Discover 150+ responsible destinations & brands in Bali
From its rich, peaceful and creative essence; endless beaches, magnificent nature, unforgettable sunsets, beautiful people and unique energy, Bali is one of the top tourist destinations in the world – welcoming millions of travellers every year.
Bali is dependent on tourism for 80% of its economy and is facing a long list of environmental issues; yet most of local people are not aware of how tourism affects the island and its environment. Fortunately, tourism can also be used as a positive tool for environmental conservation, community development and cultural promotion and that’s where we aim to focus.
The Punch was born from a deep love of Bali and proudly provides unique and inspirational stories from responsible destinations and brands dedicated to make a lasting positive change through the power of small responsible actions. The destinations and brands featured in this guide have committed to a minimum of five responsible actions as part of their daily operations. You will be able to identify their actions through indicative icons divided in four categories: sustainable management, social, environmental and community support actions.
THINGS TO KNOW IN BALI
Bahasa Indonesia & Balinese
Indonesia Central Time (GTM/UTC plus eight hours)
When to go
High Season: July, August & December (Accommodation rates increase by 50% or more)
Low Season: January to April and October to November (Rainy season, good airfares, good deals everywhere)
Best Season: May, June, September (Best weather, not too crowded, best time for all activities)
A free visa on arrival is available for a maximum of 30 days trip.
If you are planning to stay longer than 30 days, you will need to buy a 60 days Tourist Visa On Arrival or a Social Budaya Visa. Be aware that you will need to renew these two visas along the way while in Bali (You can do this either through a visa agent or attending the immigration office).
Most places in Bali accept credit/debit cards. You will also find plenty of ATMs and places to exchange money around the island.
Most places in Bali will give you free Wi-Fi access. You can also buy a cheap local SIM card everywhere for local phone calls and 3G access.
A complete travel-insurance to cover theft, loss and medical problems is essential.
Bali is considered as a safe travel destination. However, we recommend to always mind your belongings, especially when on a motorbike.
We recommend two of the most professional and clean hospitals in the island:
Siloam Hospital: located on the by-pass near Seminyak
BIMC Hospital: located in Kuta, Nusa Dua and Ubud
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POSITIVE IMPACT OF RESPONSIBLE DESTINATIONS IN BALI
Destinations are planning & building responsibly, engaging staff and creating awareness
Destinations are supporting local employment, farmers, and purchasing
Destinations are conserving energy, biodiversity and minimizing waste
Destinations are preserving local culture, heritage, natural sites and supporting local community
THE POWER OF EDUCATION
Students are the most powerful weapons of our society.
OUR INITIATIVES IN BALI
With more than one billion tourists every year, the world is dependent on tourism for its economy and is facing a long list of environmental issues; yet most of local communities around the world are not aware of how tourism affects them and their environment.
We truly believe that education is the best instrument through which present and future generations could be involved. Students are the most powerful weapons of our society.