Our Travel Tips for the First Time Visitors as well for our Patrons
The Indonesian island of Bali has plenty of treats for visitors. It has excellent weather, a beautiful green landscape, pristine beaches and a culture that is fascinating and unique. Bali is a very popular tourist destination and as such can have its frustrations. Unlike the majority of Indonesians, most of the inhabitants of the island follow Balinese Hinduism as opposed to Islam. Their customs are well established and the culture of the island has been well preserved.
Most visitors arrive at Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS). Taxies on the island are quite plentiful and reasonably priced. Minibuses and full-size buses also travel along popular routes. There are no trains on the island but it is possible to hire a car or motorcycle. In all parts of Indonesia, vehicles travel on the left. To the west of the island is a vehicle and passenger ferry which shuttles to and from the larger island of Java.
Bahasa Indonesia is spoken throughout the island. It uses the Roman alphabet so it is possible for the visitor to learn a few phrases. There is a local Balinese dialect which is used in rural areas. English is widely spoken in tourist areas. The unit of currency used throughout Indonesia is the Rupiah.
Bali lies very close to the equator and it has a humid tropical climate. The average temperature is about 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. The wettest months are between November and March, but short bursts of rain can appear at any time.