How to avoid finding yourself in an unpleasant situation in Bali?
1. Dress Appropriately
Respecting local customs is important in Bali, especially when visiting temples and public places. Despite being a resort destination, wearing swimwear should be confined to the beach or specially designated areas. Sunbathing topless or nude is also not welcomed. Tourists riding scooters in swimwear or appearing too revealing in public spaces risk being captured by local photographers and subsequently featured in various local Instagram groups.
2. Respect Religious and Sacred Sites
The Balinese people are deeply religious, and their religious convictions play a significant role in their everyday lives. When visiting temples or sacred sites, it is important to adhere to the norms. On the island, not only temples but also mountains, waterfalls, and even certain trees are considered sacred. Tourists, in pursuit of vibrant content, might inadvertently offend the locals. An example of this is an incident involving a blogger who took a photo naked, using the roots of the sacred Kayu Putih cotton tree as cover, and was subsequently deported for it. Sometimes, it can be challenging for someone unfamiliar with Balinese culture to distinguish what is sacred and what is not, so it's better not to risk provocative photos. The immigration service swiftly identifies such photos.
3. Follow Special Rules and Guidelines
Remember, while in Bali, you are a guest. Do not disrupt ceremonies or ceremonial processions. During Bali's New Year (Nyepi), avoid making noise, turning on lights, or leaving your villa or hotel. Going outside can result in fines or even deportation, as this time is designated for the island's purification ceremony to ward off evil spirits.
You can learn more about the celebration of Nyepi in this article.
4. Do Not Flaunt Valuables
In this paradise island, like in many other tourist destinations, thefts are not uncommon. To avoid attracting unnecessary attention, it's wise to refrain from such provocations: do not place your phone in the holder on a bike's handlebars, as it can be easily snatched while on the move, and avoid walking along dark, deserted streets. Adhering to basic precautionary measures can significantly reduce the risk of becoming a victim of theft and help safeguard your valuable belongings.
5. Do Not Be Rude to Locals
It's important to accept that some locals might try to make money off tourists. If Balinese individuals resort to various tactics to extract payment from you, the key in any dispute is to maintain composure. Avoid raising your voice or displaying aggression, as such behavior is not welcomed here. By default, a Balinese person will be considered right because they are at home while you are a guest.
If you feel pressured by local residents offering their services, a good strategy would be to pre-book a tour. On our website, we offer over 100 tours and various activities in Bali and neighboring islands at market prices. We provide transparent conditions: you can see upfront what's included in the tour cost and what requires additional payment.
6. Watch Out for Wild Animals
At first glance, monkeys may seem charming creatures, but you never know what's on their minds. Monkeys in Bali are very accustomed to tourists; they skillfully steal sunglasses and cameras, exchanging them for bananas. Even a harmless smile can be misinterpreted as aggression, prompting the tailed creatures to attack. Therefore, keep your valuables close and avoid provoking them.
7. Do not expect wounds to heal on their own.
On Bali, due to high humidity, even minor scratches or abrasions can take a long time to heal. Expecting wounds to heal naturally often leads to infection. Therefore, if you get injured, immediately start treating the wound with local antiseptics (such as Nebacetin, for example). This will aid in forming a protective scab on the wound, facilitating faster and more effective healing.
8. Do Not Skimp on Insurance.
Medical care in Bali is very expensive. Even a simple blood test can cost a tourist hundreds of dollars. In more complex medical cases, bills can increase significantly. A typical day for an average tourist on the island is filled with various walks, activities, and adventures, carrying the risk of slipping during a hike, falling at waterfalls, or getting injured while surfing.
During our excursions, our guides are always attentive to tourists, assisting in navigating challenging areas and ensuring the safest routes. However, having medical insurance is always a good idea, just in case.
9. Refrain from Drinking Alcohol in Dubious Places.
Exercise caution when consuming alcoholic beverages. It's advisable not to trust every bar, especially those serving cocktails in plastic cups. At best, you might be offered local, the cheapest alcohol priced as imported. However, at worst, this could lead not just to a hangover but to serious consequences.
Some 'bartenders' might add methanol to local palm-based liquor like arak or other alcoholic drinks. Such cocktails can cause rapid intoxication and signs of poisoning such as vomiting, dizziness, abdominal pain, and kidney failure. Regular consumption of such beverages can lead to blindness.
10. Не покупайте запрещенное
Отправляясь на Бали стоит забыть о любых запрещенных веществах. Приобретать их здесь крайне рискованно. В лучшем случае вы можете переплатить за поддельный наркотик завышенную сумму, в худшем - вы окажетесь в руках полиции, которая часто сотрудничает с такими торговцами.
Мы надеемся, что данная статья помогла вам избежать множества потенциальных неприятностей, с которыми могли бы столкнуться во время вашего путешествия. Соблюдение местных традиций, осторожность при контакте с дикой природой и уважительное отношение к культуре острова — все это важные аспекты для беззаботного и приятного времяпрепровождения. Помните о них, наслаждайтесь моментами отдыха и дарите себе незабываемые впечатления от пребывания на этом прекрасном острове Бали.