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Nationals of 21 countries, including Australia, the US and most European countries, are able to obtain a visa on arrival in Indonesia.
Visas on arrival can only be obtained at designated international airports and seaports. Indonesia law requires at least 6 months validity remaining on passports for visitors entering the country. Two visa types are available to passengers arriving at a point of entry where the 'visa on arrival' facility is offered. There is a three day short-stay visa for 10 US$ and a 30 day visa for 25 US$. Payment must be made on arrival, it is recommended that travelers have the exact US dollars cash available.
Is possible to obtain longer visas from 2 to 6 months "Social, Business or Tourist" but you need to require it at the Indonesian Embassy of your country. Is not possible to apply for any of this long stay visa once you are in Indonesia.
Citizens of a further 10 countries, mostly in southeast Asia, do not require visas. All other nationals will need to obtain a visa before arrival.
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General Information

Bali lies only eight degrees south of the equator and has an eternal summer, warm steady breezes, and high humidity. Tropical showers can quickly give way to blinding sunshine. Rainfall, which usually is not heavy and continuous, arrives mainly in the late afternoon or night. From November to April the rains really come! the wettest days are in January and February. The dry season is May to October. From June to the end of September, Bali is very pleasant.
All major points of interest on this 70 km long by 45 km wide island are easily accessible within a few hour's journey of Kuta, Sanur, Ubud, Nusa Dua or Denpasar. The shortest distance by road between the island's north and south and between the eastern and western tips is only around 200 km. Tourists congregate in the bottom eighth of the island while most of Bali's 5,000 square kilometers of back country remain rural, traditional, and nearly unspoiled.

Travel by public bemo and minibuses can't be beat for their economy (average fares Rp2.000-10.000) and firsthand contact with the people, but for those visitors with limited time or who desire maximum flexibility will want to hire a car which you can hire with a driver or drive yourself. There are also taxis and motorcycles for rent. Alternatively, if you want a quick introduction to the island, join one of the many guided tour groups.

Due to the enormous growth of tourism, everyone speaks some English along the tourist routes and you can get by quite adequately without bahasa Indonesia. But even though more and more Balinese are learning English each year, if you venture into the rugged back roads of the island it becomes difficult to find people who speak passable Indonesian.

The best time to visit (climate-wise) is in the cooler dry season (May-Sept.) when skies are clear, there is less rain, and coastal breezes cool the air., The best time to travel to avoid tourists is during the non-tourist season (roughly January through June). During this time, public transport after sundown slows to a crawl. Plan accordingly. In July and August, Europeans start raining down on the island., After Christmas the Australians leave and from then on it gets more and more quiet until May when Australians on school holidays start to arrive in numbers.
Although not everybody knows it, Bali is the perfect spot to do, safely, a lot of outdoor activities such as rafting, diving, mountain cycling, hiking, surfing, windsurfing and many others, including some extreme activities like bungee jumping and paragliding. Being an island is natural that most of the outdoor activities are related to the sea and indeed Bali is one of the best known place all over the pacific rim to do surfing. Famous are the beaches around Kuta, Legian and Seminyak and the cliffs of Uluwatu (where you must be an experienced surfer to not risk your life....).
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Bali is also well-known among scuba divers and snorkelers for its diverse marine life, superb visibility, and sensational drop-offs. It was on Bali that drift diving became popular, following the development of techniques to accommodate the deep ocean currents surrounding the island. The spectacular Tulamben wreck and the Menjangan wall in the northwest are commensurate with northern Sulawesi's Bunaken.

SUP Size for Bali: all sizes will do the job as there are so any different spot and waves to choose from!

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