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Bali safety tips

Bali safety tips, you can never be too careful.

Being that it is school holidays in Australia and Bali is Australia’s number one holiday destination. I thought it would be timely to mention a few Bali safety tips.

Note that some of these tips have been mentioned in blogs before and they may seem a little obvious. But also note that people tend to be less careful when they are on holiday in Bali.

Bali safety when you leave the hotel

Be careful with ATM’s  in Bali as a recent study has shown that there is a higher occurrence of card skimming than in most tourist locations in the world.  This is not fail safe but if you do need to use a machine then find one attached to a bank or inside a convenience store.

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You would like to think that Circles K ATM’s are safer Bali Safety

Bali nightclubs and pubs also contain their share of  opportune thieves so it is never wise to carry expensive electrical equipment when going out at night.

(If your hotel has been kind enough to supply you with a safe then you should use it)

Bali safety when you use the hotel pool

Check the depth of your hotel pool before diving in as a large number of tourists are injured every year.

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Pool Party Bali Safety

The pools in Bali are not built to strict building standards and there are many that were built a long time ago. Think steps in weird places, increases or decreases in depth and a half wall’s where there shouldn’t be any.

(For those that like to make a splash the shallowness can become a very dangerous issue and when young children are involved there is also a risk that the pool is deeper than expected)

Bali safety when you’re feeling playful

Know who you are taking home when partying in Bali as there are plenty of working men and women trawling the nightclubs and Bali has a very high sexual disease infection rate including HIV.

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Careful who you go home with in Bali

Condoms are available in Bali but they tend to be of a substandard quality and they have a propensity break easily. It is always wise to have a sufficient supply whether you think you will be involved in this type of activity.

(If you are on the island seeking romance be sure that the lady/man you have fallen in love with is who you think they are)

Bali safety when you’re out on the town

Do not become involved in an altercation in a Bali Nightclub and remember that any foreign tourist that gets involved in a physical exchange with an Indonesian will always come off second best.

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Java gangs often travel to Bali, a few of the boys on Legian Street

This cannot be said enough, you will either be set upon by other Indonesians or you will find yourself arrested and this is where the real trouble will start. Do not expect sympathy even if you didn’t start the altercation. You are in a foreign land and the police will be inclined to favor the local’s version event’s.

(The maximum penalty for assault in Indonesia is six years jail and anyone arrested is considered guilty until they can prove their innocence)

Bali safety when you’re out on the town- Part 2

Do not drink the rocket-fuel and avoid cheap drinks and cocktails. There have been a number of tourist deaths attributed to the drinking of methanol based alcohol drinks in Bali.

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Photo Credit Jalbum Bali Moonshine

Cheap alcohol otherwise known as Arak is often brewed in backyard distilleries around Bali and throughout Indonesia. Unfortunately there is no real way for the Indonesian authorities to completely stamp out this practice.

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Photo Credit: Jalbum Bali Moonshine

(This is a dangerous chemical that can cause blindness coma and death if consumed in large amounts)

Bali safety when you’re riding a scooter

Be sure to wear a Western Standard motorbike helmet. The motorbike helmets sold and supplied in Bali are cheap copies and they will not save a person’s life if they come off a bike at speed. If you intend hiring a scooter in Bali then please pack a western standard motorbike helmet with your luggage.

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Australian Standard Stickers

Brand new helmets may attract an import tax at customs so bring something second hand if possible.

(Cover the small standard sticker on the back of the helmet and scuff it up a little to avoid questions at customs)

Bali safety when you’re getting a tattoo

Bali is renowned for being an island full of artisans and plenty of great tattooists can be found on the island.

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Bali tattoo safety

Nowadays the shops are very clean and safe but it is always good practice to make sure that a packet of clean and sterilized needles is opened in front of you.

(Places like Kuta in Bali still utilize ground water tanks for their sewerage and their water supply. If you are the kind of person who likes to take regular showers then another good idea is to have your work done as close to your departure date as possible)

Bali safety number one tip

Please make sure you have travel insurance as tourists are injured during their Bali Holidays every day.  Recently a tourist had to be medevac’d back to Australia from Bali and he was charged over one hundred thousand dollars for the service.


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