These are tips for Bali , There is no order – i write them as i recall them. The tips listed are from us, from friends or from the Internet.

* Most important – only drink bottled water and when you go out take a bottle with as you can get dehydrated very quickly. You can buy bottled water any where and hotels supply it  { not free } and it is cheap. When you need to brush your teeth use bottled water.

* When you shop in a major shopping mall like Centro and you wish to purchase IE sun glasses, pay for your purchase at the cash register in that area. Do not decide to continue shopping and pay as u leave, if you wish to browse and buy multiple items see if you can have a staff member follow. There are visible security officers every where and a miss understanding can be very expensive.

* If you can afford it Travel insurance is a good idea especially if you are a bit older or suffer some ailment like asthma , hospital costs in Bali are really expensive.

* I was told by a friend who goes to Bali regularly and has suffered Bali Belly badly to take Red cordial every morning. I took some Cottees red  cordial with me { in my suitcase } and had the equivalent of a mouth full in bottled water every morning. Dont know if it worked but i never got ill while there.

* Bali is tropical and very humid so like any where in the world disease’s  do exist so be aware that caution should be used when you leave your hotel. In Kuta places that spray mist into the air to help make life more comfortable have been linked to Legionnaires. However you would be very unlucky to get anything.

* Check in time for most hotels is after 2 PM. Check out is by 12.00 lunch time. If you go on a early flight you will not be able to check in to your hotel before 2pm, the hotels we stayed at accepted our luggage and we came back after check in time. This is a real pain if you are tired and Jet lagged and for first timers that do not know where to go to fill in the waiting hours.

* Change your money in Bali as you will get a better rate, If you need money to pay for transport just get the driver to stop a a money changer. A good source of Rupiah is from friends who have come back and still have some currency as it is basically not worth changing back to Aus dollars. A taxi fare from the airport to Legian was IDR55,000 per person which is about $7.00 Aus. Legian is a little further out than Kuta so a taxi to Kuta should be cheaper however what ever the price is have at least 10,000 to 20,000 Rupiah for tipping.

* Some places you will need your passport to get a phone or a sim card. Be careful not to pay to much for a sim, the last time i was there the sellers tried to get 400000 rupiah about AU $4.00, that’s way over the top you should be able to get a sim for about $2.00 plus call credit.

When buying a sim card get the salesman to fit it to your phone and activate it, have him ring from his phone to test and get the dial codes for Aus as providers can be different.

* Power voltage is 220v so its ok for Aus phone chargers etc but you will need a adaptor , we bought ours from the departure lounge at Perth airport. You can buy these in Bali from shops like Circle K.

* If you are going for more than a few days and intend to buy some DVD’s take a portable DVD player with you to test what u buy, also the TV channels do not have much Aus content.

* When coin change from a purchase is required some fixed price shops will give you sweets instead.

* Swimming in the sea, current underflows can be strong, always swim between the red and yellow flags, don’t swim to far out! Do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

* Attending Ceremonies
Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such. Religious guidelines:
1. Always wear a sarong and sash.
2. Do not walk in front of people praying.
3. Do not use flash camera or push your camera into the priest’s face!
4. Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.
5. At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees – however important that photographic opportunity is!
6. Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.


  • Drink a lot of bottled water as you may dehydrated easily.
  • Leave your important documents in your hotel safe and wander around with the copies.
  • Change money at a reputable looking location, use your own (or the hotel’s) calculator before changing!
  • Put on loads of High Factor Waterproof Sun Cream (especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water).
  • Be careful with your belongings at all times. Crime is the same in Bali as anywhere else on our planet. Handbag snatching has been reported, so leave important documents in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulders!
  • Hindu Religious offerings in the street are replaced daily so if you accidentally walk on one its no big deal but try to walk around them.
  • Respect the slow pace of processions when stuck behind one, for instance, don’t honk!
  • Haggle when buying (except on price-tagged goods).


  • Attempt to swim outside designated areas on the beach.
  • Deal in or do drugs. Life time in a Indonesian jail or the death penalty is waiting.
  • Touch people’s heads even children, as it considers offensive.
  • Forget to take your passport (or a photocopy of your ID)
  • Worry too much about the ice – it’s government-quality controlled in established bars and restaurants.
  • Forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may not!

* If you are going to stay in a rural area electricity blackouts can be common , so it is a good idea to bring a torch maybe one of those small led units.

Your own towel is useful when staying in budget accommodation, as you will not always be supplied with one where you stay. Try to find one that dries quickly and is lightweight. Lightweight travel towels may be bought from camping and travel centres.

Credit cards are acceptable at all major hotels, department stores, restaurants and travel agencies, and at many smaller traders around the island. The Australian dollar, US dollar, UK pound, German mark and Japanese yen are the most readily accepted currencies.

Some of the major cities have shopping complexes, supermarkets and department stores where prices are fixed. Shopping hours are usually between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. for department stores and supermarkets in the large cities with shorter hours on Sundays

The hasslers: Walking down the streets of Bali’s major tourist villages can for first timers be a chore. There will always be someone trying to sell watches, perfume, transport or other items such as paintings, post-cards or wood-carvings. To reduce the stress of conflict, try to ignore unwanted sales-pitches, keep walking, and retain your composure even under duress of pressure sales tactics. Do not offer to buy later (“Maybe tomorrow Miss?” –  they will remember you!). I do not know how but the Balinese seem to recognize new tourists and as you get more experience they do not hassle you as much.

You will need a police report to replace a stolen passport or for your personal insurance claims.


You can rent a car or motorcycle if you have a valid Tourist, Indonesian or International Driving License. A one month Tourist Driving License can be obtained in Bali – you need your passport and Australian drivers license. Take out insurance coverage for vehicle damage. Do not leave your Passport in possession of anybody, you may have to pay a bribe to get it back.

Light clothing, sandals or flat shoes, sun glasses and a bottle of water. For the middle of the day sun screen and hat.

16 thoughts on “Bali Tips And More Tips”

  1. A great website – well done and finally one that makes sense for first time travellers.
    A few hints we have learnt over our trips :

    – A travel pack of baby wipes will be your best friend when you are in a public toilet and have that dreaded empty roll (i cant say i have ever seen 2 ply there…lol)
    – Take a small pack of zip ties with you. Dont fasten your zips before you have gone through all of the bag checks at the Denpensar airport when departing (i learnt this the HARD way last time with all our luggage…BAHHH) wait until the last one and then zip tie your zipper buckles.
    – Bag scales – although some hotels do have scales (the old style) i can imagine these arent the most accurate, a small purchase beforehand will enable you to maximise your shopping! :-) (most bag shops or specialty luggage shops will have these, ebay also)
    – A little measuring tape and a small pocket size booklet to jot down your loved ones measurements back home, sizes can be a little here and there with their clothes.
    – If you are a lady shopping try and take a bag (whether it be a bum bag or over the shoulder bag) that has multiple zips. If you put a little bit of money in the most commonly used one you will never have the problem of pulling things out of your bag and them dropping in the street, club, pub, floor anywhere. Things can easily disappear!
    – photocopy your passport before you leave. Leave a copy home and have one available to take with you on your outings.
    – Relax! Bali’s a beautiful place. Obviously very different from AUS so just go with it, dont be uptight and have a great holiday! (we are off for the first week in november)

    YAY – AND EXCELLENT SITE! Thank you for this!

  2. Great site.
    I would like to advise travellers to Bali the importance of finding a good/nice driver if you are going to use a private driver for sightseeing (many are opportunists after commission, etc; others are honest, reliable and great to be with). Trip Adviser has useful comments. I would like to warn viewers against using a street tour/driver agent in Seminyak that was dishonest and provided poor service. He provided a driver with little experience of the sights and poor English/communication. We did not visit one of the major sights agreed on and the agent lied about what was going to be provided. Some of the things we agreed to (like snorkelling trip the following day) were left off the receipt so the agent could argue it was not included. He then tried to charge full price for cancelling a trip that he never organised. All the friendliness that went into organising my afternoon and day trips was lost when he became very mean and demanded more money than was fair or agreed upon. The agent to avoid is Ketut (short, stocky guy) who has a tour stand (not a proper shop front) on the main road Jalan Raya Seminyak (between the streets Dhyana Pura and Double Six, opposite Sun Island). Its called ARB tour & travel and his card says transport service, rental car and motor bike. I guess it is the old motto, you get what you pay for, and I should have realised this guy was looking to take advantage of people by promising more than he would deliver.

  3. PS to previous comments. Having a personal driver in Bali to take you around can be a great way to see Bali (e.g. allows flexibility in organising an itinerary, etc.). Also economical, especially if you are more than one. My driver was great.
    Enjoy Bali everyone.

  4. Hi, going there on Thursday. I have been told not to take clothes over and just buy them all… but I am very tall and a size 14. So im just wondering if clothes in bali willl actually fit me? If you could give me an idea that would be great?


  5. Hi there Taylah,
    as far as the Clothing goes they don’t do sizing like we do every were there, you will find it in the big shops but not on the street, as far as finding something for a size 14 you will have no problem at all, but if you are taller than average the length may become a problem, but i don’t think you will have any worries getting clothing over there but just keep on mind how much you are allowed to bring back. You may want to check with your airline cos you don’t want to get stuck with overweight luggage fees on your way home.
    Let us know how you went there may be others with there same Question and more info is always welcome.
    Thanks Anna :)

  6. to all the larger ladies including myself size 16-18+ I recommend you take some of your own clothes. Tops are relatively easy to find but bottom halves are a bit harder. I have found some but you do need to look. I recommend a great tailor in poppies lane 2 the shop is called “Janoko” and is great . I go there on my first day with a picture of what I want or look at their books and Christian makes them for me for cheaper then I can do them at home…and I sew!! Excellent quality always. Larger women will not be called fat in Bali that is rude they will call you “big boob lady” please don’t be offended they see it as a compliment.

  7. Found this site extremely helpful as we are travelling to Bali in may and i had looked elsewhere and found very mixed and confusing advise so thanks this was great!!! although i did have a few questions if anyone could answer that would be much appreciated…. Where are some good places to eat we are staying in kuta so close would be great, and also where are the places to go to get designer sunglasses and bags etc!! little bit of a shopoholic here!! And one more thing can anyone suggest any fun activties and am i better to book them now or wait till we get there???

  8. This is a great site for first timers. I was wondering could you actually buy cottees cordial in Bali instead to taking it with us.?

    Hello Susan
    I did not see any thing from cottees over there, so i suggest that u take your own bottle, put it in a plastic bag and then into your suit case or it will be confiscated at the departure airport. My family thought i was silly taking cordial with me but i had the last laugh as they all had the need to take it.

    Cheers John

  9. Hi All- Im going to Bali for the second time in a month and my fiance & I are getting our bridesmaids dresses & groomsmens tuxedos made over there, as all of our bridal party bar 2 ppl are coming over for part of our holiday!

    I have heard Janoko is very cheap (which is what im after- quality- not so much. as long as it can be worn once at the wedding i dont really care!!! :)!). Does anyone know any more info about Janoko??? Appx costs for 3 piece mens suit??

    Also- does anyone know where Janoko is actually located?/??!
    Thanks :)

  10. Hello
    I do not know this Janoko, email G’Day and ask him or ask him via face book. I have a friend who gets suits made in Bali, i will ask him who he uses and get back to you.


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  12. Awesome site. I just wanted to say thank you for all of the helpful information. I am going to Bali for the first time in June and your site answers so many questions. Thanks again. Peace.

  13. Hi !
    Thanks for all your suggestions and Tips over Tips.
    It is relly very very helpful.


  14. Excellent site. Very helpful :)
    We will be going to Bali with out 2 and 1/2yr old son.
    Any advise on traveling to Bali with a toddler would be great.
    We are doing the sunset cruise, elephant sufari and the water bom park.

  15. Umm for a toddler i am not really the man to ask however if your schedule permits i highly recommend this because of the animals
    This place makes Taronga Zoo look like a sand pit and really is the best family tourist place in Bali and what you see in the promo is what you get, no bull how ever it is a full day out and could be a tiring day for a Adult let alone a child.
    Ring Gede ( Gday ) number on the contact page and talk to him, i think a trip to the Monkey Temple is worthwhile but watch those Monkeys they will steal anything not bolted down and love sun glasses.
    A lot of hotels have programs for children so check out yours. When you get back please drop me a line to let me and and others how your holiday went and dont forget a small bottle of cottees red cordial and from experience it really works. Also read here

    Cheers John

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