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Bali at a Glance

Bali's big beaches, famous waves and wide-open hospitality have made it a tourist favorite for a long time. Enjoy the island's beaches, but reinvent your trip with explorations into Balinese culture and trips inland to the temples, volcanoes and monuments that scatter across the landscape. 

While driving or walking through the Balinese countryside gaze out at the tranquil rice patties that swath the inland portions of the island. Hike a volcano's flank and come across temples clinging to the steep sides. Stop to join or watch a village celebration with song, dance and ritual. Let your imagination carry you to a far-off time in the archaeological museums and historical exhibits that showcase island culture. 

Even as the verdant inner portions of the island beckon, don't miss out on the beach. Snorkel, scuba dive, surf, sail or just lounge. The warm water and bright sun will have you relaxed in no time. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Bali International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      Most tourists require an Indonesian visa to enter the country. A valid passport with at least two pages available for stamping and with at least six month's worth of validity remaining will be needed to get the visa. Learn about requirements through the Indonesian Embassy. American citizens can refer to the U.S State Department's website for additional guidance. 

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      Severe Weather: Typhoon season lasts from October until April and this mirrors the wet season. Most travel is still possible during this time, but rural areas can get muddy and impassable. 

      Safety Concerns Indonesia has a zero tolerance policy towards drugs and tourists who are caught with drugs will face harsh punishments. Bali's club scene is fueled by ecstasy, but it is best not to indulge as raids often end in a police-administered drug test. As with anywhere else, keep your money close to you and be on the lookout for scammers, pickpockets and other thieves. Don't indulge in local Balinese arak. Several travelers have died from arak liquor being tainted with methanol.  

      Health Concerns Visit your doctor two months before your trip to learn about vaccinations and health requirements. If you are sleeping outside, it is wise to sleep under a bug net and to apply insect repellent. Visitors should avoid drinking the water unless they purify or boil it first.