How to get a Bali visa for an Indian passport holder
Bali is a visa on arrival for Indian passport holders. So all you need is your passport & return tickets. The visa costs IDR 500000 (roughly Rs 2600) & you can stay in Indonesia for 30 days from the day of entry.
What to pack for the Bali vacation
Here is my list of essential items to pack for your Bali trip:
Sunscreen: Loads of sunscreen, believe me, you never have enough sunscreen when visiting Bali. Always try and buy reef-safe sunscreen, especially if you plan on visiting the beach.
A raincoat: Tropical weather can be unpredictable. You may experience light showers even in July, especially in Ubud and around. Be prepared by carrying a raincoat or a windcheater at the least.
Waterproof bag and phone case: Very important! Not just if you are visiting Bali in the wet season. Carry a small 6L waterproof bag to keep all your belongings safe for your beach activities.
Mosquito repellant: Another essential item when you visit Bali. Get a one which you can spray and keep handy so that you can re-apply whenever necessary.
Quick-dry towel: A super essential item when visiting Bali. It will especially come in handy for your beach trips. I bought mine at Decathlon, and I love it!
Fanny pack: A must when you are travelling, not only in Bali. Carry a fanny pack to keep your valuables safe. This comes in handy, especially when riding a bike as it can be worn under your clothes or tucked inside the scooter's boot.
Travel adapter: The style of sockets is not the same as that in India. Do carry a travel adapter.
Reusable bamboo/steel straw: Let’s travel responsibility, shall we? To minamise the waste, carry your own reusable bamboo/steel straws. You can buy one here.
Aqua shoes: They will come in handy for all beach activities and if you are planning to hike to a waterfall.
Hope my list of essentials to pack for Bali helps you pack better and easy your trip planning.
How to Access the Internet in Bali
Internet connectivity in Bali varies from place to place. While hotels provide free WiFi the signal strength may not be the best everywhere. While I faced no trouble in Canggu, my connectivity in Ubud was sketchy. The cafes on the other hand had great signal strength & so did the co-working spaces. Pretty much all the eateries have free internet access, including some warungs.
Local SIM Card in Bali
It’s a good idea to buy a local sim card especially if you are travelling for a longer time. I highly recommend Telkomsl - the signal strength was the best across all Islands of Indonesia. Now the trick is to find the right SIM card for you and not be scammed!
It's best to buy the tourist sim for Bali from Telkomsl’s website to get a fair price. This particular plan is only available on pre-order & you can simply pick it up within 14 days of placing the order from listed stores in Bali. The tourist SIM will give a 25GB data quota, 25-minute voice call, and 25-minute international call with a 30-day validity period—for only IDR 100,000.
Plans available at the store are far more expensive and far less lucrative. There are also hidden data limits so always clarify and understand the plan properly. For example, if a SIM card delivers 35 GB of data, that would mean 25 GB of data + 10 GB of multimedia data (to be used on select applications only). Vendors also quote different prices for the same plan! So negotiation is the key. Also, check out Klook for great deals on SIM cards.