Useful Information

To ensure you will be having the most pleasant stay while in Bali, here are some useful information that you should take into consideration while preparing your trip to our wonderful Island of Gods.


Weather

Bali is located very near to the equator, therefore its warm, tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30°C with a humidity level of about 85%. Generally one can say that Bali is pleasant all year through. Even if it rains, Bali is enjoyable.


Electricity

To ensure your convenience while you stay in Bali, it is suggested that you bring with you charging devices that are compatible to this switch:



What to Wear in Bali in December?

  • Outside of hotels and well-defined tourist areas shorts and t-shirts are not recommended or may get more than your fair share of unwanted attention and offend the local people.
  • Pack at least one long-sleeved shirt for protection from the sun, the mosquitos stares.
  • For the humidity pack lightweight, loose fitting clothes in natural fabrics such as linen, cotton that will keep you cool and are easy to wash and dry.
  • Pack good sturdy shoes with you since your feet will be dusty and dirty while sightseeing roads outside of the major cities are very rough. You can also bring some good summer sandals to enjoy the beach and exploring the art market.
  • Bring with you an SPF Lotion to protect your skin from the sun.

How to Tip

Major hotels:  Many hotels services are inclusive of 21% tax. 10% is a mandatory government tax, the other 11% is a legally unenforceable service charge. Tipping is not mandatory. However, if you want to tip, perhaps provide 5-10% of the total bill.

Restaurants: some restaurants will include 5-10% service charge to their bill. But if they don't levy any service charge, you can tip between Rp10,000 to 10% of the total bill. A 10% Government mandated restaurant tax is applicable, but smaller restaurants and certainly warungs will not be levying that.

Taxi drivers: tipping is not mandatory. Although all taxis are metered, some drivers do not carry either coins or small notes, or may not be able to locate them when required. Many passengers round up thier bill. For example if your taxi meter shows Rp27,750. You might round up to Rp30,000.

Car-hire drivers:  It is not mandatory; however if service is satisfactory a basic Rp 20,000 tip is deemed appropriate. (Full day Car-hire drivers generally expect a larger tip.)

Airport porters: You don't have to use them, but for very little money they can be a big help especially going through customs and it makes a difference to them. It range from Rp20.000 - Rp50.000 for 1-2 travellers. It is advisable to agree rate in advance to avoid arguments afterwards.

Service industries: although it is not mandatory to give tip for services such as hair salons and body massage, tipping for service industries are common and expected in Indonesia. Most Indonesians give tip to their hairdresser or masseur after they completed the service. 5-10% from the bills are appropriate.

INDONESIA TIME ZONE DIFFERENCE




Indonesian Time Zone Indonesia has three Standard Time zones:

1. Sumatra, Java and West & Central Kalimantan are 7 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+7).

2. Bali, Nusa Tenggara, South & East Kalimantan and Sulawesi are 8 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+8).

3. Papua and Maluku are 9 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+9).

Indonesia does not operate Daylight-Saving Time. The International Dialing Code for Indonesia is +62.


HALAL FOOD AND BEVERAGE AROUND BALI

Halal status:
HL1 - Halal by personal observation and assumption
HL2 - Halal by seller's claim
HL3 - Halal by certification from legitimate bodies
HL0 - Halal by no-pork claim

Outside of the popularity of Babi Guling (Suckling Pig), Balinese cuisines are also rich with dishes containing chicken and salt water fishes. There are also conventional meat producers that guarantees halal status of their food, and their main market is the halal food vendors around Bali. However most chicken used in Balinese traditional dishes are brought from traditional market which are not specifically prepared to Islamic standards - but does not known to contradict either. Hence of halal status, HL1 are most common.

As with other kind of traditional dishes beside Balinese, you need to pay special attention since Halal is a lesser standard applied in Bali, so the non-halal non-Balinese dishes are also abundantly sold here, including the Cwi Mie Malang with pork oil (haram substance) we encountered in one East Javanese restaurant near Renon area.

Those that applies HL2 standards usually includes Islamic connection in their business name, i.e. "Warung Muslim Banyuwangi", and so far this is your best chance of encountering halal food in Bali. Other choice in this HL2 category is the ethnic-stereotype based that is always guaranteed halal 100%: the Padangnese restaurants.

They never put "halal" in their restaurant names or stated claims as it would be considered laughable for stating something so obvious -- though not 100% people from Padang region (Western Sumatera) are muslim.

Source: http://blog.epicurina.com/2011/11/halal-status-of-food-in-indonesia.html