Is it safe to travel to Bali at the moment?
A high degree of caution is always advised for Indonesia, including Bali. This is due to ongoing threats of terrorist attacks, along with the risk of natural disasters and illnesses in the form of active volcanoes, flooding during the wet season, and water-borne, food-borne, parasitic and other infectious diseases.
Australians visiting any foreign country should always check the Smartraveller website, operated by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, for up-to-date travel advisories. The high degree of caution advised for Indonesia and Bali shouldn’t deter travellers, but it does suggest that travel insurance is a must have, offering protection against trips being cancelled at short notice due to adverse conditions, medical treatment for any number of maladies, and even emergency evacuation in the most extreme of cases.
Do you need a visa for Bali?
Australian citizens can visit Bali and the rest of Indonesia visa-free for up to 30-days. For stays longer than 30-days, travellers can apply for a visa through an Indonesian Embassy or Consulate, or upon arrival in the country.
Certain airlines flying to Indonesia from Australia also offer on-board visa processing, but it is advisable to check beforehand.
What is Bali belly?
- stomach cramps and/or bloating
- mild temperature and general discomfort
While the cause can be attributed to exposure to bacteria in food and water, it can also be the result of exposure to a more exotic diet than what you are used to. Mild cases of Bali Belly can be treated with common anti-diarrhoea medications, but more severe cases – especially when involving dehydration – may require medical treatment.
You might not be able to avoid contracting Bali Belly, but you can avoid unnecessary medical expenses by taking out travel insurance before your holiday starts.
When is the best time to go to Bali?
The best time to visit Bali depends on your own preference. For many, the ideal months are April, May, June, and September, which fall within the dry season, but are also not peak season. Peak season in Bali is during July and August, and also during the Easter holidays, and over Christmas and New Year’s. Being a tropical destination, the temperature seldom drops below the mid 20s, even during the wet season, which stretches from November through to March.
Where are the best beaches in Bali?
The best beaches in Bali, as with the best time to visit Bali, is a rather subjective assessment. Most of the popular beaches, like the hotels, restaurants, and bars, are heavily concentrated around the southern tip of Bali. But the west coast has many hidden gems, many of which are perfectly suited for some diving or snorkelling. And even though the northern coast line is typically dotted with beaches featuring black sand and unusual rocks, it is also the location of the beautiful – and not quite as busy – Lovina. Depending on how much time you intend spending on the island, you could easily make a trip out of exploring all of Bali’s beaches.
How long is the flight to Bali?
Flight durations between Australia and Bali vary according to the Australian city you are flying out of, the airline, and whether or not it is a direct flight. Direct flights out of Perth take a little over 3-hours to reach Bali, while direct flights out of Sydney take a little more than 6-hours.
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