Bali Honeymoon Packages
Bali has long been equated with an exotic paradise, a picturesque vision of green rice fields and plantations, soaring volcanoes, cool lakes and rushing rivers, lush forests and palm-fringed beaches.
With its culture and heritage still being respected and observed, this island is a largely unspoilt, authentic getaway for the traveller.
It is Indonesia’s number one tourist destination and as a result, suffers from commercialisation and overcrowding, but this is confined to a few main areas.
The original charm of the “Island of the Gods” and its smiling people is still very much in evidence, especially in the many small rural villages and fascinating places of the fertile interior.
While Bali is best known for its beaches, it does have plenty more to offer. Rent a bike in Ubud and explore the island on two wheels or if you’re keen for adventure to try mountain climbing on Mount Batur.
However, when in Bali you’re practically surrounded by water so take the plunge and try all the different water activities you can. Go surfing, kayaking, banana boating, or simply snorkelling and swimming.
You can easily find the best diving spots in Bali, including Menjangan Island, which is among the best spots on the island. And since it’s somewhat secluded, you can be sure the place will be quite serene.
Bali is also known for its cuisine, considered very complex because of its different influences, including Indonesian, Chinese, and Indian. Expect to find fresh vegetables, fish, and meat spiced to perfection!
Bali Basic Information
Electrical current is 230 volts, 50Hz. A variety of plugs are in use, including the European two-pin.
Bahasa Indonesia is the official language, but many dialects are spoken. English is widely understood in Jakarta and tourist resorts.
The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR). Foreign currency can easily be exchanged at banks, hotels and money changers in major tourist destinations; the US dollar is the most accepted currency. Travellers should ensure that foreign bills are in good condition, as creased and torn notes may be refused. The best exchange rates in Indonesia are generally found in major centres such as Jakarta and Bali. Visa and Mastercard are accepted at more expensive hotels and restaurants, though smaller businesses may not have card facilities (especially in remote areas). ATMs are available in main centres. Small change is often unavailable so travellers should keep small denomination notes and coins for items such as bus fares, temple donations and soft drinks.
There is a risk of terrorism directed against foreigners throughout the country. It is recommended that visitors contact their foreign office for the latest travel advice before travelling to Indonesia. The security situation remains unsettled in central Sulawesi and foreigners are advised to avoid parts of Maluku, particularly Ambon. Visitors are also advised to be cautious if travelling to Aceh. Religious violence and unstable politics are an ongoing problem in Indonesia and travellers should keep an eye on current affairs.
Indonesia has a high crime rate and theft and petty crime is common in tourist areas and on public transport. Credit card fraud is on the increase. Flooding and landslides occur frequently during the rainy season between December and March. The country is also located on the volatile seismic strip named the “Ring of Fire”, and as a result is often subject to earthquakes, volcano eruptions and occasionally tsunamis. Not all Indonesian airlines are considered safe and travellers should do some research into reputable airlines before booking.
Bali Travel Specifics
There are a number of health risks associated with travel to Indonesia and medical advice should be taken at least three weeks before departing. Yellow fever vaccinations are required for those coming from yellow fever areas. Vaccinations for hepatitis A and hepatitis B are recommended, and a typhoid vaccination may be recommended for those spending time in rural areas. Malaria is a year-round risk in much of Indonesia, but not in Jakarta or the tourist resorts of Java and Bali. The dengue fever mosquito is found throughout Indonesia and visitors should be aware of a significant increase in reported cases of dengue fever throughout the country during the rainy season. Outbreaks of chikungunya fever, also from mosquitoes, have occurred regularly in Indonesia in recent years. It is recommended that pregnant women, or women planning on becoming pregnant, should postpone their trip wherever possible, as Indonesia has recently been classed as a moderate risk zone for the Zika virus.
Travellers’ diarrhoea is a major risk; visitors should only drink sealed bottled water and avoid dairy products, uncooked meat, salads and unpeeled fruit. Poor sanitation and eating contaminated food can increase the risk of cholera, typhoid and other diseases. The standard of local medical care is poor and very expensive. It is essential to take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance.
Travellers to Indonesia who are over 18 years of age do not have to pay duty on 25 cigars or 200 cigarettes or 100g tobacco; alcohol up to 1 litre; perfume for personal use; and personal goods to the value of US$250 per passenger or US$1,000 per family. Travellers not entering on a tourist visa will have to pay duties for photo and film cameras unless these have been registered in their passport by Indonesian Customs. Electronic equipment may not be imported to the country. Prohibited items include Chinese medicines and prints, narcotics, firearms and ammunition, pornography, cordless telephones, fresh fruit or goods to be used for commercial gain.
US citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required.
UK citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required and must be used within 90 days after the date of issuance.
Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required and must be used within 90 days after the date of issuance.
Australian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required and must be used within 90 days after the date of issuance. Extensions of stay are possible depending on the type of visa.
South African citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required.
Irish citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required.
New Zealand citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least six months from the date of their arrival in Indonesia. A visa is required.
Passport & Visa
Passengers to Indonesia of most nationalities can obtain a 30-day visa on arrival, provided that they arrive at a major Indonesian airport, their passport contains at least one unused visa page for the visa-on-arrival sticker, they are holding return or onward tickets, and the necessary travel documentation for their next destination, and they can show proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay in Indonesia (at least USD 1,000 or a valid credit card). The cost of a 30-day visa is USD 35. Those nationalities not permitted to purchase a visa on arrival must obtain a visa prior to their arrival in the country.
One visa extension, of a further 30 days, is possible, via an application made to the Immigration Office. Travellers should note that the day of arrival in Indonesia is counted as the first day of stay, and that fines will be levied against tourists who exceed their permitted period of stay. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.
It is highly recommended that traveller’s passports have at least six months’ validity remaining after the intended date of departure from their travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Climate in Bali
Lying just south of the equator, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate with two distinct seasons: wet (November to March) and dry (April to October). Bali, and in fact the whole Indonesian archipelago, experiences only slight temperature variations from season to season due to the warm ocean currents that keep heat fairly constant on land. There is also very little variation in daylight hours from season to season.
The dry season has hotter temperatures, but the humidity levels are much higher during the rainy season. The height of the summer season also brings cool breezes to temper the hot weather. Temperatures are cooler in the mountainous areas and it is less humid. The average annual temperature is about 86F (30C). Although it is generally better to travel to Indonesia in the dry season between April and October, Bali is one of the best islands to visit if tourists are travelling in the rainy monsoon season, as it experiences fewer weather-related travel disruptions and less flooding than many other islands. Even when it is rainy there will often be sunshine to enjoy on a daily basis. May, June and July are generally considered the best months to visit Bali.
Bali Customs & More
Most midrange and all top-end hotels and restaurants add 21 percent to the bill for tax and service (called ‘plus plus’). Where it is not included, a tip of 10 percent of the bill is appreciated. Tipping taxi drivers, masseurs and porters is not mandatory but, if travellers do choose to, a gratuity of IDR 5,000 to IDR 10,000 is appreciated.
Indonesian people are generally friendly and polite and, while they understand that Western culture is different from their own, it will be appreciated if their customs are respected. Their religious customs should also be respected, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, when eating, drinking and smoking during daylight hours should be discreet, in accordance with the Muslim culture. Visitors should always be polite and avoid public displays of affection. It is considered impolite to use the left hand for passing or accepting things. Appropriate dress is important in places of worship and women should dress conservatively, covering the shoulders and legs. The concept of ‘saving face’ is very important and public displays of anger, ridicule and blame are considered extremely vulgar and bad mannered. Gambling is illegal. The Indonesian government also adopts a zero tolerance approach to those engaged in illegal activities, such as dealing or consuming drugs while in the country, or the killing or illegal trading of endangered animals. Offenders have been given lengthy prison sentences, and have even been sentenced to death.
Due to the hot and tropical climate, formal business attire in a light, cool material is the best option. Indonesia is largely Muslim so dress should be conservative, especially for women. Business cards are often exchanged and it is important to present and receive them with a slight bow and in both hands, or the right hand only, as the left is considered unclean. Some Indonesian names can be long and hard to pronounce and making an effort to get it right when greeting someone will be appreciated. It is best to use formal titles such as Doctor, or ‘Bapak’ for Mr and ‘Ibu’ for Madam. Business hours vary; government offices are usually open from 7am to 3pm and small businesses from 8am or 9am to 4pm or 5pm.
The international access code for Indonesia is +62. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). Buying a local SIM card is a good option as international roaming fees can be expensive. Free WiFi is available in most cafes, restaurants and hotels in main cities, towns and tourist areas.
Bali International Airport (DPS)
The airport is situated eight miles (13km) southwest of Denpasar and one and a half miles (2.5km) south of Kuta.
Getting to the city
Buses leave regularly for Denpasar city centre and the main holiday resorts, including Kuta. Metered taxis are available and passengers should insist that the driver uses a meter, even if he claims it is broken.
Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz and Sixt operate from the airport.
The official taxi counter is located outside the Arrivals hall. Fares are paid in advance, then a receipt is given to the driver.
Transfer between terminals
The terminals are within easy walking distance of each other.
There are shops, restaurants, banks and a bureau de change at the airport. Other facilities include a post office, pharmacy, duty-free, tourist information and hotel reservation kiosks. The airport has facilities for disabled travellers; those with special needs are advised to inform their airline in advance.
Short- and long-term parking is available in a parking lot in front of the terminal building.
Bali & Ubud Attractions
Sightseeing in Bali is usually a relaxing undertaking, with many of the island’s best attractions being conveniently situated around its breathtaking beaches. Bali’s verdant, tropical interior lies virtually a step away from these sugary white sands and warm waters, confirming that there is much more to this popular island than just its glorious beaches.
Kuta beach is without a doubt the beach to visit for sun and surf, but there are plenty of others worth exploring, such as Legian and Sanur. Seminyak beach is the place for art lovers to peruse tiny shopping galleries. Nature lovers will have a great time exploring Bali’s waterfalls, such as Gitgit and Blahmantung Falls, while the very fit will love a sunrise climb to the top of Mount Batur, or one of the other volcanoes that form the island’s peaks. After a long day of exploring, the hot springs of Banjar will rejuvenate tired muscles. Tourists can see Bali’s wildlife up close at the Sangeh Monkey Forest. For something a little more exciting, it is possible to book an elephant safari.
Aside from the natural wonders available, Bali has many cultural gems as well. Every village is required to maintain at least three Hindu temples, including the largest on the island, the Nine Directional Temples. Pura Luhur Uluwatu, perched on the cliffs above Uluwatu, is regarded as the most spectacular temple on the island. There is also a wealth of local art, best showcased in Ubud’s museums.
Ratings and Reviews
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Firstly a HUGE, HUGE, HUGE thank you! Our honeymoon was absolutely everything we dreamed off!!
Sjoe, where do I start. All the flights went smoothly, we had no problems and no hickups and plus point there was not one delay or baggage loss etc. I honestly am so thankful that you organised all the flights and all the airport pickups, especially cause it was so many of them. All the airport to hotel and vice versa pickups were friendly & there on time. I am so thankful that you organised those for us… It definitely made our honeymoon stress free.
Singapore was absolutely beautiful.
I am so glad we did the 24hrs there and got to see it. Definitely, worth the extra stop, the amazing thing about Singapore is the public transport. Leigh and I, eventually after figuring everything out got this Singapore tourist pass at the train station which meant you pay once off and can use all the public transport with this card as many times as you want… We had a ball with the subway travelling to all our destinations.What an adventure we had and I can honestly say we saw a lot in those 24 hours. Although Singapore has a lot of rules and regulations that you should be aware of and respect, it was definitely the cleanest country I have ever seen and the safest too. Our accommodation was also beautiful, we wished we stayed more nights… It was a small double story “flat” which even had a lounge and kitchen… very spacious.
Bali… absolutely beautiful!!
When we arrived at Grand Mirage they treated us like royalty… We thought we had to check in at the check-in counter, but instead, they took us to this big lovely room. Leigh thought he was in trouble. But instead, the hotel manager came and gave us some drinks and flower necklaces and explained to us the hotel and how the gold all-inclusive works. It was the warmest welcome we have ever experienced. The staff was super friendly and very helpful at Grand Mirage during our entire stay.
The nice thing about Grand Mirage is that they have several restaurants (9 if I am not mistaken) so you have a variety to choose from every day. What we enjoyed was that they had a weekly program with activities during the day and then every evening they would have a themed dinner which majority of the time included a show too. But their food is absolutely fresh and delicious. We honestly cannot complain.
I must let you know that we made a stop at Sol Beach (where we would have originally stayed) as it was a few blocks away from Grand Mirage. I did not see any renovations or building/construction but I am super glad that for some miraculous reason we got the option to move to Grand Mirage rather. I can’t complain about staff or the accommodation of course but just the feel and looks were nothing compared to Grand Mirage. So, with that being said, we were super happy that we moved to Grand Mirage at the end. Thank you for your patience and that you looked out for us and made a plan to accommodate us due to the circumstances that had happened at the time
I must also say, talking about construction, Grand Mirage had construction happening on the one side of the hotel but luckily it was not on our side as they had these construction beams along the sides of the hotel walls and painting and renovating so the construction beams were right in front of the people balcony and view. But like I said, it was not on our side, so it did not bother us at all. Our room had a lovely view of the ocean and pool.
I also read a few comments when I did my research on Grand Mirage, that people were complaining about the beach being dirty with rubbish etc. I can honestly confirm that that was not the case when we stayed there. The beaches were absolutely clean with no rubbish in site.
We cannot thank you enough that you planned from start to end our entire honeymoon. All we had to do was pack and climb on the airplane!! You will definitely hear from us again with our next trip… Thank you that we have now a personal travel planner. We appreciate it tons and will make full use of it in the future.
Kindest regardsNikki & Leigh
Ons as “first time travelers” was erg op ons senuwees, maar ook baie opgewonde oor ons toer. Ons seun, Louis het ons egter verseker dat ons gerus kan voel met Polly in beheer van ons reelings. Hy het Polly se dienste gebruik mer die reelings van sy “honeymoon na Bali”.
Ons as nie sulke jong toeriste, het maar baie grille gehad. Polly het aan al ons vewagtinginge voldoen, en meer haar flinke reaksie elke keer as ons aan nuwe wendings in n reisplan gedink het was werklik benoemingswaardig. Die wyse waarop alles tot op die letter gereel was het ons hele ervaring onvergeetlik gemaak. Selfs toe ons reeds in Bali wou veranderinge aanbring aan ons reisplan het Polly ons vinnig te hulp gesnel met raad en bystand ten spyte van die tydsverskil.
Polly, Baie dankie vir al jou geduld en ondersteuning. Hierdie vakansie na Bali was vir my en my vrou n onvergeetlike ervaring. Die verblyf was presies wat ons wou he. Jy het werklik n gawe om mense se karakter op te som en sodoende hul behoeftes te bepaal. Ons sal die vakansie tot ons dood onthou
Weereens dankieLouis Wessels