The Indonesian currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). 1 euro is approximately 15.000 Rupiah.
The national language is Bahasa Indonesia, but every island has its own language / dialect as well. In Bali they speak Balinese and Bahasa Indonesia. Most people in Bali also speak English, but here’s the first and most important Bahasa word:”Terima Kasih” (meaning: “Thank you”)!
No, for stays under 30 days you can enter and stay in Indonesia without a visa. if you want to stay up to 60 days you can buy a Visa On Arrival (VOA) when you arrive at the airport of Bali. Don’t forget that you have to extend your VOA within the first 30 days and have to go to immigration in Bali for pictures and fingerprints.
Bali is a developed island. It is not necessary to take Rupiah from your home country. There are plenty of ATMs around. In the airport, you will definitely find 2 or 3 ATMs. A good starting amount is 1 Million Rupiah that is equal to about 65 euro.
Don’t forget to take out your card from the ATM. The ATM provides money first then usually it will ask for another transaction before it will return your card.
The weather in Bali is very consistent temperature-wise and offers a lot of beach time. It is day and night warm with temperatures always above 23C – 26C during the night and day above 26C to 32C. Bali knows two seasons: Dry-Season and Wet-Season. Dry-Season: May till October and Wet-Season: November till April. Wet season is the hottest time of the year as well and is still good for Holidays. The rain will feel like an outdoor lukewarm shower. It hardly rains all day and the rain starts usually early in the morning and late in the afternoon. During the day it is mostly hot and sunny. Also in the wet season, there are weeks that there is hardly any rain at all. So Bali offers year-round good weather conditions with a very very nice temperature throughout the year.
There’s a 6 to 8 hours time difference between Bali and Europe depending on where you are from and if your country has winter or summer time. In Bali the hour doesn’t change throughout the year, it’s in the GMT +8 time zone all year round. So for example in winter in The Netherlands it’s 7 hours later in Bali, in Summer in The Netherlands it’s 7 hours later in Bali.
- Summer Clothes
- Bikin / board shorts
- Flip flops
- Sunscreen with high protection
- Mosquitos repellent
- Beach towel
- Camera /GoPro
- Leggings (some people get surf rash from rubbing against the surfboard or get bad sunburns. The simple solution is either a wetsuit or leggings)
AIRLINES – AIRPORT & BUS TRANSFERS
If you are already in Bali we have several pick-up and drop-off options. If you are in Kuta or Seminyak our driver will pick you up or drop you off for free (only if you stay with us for at least 7 days). If you want to be picked up or dropped off in Ubud the price is 275.000 IDR, the price for a pick-up or drop-off in Sanur is 200.000 IDR. If you are in a different part of Bali you will have to organize your own transport.
Yes, airport pick-up is included for stays with us for at least 7 days. Once you have provided us with your arrival details our driver will pick you up at the arrival hall of the airport in Denpasar. He will have a sign with the Solid logo on it. Once we have confirmed your airport pick-up, please do not organize your own transport. If you have trouble finding our driver at the airport, please call or Whatsapp Berryl +6282237594817, there is free Wi-Fi available at the airport.
For stays of 6 days and less airport transfer is not included, but of course we can organize this for you! We charge 200K IDR (+- 12 euro) per car per one way from Denpasar Airport to Canggu. Please tell this with your booking if you want us to arrange an airport transfer for you.
Most of the following airlines include a surfboard as part of your regular bag allowance and let that fly for FREE. These are our preferred ‘surfer friendly’ airlines and we recommend that you travel with them. You might have to pay a little more to book your ticket but it’s better than paying an extra 200-300 euro to take your quiver both ways. Most of the surfer friendly airlines are in the top 20 worlds best airlines as well so it comes with great onboard services as well – worth the extra money!
SUPER SURFER FRIENDLY AIRLINES
- Garuda Indonesia
- Air New Zealand
- Qatar Airways
- Singapore Airlines
YOU SUCK AIRLINES + €100
*Yes KLM is still in the suck department as they offer board for ” free” but you can only take one piece of luggage. So either board for free or suitcase for free. Guess what the suitcase add-on will cost you? Yep, another €100,- one way. You not allowed to put clothes in your board bag either.
- Japan Air
- US Air
- Alitalia $260
- Swiss Ari $250
- Thai Air $150/ board
- United $200
- All Nippon $300
Bali surfing conditions are excellent all year round! One of the best surfing locations in the world and offers year round the best surf you will find on the planet. If we have to give a indication when the swell is absolutely world class, then it is during the dry-season months: May till late October. Basically for all levels of surfer Bali is good all year round.
Bali is a very busy destination for us as a surf camp. We have only offers in Winter. The main season is: March until the end of December. The Off-Season is: January to February, but Bali is very busy and off-season hardly exists anymore.
Please note that our surf house is almost fully booked all year round. So reserve your place in time to make sure you have a room with us.
Yes you can! We offer insurance for just 25 euro a week that covers any damage or loss to our equipment (surf boards, fins & leashes) while surfing. Better safe than sorry!
TRANSPORT AND SCOOTER
The safest way to travel in Bali is by taxi car or taxi scooter. Scooter is the main transport and fastest way to get around, scooter rental is included in your stay with us (at least 7 nights stay). Experience is required for driving a scooter due to heavy traffic in and around Canggu.
Walking is possible but not very ideal.
To be legal you need an Indonesian or international license. You can get an international license in your home country, however, if you are not entitled to drive a scooter in your home country then you will not be able to drive one in Bali. That being said, most people actually drive a scooter or car without an international license. Indonesia is a highly corrupt country, so if you get pulled over you will need to hand the officer approximately 50.000 Rupiah (3 euro). This will usually do the job.
VACCINES AND SAFETY
The recommended vaccines for travelling to Indonesia based on the Centers for Disease Control are: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Typhoid, Rabies, Tetanus, and Yellow Fever (only if you come from a Yellow Fever region). Ideally, you should get the vaccinations 4-6 weeks before travel, as some vaccinations require multiple doses and an immune reaction time.
Dengue fever is one of the most common mosquito-borne diseases in Indonesia. These mosquitoes commonly breed in warm, humid weather and in stagnant water. Unlike most mosquitoes, dengue-causing mosquitoes bite during the day. Dengue infection along with other acute viral illness pose similar features: fever, bone and joint pain with or without skin rash. There is no vaccine for Dengue fever and there is no cure either. Dengue Fever can be prevented with precautions such as mosquito nets at bedtime and mosquito repellents.
Travellers diarrhoea is a frequent problem when travelling. Even when you are travelling in good conditions, it is not always possible to avoid it because it can transfer through water, food, objects and hands. Good hand hygiene and the correct medications from a travel pharmacy are very useful.
We do everything to avoid you get ill during your holiday: in our Surf House there’s free flow clean water available and all food we serve in our house is fresh and prepared in our very own clean open kitchen.