You will be hard-pressed to find an island-paradise as carefree and as beautiful as Bali. Its relaxing atmosphere is perfect for anyone who wants to get out of the hustle and bustle of city life. Bali is a paradise with stunning beaches, lively nightlife, and unique temples. It also has fabulous culinary offerings. But because of these reasons, Indonesia’s most popular island is teeming with visitors.
If you plan to visit Bali in the future, you should know how to stay safe. There are emergency services in Bali, so you’ll be fine if you suddenly have a medical need. Although it is generally safe to visit Bali, it has experienced some earthquakes, tsunamis, storm surges, and terrorist activities in the past. These are no reasons, of course, not to set foot on the island. You just have to be aware of the things you need to do when in Bali.
Check the News
Before scheduling your trip to Bali, make sure you’ve checked significant news outlets about what’s up there. If there’s political unrest, then it is not the best time to visit the island. Earthquakes can’t be predicted, but do know your drills before you decide to visit. You must also avoid visiting the island if there’s a storm coming. Try to visit during the dry season between April and September.
Follow the Authorities
The police routinely carry out raids in bars and pubs frequented by tourists. They are mostly looking for drugs, so stay away from those. Follow police guidelines. Make sure to have a photocopy of your passport with you at all times. As long as you stay out of illegal activities, you should be fine in Bali.
Beware of the Monkeys
The monkeys in the Monkey Forest can be aggressive. They can scratch and bite. If you are not comfortable with monkeys, skip a visit to the Forest. Don’t indulge monkeys since they might have rabies and carry other viruses. If a monkey bites you, go to the nearest clinic or hospital. They know what to do in these cases.
Don’t Pollute the Beach
Water pollution is a real problem in Bali. Don’t exacerbate the situation. While you may not be a part of the solution, don’t be a part of the problem. If you have trash, throw them away properly. Don’t treat the ocean as a garbage disposal unit. Those pristine beaches will be lost if tourists are not going to do their part of preserving them.
Take Care of Your Belongings
There are many cheap accommodations in Bali. While these accommodations are generally safe, they don’t provide a safety deposit box where you can leave your passports and other travel documents. If you don’t feel safe leaving them in a drawer in your room, take them with you, but don’t leave your bag anywhere. Credit card frauds happen everywhere, including in Bali.
These are some basic rules when visiting any country. Bali is a beautiful island, but what will make your visit more memorable is if you don’t have to suffer through some inconveniences. You’re bound to be fine if you follow these safety guidelines.