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Travelling to Bali | Visa currency, and customs regulations | Calling & Internet | Seasons | Health | Statistics

How to reach Villa Mahkai

By air:
Bali’s international airport Denpasar - Ngurah Rai is in the south and is served by a wide variety of airlines, such as Garuda Indonesia, KLM, Singapore Airlines, and Cathay Pacific. The airport has been upgraded recently with new departure gates and a new departure and arrival hall.
In addition to the traditional full-service carriers, Bali ii also served by a number of budget airlines, such as Air Asia, Jetstar and and Lion Air. If you are traveling on a budget, you may want to consider flying to Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur or Singapore, and then switch to a budget airline.

We suggest to you search online to find the airfare deal that fits you best, considering comfort and price.
It takes approx.3 hours from the airport in the busy south to Villa Mahkai in the north. Upon request we can arrange the transfer for you. The cost is approx. EUR 35

Over land / sea:
If you’re arriving over land from Java you take the ferry from Banyuwangi in Java to Gilimanuk in Bali. From Gilimanuk it takes approx. 1 hour by car to reach Villa Mahkai.

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Visa currency, and customs regulations

Citizens of most EU countries and the USA can obtain a visa on arrival (VOA) at Bali Ngurah Rai airport. This visa costs USD 25 per person (approx. EUR 21) and is valid for 30 days. It is possible to extend this visa for another 30 days at the Immigration Office. This visa must be paid for in cash (USD, EUR, or IDR). Credit cards ar not accepted. Your passport must have at least 2 empty pages and must have a remaining validity of at least 6 months.
Alternatively, you can apply for a tourist visa at one of the Indonesian embassies. However, it is generally more cost-effective to us the Visa on Arrival (VOA) facility.
We recommend that you check with the Indonesian embassy in your country for the exact visa requirements.

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The Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is the currency of Indonesia. At first sight everything seems very expensive here, but don’t worry, the exchange rate is very low. Currently, the exchange rate from EUR to IDR is around 15,500 and from USD to IDR 11,500. One million Rupiah is about 65 Euro. It doesn’t take much to be a millionaire here. The largest bill is 100,000 Rupiah, so you need a strong wallet to keep all those notes.
There are a lot of ATM’s here, and most foreign bank cards are accepted. ATM menus are also available in English. Depending on bank you can withdraw a maximum of 5 to 10 million per day.
Credit cards aren’t widely used. Most businesses only take cash. Businesses that do accept credit cards will charge an additional 3% to cover the bank costs.
There are also many money changers, where you can change your Euros or Dollars into Rupiah. Generally, the rate you get here is much better than in Europe or the United States. Please note that you if you bring more than 100 million in Rupiah or equivalent (EUR 6,500 / USD 9,000), you need to declare this on the customs form.

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There is a duty free allowance of 1 liter of wine / spirits per adult. Please note that wine and spirits are very expensive in Indonesia, so you may want to bring the maximum allowance. The duty free allowance for cigarettes is 250. However, tobacco is very cheap in Indonesia, so it’s probably not worthwhile to bring duty free cigarettes.
DON’T TRY TO SMUGGLE DRUGS INTO INDONESIA. The penalties in possession of illegal substances are severe, and your embassy won’t be able to assist you. The import of any pornographic material is also illegal.

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Calling and Internet:
Villa Mahkai provides you with free Wi-Fi. Unfortunately, there are no high speed connections, such as ADSL or 4G, but the speed is enough for apps, such as Skype, Viber, and Facebook.
Local prepaid SIM cards are not expensive and can be easily reloaded. There are many providers, such as XL and Telkomsel. These providers have an extensive network coverage.

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Bali has only 2 seasons, the dry and the wet season. The dry period is from May to November, while December to April tends to be wet. But not to worry, even during the wet season there are still plenty of periods with sunshine. The climate in the north of Bali is dryer than that of the south, which is also demonstrated with the abundance of vineyards in the north of Bali.
The best time to visit Bali is from June to October. During this period the humidity is fairly low and the nights are nice and the evening breeze is pleasant. Starting October the humidity goes up.
If you like to escape the European or American winters, Bali is an excellent place to go to. The average daily temperature is around 30 degrees all year round. And even though this is the raining season, you’ll still have a lot of sunshine.

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We do everything to make sure that you stay healthy. The air is fresh and clean. Our meals are prepared using fresh ingredients that are free of insecticides or other artificial substances. The ground is also free of pollution.

Bali is free of malaria, and diseases, such as dengue, cholera and typhus are rare, especially among tourists. Note that it’s not advisable to drink tap water. Always drink bottled water. Since you are in the tropics it is important that you drink enough water to stay hydrated.
We also recommend that you bring insect repellant. In a tropical climate you’ll always have mosquito’s and other small insects. We’ll do everything to keep your room clean and free of these bugs, but when you’re enjoying the evening on your terrace, it’s wise to take some precautions.

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Bali and its population

If you’re interested in statistics, this section is for you.

The size of Bali is approx. 10,000 square km.
The south of Bali is ideal for surfing. The sea in the north of Bali is calm.
The highest mountain is Mount Agung (3,300m). You can climb Mount Agung in approx. 5 hours.

The population of Bali is 3.6 million. Bali is one of the 18,000 islands of Indonesia;

Bali has limited autonomy. 80% of the population is Hindu and 18% Moslem;
The average monthly income is EUR 85 per month;
All children attend primary school;
There is no social security and most of the people don’t pay taxes;
40% of the population is younger than 21 year;

There are a number of modern medical facilities, mainly in the busy south;
The average speed that you can reach is approx. 39 km per hour. Balinese take it easy;

The unemployment stand at approx. 35%, and many people work in casual jobs. Women work much harder than man and are in subordinate positions. Dispite this, Bali is hospitable and kind. There’s almost always a smile on every face.

Annually, around 3.2million tourists visit Bali, most of them only stay a few days.

We hope that you’ll be around a little longer. You won’t regret it.

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