Good to know about Bali
Nyepi Day: 28 March 2017
Nyepi is the Balinese "Day of Silence" that is commemorated every Isakawarsa according to the Balinese calendar. Observed from 6am until 6am the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are: no lighting fires; no working; no entertainment or pleasure and no travelling. The effect of these prohibitions is such that Bali's usually bustling streets and roads are empty and few signs of activity are seen. The only people outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
Although Nyepi is primarily a Hindu holiday, non-Hindu residents of Bali observe the day of silence as well, out of respect for their fellow citizens. Even tourists are not exempt; although free to do as they wish inside the resorts, no one is allowed onto the beaches or streets, and the only airport in Bali remains closed for the entire day.
Bali Ngurah Rai: Denpasar International Airport
Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport (airport code IATA: DPS, ICAO: WADD), also known as Denpasar International Airport, is located in southern Bali, 13 km south of Denpasar. It is named after I Gusti Ngurah Rai, an Indonesian national hero who died in a puputan (fight to the death) against the Dutch at Marga during the Indonesian Revolution in 1946. The airport is Indonesia’s third-busiest international airport, after Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta International Airport and Surabaya’s Juanda International Airport. Sheraton Bali Kuta Resort can be reached within 20 - 30 minutes.
Indonesia or Bali Visa Information
There are about 40 countries granted visa free entry into Indonesia. Please check with the Indonesian Embassy in your country. Visa free entry is valid for 60 (sixty) days and it is in extendable. For USD 35, the government may grant you a visa upon arrival which is valid for maximum 30-day stay in Indonesia and extendable for another 30 days.
Indonesian currency: Rupiah
The Indonesia Rupiah (Rp or IDR) is the official currency of Indonesia. Indonesian Rupiah denominations are in Rp1,000, Rp2,000, Rp5,000, Rp10,000, Rp20,000, Rp50,000 and Rp100,000.
Local Bali Time Zone
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT +8 hours
No daylight saving time in 2014
Time zone abbreviation: WITA - Central Indonesian Time
Electricity in Bali
Bali’s electricity power supply operates at 220volts / 50Hz (hertz/cycles), this is the same as Australia and many European countries that operate 220-240v / 50Hz.
Bali electric plugs are type C, F, and G. You will need a voltage converter and plug adapter in order to use U.S. appliances. We recommend getting a universal adapter and converter kit.
Language in Bali
Balinese, Indonesian and English are the most widely spoken languages in Bali and the vast majority of Balinese people are bilingual or trilingual. The most common spoken language around the tourist areas is Bahasa Indonesia, however there are several indigenous Balinese languages. The usage of different Balinese languages was traditionally determined by the Balinese caste system. Kawi and Sanskrit are also commonly used by some Hindu priests in Bali, as Hinduism literature was mostly written in Sanskrit.
Transportation or getting around in Bali
The best way to get around in Bali is to either take public taxis (Blue Bird) which are quite safe and use a legal meter system or to rent a car. Driving a car or riding a motorcycle in Bali will require you to carry a valid international driving license that is accepted by the law enforcement in Indonesia. Please check with your embassy or local authority prior to renting a car or motorbike on your own. Click here to learn more about local transportation.