Eight degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round, with the most pleasant weather from June until September when the trade winds blow. It can get quite cool in Bali’s extensive mountain regions between April and November. Humidity is highest between November and March, during the rainy season. Even during the heaviest rains, however, the sun is rarely out of sight for long. The mean temperature is a pleasant 27.2°C (81°F).
Balinese is a complex language which takes different forms depending on social class or caste distinctions. Bahasa Indonesian is also spoken by all Balinese. With its origins in Old Malay, it has become the Indonesian archipelago’s unifying national language. English is increasingly spoken in the main tourist centres. Dutch is still understood by the older generation, while French, German and Japanese are spoken by specialists in the tourist trade.
The national currency is the rupiah. Bills range from 1,000 and 100,000 rupiahs, while coins range from 100 to 1,000 rupiahs. US dollars are acceptable in a number of the larger tourist centres. Moneychangers readily change most currencies, but not always traveller’s cheques. Credit cards are accepted by hotels and other establishments in larger towns such as Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Nusa and Denpasar.
Visitors from certain countries require a tourist visa in advance, some can obtain these on arrival at any international airport in Indonesia and some visitors do not require a visa at all. The visa-on-arrival fee for citizens of eligible countries is US$35 for a 30-day visa and is extendable for another 30 days. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and have at least four full blank pages. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate prior to travel, or to contact Amanresorts’ reservations department for more information.
A nurse is on call 24 hours a day at Amandari. In certain areas of Southeast Asia there is a chance of contracting mosquito-borne diseases. Reasonable precautions, including the use of mosquito repellent will minimise the risk. You may also wish to consult your doctor prior to travel.
Electricity is 220 volts/50 cycles. Bali’s time zone is plus eight hours GMT. Loose and casual clothing is advisable. In the dry season, April to November, a light sweater may be useful in the evenings, especially in the hill country.