The Best Bali Guide (2023)

Ubud, Bali

Bali is an oasis in Indonesia’s heart, a paradise for tourists with its beautiful scenery, vibrant culture and warm hospitality. The island is a mosaic of green vegetation, ancient temples and fine beaches that seduce the soul. This is where I offer advice to all of my friends and family who are planning a trip to Bali. These are my top tips for planning your Bali trip.


Indonesian Rupiah

When traveling to Bali, try and exchange cash into Rupiah beforehand. I suggest exchanging 500,000 Rupiah per person for the Visa on Arrival (VOA) and 1,000,000 Rupiah for the first day. This should cover transportation and meals until you find a currency exchange or an ATM.

Visa on Arrival (VOA)

Bali Visa on Arrival (VOA)

For visitors from Australia, Bali provides a Visa on Arrival (VOA) that enables them to stay for up to 30 days. The VOA is a non-extendable, single-entry visa. You may need to think about alternative visa possibilities, though, if you intend to remain longer or participate in activities other than tourism. The VOA desk will be the first desk you line up for when you get to Denpasar airport.

Online Declaration

Indonesia has put in a lot of effort to improve the tourist experience with new technologies since the COVID-19 pandemic. Which is shown by the development of the Online Declaration. To make your Indonesian adventure smoother, complete the online declaration before you leave and take a screenshot of the QR code with your phone. You will need this when passing the third and final checkpoint at Denpasar airport.

Bali Driver Recommendations

Bali is a destination that is best explored at your own pace, and hiring a local driver can enhance your experience. A knowledgeable driver can take you to both popular attractions and hidden gems. An experienced driver can provide insights into Bali’s culture, traditions, and history. When hiring a driver in Bali, it’s important to choose someone with extensive local knowledge.

Bali driver Kadek Artana

I highly recommend Kadek Artana as a driver and tour guide in Bali. He has extensive knowledge of Balinese culture and is a local. Unlike many other drivers who are from other parts of Indonesia. He taught me a lot about Bali during my trip. You can contact Kadek via his website or Facebook page via Messenger.


The best way to get around Bali is in a legitimate Blue Bird Taxi, which are regulated by the government. You can tell the difference between real and fake taxis by looking for their registration on the rear quarter panel. However, some fake driver have these registration stickers on the outside of their car. Look for an ID inside the cab, a meter, and a fare details sticker on the door. I recommend using the Blue Bird Taxi app, as it makes ordering a taxi hassle free. Use the app first until you get familiar with Blue Bird Taxi’s before hailing a taxi off the street.

Currency Exchange in Bali

Bali currency exchange

When visiting Bali, there are several options for currency exchange, including airports, hotels, banks, and authorised money changers. While convenient, airports and hotels may not offer the best exchange rates. It’s crucial to choose reputable authorised money changers to avoid scams, rather than opting for street money changers that may offer seemingly attractive rates. Authorised money changers will usually be located in an air conditioned office and ask for ID. Always count your money carefully and use a currency converter app if in doubt. ATMs are widely available in Bali and accept international credit and debit cards, but be aware of potential withdrawal fees. Inform your bank of your travel dates to avoid any issues.

Social Media

The Bali Bogans Facebook page is an online community that provides advice, and practical travel tips for those planning a trip to Bali. It has become a supportive space for travellers seeking a deeper connection to the Bali experience. Members share recommendations for hidden gems and advice on navigating the local scene. It’s important to approach the content with a sense of humour, respect, and appreciation for diverse perspectives. Bali Bogans is a community-driven guide for those planning a trip to the Indonesian paradise.

If there is anything else you would like to know to prepare for your trip to Bali, or if you have more tips to add, leave a question in the comments. If you are looking a guide for the best things to do in Bali check out my post 14 of the best things to do in Bali. If you are looking for great food check out my post about the Best places to eat in Bali.

Thing to do

Check out my post on the best things to do in Bali, or check out these amazing Viator experiences to ensure you have the best time in in Bali. Viator is my go to for booking great experiences anywhere in the world.

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  • Reply
    November 12, 2023 at 7:21 pm

    Didn’t know about the Bali Bogans page, thanks for that tip 🙂

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    Tiffany Gunther
    November 13, 2023 at 10:53 am

    This is a very helpful post. It’s so tricky figuring out currency exchange, so thanks for explaining it!! 🙂

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    Supraja Lakshmi N
    November 13, 2023 at 1:23 pm

    What a fantastic guide to Bali! You really did your research and shared so much useful information. You covered everything I need to know for my first trip to Bali.

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    November 13, 2023 at 11:36 pm

    thank you for this really informative post! I hope to read more of your blogpost!

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    November 14, 2023 at 3:57 pm

    I was in Bali for a day so I didn’t really get to experience it the way you did. We hired a driver to tour us around. It looks like you spent a lot more time there.

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