What can we say about Bali? If you haven’t been yet, you’ve definitely heard about it. It’s a favourite holiday spot for Aussies, offering a luxury getaway for a budget price. What can be better!
When To Visit: During the dry season, between around April to October is definitely the best time to visit Indonesia. During the middle of the year the sun is shining, the sky is blue and it’s always a good time for a swim and a beach day.
Between November to March is the wet season in Indonesia and trust us, it is definitely rainy. It’s not the most pleasant time to visit, with heavy rains and storms and very high humidity.
Language: The official language spoken in Indonesia is Indonesian. Most people in the main areas of Bali, as well as other high tourist areas, speak fluent English though, expect to hear lots of g’day mates when you’re walking down the street – they can pick an Australian from miles away.
International Airport: There are many airports around Indonesia allowing access to many of the islands. However the main airports are considered to be Soekarno–Hatta International Airport (CGK) in Jakarta and Ngurah Rai International Airport, also known as Denpasar (DPS) in Bali.
Capital City: Jakarta
Time Zone: Indonesia follows the Central Indonesia Time Zone – GMT +8.
Currency: The currency in Indonesia is Indonesia Rupiah. At that time of writing, $1AUD converts to 9,942Rp, $1USD converts to 14,455Rp and £1GBP converts to 18,435Rp.
Credit Cards & ATMs: Depending on what you’re doing and where you’re visiting in Bali, both cash and credit cards are accepted across the island. At market places, street shopping, food stalls, beach bars, taxis and smaller establishments it’s always a good idea to carry cash on you, as most places will not offer credit card facilities. However, at bigger restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs, hotels, shopping centres, etc, credit cards are widely accepted.
Driving: Always drive on the left side of the road in Indonesia.
Power: In Indonesia the power plugs and sockets are of type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.
Internet Access: Internet access is fairly easy to come by in Bali, as well as other main islands of Indonesia. Most places will offer free wifi if you ask for the password, including hotels, restaurants, cafes and beach clubs. The connection is mostly high speed and easily strong enough for wifi calls home and uploading your latest pics to Instagram.
Visa Requirements: Australians can now visit Indonesia visa-free for up to 30 days. Many other countries are also either visa-free or can enter Indonesia with a visa on arrival for short stays. Check the requirements for your passport before you travel.