Just a few minutes walk from your camp are some legendary beach breaks, such as Halfway, Padma, Gado-Gado and KuDeTa. These breaks are perfect for beginners and are an ideal contrast to the daily surfaris with our camp cars to all the Bali surf spots. Numerous shops, bars, clubs and restaurants are within a few minutes walk.
HOW CAN I GET A CHEAP FLIGHT?
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Europe/America to Bali, you will have at least one stop over. Cheap flights can be found through the internet portals listed here: Skyscanner, Traveloka Checkfelix or Opodo.
WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY TO IN BALI?
Your destination will be Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar (DPS), Bali. It is the island's only international airport.
CAN I TAKE MY OWN SURFBOARD?
Some airlines transport surfboards free of charge, provided your total checked baggage weight is under the usual allowance (20-23 kg). But please check with your airline beforehand as some tend to take things as they come and decide as they like (make sure they know it is a 'real' surfboard, to avoid mix-ups with wind surfboards).
HOW DO I GET A VISA?
For almost all European and North American nationals, a visa-on-arrival is issued. You can get visa exemption when you arrive at an Indonesian airport. It is valid for 30 days. There is also an option for a paid visa-on-arrival for 35 USD which is extendable for another 30 days and can be obtained at following airports: Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta (Java), Padang (Sumatra), Kupang (Rote) or Mataram (Lombok). In order to avoid fines on arrival, please make sure that your passport is valid for longer than 6 months from arrival date.
WHAT KIND OF VISA DO I NEED TO STAY LONGER THAN 30 DAYS?
If you want to stay longer than 30 days in Indonesia, then you either extend your visa-on-arrival once or you can apply for a "social & cultural visa" from the Indonesian embassy/consulate in your country. This visa is valid for 60 days and can be extended up to four times by 30 days each time. However, this extension regulation does not apply for all social and cultural visas, hence be sure to ask Indonesian Embassy/consulate in your country. Sponsorship from an Indonesian Citizen is required in Bali. You will need to prepare documents such as a photocopy of your passport and two passport sized photographs. Your Indonesian sponsor will need to supply a sponsorship letter, a photocopy of sponsor’s identity card, a copy of sponsor’s family register and a copy of sponsor’s bank account statement.
WHAT’S THE CURRENCY IN BALI?
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fluctuating exchange rate is approximately 15.000 Rupiah for 1 €.
HOW AND WHERE CAN I CHANGE MONEY?
Lots of money changers will try and bait you with good exchange rates. To avoid any rip-offs, you should only change your cash at official P.T. Moneychangers. Make sure that you get your money changed into large notes (50,000 or 100,000). This is what legitimate moneychangers will do. Exchanging money is also possible at the surf camp on Monday to Saturday at 8 a.m to 4 p.m.
CAN I GET MONEY FROM AN ATM?
There are lots of ATMs in Bali where you can withdraw Rupiahs with your credit card or bank card (international creditor, e.g. Maestro, Cirrus). Make sure you know the pin number of your cards. The maximum amount per transaction varies depending on the ATM, but the absolute maximum per transaction is 2.5 million Rupiah (approx. 167 €). Several transactions can be done one after another. It is best to use ATMs inside banks with security guards to avoid scams.
WHAT VACCINATIONS DO I NEED?
We recommend a tetanus boost (1 jab in your rear end), hepatitis A (2-3 jabs, starting 6 weeks before your trip), typhoid (oral vaccination, 3 weeks before) and if you want to be on the safe side, a malaria prophylaxis, and rabies vaccination. Bali is classified as malaria-free. However, there are some isolated cases of infection now and again. Bear that Malaria the prophylaxis are hard stuffs with side effects on organs and mind. If you act wisely (repellents, protective/covering clothing), you can keep the risk to a minimum. If you want to travel further you should find out the situation of your preferred islands.
WHAT’S MEDICAL CARE LIKE IN BALI?
All kinds of antiseptic creams, lotions, band-aids, etc. can be found very cheaply at the local pharmacies. Medical care in the tourist regions of Bali is good and mostly up to western standards (hygiene, disinfection, educational standards of the medics, etc.).
WHAT INSURANCE SHOULD I TAKE OUT?
We strongly recommend that everyone should have a travel health insurance. Apart from treatment expenses and drugs on location, this also covers return transport by an emergency service.This insurance costs about 20 €. A must for everyone and mostly valid for a whole year. Apart from a travel health insurance, you can also take out a casualty insurance (hospital daily benefits or even a pension in a worst case scenario) and a travel and baggage insurance.