Bali health information is important to know when travelling to Bali, to take precautions before you go and travel smart in order to stay healthy. Then you can really get the most out of your Bali Holiday!
Being properly vaccinated is very important to prevent diseases. Your doctor can advise you on exactly what you need, but make sure you go to the doctor as early as you can to leave enough time to get them done. For this region, the vaccinations you require may include: Hep A, Hep B, Typhoid, Tetanus Pertussis and Diphtheria, measles mumps and rubella, chicken pox, influenza. Keep in mind that you may have already had a few of these vaccinations as a child.
Other Bali Health Risks and Precautions
Some other Bali health risks or diseases may be caused by contact with mosquitos, so it is important to apply insect repellent whilst in Bali. Look for a brand with high DEET as it serves as a better protectant. Bali is not at high risk of Malaria, so we have not been advised to take Malaria Tablets before. However, if you go to Lombok region, there may be a high risk, and we have had to take Malaria tablets in this region.
Another thing to be aware of is travellers diarrhoea. Make sure you be mindful of what you eat – if you have street food look for one that looks busy and clean. Also keep good hygeine yourself – taking a small bottle of hand sanitiser is a good idea. And only drink bottled water – which is readily available and inexpensive.
Rabies may also be present if you come into contact with an animal who has rabies. Although there is a pre-immunisation, it is not readily recommended as this condition is rare in travellers. The best way to avoid rabies is to avoid contact with animals. However, please contact your doctor for further information.
Bali has heavy traffic in the main tourist areas and also has a high incidence of car and motorcycle accidents. Bali’s “road rules” are most likely not the same as your country and if you are uncomfortable with how your driver is driving say something. As you are not used to the conditions on Bali’s Roads, it is best not to drive yourself in either a car or a motorbike.
General Safety and Precautions
One thing to be aware of in Bali is pickpockets. Use of a money belt is a good way to keep your valuables safe. Be mindful if you have a shoulder bag to have it across your body whilst also holding onto the bag itself.
As Bali is blessed with beautiful sunny days, it’s easy to drift off into relax mode and forget to put on your suncream. Severe sunburn can not only have detrimental long term effects, but it can also make you uncomfortable and ill whilst on holidays. Take some suncream with you whenever you go out and reapply. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.
Footpaths in Bali are a little under developed. And by that I mean you can literally be walking along a footpath and then there is a large hole/gap in the footpath. Always be aware of where you are walking – this is common for most tourist areas of Bali.
Swimming at one of Bali’s beautiful beaches is one of the top things to do in Bali. But be careful to choose beaches which are patrolled if possible as bali beaches can have strong currents and rips and incidences of drowning have occurred.
Alcohol And Illegal Drugs
Bali has also been prone to drink spiking and has very strict laws on drugs. It is important to avoid drugs completely without exception. If you are going to drink, it is best to drink from a pre-packaged bottle which you watch get opened, of a brand you know. Be mindful to watch you drink and do not leave it unattended. It is also important to be with someone you know and trust.
Hospitals in Bali
In case of emergencys, we have listed some of Bali’s local Hospitals:
Bali Med Hospital
Jalan Mahendradatta no 57X, Denpasar
Ph: +62 361 484 748
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai no. 100X, Kuta
Ph: +62 361 761 263
Kawasan BTDC Block D, Nusa Dua
Ph: +62 361 3000 911
Jalan Tantular No. 6, Renon, Denpasar
Ph: +62 361 247 499
Prima Medika Hospital
Jalan P serangan 9X, Denpasar
Ph: +62 361 236 225
Sanglah Public Hospital
Jalan Kesehatan Selatan 1, Sanglah, Denpasar
Ph: +62 361 227 911
Jalan Sunset Road, no. 818, Kuta, Badung
Ph: +62 361 779 900
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, no 505X, Kuta
Ph: +62 361 720 100
To make sure your Bali health is in good condition, the following is a list of locations for a pharmacy chain called Apotek Kimia Farma:
Jalan Diponegoro, no. 125, Denpasar
Jalan Kartikia Plaza, no. 67, Kuta
Ph: 0361 757 196
Jalan Raya Tuban, no 15, Kuta
Ph: 0361 757 472
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, no. 89, Nusa Dua
Ph: 0361 774 118
Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, no. 232, Sanur
Ph: 0361 283 395
Jalan Raya No. Pelliatan 100, Ubud
Ph: 0361 972 193
Jalan Pratama, no. 87, Tanjung Benoa
Ph: 0361 771 069
Please also note that you can usually get over the counter medications such as Panadol, sea sickness tablets, cough lollies etc. at the local convenience store (e.g. Circle K).
Hopefully this Bali health information provides you with enough information to help you plan your trip and enjoy your time there!
Please note that this Bali Health Information should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a medical practitioner. It is highly recommended that you consult your medical practitioner prior to travel.