Bali Travel Tips

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Although Bali is pretty safe and easy to travel, a lot of things simply don’t work the way you are used to. As most Balinese probably are too polite to tell you when you break their customs, the following list has been compiled to help you make the most of your stay in Bali. This is by no means an extensive list but it might be a start for you. If you have any further concerns that aren’t mentioned here, please do not hesitate to contact us via E-mail with any questions or queries that you may have.

Take a look at the general Dos and Don’ts below to make sure you do as the native would do when visiting Bali.

The following list has been compiled to help you make the most of your stay in Bali comfortable. If you have any further concerns that are not mentioned here, please do not hesitate to contact your villa manager with any questions or queries that you may have.

General things that you should or shouldn’t do…

! Do…

  • !…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).
  • !…drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh fruit – do your body a favor.
  • !…be careful with your belongings at all times. Crime is on the increase and can ruin your holiday. Cases of handbag snatching have been reported, so leave important documents in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulders!
  • !…try not to step on offerings in the street (walk around them).
  • !…respect the slow pace of processions when stuck behind one, i.e. don’t honk!
  • !…haggle when buying (except on price-tagged goods.)
  • !…buy ‘Immodium’ to relieve bouts of Bali belly.
  • !…have a great holiday!

x Don’t …

  • x…forget to take your passport (or a photocopy of your ID).
  • x…swim outside designated swimming areas on the beach, currents can be very strong. Swim between the red and yellow flags.
  • x…do drugs! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Govt. prison service!
  • x…touch people’s heads – it is very offensive to Hindus.
  • x…enter a temple during menstruation. Sorry Ladies!
  • x…forget to put salt on your food & drink water – you will probably sweat a lot.
  • x…worry too much about the ice – it’s government-quality controlled in established bars and restaurants.
  • x…forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may not!
  • x…forget to reconfirm your flight 72 hours prior to flying.

A Word of Advice…..!!


Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such. Religious guidelines:

  • Always wear a sarong and sash.
  • Do not walk in front of people praying.
  • Do not use flash camera or push your camera into the priest’s face!
  • Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.

At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees – however important that photographic opportunity is! Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.

Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance that will cover any accidents.

In Bali always expects the unexpected; always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving. Beware of motorbikes! It is best to rent a car with a full insurance as this will save time and money if you are involved in an accident.

Be very careful when changing your money. Always check the rate of exchange and commission (if any) the money changer is taking. Most importantly, always count your money before you leave the premises and if you can, bring your own calculator, as the ones used by some places can be “a little inaccurate”.


  • There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after tourists have cashed money at Banks or Money Changers! Put your money away in your ‘bum-bag’ or hold onto your handbag tightly!!!
  • When changing large amounts of money please check each note carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake notes in circulation.
  • When trying on garments do not take your jeweler off and leave it lying round – give it to a friend or leave it in the hotel safe.

Current underflows can be strong, always swim between the red and yellow flags, don’t swim too far out! Do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.

N.B : When attending Special Ceremonies or Anniversary Celebrations as a guest or onlooker, small donations are gratefully received. Your donations will help in paying for the offerings and upkeep of the temple.