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Getting to Bali

As it's an island, there are really only two ways to get to Bali: by air or by sea.

Note: Visitors should be aware of the Balinese New Year (Nyepi), which occurs sometime between mid-March and late April. Nyepi is a day of silence, when restaurants are closed, taxis are off the streets, and people are supposed to remain indoors. Note especially that the airport is closed on Nyepi. There are no scheduled arrivals or departures on the day.

Bali by Sea

The main sea route is by ferry from the eastern tip of Java. Ferries leave Ketapang on Java every 15 to 30 minutes, 24 hours a day.

Bali By Air

If traveling by air, your point of entry and exit is the Ngurah Rai international airport of Denpasar (code: DPS). Many international airlines have daily flights to and from Bali. The airport is also well connected to the rest of Indonesia by the country's half-dozen domestic carriers.

If connecting between domestic and international flights, note that the connection will involve getting from one terminal to another, which requires a short 10 to 15 minute walk. See my complete guide to Bali's airport at

Bali Visa on Arrival

Visitors from 36 nations, which includes the U.S., EU and GCC countries, can get a visa on arrival. The costs are US$10 for a 7-day stay and $25 for a 30-day visa. At Denpasar, it's a fairly straight-forward process, with the visa purchase counters directly in front of the immigration counters. Simply stop at the first counter and pay your visa fee. Then take your passport and visa receipt to the next counter, where they'll print the visa and stick it into your passport. Finally, proceed to the last counter, which will stamp and cancel the visa just placed in your passport (don't you just love bureaucracy?)

Departure Tax

The departure tax is 30,000 Rupiah (