Bali FAQ: Everything you need to know about Bali
What kind of place is Sanur? (that’s where you’ll be based)
We love Sanur and its gorgeous beach. Sanur is still the size of the traditional fishing village it developed from and you’ll still see the locals each day bringing in their catch. Now it’s grown into a gentle tourist town with shops, restaurants and bars. It isn’t crazy and wild like the more famous Kuta, however if you do want crazy and wild now and then Kuta is only 20 minutes by taxi.
The Balinese Hindu culture is still strong here so you’ll see people in traditional dress and colourful street ceremonies are a part of daily life. You’ll see our staff performing ceremonies around the dive center daily. Sanur fiercely protects its fine reputation and the Sanur people are warm, friendly, and honest.
Is Sanur safe?
Crime is very uncommon in Sanur and single or female travelers can feel safe and comfortable. There are international standard hospitals and a recompression chamber within 20 minutes drive.
How do I get from airport to Sanur?
As part of your Divemaster or IDC (Instructor course) we provide you with a FREE airport pick up. Just let us know your flight details in advance and a driver will be waiting – holding a sign board with your name on it! Easy!
How do I get about?
Local minibuses stop right outside Bali Scuba and cost less than a dollar per trip. It’s always easy to find a taxi which uses a meter and you’ll never pay more than two or three dollars travelling around Sanur. You may prefer to rent a bicycle or motor scooter. Both are very inexpensive and because Sanur is still the size of a village everything can be reached within a few minutes.
If you want to rent a motor scooter while you are here (costs less than $100 per month) you are advised to bring an International Driver’s License.
Where will I stay?
There are lots of accommodation options in the Sanur area, some within walking distance of our dive centre. Prices start from $15/night or $300/month for a private fan cooled room. As soon as you have booked your Divemaster course [LINK] or Instructor course [LINK] we can send you details and photos of various options and book them on your behalf.
What can I buy in Sanur?
You can buy just about anything you need: clothes, souvenirs, medicines, electrical items, and there is a well-stocked supermarket here selling local and international food and drink.
Where can I eat out?
Daily lunch is included during your Divemaster course and IDC. For other meals Sanur has every kind of food available from $1 local dishes up to some excellent fine dining restaurants and everything in between. The seafood is great and in addition to Indonesian you’ll also find Italian, Indian, Spanish, Thai, Japanese and British restaurants.
There are lots of sports bars too showing all the matches live. Local food sellers bring their food stalls right to our door.
What is the climate like?
Lying just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali enjoys a tropical climate. The average temperature hovers around 30°C all year round. The wet season usually starts middle November to middle of March, leaving most of its tropical downpours for the months of January & February. Although diveable year round, the dry season (middle March until middle November) is generally sunnier, less humid and from a weather point of view, the coolest and best time to visit.
What visa do I need?
At the moment it is a time of change in relation to entry Visas for Indonesia. Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date you arrive in Indonesia and you must have a return ticket. The immigration officer at the port of entry may ask you to produce any necessary documents (such as an onward flight ticket). Currently citizens from 90 countries can currently enter Indonesia Visa free for stays of up to 30 days.
Check online with your home country’s government website to see if you are eligible for free Visa On Arrival. If your country is not one of the 90 you should check for the most up to date information at the Indonesian Embassy closest to you (or on their web pages) – it may be that you need to purchase a Visa on Arrival for $35 US (Valid for 30 days) or meet other requirements.
Is there a departure tax?
No there isn’t.
What currency should I bring?
Rupiah is the currency of Indonesia (IDR). $US and €uro are widely accepted and can be changed easily in Bali. If you have US$, make sure bank notes are not torn or dirty and US$ notes should not be older than 1999 or issued year 2001 with serial number starting ‘CB’. Money changers will pay lower rates for notes of less than US$ 100 .
There are many ATM Machines in the main towns around Bali. It’s a good idea to let your bank know you are coming to Indonesia prior to departure. You can pay by Credit Card (Visa, Master, Cirrus) in most shops and restaurants. The standard surcharge for credit cards is 3%.
How cheap is it to live?
Living costs are very low here and you can easily survive on $10-$15 per day. In fact Lonely Planet included Bali in their Top 10 list of bargain holiday destinations for 2015. Lunch is provided every day of the Divemaster course, IDC and IE (Instructor Exam) and there are plenty of Balinese cheap, tasty eateries around which cater well for vegetarians.We also give you free flow tea, coffee and drinking water. Our staff can arrange budget accommodation for you and it’s cheap to travel around.
What voltage and plugs are used?
Electrical current in Bali is 220 volts at 50 cycles. Most electrical plugs are set to take a two-pin plug.
Are there any health considerations?
Malaria Prophylaxis is not necessary for the main resort areas of Bali. Contact your local health facility for the latest updated advice. Avoid mosquito bites by covering up with clothing such as long sleeves and long trousers especially around sunrise and sunset and use insect repellents on exposed skin.
Where is the nearest hyperbaric chamber and hospital?
Bali’s hyperbaric chamber meets international standards and is located at Sanglah Hospital in Denpasar. There are also a number of International Hospitals within 20 minutes’ drive of the dive centre.
How do I stay in touch with friends and family?
There is free Wi-Fi all around the dive centre. Local SIM cards are cheap and widely available and our staff can help you to register them. You’ll need to stay connected so you can call everyone to let them know that you passed and that you are now a PADI Pro!!!!
What else do you need to know about staying in Bali during your Divemaster or Instructor course?
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