Helpful Hints

Attending Ceremonies

Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such. Religious guidelines:

  • Always wear a sarong and sash.
  • Do not walk in front of people praying.
  • Do not use a flash camera or point your camera into the priest's face!.
  • Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.
  • At cremations, do not get in the way of the attendees however important that photographic opportunity is.
  • Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.

N.B. When attending Special Ceremonies or Anniversary Celebrations as a guest or onlooker, small donations are gratefully received. Your donations will help in paying for the offerings and upkeep of the temple.

Dangerous Sports

Make sure you either have personal insurance or travel insurance that will cover any accidents.


In Bali always expect the unexpected, always keep your eyes open and your mind on driving. Beware of motorbikes. It is best to rent a car with full insurance as this will save time and money if you are involved in an accident.

Money Changers

Be very careful when changing your money. Always check the rate of exchange and commission (if any) the money changer is taking. Most importantly, always count your money before you leave the premises and if you can, bring your own calculator, as the ones used by some places can be "a little inaccurate".

Petty Crime

  • There have been a few cases of handbags being snatched after tourists have cashed money at Banks or Money Changers. Put your money away in your "bum-bag" or hold into your hand bag tightly..
  • When changing large amounts of money please check each note carefully as there are a number of (noticeably) fake notes in circulation.
  • When trying on garments do not take your jewelry off and leave it lying around - give it to a friend or leave it in the hotel safe.

Swimming in the Sea

Currents and undertows can be strong, always swim between the red and yellow flags and don't swim too far out. Do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach.