PART ONE // what to prepare and how to get there
For example, you can fly with Emirates from Hamburg to Dubai (6hrs), have a short stopover (2hrs) and continue with a 9hrs flight to Denpasar, Bali. Depending on where you stop over you might want to spend a few days in for example Singapore and continue your trip with a cheap flight with AirAsia or Jetstar from Singapore to Denpasar, Bali (but don’t forget Singapore is an expensive city). The route from Hamburg to Amsterdam (1hr) to Denpasar (16hrs with transfer in Singapore) with KLM is also great but depending on where you live in Germany the flight duration to Amsterdam may vary. It can easily take you up to 22hrs or more of travelling, so sometimes it makes sense to pay a bit more for a convenient flight connection without long or too many stopovers.
Depending on the season, prices vary between 550 – 1.500 Euro p.p. return. You can get from Hamburg to Singapore with British Airways for 450 Euro return and get another flight from Singapore to Denpasar for 100 – 150 Euro with AirAsia or Jetstar (don’t forget to add checked in luggage; starts from 18 Singapore Dollar for 15kg (around 11 Euro)). If you want to bring your surfboard along find out how much the airline charges in order to transport your surfboard and make sure to declare your surfboard baggage during online check-in. Some airlines also only transport short boards. We would recommend you to rent a board here at the beach (it’s around 3,50 Euro for 2hrs), but if you want to jump into the waves every day (as we like to do) and want to stay longer on the island, you better bring your own. And don’t forget to wrap it properly to prevent any damage!
Read here which vaccinations you should have and how often they need to be refreshed:
- Mumps (Mumps), Measles (Masern) & Rubella (Röteln) [standard]
- Poliomyelitis (refresh every 10 years)
- Tetanus (refresh every 10 years)
- Diphtheria (refresh every 10 years)
- Hepatitis A (if necessary refresh every 10 years)
- Hepatitis B (if you stay longer or have close social contacts; if necessary refresh every 10 years)
- Pertussis (Keuchhusten) (refresh together with Tetanus & Diphteria vaccination)
- Rabies (Tollwut) (if you stay longer rabies vaccination might be necessary; needs to be refreshed every 2-5 years if the rish is continuing)
If you fly from Europe to Bali you don’t need the yellow fever vaccination, but if you fly in from areas where yellow fever exists (some parts of Africa and central South America) you have to get this vaccination.
You have probably heard about Malaria… If you want to travel to Lombok or other islands east of Bali you can bring anti malaria pills (e.g. Malerone) along. But be aware that these pills, if taken prophylactic, have strong side effects. Usually you might just take them when you got bitten by a mosquito, feel uncomfortable and sick and can’t reach a hospital within 24hrs. The risk of acquiring malaria in Bali is extremly low, though not possible.
Travelling from one destination to another in Bali is easiest done on a scooter. So don’t forget to bring your international driver’s license. Just google where to get it e.g. at your city office. You will get an appointment and they will usually hand it to you straight away (costs around 17 Euro). Don’t forget to take it always with you when driving a car or scooter, the police does road blocks sometimes and without it you will get a ticket or will have to pay a bribe.
Another important advice is to have a good travel & health insurance. Check out HanseMerkur, ADAC, Envivas or HUK-Coburg (We read in Bali facebook groups about people being injured but not having travel insurance on a weekly basis. Their families set up crowdfunding pages to raise money for medical treatment and sometimes they end up with thousands of dollar hospital bills.) Save the hassle, stress and maybe even dangerous situation. It’s not expensive to get a good travel insurance for your holiday/travels (We pay only 120 EUR for almost 5 months at Envivas or 190 Euro for 6 months at ADAC). Double check what’s included. Does your insurance cover sea rescue and extreme sports (they categorize surfing as extreme sport)?
PS: Your passport has to be valid for at least 6 more months.
Good 2 know
There’s also a Telkomsel (mobile phone company) booth before the last duty-free shop at the airport, selling local sim cards. Prices are higher than on the street, but they will explain everything very well and wait until your new SIM card works. It’s also possible to only book a data package, so that you can use the internet, what’s app and navigation (plus: very good if you want to go for Uber). Because of the traffic during peak hours it can take quite long to reach your Hotel/Homestay. But don’t worry, you already paid a fixed price at the counter and don’t have to tip the driver later.
Happy planning! 🙂