Where to go in Bali

Whether you choose to hit the outdoors for an active getaway or indulge in a luxurious resort, you're never far away from one of the island's many impressive temples. Mountain temples like Pura Besakih scatter the landscape and the towering volcanos of Batur and Agung make for a spectacular backdrop and a trekkers' paradise.

Travelling solo? Explore the rice fields, monkey forests and markets of laidback Ubud. Families will enjoy a quiet holiday by the beach in Sanur, while honeymooners can opt to wake up in a luxury resort in Seminyak. Getting a group of friends together for a trip? Surf, snorkel and dive off Nusa Dua, and party all night with friends in Kuta.

As you can see, Bali has something for everyone – so make sure your travel insurance is a perfect match for your trip. Okay, time to pack your sarong and print out that policy to protect you from the unexpected!

Bali tips and travel advice

It's a smart idea to cover yourself for any mishaps that might happen on holiday. A Bali break can offer a range of activities that you might not ordinarily do at home and you don't want to end up having an accident and footing a medical bill that blows your Bali holiday budget. Here are some tips and advice for your trip:

Dodging Bali belly

Bali has some of the best food in the world – who can resist a tasty nasi goreng washed down with a crisp, cold Bintang? Still, to keep Bali belly at bay, make sure you drink bottled water, and stay away from uncooked food and ice cubes. If you do get diarrhoea or experience a high fever, see a doctor as soon as possible.

Riding motorbikes safely

Getting around on a motorbike is a popular way to see Bali. If you do jump on a motorbike, wear a helmet and protective clothing. Remember, Bali doesn't have a reciprocal medical agreement with Australia so, if you get injured, you have to pay your own bills. Check what cover your travel insurance policy offers for motorcycling and if there are any restrictions to the cover.

When to travel

Bali's peak season is during July and August, and when the Aussie school holidays hit. At this time, flights are more expensive and tourist areas are much more crowded. During the popular dry season, you might experience a smoke haze around July to October depending on prevailing winds from the north. The wet season runs from October to April and is a quieter time to visit.

Bali travel risks and warnings

Be a savvy traveller and do your research, so if the unexpected happens, at least you're covered for it. The government's Smart Traveller website lists current travel warnings for Bali. Please do note that most travel insurance policies won’t cover you for an existing warning.

Travelling solo? Explore the rice fields, monkey forests and markets of laidback Ubud. Families will enjoy a quiet holiday by the beach in Sanur, while honeymooners can opt to wake up in a luxury resort in Seminyak. Getting a group of friends together for a trip? Surf, snorkel and dive off Nusa Dua, and party all night with friends in Kuta.

As you can see, Bali has something for everyone – so make sure your travel insurance is a perfect match for your trip. Okay, time to pack your sarong and print out that policy to protect you from the unexpected!

Vaccinations before you go

A few months before your departure, visit your doctor and get the necessary vaccinations for travel to Bali. There's a bunch of them, including Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and Japanese encephalitis. Being bitten by the travel bug is one thing, but being bitten by a Balinese monkey (there’s a lot of them around) is another thing altogether. Protect yourself by getting a rabies vaccination.

Keeping pesky mosquitoes away

Mozzies in Indonesia carry malaria and dengue fever so make sure you pack a decent insect repellent. It's a good idea to cover up with loose clothing, especially at dusk and dawn, and if you're walking through rainforest. Before you go, ask your doctor if you need antimalarial medication. Seek medical advice if you start to feel fluey on your trip.

Crime in Bali

Like most tourist hotspots, there are a few scams on the go in Bali. Be on the look out for pickpockets and keep an eye on your bags when using public transport. It's common for bankcards to get 'swallowed' by ATMs, so stick to using cash where you can. Check your bank balance every day, just in case.

Volcanos, earthquakes and tsunamis

Indonesia has plenty of active volcanos so there's a chance one of them might erupt and ash clouds will disrupt your flight. The region is also prone to earthquakes and tsunamis so if your holiday gets cancelled unexpectedly, we've got you covered

Choose CGU travel insurance for your trip to Bali

We'll help you find the right level of travel insurance tailored for your personal trip to Bali. Taking out travel insurance means your luggage is covered, medical bills are managed and cancellation costs as outlined in your policy are covered. If you are unsure about what's covered give us a call on 13 24 80.

Get your travel insurance sorted before you go, so you can really relax and enjoy yourself. This way the only souvenirs you’ll bring home is a good tan and a ton of great stories, rather than a medical bill that blitzes your bank account!

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