Travel Considerations

Things to Know Before You Travel

Known as the “happy island”, Bali is an Indonesian Island just 2km off the island of Java. The island is abundant with flower, lush vegetation and smiling faces.

A number of airlines provide flights directly from Asia to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar.

If you book your flight through an online booking agent, type in the airport code “DPS” to book your flight to Bali.

Bali is a tropical island by the sea, it is recommended to bring along repellent during your stay in Bali. Mosquito repellent will be provided in the goodie bag for all delegates.

Climate and Weather

Bali’s temperatures vary from the high 60s to the 90s F, therefore no cold weather gear is needed. Pack for warm weather and the occasional rainstorm.

Religion

Even though Indonesia is the world’s largest Muslim country, nine out of 10 Balinese are Hindu. Bali is isolated in faith terms today, Hinduism was the region’s principal religion until the 15th century, when Muslim states in neighbouring Java began expanding. As a result, Hindus left East Java en masse for Bali, led by highly literate priests. Since then Bali has evolved its own ritualistic, all-encompassing form of Hinduism, which is very different from the religion practiced in India or Nepal.

Bali is an intensely spiritual island whose endemic religion dictates daily life from early dawn- offerings are presented to spirits, incense is burned, and prayers recited on every street corner.

Cultural Experience

The island’s artistic tradition is profound. Hundreds of painters and sculptors are based in central Bali. Contemporary artists gravitate to Seminyak and cottage industries are everywhere, with villages dedicated to every kind of art form, roadsides are lined with wood carvings and batik paintings.

This artistic mindset permeates the whole island: aesthetically, many rural Balinese house resembles temples, featuring walls topped with carvings of gods and exquisite gardens. Bali effortlessly combines the rustic and the spiritiual (along with plenty of commerce, another Balinese talent). The whole place has the appearance of a temple, and many homes are still traditional compounds of brick walls topped with Hindu statues.

Bali is loaded with terrific museums and art galleries, featuring an important collection of Balinese artistic styles. Any day of the year you can catch a dance performance.

Balinese dance shows are stupendous- a blur of grace, agility and costume- and are inextricably linked to the island’s spiritual heritage.

Happenings

Seminyak, is one of Asia’s most fashionable enclaves, home to numerous Indonesian designers and creative types. It is not an easy place to negotiate, and many of the exclusive, hip hotels, lounge bars, galleries and spas are at the end of the narrow semi-rural lanes that seem to lead nowhere. At night, beachfront lounge-restaurant is an ethereal scene with spotlights picking out the spray of the Indian Ocean rollers, the sea mist suspended in the ink-black tropical sky.

Food

Balinese food is hot and sweet, and uses a wonderful array of spices. The Balinese favour a meal of little snack-sized bites of myriad flavours and textures. Flavours are complex and spices are many: coriander, cardamom, chillies, garlic, ginger and cloves, mixed with palm sugar, shrimp paste, lemon basil and shavings of dried coconut.

Surf

Surf culture is everywhere in Bali and the waves are world-class. The water is reliably and enticingly warm. You’ll find powerful beach breaks at Legian and Dreamland and reef breaks galore off the Bukit Peninsula. Touristy Kuta remains an excellent place to learn to surf.

Bali also offers terrific scuba diving: Indonesian coral reefs are some of the most diverse in the world. Diving spots will virtually guarantee to see reef sharks, dozens of schooling manta rays. Giant sunfish (or mola mola) are also seen here between late July and November.

Tipping

In Bali, it is not expected to leave a tip. However, a tip will be greatly appreciated by the service staff. In the hotel, a rule of thumb is to tip IDR 10,000 per luggage.

In restaurants, guests usually add 5% to 10% of the total charge of the bill and round off. In a taxi, customers don’t usually ask for small change back from the driver.

Power Socket

Below image is a typical power socket at Intercontinental Bali. Staying at the Intercontinental, you will be able to ask for an adapter. If you come from Australia, Japan, USA, Malaysia, UK, Canada and Singapore, and some countries in Africa you will most likely simply need a plug adapter otherwise the plugs for your electrical appliances will not fit into the “Bali socket”, although the voltage should be fine.

  • Voltage: 230V
  • Frequency: 50Hz
  • Power Sockets: type C / F

If the standard voltage in your country is between 220V – 240 V you can use your electric appliances in Indonesia and of course Bali. If you are not sure, check a label on your appliance. It will state the voltage and frequency. It is says INPUT: 100-240V, 50.60Hz, it can be used in all countries of the world. This is mostly the case for tablets/laptops, photo cameras, cell phones, shaving machines and electric toothbrushes. If the frequency of your country differs from that in Indonesia (50Hz), it is not advised to use your appliance.

Intercontinental Hotel, Bali Power Socket