Bali

Bali is the most popular and therefore most developed Indonesia resort. Indonesia paradise, that feels like a fantasy. Pristine landscapes, tropical jungles, endless beaches, fantastic diving opportunities, impressive volcanoes Kintamini, Gunung-Batur and Gunung-Agung (3412 meters above the sea level) attract tourist all year round. Bali island includes numerous resorts, main among them: Sanur (ideal for family holidays), Kuta (ideal for those who in search of parties), Uluwatu (surfing paradise) and Benoa (resort for a relaxing holiday). Must see attractions in Bali are beautiful Tanah Lot Temple, scenic Tegallalang Rice Terraces, magic Ubud Mokey Forest, unique Ubud Art Market and breathtaking Kintamani mountain. Beyond Bali’s wonderful attractions and scenic beaches, there are some real concerns for travellers. Drug use, prostitution, and thefts are also present in Bali. SafeAround will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and most dangerous neighborhoods and areas, details on scams and other risks, as well as some useful travel advice.

SAFETY INDEX

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Kuta

It’s renowned for it’s not stop parties and other hectic activity. Numerous intoxicated individuals sometimes in addition under the drugs might be dangerous during the night hours. Thus, it’s advisable not to walk alone in Kuta, especially for female tourists. Another possible threat is drink spiking. Don’t leave your beverages unintended in the bar or club.

Canggu

The ideal place to grab the sunset drinks. Amazing cafes and restaurants are presented in a wide variety in this area. Very safe district.

Jimabaran Bay

Famed for its sunsets and seafood. It is supposed to be a must try spot for visitors.  The safety level in the area is very high.

Ubud market  

The authentic shopping experience is guaranteed on this market. However, thanks to the increased popularity among tourists, vendors started to sell overpriced items. In order to save up some money on your purchases, Safe Around recommends visiting less popular and more for locals  Sukawati Art Market, where everyone can discover truly amazing finds.
Other warnings and dangers to be aware of in Bali: In local culture, dogs are a holy creature. It’s common to see stray dogs. It might be a problem in some areas. Many of them are aggressive and can bear rabies.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Bali is an overall safe city. With a rating of 57.5%, it is ranked 88th on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. Crimes in Bali are largely non-violent.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Bag snatching is common. As a city with a high touristic flow, pickpocket risks are high.  Follow simple precautions during your travels through the overcrowded tourist areas in order to minimize any chances of being robbed. Pickpockets always work in pairs or groups. There are known when pickpockets offered a drink spiking drinks in bars or clubs.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Bali is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

Be aware of unauthorized (dodgy) money changers in Bali. Some of them indicate the lower exchange rates to attract the victims. Touts at Kuta beach, regularly rip off their clients. In order to save your funds, SafeAround recommends not to use their services. Be aware of fake Arak (traditional Balinese spirit). It might be dangerous for your health as instead of alcohol, methanol is used for saving costs. Never use taxi services offered by touts.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Driving in Bali, you might accidentally violate the local rules, thus you should be aware of corrupted police. The fines in the form of bribes, which you can settle immediately, by paying an amount from 40000 to 100000 rupiah.

Traveling in the open water be aware of pirates. It is a concern in South-East Asian waters and precisely in the Straits of Malacca. While traveling by boat, passenger limits are not always observed.  Avoid any ferry or boat you feel to be overloaded. While traveling by train, try to avoid traveling in the economy class, if you are worried your belongings will be stolen.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

Tsunamis, earthquakes, and flooding might be experienced on Bali.  Rainy season is from December to March.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : MEDIUM

Terrorism is considered as a worldwide threat. We recommend to be vigilant of suspicious activity and abandoned subjects all the time. Local authorities continue to arrest suspects of attack planning.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Bali is generally very safe for women travelers, use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places. It’s advisable not to walk alone in the Kuta area at night in order to avoid being harassed.

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Useful Information

If you are a United States citizen and you intend to spend less than 30 days in the country, you do not require a visa. Be sure that your passport valid for at least 6 months. Visa can be extended locally if you’ll intend to stay for more than 30 days.
The rupiah is the official currency of Indonesia. Withdrawing money from the ATM using your credit or debit card may be a good option to exchange money with a profitable exchange rate. Be vigilant in currency exchange kiosks, as there is might be hidden commission. Ask in advance how much money you will receive in exchange, before making the operation.
The best time to visit Indonesia is a dry season from May to October. The peak season is August.
For local flights, you can pick up one of the following airlines: Air Asia, Garuda Indonesia, Batavia Air, Lion Air. The busiest airport in Indonesia is Soekarno–Hatta International Airport. To find out more about this airport you can on its official website – http://soekarnohatta-airport.co.id
As in any country, we advise travellers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical issues but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page.