Bali (Indonesia)

Basic Facts


-Bali is an island and province of Indonesia.


-It has a population of almost 4.3 million people.


-83.5% of the people follow Balinese Hinduism, 13.4% are Muslims, 2.5% are Christians and only 0.5% are Buddhists.


-Bali is one of the areas with the most diverse marine species in the world.


-Bali has a caste system similar to the Indian model, and 93% of the people may be classified as peasants.  

Reasons to Visit


-Sophisticated art – Admire Balinese paintings, performing arts and sculptures!


-Balinese Cuisine – Taste the traditional mix of spices and fresh vegetables, with bits of Indonesian, Chinese and Indian food!


-Bali is a “paradise” – Not only does it offer spectacular beaches and landscapes, but it is also the home of very hospitable and friendly people.


-Spot for surfing – Top-world destination for surfers of all over the world

Life in Bali


Even though Bali is part of Indonesia, many times it is considered a separate unit. It has varied landscapes that include beaches, mountains, and even volcanic hillsides. It is a top destination for surfing and diving, and it offers a market that is suitable for any type of traveler: young back-packers who travel on a budget, or wealthy visitors.


Its culture is particularly special and shows an influence of diverse Asian and Pacific cultures. Wearing bikinis is fine on the beach or in hotel swimming pools, but they are not considered appropriate while shopping or eating out. Balinese people are very modest and polite, so visitors’ clothing and behavior should be modest as well. Public displays of affection are frowned upon by the locals.


Our programs in Bali allow our volunteers to live and participate in the natives’ daily lives and activities, while helping the ones in need achieve a better quality of life. Our projects focus on the local people and their specific needs. We work along with locals, so you can be sure that your work will help them directly. Volunteering is about giving and receiving, and we want to make sure you have a great experience.


Top Destinations


  • Subak – Irrigation for paddy fields: this system has been named a Natural UNESCO World Heritage site.


  • Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali: the best of Balinese history and culture in one place!


  • Bukit Peninsula Beaches: Enjoy the white sand the beautiful palm trees!


  • Gunung Kawi: Admire the oldest Balinese monuments.


  • Goa Gajah: an archaeological site built in the 9th century!


Passport/visa requirements 


The procedure after arriving at Bali’s International Airport is simple, although it can be time-consuming. When you claim your baggage, accepting porters’ help may cost up to 20 USD, so feel free to use luggage carts because they are free to use. After you leave the airport, try to ignore touts and pushy sellers, as they do not offer service of value.


People who carry more than two or three surfing boards may need to pay a fee, and this can apply to other items if the officials suspect that you intend to sell them in Indonesia.




Your passport must be valid for six months after your date of arrival in Indonesia. Before passing through immigration you may fill out a disembarkation card, and you will have to show half of it to immigration officers when you leave the country.


Visa Types


The three main visas types for visitors:


  • Visa in Advance Visitors can apply for a visa before they arrive in Indonesia. Typically this is a visitor’s visa, which is vaild for 30 or 60 days. Details vary by country, but this is the only way to obtain a 60-day visitor visa, even if you qualify for Visa on Arrival.


  • Visa on Arrival Citizens of most countries may apply for a 30-day visa when they arrive at major airports and harbours. The cost is US$35; be sure to have the exact amount in USD. It is possible to renew VOAs.


  • Visa Free Citizens of most countries can receive a 30-day visa for free upon arrival, but this visa cannot be extended. If you have obtained one of the coveted 60-day visas in advance, be sure the immigration official at the airport gives you a 60-day tourist card.




  • The local currency is the Indonesian Rupia (IDR). The denominations of Rp.100 and 100 are presented in coins, 500 and 1,000 can be either coins or bills, and Rp.5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 are only available in bills. This currency’s value currently fluctuates around 13.000 IDR per 1 USD (Early 2017).




It is easy to have access to treatment for minor injuries and common travelers’ health problems in Bali. For serious conditions, you will need to leave the island. you may be evacuated by air ambulance to Singapore or beyond. In south Bali and Ubud there are clinics catering to tourists, and almost any hotel can assist you in finding an English-speaking doctor.


You should bring a travel insurance; bring a copy of the policy as evidence that you're covered. It's a good idea to get a policy that pays for medical evacuation if necessary (which can cost US$100,000).


Many drugs requiring a prescription in the West are available over the counter in Indonesia, including powerful antibiotics. As regards vaccines, specialized travel-medicine clinics are your best source of information; they stock all available vaccines and will be able to give specific recommendations for you and your trip.


Your doctor may also recommend the following vaccinations:


  • Tetanus Single booster
  • Hepatitis A
  • Typhoid
  • Rabies


Tap Water

Tap water is never safe to drink in Bali. Bottled water is generally safe but check the seal is intact when you buy it. Look for places where you can refill containers, so that will help you cut down on landfill. Avoid fresh juices outside of tourist restaurants and cafes.