Located 8° south of the equator, Bali enjoys a warm, tropical climate year-round. The weather is particularly pleasant from June until September, when the trade winds blow. It can get quite cool in Bali’s extensive mountain regions. Humidity is highest during the November to March rainy season. Even during the heaviest rains, however, the sun is rarely out of sight for long. The mean temperature is a pleasant 27°C (81°F).
Balinese is a complex language with several levels rooted in social class or caste distinctions. Bahasa Indonesia is also spoken by all Balinese. Derived from old Malay, it has become the Indonesian archipelago’s unifying national language. English is increasingly spoken in the main tourist centres. Dutch is still understood by the older generation, while French, German and Japanese are increasingly spoken in the tourist trade.
Visitors from certain countries require a tourist visa in advance for entry into Indonesia. Others may obtain a visa on arrival at international airports, while some visitors do not require a visa at all. Prices also vary. Visas are valid for up to 30 days and are non-extendable. One-week visas are also available. Passports must be valid for at least six months from the arrival date and should have at least four completely blank pages. Guests are advised to check with their nearest Indonesian embassy or consulate prior to travel, or to contact Amanresorts’ reservations department for more information.
Loose and casual clothing is advisable. In the dry season, April to November, you may need a light sweater in the evenings, especially in the hill country