Rupiah is used here, even if prices are displayed in USD you will be charged IDR. Notes come in denominations of IDR1.000, IDR2.000, IDR5.000, IDR10.000, IDR50.000, and IDR100.000. Coins come in IDR200, IDR500, and IDR1.000.
English is the common “third” language and the most popular foreign language by far (after Indonesian and Balinese). Due to tourism requirements a lot of Balinese speaks a level of English that allows them to communicate with tourists on a basic level. But you will meet many who do speak a rather good level of English.
In Bali and Indonesia you can expect the 2 pin socket and plug as used in larger parts of Europe.
Whether you are staying in a hotel or in a private villa you should be able to get an adapter if you ask for one. The pins are round, not flat or rectangular.
Voltage: 230 V
Frequency: 50 Hz
Power sockets: type C / F
Internet and connectivity
Getting a Prepaid local SIM Card will be your best option. SIM cards on Bali are very affordable. No need to pay for roaming. For 10USD you can be online for 30 days with a package of 4 GB. Local SIM cards can be used as long as you have an unlocked phone. Mobile phone shops that sell SIM cards can be found in the main tourist streets, but if you are willing to step into a less touristy street you will find the best prices at small open shops easily recognized by the logo and big banner of the provider.
Weather & Season
Bali is hot and humid all year-round, with temperatures usually reaching over 30°C. You should be prepared for rain at any time, which can be torrential but usually brief. Best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the weather and on high and low season, High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, and Christmas / New Year (December till 1st week of January). This is the time when Bali is the busiest.
– Main Emergency = 112 (like 911)
– Ambulance = 118
– Search & Rescue = 111, 115, 151
– Police = 110
– Fire Dept = 113
Make sure you use the country and area code depending on what SIM card or phone you are using.
For example: +62 (0) – 361-112