Guide to Bali


Bali is one of the world’s most beautiful tropical paradises. Millions of people visit Bali each year and have a wonderful time.

Known as the Island of the Gods, Bali offers a blend of diverse landscapes that are equated with paradise. While most visitors come to enjoy the beaches, there are many more sights to take in, such as a variety of cities and towns, mountains for backpacking and exploring, volcanic hillsides and more. Festivals are held regularly, and tourists can obtain a calendar of these events through a Bali tourism information centre. 

You can learn a great deal about local religions and culture from visiting some of Bali’s spectacular temples. Appropriate attire must be worn before entering a temple, most commonly a sarong and a sash. The larger temples offer these for rent, as they attract a great number of tourists.


Safety Tips

When travelling to Bali, you will want to make sure you know a bit about the area and potential safety risks. Guard yourself and those you are travelling with by being aware and protecting yourself and your family with travel insurance.

Political Landscape 

Indonesia, including Bali, has had their share of civil unrest and high-level alerts due to threats of terrorism. You can check out local conditions before and during your travels by going to websites such as the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. Pay special attention to the areas you plan to visit.

Natural Disasters

Indonesia, including Bali, is subject to earthquakes. You can track Bali’s earthquake activity at Earthquake Track. Tsunamis resulting from earthquakes pose the risk of devastating floods.

Bali’s wet monsoon season, October through April, doesn’t typically bring enough rain to be of major concern. The rains may bring minor flooding. 

Lastly, there is a slim chance of volcanic activity stemming from one of the island’s four volcanoes.

Respect Locals

The people of Bali are sensitive and protective over their faith and beliefs. Treat locals with respect at all times.


Street crimes such as bag-snatching and pick-pocketing is not uncommon in Bali. Keep your wallet or purse close and be conscientious about your surroundings.

Due to the large around of tourists, credit fraud is common in Bali. Keep your credit card in sight at all times, including during transactions.

Be sure to keep your valuables locked up in your hotel when not in use. This includes extra cash, credit cards, passports and jewellery.


The beaches of Bali are beautiful and quite popular. Don’t leave your belongings out where they can be seen and stolen.

Exercise caution when going into the ocean. Some of Bali’s beaches are world-class surfing areas. These waters may not be safe for average swimmers.


If you are staying at a beach resort, most everything is contained in one area, and access to transportation may not be necessary. However, if you leave your hotel, keep safety in mind.

Use known and licensed taxi companies. Your hotel can help you find a reputable taxi. If you rent a car, be sure to lock the doors at all times, when in the vehicle and when it’s parked.

If you rent a scooter or motorbike, wear a helmet.

Night Life

Partying in Bali can be fun and inexpensive. It can also be dangerous if you are not careful. Unfortunately, spiking drinks with drugs has been an issue in local bars and at parties. Order your drink, watch it being poured, and keep your eye on it at all times. Even better, order a bottled drink that you open yourself.

Bar fights can be dangerous. As already mentioned, be respectful of the locals.

Lastly, you will want to consider travel insurance. Kango Cover offers quality travel insurance at a reasonable price. Get a free quote here.


Recommended for you 



Further reading

Cheap travel

Find cheap travel deals

Expert advice on how to find the best deals when booking your next trip. 

Frequent flyers tipsFrequent fliers tips

How to make the most out of your miles and other frequent fliers perks. 

Group travelCheap group travel 

Find out how to save cash when booking a group trip.

Cheap flightsHow to find cheap flights

Our tricks of the trade will help you find the cheapest flights available.


Popular destinations


BaliThe 'Island of the Gods' is a home away from home for many Aussies.

New Zealand

New ZealandNew Zealand is a great place to visit, but it can be dangerous if your not prepared.



Thailand is a land of beauty, but even simple medical situations can become difficult.


Activities we cover