a 10% service charge in your bill. When this is the case, no additional gratuity is required or expected.

Travel Tip

Please consider making a photocopy of your airline tickets and the identifying pages of your passport. Also make a list of all travelers' checks and your credit card details. Store all of this data separately from your wallet. Having these details at hand will speed replacement in the event of loss.


Tap water is generally NOT potable in Indonesia. Bottled drinks including a wide range of bottled mineral waters are readily available.

What to bring?
  • We suggest you bring the following items on your visit to Bali.
  • A Camera. Film and processing is available at numerous locations around the island.
  • Lightweight loose fitting clothing that is machine washable. Bali is a major exporter of ready-to-wear clothing and you might enjoy purchasing new items for your wardrobe during your holiday.
  • A hat, swimwear and sunglasses.
  • A Rain Poncho and/or umbrella.
  • Sufficient supply of prescription drugs.
  • Binoculars.
  • A spare pair of eyeglasses.
  • Comfortable pair of walking shoes.
  • Any important items related to your medical history and the contact information for your physician in your home country.
  • Tipping
  • Most hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill on top of the 10% tax. In restaurants where service charge is not added, a tip of 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service and type of establishment.

All travelers to Indonesia must be in possession of a Passport that is valid for at least six (6) months from the date of arrival, and have proof (tickets) of onward or return passage.

Free Tourist Visa

By Presidential Decree of 104 of 2015, Indonesia now provides special Short Stay Visa free facilities for tourists who are nationals of a total 75 countries who wish to travel to Indonesia.

And, including the 15 countries and Special Regions who already have reciprocal Visa Free Agreements with Indonesia, this brings the total to 90 countries whose nationals may be extended Visa Free Entry.

Tourist Visa Free Facilities are valid for 30 days, are non-extendable and cannot be transferred into any other type of visa.

The Visa Free facility can be used for the following purposes: government duties, education, social-cultural purposes, tourism, business, family visits and on transit

The following are the Countries extended Visa Free Facilities according to Presidential Decree No. 104 of 2015 :
  • 1. Afrika Selatan - (South Africa)
  • 2. Aljazair – (Algeria)
  • 3. Amerika Serikat – (United States of America)
  • 4. Angola
  • 5. Argentina
  • 6. Austria
  • 7. Azerbaijan
  • 8. Bahrain, - (Bahrein)
  • 9. Belanda – (The Netherlands)
  • 10. Belarusia – (Belarus)
  • 11. Belgia – (Belgium)
  • 12. Bulgaria
  • 13. Ceko – (Czechoslovakia)
  • 14. Denmark
  • 15. Dominika – (Dominican Republic)
  • 16. Estonia
  • 17. Fiji
  • 18. Finlandia - (Finland
  • 19. Ghana
  • 20. Hongaria – (Hungary)
  • 21. India
  • 22. Inggris - (The United Kingdom – UK)
  • 23. Irlandia – (Ireland)
  • 24. Islandia - (Iceland)
  • 25. Italia – (Italy)
  • 26. Jepang – (Japan)
  • 27. Jerman – (Germany)
  • 28. Kanada – (Canada)
  • 29. Kazakhstan
  • 30. Kirgiztan
  • 31. Kroasia – (Croatia)
  • 32. Korea Selatan – (South Korea)
  • 33. Kuwait – (Kuweit)
  • 34. Latvia
  • 35. Lebanon
  • 36. Liechtenstein
  • 37. Lithuania
  • 38. Luxemburg
  • 39. Maladewa – (The Maldives)
  • 40. Malta
  • 41. Meksiko – (Mexico)
  • 42. Mesir – (Egypt)
  • 43. Monako – (Monaco)
  • 44. Norwegia – (Norway)
  • 45. Oman
  • 46. Panama
  • 47. Papua New Guinea
  • 48. Perancis – (France)
  • 49. Polandia – (Poland)
  • 50. Portugal
  • 51. Qatar
  • 52. Republik Rakyat Tiongkok - (China)
  • 53. Rumania -
  • 54. Rusia – (Russia)
  • 55. San Marino
  • 56. Saudi Arabia
  • 57. Selandia Baru –( New Zealand)
  • 58. Seychelles
  • 59. Siprus – (Cyprus)
  • 60. Slovakia
  • 61. Slovenia
  • 62. Spanyol – (Spain)
  • 63. Suriname
  • 64. Swedia – (Sweden)
  • 65. Swiss – (Switzerland)
  • 66. Taiwan
  • 67. Tanzania
  • 68. Timor Leste
  • 69. Tunisia
  • 70. Turki – (Turkey)
  • 71. Uni Emirat Arab - (United Arab Emirates)
  • 72. Vatikan – (The Vatican)
  • 73. Venezuela
  • 74. Yordania – (Jordania)
  • 75. Yunani – (Greece)

While the 15 countries and Special Administrative Regions with whom Indonesia has reciprocal agreements, and have already earlier been extended the facility are :

  • 1. Malaysia
  • 2. Singapura – (Singapore)
  • 3. Brunei Darussalam
  • 4. Filipina – (The Philippines)
  • 5. Kamboja – (Cambodia)
  • 6. Laos
  • 7. Myanmar
  • 8. Vietnam
  • 13. Peru
  • 14. Ekuador – (Equador)
  • 9. Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region)
  • 10. Macau SAR (Special Administrative Region)
  • 11. Chili – (Chile)
  • 12. Maroko – (Morocco)

Nationals of the 75 countries wishing to visit Indonesia for tourist purposes should, however, please note:

That Entry can be made only through 14 Immigration Checkpoints (TPI) in 5 designated Airports and 9 designated Seaports as follows :
International Airports :
  • 1. Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta
  • 2. Juanda, Surabaya
  • 3. Ngurah Rai, Bali
  • 4. Kuala Namu, Medan
  • 5. Hang Nadim, Batam

Seaports :
  • 1. Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang
  • 2. Sekupang, Batam
  • 3. Batam Center, Batam
  • 4. Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Batam
  • 5. Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam
  • 6. Citra Tri Tunas (Harbour Bay), Batam
  • 7. Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi, Tanjung Uban, Bintan
  • 8. Bandar Sri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban, Bintan
  • 9. Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tanjung Uban, Bintan

Exit can be made only through 50 Immigration Checkpoints in 19 International Airports, 29 Seaports, and 2 Land borders as follows :

Interational Airports :
  • 1. Soekarno-Hatta, Jakarta
  • 2. Juanda, Surabaya
  • 3. Ngurah Rai, Bali
  • 4. Kuala Namu, Medan
  • 5. Hang Nadim, Batam
  • 6. Husein Sastranegara, Bandung
  • 7. Sepinggan, Balikpapan
  • 8. Sultan Iskandar Muda, Aceh
  • 9. Adisucipto, Yogyakarta
  • 10. Eltari, Kupang
  • 11. Sam Ratulangi, Manado
  • 12. Minangkabau, Padang
  • 13. Sultan Syarif Kasim II, Pekanbaru
  • 14. Sultan Mahmud Badaruddin, Palembang
  • 15. Adisumarmo, Surakarta
  • 16. Ahmad Yani, Semarang
  • 17. Halim Perdana Kusuma, Jakarta
  • 18. Sultan Hasanuddin, Makassar
  • 19. Polonia, Medan

Seaports :
  • 1. Sekupang, Batam
  • 2. Batam Center, Batam
  • 3. Nongsa Terminal Bahari, Batam
  • 4. Marina Teluk Senimba, Batam
  • 5. Citra Tri Tunas (Harbour Bay), Batam
  • 6. Sri Bintan Pura, Tanjung Pinang, Bintan
  • 7. Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi, Tanjung Uban, Bintan
  • 8. Bandar Sri Udana Lobam, Tanjung Uban, Bintan
  • 9. Tanjung Balai Karimun, Tanjung Uban, Bintan
  • 10. Pulau Baai, Bengkulu
  • 11. Dumai, Riau
  • 12. Yos Sudarso, Cirebon
  • 13. Teluk Nibung, Tanjung Balai Asahan
  • 14. Bandar Sri Setia Raya, Bengkalis
  • 15. Belawan, Belawan, North Sumatra
  • 16. Benoa, Bali
  • 17. Kuala Langsa, Langsa, Aceh
  • 18. Jayapura, Papua
  • 19. Soekarno-Hatta, Makassar
  • 20. Tunonanta, Nunukan, North Kalimantan
  • 21. Malundung, Tarakan, North Kalimantan
  • 22. Padang Bai, Bali
  • 23. Sibolga, Sibolga, North Sumatra
  • 24. Siak Sri Indrapura, Siak, Riau
  • 25. Teluk Bayur, Padang, West Sumatra
  • 26. Tanjung Lontar, Tenau, Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara
  • 27. Tanjung Mas, Semarang
  • 28. Tanjung Priok, Jakarta
  • 29. Pelabuhan Samudra Bitung, Bitung, North Sumatra

Land Borders :
  • 1. Mota’ain, Attambua, East Nusa Tenggara
  • 2. Entikong, Entikong, West Kalimantan

For details and enquiries please contact the Indonesian Embassy in your home country.

Visa-on-Arrival :

The Indonesian Government extends Visa on Arrival (VoA) to nationals of 61 countries which can be obtained at designated entry airports and sea ports. Visa-on-Arrival are valid for 30 days and are extendable with another 30 days to be applied at Immigration offices in Indonesia. Visas cost US$35

Please note that starting 26 January 2010, the 7-day Visa-on-Arrival has been discontinued.

Exception to this is the Special Economic Zone in the Riau Islands province, where the 7-day Visa on Arrival (VoA) can still be obtained at the seaports on the islands of Batam, Bintan - including Tanjung Pinang and Bandar Bentan Telani - and Karimun. The 7-Day VoA Visa fee is US$ 15.

Countries extended Visa-on-Arrival facility are :
  • 1. Algiers
  • 2. Australia
  • 3.Argentina
  • 4. Austria
  • 5. Bahrain
  • 6. Belgium
  • 7. Brazil
  • 8. Bulgaria
  • 9. Canada
  • 10. Cyprus
  • 11. Denmark
  • 12. Egypt
  • 13. Estonia
  • 14.Fiji
  • 15. Finland
  • 16.France
  • 17. Germany
  • 18.Greece
  • 19.Hungary
  • 20.Iceland
  • 21.India
  • 22.Iran
  • 23. Ireland
  • 24.Italy
  • 25. Japan
  • 26.Kuwait
  • 27. Laos PDR
  • 28.Latvia
  • 29.Libya
  • 30. Lithuania
  • 31.Liechtenstein
  • 32. Luxemburg
  • 33. Malta
  • 34. Maldives
  • 35.Monaco
  • 36. Mexico
  • 37. New Zealand
  • 38. the Netherlands
  • 39. Norway
  • 40. Oman
  • 41. Panama
  • 42. The People’s Republic of China
  • 43.Poland
  • 44. Portugal
  • 45.Qatar
  • 46.Rumania
  • 47.Russia
  • 48.South Africa
  • 49.South Korea
  • 50.Switzerland
  • 51.Saudi Arabia
  • 52.Spain
  • 53.Suriname
  • 54.Sweden
  • 55.Slovakia
  • 56.Slovenia
  • 57.Taiwan
  • 58. Tunisia.
  • 59.the United Arab Emirates
  • 60. the United Kingdom
  • 61. The United States of America.
Entry Ports Where Visa-on-Arrival are Issued are :
International Airports :

At Batam: Sekupang, Batuampar, Nongsa, Marina, and Teluk Senimba; on Bintan island : Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang, Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi; Tanjung Balai Karimun, and Bandar Sri Udana Labon in the Riau archipelago; Belawan port and Sibolga in North Sumatra, Yos Sudarso Tanjung Perak in Surabaya; Teluk Bayur in Padang; Tanjung Priok harbor at Jakarta; Padang Bai and Benoa ports in Bali; the port of Jayapura; Bitung; Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Central Java; Tenua and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara, Pare-Pare and Soekarno Hatta port in South Sulawesi.

Authorized Seaports are :

At Batam: Sekupang, Batuampar, Nongsa, Marina, and Teluk Senimba; on Bintan island : Sri Bintan Pura in Tanjung Pinang, Bandar Bintan Telani Lagoi; Tanjung Balai Karimun, and Bandar Sri Udana Labon in the Riau archipelago; Belawan port and Sibolga in North Sumatra, Yos Sudarso Tanjung Perak in Surabaya; Teluk Bayur in Padang; Tanjung Priok harbor at Jakarta; Padang Bai and Benoa ports in Bali; the port of Jayapura; Bitung; Tanjung Mas in Semarang, Central Java; Tenua and Maumere in East Nusa Tenggara, Pare-Pare and Soekarno Hatta port in South Sulawesi.

VISA Application at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates

Visitors from other countries must apply for visa at Indonesia Embassies or Consulates in their home country. In addition, visas cannot be replaced with any other immigration letters. The visa shall then be administered by the Visa Officer in the presence of the applicant concerned.

You may find information on Indonesia embassies and consulates contact details at the Ministry of Foreign Affair website on the following direct link :

For further information on applying for visa to Indonesia, you may browse our FAQs.

Free entry visa is also provided to delegates registered in a conference that is officially convened. In addition, tourist visa can be obtained from every Indonesian Embassy or Consulate. You can visit Indonesia through certain means and gates, by air via Jakarta, Bali, Medan, Manado, Biak, Ambon, Surabaya and Batam; by sea via Semarang, Jakarta, Bali, Pontianak, Balikpapan, Tanjung Pinang and Kupang. Maximum stay in Indonesia is two months.

Airport Tax

An airport tax of Rp150,000 is levied by airports on departing passengers on international flights and Rp.40,000 for those on domestic routes. Most airlines today incorporate airport tax into their total tickets cost on purchase. Do make sure that this is already included.


Most hotels add a 10% service charge to the bill on top of the 10% tax. In restaurants where service charge is not added, a tip of 5 to 10% on the bill will be appropriate depending on the service and type of establishment.

Maximum items allowed by customs when you visit Indonesia :
  • 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
  • 200 cigarettes OR 50 cigars OR 100 grams of tobacco
  • Reasonable amount of perfume per adult, meaning if you arrive drenched in perfume the customs probably will not mind you carrying loads of bottles.
  • Cameras, video cameras, portable radios, cassette recorders, binoculars and sport equipments are admitted provided they are taken out on departure. They must be declared to Customs.
You are prohibited to carry :
  • Firearms
  • Narcotics drugs
  • Pornography materials
  • Chinese printing and medicines
  • Transceivers and cordless telephone
  • Films, pre-recorded video tapes, laser discs, VCDs, DVDs must be screened by Censor Board.

Import or export of foreign currencies and travelers’ checks are allowed. However, the import and export of Indonesia currency, exceeding 100 million Rupiah is prohibited.

Further information on customs and taxes in Indonesia, log into

Do I need a Visa?

Visa Upon arrival for 30 days for most countries, Cost $35.00 and now you can get it extended in Bali for another 30 days. Check Visa & Immigration

Is there internet access in Bali?

Yes, almost every hotel, cafes, malls, discos etc in Bali have internet access some free & some chargeable. There are also cyber cafes at all of the major tourist destinations. Additionally you can buy net packs with your telecom operators for 3G services.

What language do they speak in Bali?

Bahasa Indonesia is the lingua franqa of Indonesia and the Balinese speak Balinese among themselves. However, English is widely spoken everywhere and you can easily get by.

What kind of money do they use in Bali and should I take cash or travelers checks?

The Indonesian rupiah is the money for all of Indonesian and Bali. The current rate is about 14000 rupiah for 01 US dollar.

Are there ATM machines?

Yes, there are ATM machines in most towns in Bali. Be aware of charges and contact your bank at home before you leave to tell them you will be in Bali.

When is the best time to visit Bali?

The dry season is May through October and the best months are June, July or August as it is cooler and drier during this time. However during the other months Bali has morning or afternoon showers but doesn't experience heavy monsoon. Hence one can travel to Bali the year around

What is the weather like in Bali?

Mostly Hot & Humid

What should I Pack?

Bali is hot and all you really need is sandals and shorts, a sarong and bathing suit. Besides there is great shopping in Bali for anything you forgot to pack. Be advised when visiting Bali and if you want to go to a temple festivals you will need a blouse or shirt to at least cover your shoulders and a sash and sarong. The Balinese welcome you to their temple festivals but you must dress properly.

Will I be able to charge my cell phone, camera, and laptop?

Yes, there are pharmacies in Bali that have most common drugs, such as antibiotics, anti diarrhea, cold and flu remedies. If you are bringing medicine to Bali make sure you have a prescription from your doctor on the label.

Can I take medicine to Bali, and can I get medicine while there?

Yes, there are pharmacies in Bali that have most common drugs, such as antibiotics, anti diarrhea, cold and flu remedies. If you are bringing medicine to Bali make sure you have a prescription from your doctor on the label.

How about health care in Bali?

Almost every hotel in Bali has a doctor that will come to the hotel to see you. There are also clinics, hospitals and doctor's offices around Bali, however if you have a serious health issue BOARD the first plane to Singapore or home if it's not too far. We suggest always get

Which airlines fly to Bali?

Bali is a major destination for International travellers. All major airlines from across the globe make a beeline to this famed island. Some of them are
Continental Airlines via Los Angeles, Honolulu, Guam
Cathay Pacific air via Hong Kong
Thai International Air via Bangkok
Singapore Air via Singapore
Malaysia Airlines via Kuala Lumpur
Emirates via Dubai
Eva Air via Taipei
China Air via Taipei
Korean Air via Seoul
The Local Indonesian airline Garuda also flies from various destinations to Bali

What about clothing?

Your rooms and the hotel are air conditioned. But it is hot outside. Bathing suits are a good idea. There is an infinity pool at the hotel overlooking the rice fields. Good walking sandals are a must. Bermuda shorts or pedal pushers are a good idea. A light folding umbrella wouldn't hurt either.

Is Bali safe?

Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia, and was devastated by the ’02 & ’05 bombings in Kuta. Since the bombings, the Indonesian government has taken the threat of terrorism seriously by increasing security and arresting many. Although the US State Department has placed a travel warning on Indonesia, tourism to Bali is once again being touted by many international travel magazines.

The Balinese people are among the most friendly in the world. In beach areas one has to take precautions against pickpockets, just as most beach tourist spots in the world. That said, if you’re reading this site then chances are you won’t be staying at an international hotel or partying all night at a discothèque down in Kuta. More likely you’re staying at a quaint bungalow, home stay or small hotel in the middle of a rice paddy, going to bed early to the chirp of crickets and frogs, and waking up early to go practice yoga. Breathe.


Bali tempts your palate a lot. It has food ranging from Australian to Italian to Indian and much more. Restaurants in Bali are more like hangout joints than just those age old boring eateries. One can indulge in Local Indonesian food from Javanese to Padang to Balinese etc.