How to Get to Bali
All you need is an airplane ticket and a passport -- no visa is required for U.S. citizens.
Just book a round trip to Bali on the flights of your choice.
The official name of the Bali airport is Ngurah Rai International, but you'll usually see it referred to on travel web sites as Denpasar -- the city in Indonesia in which it is located.
As mentioned, if you are traveling with your own bike do NOT pay in advance for the airline to transport it -- wait until you get to the airline check-in counter and see if they charge you less.
Dates & Schedule
You want to arrive no later than noon on September 20th. We have no daytime activities planned on the 20th -- this is the day to relax and catch up after your flight. Later in the afternoon we'll meet at the hotel to reasemble your bike if you brought your own, or introduce you to your rental bike. We will meet in the evening for a welcome drink and dinner together -- all included in the price of the ride, of course.
Our last night of lodging is September 27th, and we will have a free trip to the airport on the morning of September 28th at 8:00 a.m. for your bike and you. (So if you are taking our free transport back to the airport I wouldn't book a departure any earlier than noon on September 28th, just to be on the safe side).
If you wish to stay longer (and who wouldn't...) the hotel can help you coordinate transport to the airport for a modest fee, and we are happy to help you book additional hotel nights if you wish. There is no mark-up here -- you pay what we pay.
WARNING: Be careful with the calendar. Some flights arrive one or two days after you take off, due to crossing the Intenational Date Line. Make sure you are arriving on the right date. If you want to arrive a day or two earlier (highly recommended so you have time to unwind and adjust for the local timezone) let us know -- we will book you extra hotel nights. No mark-up here -- you pay what we pay.
There are two bike-related issues you should watch out for before you buy your airfare.
• These only affect you if you are bringing your own bike with you on the plane •
1. Check the itinerary for the flight you're thinking of purchasing. If your plane departs the U.S. and immediately heads overseas, that's fine. But if your flight takes you from your hometown to another U.S. airport first, be careful. That first flight might be on a small commuter plane that will not have room for your bike.
For example, if you are starting your day in Philadelphia, your first flight might be overseas to, say, Singapore, where you will change planes -- OK!
But if your first flight is a short hop from Philadelphia to New York, you might be on a small plane that does not have room for your bike. If the aircraft is described in the itinerary as a Narrow Body Jet you should find out if this is a 100-seat aircraft (fine) or a plane with only 14 seats (which may not have room for your bike). Keep your eyes open for these airlines: Delta Connection, American Eagle, United Express. These are all fine airlines affiliated with major carriers, but they all might be small commuter planes.
2. Some flights involve two legs covered by airlines that are partners -- no problem. When you switch planes they automatically transfer your luggage.
But occasionally the travel web sites will offer itineraries that involve two airlines that are NOT partners. In that case you may see a warning message like this one:
You do not want to have to pick up your bike at baggage claim in Singapore (or anywhere else!) and then check it in all over again for the flight to Bali. (You might even get charged twice for transporting your bike). There are plenty of better flights available.
Complete information on how to get from the Bali airport to our hotel inexpensively can be found .
PS -- why don't we book airfare for you?
1. You can get a much better deal on a flight online than we can get by calling the airline and offering to buy a big block of tickets.
2. Can you imagine trying to get everyone to agree on one flight out of one airport?
3. Some of you may be paying for your flight with frequent flyer miles.
See you in Bali!