… is one of the questions I've been asked a lot by the time I made my decision to spend my life here. Answering this question seems to be easy, even though my fascination for Bali is hard to put into words. To me as a surfer Bali's legendary waves, breaking at several spots all year-round with a perfection that I only knew from surfing magazines, were the reason I came here in the first place. Meanwhile I got to know the people and the island better and it is no longer just the surf that holds me here. It is Bali's infinite variety that thrills me anew everyday. Volcanoes, rice terraces and dream beaches, age-old temples as well as the openness and the joy of living of the Balinese are only a few permanent impressions. The interaction of Hindu traditions and the modern lifestyle, which is not least manifested in Kuta's wild nightlife, makes Bali something really special.
In a word (or two): Bali ROCKS!
Bali is a tropical island with an average temperature around 29°C (84°F) and high humidity.
The water temperature is at constant 28°C (82°F) that means you can surf in board shorts all year-round. Aside from that the year is divided in rainy and in dry season. The former lasts from December through April, the latter from May through November. Dry season means sunshine pure, while in rainy season short and heavy showers are possible. Nevertheless temperatures never drop below 20°C (68°F).
Visa / Arrival and Departure
A for 30 days valid visa is being made out for you on arrival at Denpasar airport and costs 20€ (25 US $). Attention: every additional day that you stay longer will cost you 20€ (25 US $) overstay.
If you plan on staying in Bali longer than 30 days, it's best to contact the Indonesian embassy in your home country. Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 more months from the day of your departure. Apart from that there is a fee you are going to have to pay on departure, which is 150.000 Rp (12€ and 15 US $). It might be good to put that amount aside.
The health care and medical treatment in Bali is excellent. The closest hospital (BIMC Hospital) is located in Kuta and definitely complies with western standards. However it is useful to bring a first-aid kit. At best you contact your doctor at home concerning vaccinations and for further medical advice.
Money / ATM
Cash withdrawal is possible everywhere at numerous ATM's. The currency in Bali is Indonesian Rupiah. The up-to-the-minute exchange rate can be found on the Internet. Cash also can be exchanged at one of many exchange offices.