Bali At a Glance
GMT +8 hours
Bahasa Indonesia, Balinese, English.
Indonesians tend to be inquisitive so do not be offended by personal questions upon first few minutes of meeting. It is impolite to point with one finger, so use the whole hand with palm down to beckon someone or gesture. Try to avoid standing with hands on hips as it might be mistaken for anger, and never touch the top of anyone’s head as it is considered to be the seat of the soul and sacred.
The electrical current in Bali runs on a 220-volt, 50 cycle AC (the same as Britain and Australia). North American appliances will need an adaptor and converter. Dual-voltage appliances simply require an adaptor.
The preferred unit of currency in Bali is the Indonesian Rupiah (Rp). Some local businesses accept US dollars as well.
Tipping isn’t mandatory, but is generally much appreciated by local businesses.
Hotels and restaurants charge 21% tax.
Airport departure tax is:
International – IDR 150,000
Domestic – IDR 50,000
The climate in Bali is tropical, with a definite wet (April to October) and dry (November to March) season. Average temperatures range around 30 degrees Celsius.
Shopping and Business Hours
Major shopping centres such as Beach Walk, Discovery Shopping Mall, Mall Bali Galeria, Sunset Lippo Mall, Seminyak Square and Bali Collectioare are open from 10:00am to 10:00pm.
Some night markets are open until midnight.
Fire Department: 113
Search and Rescue: 111/115/151