While you are staying in Seminyak you should definitely visit some must see recommended places. Because Seminyak offers a lot of trendy and hip spots, We will help you find the most popular, relaxing and most beautiful places you must visit while you are staying in Bali, Seminyak. But first we will give you some helpful information which is useful when you are in Bali.
On behalf of the entire staff of Uma Sapna we wish you a pleasant stay at Uma Sapna villa!
Ngurah Rai International Airport, listed as “Denpasar” (DPS) which is the name of the Island capitals. Distance to Uma Sapna Villa: Approximately 15.0 km/9.32 miles.
Passport & VISA
Passport must be valid for at least six (6) months from the arrival date. Indonesian Government grants visa on arrival for 63 countries and could purchase their Tourist Visa upon arrival at the airport. The fee for the “Visa on Arrival” payable upon landing is USD. 25 for 30 days visa. Visitors from certain countries require tourist visa in advance and must apply for a visa before arriving in Indonesia. Please contact the Indonesian embassy or consulate for further details.
Narcotics are strictly prohibited. You may only bring to Indonesia two liters of alcohol and maximum of 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars.
People and Religion
The Balinese have strong spiritual roots. The main religion is “Agama Hindu Dharma” or also known as Agama Tirtha which literally means the religion of holy water.
When walking on the streets watch the ‘offerings’ on the ground. These are gifts to the Gods. Canang sari is one of the daily offerings made by Balinese Hindu to thank the Sang Hyang Widhi Wasa in praise and prayer. Canang sari will be seen in the Balinese temples, on small shrines in houses, and on the ground or as a part of a larger offering.
Uma Sapna villas has our own taxi service which are available for any request. You can use the transport daily for several offered tours, activities or as airport transfer.
Taxis are insanely cheap on the streets. A 45 minute trip costs between 100.000 - 150.000 IDR, however just make sure the taxi has a meter and get out if they say no. This is very important otherwise they can charge you anything. We would recommend to go for a Bluebird Taxi. You can easily recognize these blue taxis with Bluebird Group on their cars.
Think it’s worth mentioning the road rules are very different over there. They use beeping as a way of communication and it does seem quite chaotic, and unsafe but they are very mindful of one and other. However, if you do rent a scooter or motorbike, make sure you bring your international licenses with you while driving. The roads can be unsafe for a foreigner. Do make sure you wear a helmet as you can get an on-the-spot fine from the police and of course for your own safety. If you are going to the beach you can find scooter and motorbike parking areas everywhere. You have to park your scooter here and you have to pay 2.000 IDR a scooter.
The local currency is Rp (Indonesian Rupiah). We recommend you to check the exchange rate prior to arrival.
There are plenty of exchange facilities all over Bali's main tourist areas, most of them accepting currencies like the US dollar, Australian dollar, and UK pound. The honest dealers operate alongside shady money changers, and it's very hard to tell one from the other. Before going out to have your bills changed, check a local newspaper for up-to-date rates of exchange. But don't take the rate to heart: the resulting exchange may end up lower due to commissions charged by money changing outlets.
You can have your money changed at the following locations, arranged in order of trustworthiness:
- Banks: You are least likely to be ripped off when exchanging currency at a bank. Alternatively, you can withdraw from a bank ATM using your debit or credit card.
- Hotels: Many hotel front desks permit currency exchange, but offer lower exchange rates compared to banks and regular money changers.
- Authorized money changers: Bank Indonesia-authorized money changers advertise their status as Pedagang Valuta Asing Berizin or PVA Berizin (Indonesian for "Authorized Money Changer") with a green PVA Berizin logo in the shop window.
Bahasa Indonesia (national language of Indonesia) and Bahasa Bali (the local language) are the most widely spoken language in Bali. English is extensively used all over the island.
Please wear sarong and sash when visiting temples or attending ceremonies. Bali is a tropical Island, cotton or lightweight clothing are the most comfortable to wear.
Bali is a tropical Island and has two different seasons. Rainy (wet seasons) generally occurs around November thru April (mainly around late in the afternoon and early in the evening). Dry season commonly occurs around May thru October. The average temperature is 24 – 30 degrees Celsius (75 – 89 degree Fahrenheit)
Typical Business Hours
Banks: Most banks operate from 9am to 3pm
Offices: 9am to 5pm
Supermarkets/shopping areas: 10am to 10pm
Most restaurants and hotels include as service charge on the bill. Tipping is not expected but welcomed.
WIFI is available almost everywhere. Make sure you switch off your roaming to avoid expensive international data charges.