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The island was first settled around 2000 BC by people from Taiwan. The culture took a major shift when Hinduism was introduced from India in the 1st century AD. When the Hindu empire on Java fell in the 15th century most of the intellectuals, priests, musicians and royalty relocated to Bali. The Dutch discovered the island in 1597, although Dutch control was not solidified untill the 1890s. Even then Dutch control was loose at best. After Indonesian independence the island was hit hard during the communist crackdowns of the 1950s and 1960s with 10% of the islands population being executed. In 2002 and 2005 bombs were set off in major tourist areas, which greatly affect the tourist industry.


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Visa requirements

Visa free entry stamp and Visa on Arrival for Bali, Indonesia

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Free Visa entry & VOA - Visa on Arrival:
Depending on your passport there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purpose only:

  1. No Visa required (majority of countries - FREE entry, 30 days valid, NOT extendable)
  2. Visa on Arrival (35US$, 30 days valid, extendable (once for 30 days)
  3. Visa needed (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia)

Please check the country lists below, to see what visa regulations for Bali Indonesia applies to you.

Note: Passengers from cruise ships arriving in Benoa, need to be aware that the immigration office at the harbour has no visa free facility. This means you still will need to apply for a Visa on Arrival.

The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the local currency, commonly also abbreviated to Rp. Denominations of Rp.100 and 100 are in the form of coins, 500 and 1,000 are in either coins or bills, and Rp.5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 are only available in bills.

Rough exchange rate:

Rp. 10,000 = 1 AUD
Rp. 13,000 = 1 USD
Rp. 14,500 = 1 EUR

In Bali, carry a handful of Rp.10,000 to Rp.50,000 notes for your daily expenses. Backing this up with a credit card for major purchases is a good idea. Take note though, most mid-range hotels, all top-end hotels and some tourist attractions, car rental agencies and tour companies list their prices in US dollar. The Rupiah is still charged in these establishments. The exchange rate is usually more advantageous to the vendor than the tourist. Since July 2015 Balinese Businesses are not allowed to cash in dollars anymore. This means, although they might still have dollar prices on their menus and price lists, they will have to charge Indonesian Rupiahs from you.

Changing Money

Foreign currency, whether in banknotes or traveler’s checks, should be exchanged at major banks or authorized money changers (PT. Central Kuta is highly recommended).

The AUD, USD and nowadays the EUR are the preferred foreign currency in Bali; the Australian dollar is easy to calculate, because echange rate us usually around 10,000p. Bring always new, clean US$ bank notes which are not damaged in any way. Yes new, even in perfect condition a dollar bill from 2006 might not be accepted. Some money changes give you less for a 10 USD bill for than for a 50. God knows why. But for any currency we do not know of such a distinction. But still, watch out that they are in good condition. If for instance a corner is missing or someone scribbled something on an otherwise perfect bill, a cut (even small) hardly any money changer on Bali will accept it at full value – or at all.

Exchange rates offered by money changers in Bali are generally better than by the banks, they stay open longer and transactions are faster.

Dodgy Money Changers

Avoid hole-in-the-wall operators by all means, and always ask about any commission imposed before the exchange, as many money changers are advertising better rates and then simply charge a commission. Count the money you receive carefully and never ever hand it back to the money changer after you counted it!

Some of these guys are real magicians, and the million you just counted suddenly is less than 700,000 Rupiah after the seller touched the bank notes again! And they will blame you and say you took it. No fun. At times you might even have a nicely printed worthless piece of paper within the stack of bills and you wonder a few hours later, what really happened.

Plastic Money

Many shops accept credit cards and debit cards, but often add 2-3 percent to your bill. Visa and Mastercard are accepted by most – American Express and JCB is getting much less accepted. American Express is a memory of the past. The amount signed for and charged is in Rupiah and the bill is then converted by the clearing banks to your domestic currency. Exchange rates are quite good, so the 3% fee the vendor charges you is not such so bad.


Automatic Teller Machines are mushrooming all over the island, especially at shopping centers and bank branches. It will be easy for you to find one in any of the main tourist centres. Most of them are connected to international banking networks thus making it possible to look for machines that are affiliated with your own ATM network. You can draw usually between 1.5mio and 3mio in one go. So if you need more money you will have to pull several times adding to the bank charges, as each transaction counts!
There should be a sticker on the machine, that says either 50.000 or 100.000. Like this you will know what bills you will receive. Naturally, the ones with 100.000Rp bills can go up to 2.5 or 3mio.

Be careful. ATM scam does exist in Bali. So always check the condition of the machine, and also make sure you put your hand over the keypad, when typing the pin. If you have a bad feeling, just go to the next one.

Banks, Moneygram, Western Union Bali
Most major banks have branches in the main tourist centers and provincial capitals. Monday to Friday and until 11 a.m. on Saturdays. Moneygram, Western Union places are opening, if you are in need to receive quick cash from abroad.

Languages spokenBalinese, Indonesian and then English
Area (km2) 5.780 km²

Sports & nature

Sports, Nature & Adventure activities in Bali

Go for a cycling tour or a trekking to explore balinese countryside !

The best way to live an authentic experience and find out local customs.

It’s time to take a deep breath and enjoy your holiday break ! Go for an adventure, meet new people, get out of your comfort zone and learn about their everyday life in this remote area of Bali !
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Nightlife info

The Bali nightlife scene gradually emerges as the sun sets over the western coastline, where Kuta, Seminyak and Legian feature life after dark at its most liveliest. Standalone entertainment venues such as District Bali and the Hard Rock Cafe in Kuta feature occasional gigs from international bands. In-house hotel bars transform into more dynamic places, some featuring live DJs, bands playing top 40 songs, or simply automated playlists channelled through hi-tech sound systems. In other parts of the island, top Bali nightlife spots offer a combination of impressive locations and winning menus, such as Ku De Ta on the Seminyak coast, or the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort, perched on cliffs above the Indian Ocean. Visitors enjoying a night out will find fellow travellers, locals and good acquaintances at these various watering holes, and getting about is a breeze; drivers know how to get to the island's hip entertainment spots like the back of their hand.


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Culture and history info

ali is a province of Indonesia which is located between the islands of Java and Lombok island, Bali island is also commonly referred to as The Island Of Thousands Temples, The Island of Gods, and Bali Dwipa, Bali also has several small islands are also included in the province of Bali, including the island of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan Island, Nusa Ceningan island, Serangan Island and Menjangan Island.

The capital of Bali is Denpasar, located in the south of the island, the island of Bali is renowned as a world tourism destination with unique art and culture. Bali island is the best place for a holiday with the world class accommodation.

Bali History

Bali was inhabited by around 2000 BC by Austronesian peoples who migrated originally from Taiwan through Maritime Southeast Asia. Culturally and linguistically, the Balinese are thus closely related to the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania.

Stone tools dating from this time have been found near the village of Cekik in the island's west. In ancient Bali, nine Hindu sects existed, namely Pasupata, Bhairawa, Siwa Shidanta, Waisnawa, Bodha, Brahma, Resi, Sora, and Ganapatya. Each sect revered a specific deity as its personal Godhead.

Balinese culture was strongly influenced by Indian, Chinese, and particularly Hindu culture, beginning around the 1st century AD. The name Bali Dwipa ("Bali island") has been discovered from various inscriptions, including the Blanjong pillar inscription written by Sri Kesari Warmadewa in 914 AD and mentioning "Walidwipa".

It was during this time that the complex irrigation system Subak was developed to grow rice. Some religious and cultural traditions still in existence today can be traced back to this period. The Hindu Majapahit Empire (1293–1520 AD) on eastern Java founded a Balinese colony in 1343. When the empire declined, there was an exodus of intellectuals, artists, priests, and musicians from Java to Bali in the 15th century.

The first European contact with Bali is thought to have been made in 1585 when a Portuguese ship foundered off the Bukit peninsula and left a few Portuguese in the service of Dewa Agung. In 1597 the Dutch explorer Cornelis de Houtman arrived at Bali and, with the establishment of the Dutch East India Company in 1602, the stage was set for colonial control two and a half centuries later when Dutch control expanded across the Indonesian archipelago throughout the second half of the nineteenth century (see Dutch East Indies).

Dutch political and economic control over Bali began in the 1840s on the island's north coast when the Dutch pitted various distrustful Balinese realms against each other. In the late 1890s, struggles between Balinese kingdoms in the island's south were exploited by the Dutch to increase their control.

The Dutch mounted large naval and ground assaults at the Sanur region in 1906 and were met by the thousands of members of the royal family and their followers who fought against the superior Dutch force in a suicidal Puputan defensive assault rather than face the humiliation of surrender. Despite Dutch demands for surrender, an estimated 1,000 Balinese marched to their death against the invaders.

In the Dutch intervention in Bali (1908), a similar massacre occurred in the face of a Dutch assault in Klungkung. Afterward, the Dutch governors were able to exercise administrative control over the island, but local control over religion and culture generally remained intact. Dutch rule over Bali came later and was never as well established as in other parts of Indonesia such as Java and Maluku.

In the 1930s, anthropologists Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson, and artists Miguel Covarrubiasand Walter Spies, and musicologist Colin McPhee created a western image of Bali as "an enchanted land of aesthetes at peace with themselves and nature", and western tourism first developed on the island.

Imperial Japan occupied Bali during World War II. Bali Island was not originally a target in their Netherlands East Indies Campaign, but as the airfields on Borneo were inoperative due to heavy rains the Imperial Japanese Army decided to occupy Bali, which did not suffer from the comparable weather.

The island had no regular Royal Netherlands East Indies Army (KNIL) troops. There was only a Native Auxiliary Corps Prajoda (Korps Prajoda) consisting of about 600 native soldiers and several Dutch KNIL officers under command of KNIL Lieutenant Colonel W.P. Roodenburg. On 19 February 1942, the Japanese forces landed near the town of Senoer (Sanur). The island was quickly captured.

During the Japanese occupation a Balinese military officer, I Gusti Ngurah Rai, formed a Balinese 'freedom army'. The lack of institutional changes from the time of Dutch rule, however, and the harshness of war requisitions made Japanese rule little better than the Dutch one. Following Japan's Pacific surrender in August 1945, the Dutch promptly returned to Indonesia, including Bali, immediately to reinstate their pre-war colonial administration.

This was resisted by the Balinese rebels now using Japanese weapons. On 20 November 1946, the Battle of Marga was fought in Tabanan in central Bali. Colonel I Gusti Ngurah Rai, by then 29 years old, finally rallied his forces in central Bali at Marga Rana, where they made a suicide attack on the heavily armed Dutch.

The Balinese battalion was entirely wiped out, breaking the last thread of Balinese military resistance. In 1946 the Dutch constituted Bali as one of the 13 administrative districts of the newly proclaimed State of East Indonesia, a rival state to the Republic of Indonesia which was proclaimed and headed by Soekarno and Hatta. Bali was included in the "Republic of the United States of Indonesia" when the Netherlands recognized Indonesian independence on 29 December 1949.

Bali Geography

The island of Bali lies 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Java and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali and Java are separated by the Bali Strait. East to the west, the island is approximately 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans approximately 112 km (69 mi) north to south; its land area is 5,632 km².

Bali's central mountains include several peaks over 3,000 meters in elevation. The highest is Mount Agung (3,142 m), known as the "mother mountain" which is an active volcano. Mountains range from center to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Bali's volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector.

South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali's large rice crop is grown. The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables, and cattle. The longest river, Ayung River, flows approximately 75 km.

The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black sand. Bali has no major waterways, although the Ho River is navigable by small sampan boats. Black sand beaches between Pasut and Klatingdukuh are being developed for tourism, but apart from the seaside temple of Tanah Lot, they are not yet used for significant tourism.

The largest city is the provincial capital, Denpasar, near the southern coast. Its population is around 491,500 (2002). Bali's second-largest city is the old colonial capital, Singaraja, which is located on the north coast and is home to around 100,000 people. Other important cities include the beach resort, Kuta, which is practically part of Denpasar's urban area, and Ubud, situated at the north of Denpasar, is the island's cultural center.

Three small islands lie to the immediate southeast and all are administratively part of the Klungkungregency of Bali: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. These islands are separated from Bali by the Badung Strait.

To the east, the Lombok Strait separates Bali from Lombok and marks the biogeographical division between the fauna of the Indomalayan ecozone and the distinctly different fauna of Australasia. The transition is known as the Wallace Line, named after Alfred Russel Wallace, who first proposed a transition zone between these two major biomes. When sea levels dropped during the Pleistocene ice age, Bali was connected to Java and Sumatra and to the mainland of Asia and shared the Asian fauna, but the deep water of the Lombok Strait continued to keep Lombok and the Lesser Sunda archipelago isolated.


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