Bali, a province in the country of Indonesia, is an oasis of tropical forests, active volcanoes and vibrant culture. Shaped by many geological processes, the island is a hotspot of diversity from its black sand beaches in the north to its limestone cliffs in the south. A country shaped by being the only Hindu island in a majority Muslim nation, Balinese culture, architecture and cuisine are one of a kind.
Capital City: Denpasar
Population: 4.3 million (2020est.)
Currency: Indonesian Rupiah (IDR)
Time Zone: Central Indonesia Time - WITA (UTC/GMT -8)
Emergency Number: 112
Speak the Language
Language: Balinese is the official language of Bali, but all locals also speak Bahasa, the language of Indonesia.
Good morning - Selamat pagi (s’lah-mawt pag-jee)
Good afternoon - Selamat sore (s’lah-mawt sore-eh)
Good night - Selamat malam (s’lah-mawt maw-lahm)
Good bye (to a person leaving) - Selamat Jalan (s’lah-mawt jah-lahn)
Good bye (if you are the person leaving) - Selamat tinggal (s’lah-mawt ting-gahl)
Thank you - Terima Kasih (teh-ree-mah kah-see) Sukseme (sook-sah-Moor) (Balinese)
How are you? - Apa Kabar (up-ah kah-barr)
I’m fine - Baik baik (bike-bike)
I’m Sorry - Saya minta ma’af (sigh-ah min-tah mah-uff)
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Bali is home to two active volcanoes - Mount Agung and Mount Batur.
Every year the island closes completely for the Hindu celebration of Nyepi. On this “Day of Silence” all businesses, buildings (including the airport), and beaches close down for the day. Nyepi is seen as an opportunity for self-reflection and its observation means residents shut off their phones and computers to enjoy the day.
Bali lies within The Coral Triangle - considered the ‘Amazon of the Seas’ for its marine biodiversity. This includes over 600 species of coral and 2000 species of fish.
Bali has one of the highest densities of spas in the world with around 1,200 spas on the island.
David Bowie requested in his will to have his ashes scattered in Bali in a Buddhist ritual.
According to Balinese tradition, each and every person’s top six teeth are filed down. According to their belief, the six vices – anger, jealousy, desire, confusion, greed and drunkenness enter through these teeth. Hence filing them away will prevent them from entering the body.
In Balinese culture, ‘north’ is in relation to ‘up’ - a place where gods and good spirits dwell. In this way, high points such as Mount Agung (which is considered sacred) represent ‘north’. You’ll find most Balinese dwellings and shrines face ‘north’ – to the mountain. If you are north of Mount Agung and ask where north is, you will almost definitely be directed to the mountain – south of where you stand.
With more than 20,000 shrines (Pura), it’s no wonder Bali is called the Island of the Gods. Combining Hinduism with some Buddhist mythology, ancestral spirits, animism, (black) magic and indigenous deities, the Balinese religion is highly complicated.
80% of the Balinese economy is due to its largest industry: tourism!
The Balinese calendar - Pawukon Calendar- only has 210 days! Each year is divided into six months and one month is 35 days.
Tipping Suggestions: Tips for Guides, drivers and restaurants are not included. Tips provide supplemental income, and, while not mandatory, are greatly appreciated. If the local teams have added to the experience, please reward them.
USD $3-4 per person/per day
USD $1-2 per person/per day
USD $1 to 10% of the total bill
Where can I find information on travel safety? Check out the US Department of State's website for the most up to date information on safety while traveling.
Is the water safe to drink? Tap water should be avoided by travelers. You should also avoid brushing your teeth with tap water when possible. For drinking water, make sure to drink treated water which can be found at all lodging accommodations.
Do I need a Visa? For Visa information, click here. Make sure your passport is valid for at least six months after you return home and has two or more blank pages. Otherwise, some countries may not let you enter.
What about vaccines? For vaccination information, click here.
Do you recommend travel insurance? While not required, we highly recommend all travelers get travel insurance for their trip to protect themselves from the unknown! Check out travel insurance options from our partner, worldnomads.com or from a provider of your choice.
How much should I pack? As we will be using shared transfers and spaces throughout our tour we recommend all travelers pack as lightly as possible. Please review our luggage restrictions below.
What does public transportation look like? Taxis are everywhere in Bali but make sure you look for a license and clarify that the cab ride will be metered. Otherwise, you could find yourself in a fake taxi and overpaying. Helpful tip: make sure to have small bills and know the exact address where you would like to go.
Is Uber or Lyft available? Not anymore, however, there is a replacement ride share called 'Grab' which uses an app, screens its drivers, allows payment through the app and tends to be cheaper than normal taxis. FYI: hotels have restrictions on what taxi companies or if Grab can pick up at their location.
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