Denpasar

Denpasar, Indonesia

Being the capital of the Bali island, Denpasar is the largest city and capital located in the South. It is centrally located and easily reached by car, bus or a taxi. In the close proximity to the city, all the treasures of the Bali island can be found. Pristine landscapes, tropical jungles, endless beaches, fantastic diving, impressive volcanoes Kintamini, Gunung-Batur and Gunung-Agung (3412 meters above the sea level) attract tourists all year round. However, Denpasar itself is not that attractive for tourist as the rest of the island, although plenty of spectacular temples, palaces and museums are at your disposal all year round. Beyond local’s hospitality and friendliness, Denpasar hides real concerns for travelers. Prostitution, drug use, thefts are very frequent in the capital as on the rest of the island. As Denpasar is less visited by tourists than other parts of the Bali, the level of crime in this area is lower. In order to make your trip untroubled, SafeAround compiled useful information about all potential risks and dangers in Denpasar. So, we will allow you to see on a map the city’s safest and potentially dangerous areas, details on scams and other possible risks, as well as some useful travel advice in order not to let anything spoil such a wonderful journey to the picturesque treasures of the capital of the paradise Island.

SAFETY INDEX

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Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Denpasar is an overall safe city. With a rating of 60.3%, it is ranked 83rd on the ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities. Crimes in Bali are largely non-violent.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : LOW

Pickpockets activity is high during the festival or any other celebrations. Generally, the risks of being robbed are relatively low, though following cautiousness is recommended all the time.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Denpasar 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 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. A probability of scams with credit cards is high in Denpasar as anywhere else in Indonesia. Widely known that criminals which use electronic “skimming” steal credit card credentials and pin code at some ATM’s.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

Driving in Denpasar, 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. Be attentive using Bemo – as routes of this small buses are very complicated and the probability is high to get to the wrong place in case if you don’t speak the local dialect.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : HIGH

The potentiality of earthquakes and tsunamis is high, because of the location specificity of Indonesia. The eruption of the volcanoes might be a threat. We advise observing the latest updates on the Indonesian Directorate of Volcanology and Geological Mitigations.

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

Denpasar is generally very safe for women travellers, use common sense and avoid suspiciously looking places. It’s advisable not to walk alone, try to keep in a group and do not leave any drinks in the bars or clubs unattended as drink spiking Is common, though less widespread as in the rest of the Bali.

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WHAT TO DO?

Note: visiting local templates, remember to bring a sarong and sash with you.

Alun-Alun Puputan

The main square of the capital. It is the key point. Once getting lost, find the way to this place and all will be clear. Generally safe place, however, avoid walking along the streets wearing the bag on the side of the traffic. As motorcycle bag-snatching is common.

 The Bali Arts Festival

It is supposed to be the cultural event of the year. This is the unique opportunity to observe the local village culture. Attracting crowds of visitors from around the island, the pickpocket’s activity is intense. Do not leave your belongings unintended and do not bring more cash than you need for a day expenditures.
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. The number of HIV/AIDS fatalities are very high.

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.