Weather: Bali and Lombok are hot all year round with temperatures during the day often reaching 30 or even 40 degrees centigrade. We'll be sticking mainly to shooting during morning and evening when it's not as hot, and sticking to airconditioned and shaded areas during the day but be prepared for a bit of heat. Sunglasses and a hat are advised.
Clothes: comfortable, loose clothing is recommended due to the heat; shorts are a good bet. For those wanting to travel light, we can arrange laundry during the trip and when travelling to Lombok it will be possible to leave some of your luggage to wait for you on Bali.
Health: We highly recommend bringing plenty of high-strength sunblock and insect repellant; sunburn and itchy bites can really suck the fun out of the experience. Malaria isn't a problem in Bali but it is advisable to take anti-malaria medication for the Lombok stretch of the trip. Please see your local health professional for details (in the UK, this can be gotten at pharmacies) and also about vaccinations that are recommended for the region.
Food: Bali and Lombok have a wide variety of tasty dishes to try including delicious local specialties like Nasi Goreng and myriad tropical fruits. We recommend not to try the food sold by street vendors in order to avoid 'Bali belly' but during the tour we'll guide you to food that is both delicious and safe to eat 🙂 If you're a fan of spicy food Lombok in particular has some local dishes that you may like to try....though be warned, 'Lombok' literally means 'spicy'. Because the temperatures are so high, it's really important to drink a lot of water and keep hydrated; we'll have plenty with us on the tour so no need to worry about that while we're out photographing.
Culture: Bali is known as the Island of the Gods and the predominant religion is Hindu with a flavour of the native Animism which plays a large part in the lives and culture of the Balinese. Temples and statues dedicated to the Gods are common throughout the island and the Balinese are famed for their skill in stone-carving, woodcarving and traditional crafts. Performances such as the Kecak and Barong dances tell stories from the Ramayana and Balinese mythology respectively. In Lombok you can expect to see traditional cultures that are largely untouched by western influence.
Money: The currency in Indonesia is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR) with an exchange rate that currently stands at about 20k IDR to the British Pound; you can expect food and drink to be very cheap as well as any souvenirs you wish to buy. That said, the locals can be very savvy when it comes to tourist money however as your guides, we can advise you to make sure you're getting a fair deal on anything you wish to buy. It's also wise to have a small amount of US Dollars as there are occasionally things which will be charged in Dollars e.g. your Visa, non-tour activities.
Insurance: We require all participants on our tour to arrange their own travel insurance and for you to supply us with a copy of that insurance; we will be working to ensure your health and safety throughout the trip but we cannot take responsibility for any accidents, illness or injury that you may experience.
Visa: When you arrive in Indonesia you will be required to purchase a tourist visa which covers you for up to 30 days (but may be extended). The cost is $35 (US) so make sure you have at least that much in USD.
Fitness: A normal level of fitness will be required; there are no extreme hikes or activities on the main tour although some locations may require a bit of walking including some steep hills to get the best spots. As mentioned above Bali and Lombok can be very hot, especially during the day so keep that in mind. If you have any questions or concerns about this, let us know.