ACCOMMODATION & ESSENTIALS
Accommodation is the responsibility of the yogi. We highly recommend that you stay in very close proximity to The Practice to avoid excessive commutes. There are a plethora of close Canggu accommodations ranging from affordable and clean home-stays at $20 per night to monthly room rentals (around US$300-US$500 a month) and luxury villas (where you can live it up if you want).
For accommodation options you can check out airbnb or agoda.com (do a search on Canggu and as close to Batu Bolong), or do the following searches on Facebook.
- Bali (south) housing and accommodation
- Canggu Community
Once you arrive in Canggu, you can hire scooters on a daily, weekly or monthly rate from a number of venues (and most likely from your accommodation). It costs about 50,000 – 70,000Rp (less than US$7) per day. If you do hire a motorbike, ensure you ALWAYS wear a helmet, and preferably wear appropriate clothes and shoes. And drive carefully as the roads and traffic can be insane. It is also cheap for taxi’s, so they might be the best way to get about if you are not 100% comfortable on a scooter.
The best taxi’s are Bluebird taxi’s and they will have a meter. Always ask the driver to put the meter on. If not, get out and get another one. There are always loads of them around.
The current exchange rate is (approx.): USD $1 = 13,000 Indonesian Rupiah at the time of this writing (17 Aug 2016). It does change often, so check before you leave, on www.xe.com for approximate exchange rates.
It is a great idea to bring about US$100 equivalent of Indonesian Rupiah, or can change about US$100 into Indonesian Rupiah at the airport. The rate is not the bets, but it is also not a rip-off. When changing any money after that, use only the bigger (teller like) money exchange places, banks or a larger official money exchange location.
DO NOT use the smaller, hole-in-the-wall type places. Their rates look much better, but that is because they will rip you off. They have perfected the art; so don’t try them.
It is also likely to be a better exchange rate when you get to Bali (as opposed to in your own country), as there is no exchange fee.
There are also LOTS of ATM’s in Bali, but of late there have been a number of ATM scams happening. So if you are going to use an ATM, use one at the front of a bank where there will be a security guard. Alternatively, ask us where is the best ATM. A lot of the cafe’s these days accept Credit Cards, and the transactions can be considered safe.
Bali is a relatively safe place. This is a result of the Hindu culture and the nature of the Indonesian people, who are very friendly and family oriented.
If you are in the main tourist areas you obviously have to pay more awareness to your surroundings and possessions. But generally in Bali there is a low crime rate. So no need to be paranoid, but also don’t get too blasé with leaving your stuff around. The average monthly salary for an Indonesian is about US$100 a month, so your $500 phone represents a big value.
One of the biggest dangers – for most tourists – is riding a scooter or driving a car on the road. If you are not comfortable with this, then don’t do it. Catch a cheap taxi. There are regular fatal accidents by tourists to Bali, riding a scooter without a helmet, so ALWAYS wear a helmet.
Also be street-wise as you would back home and don’t go out late at night by yourself to out of the way areas. A lot of places have little or no street lighting, so it is best to travel at night with a friend or two (which you will have plethora of on the course).
Medical & Travel Insurance
We STRONGLY encourage you to take out travel insurance from the time you arrive in Bali, until the time you return home. It is just a smart traveler rule. Lonely Planet recommend World Nomads http://www.worldnomads.com/, which we had used several time in the past. A 1-month policy will cost about US$100 if you are Australian and 30 years of age (for example). Whatever provider you use, ensure they have great medical cover, which will fly you to Australia or Singapore if necessary.
For any minor medical conditions, we will treat at the venue. If there are any serious injuries we will either take you to a medical centre in Canggu, or take you to the Bali International Medical Centre (BIMC), which is about 1hr from Canggu and has world-class facilities and western medical practitioners.
On past courses people have been informed by ill-advised doctors that they need to take malaria tablets. The official risk for malaria in Bali (and especially in Canggu) is considered very very low, and is definitely different from other parts of Indonesia (e.g. Papua in East Indonesia). Some doctors can be overly cautious and have had no personal experience of traveling in SE Asia.
If you have any special medical needs, injuries, allergies or the likes, you need to tell us so we can take the best care of you.
Visa’s for Indonesia
This is SUPER SUPER important to understand. So please read carefully.
Depending on your country of origin there are three options to enter Indonesia that apply to most travelers that come for tourist or social purpose only:
- No Visa required (majority of countries – FREE entry, 30 days valid, this is NOT extendable)
- Visa on Arrival (35US$, 30 days valid, extendable (once for 30 days))
- Visa needed for specific countries (apply abroad before arriving in Indonesia)
This website link has more information and an indication of the countries that can get a free non-extendable Visa. However, in almost all cases, students have needed to pay for a VISA ON ARRIVAL at the airport, so they can extend their visa for another 30 days. If you are unsure of how many days you will stay before or after the YTT we STRONGLY recommend that you pay the US$35 for a VISA ON ARRIVAL.
If you overstay your visa the fine at the airport is US$80+ a day (1,000,000 IDR). The start of 30-days also starts from the day you arrive at the airport.
VISA EXTENSION (As per 1 November 2018)
- If you need to EXTEND your Visa on Arrival for an extra 30 days we will assist you. It requires your original passport and costs Rp 1,100,000 in total for a visa agent, the immigration fee, and additional benefit for you is you are not required to go to Immigration Office in Nusa Dua so the YTT course won’t be interrupted for an immigration trip.
- At the start of the YTT we will collect your passport, the fee and then start processing the Visa extension for you. The process will takes up to 14-working days and then we will return your passport before the end of YTT.
- NOTE : If you OVERSTAY your Visa on Arrival stamp the fine is approx. US$80 p/d (1,000,000 IDR). DOUBLE CHECK STAMP as we have seen several times the stamped date is wrong, and they also include the time you arrive when calculating overstay, yes really!
Bring your own writing materials and a ‘journal’ for taking notes. This will end up being a journal that you keep adding to and expanding on in the future. It is where you write notes, quotes, sequences, new things you learn, great strategies, new insights, etc. Moleskin have great notebooks that are stylish, built to last, and also ruled in a way that suits your preferences.
You will be provided with an A5 workbook for the course, with the notes in it you will require.
The Food in Canggu
Yoga Teacher Training Bali at The Practice – Great Food
Here in Canggu, the food scene is amazing! We are surrounded by, and within walking distance, of so many incredible cafes and restaurants, students will be free to roam and make their own choices about breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will come together to practice, study and teach only. Yummy teas will be provided and water of course.
Who’s got the goods? Local favourites:
- Crate Cafe
- Shady Shack
- Warung Bumi
- Warung Varuna
- Canteen Cafe
- The Chillhouse
Just to name a few!!
In the smaller Warung’s (café’s) in Bali the food is again fine to eat. When you eat Indonesian, you just need to be aware of your own constitution and you may decide to skip animal products, and ensure that the food is fully cooked (fried or grilled or cooked over a flame).
Check out Trip Advisor for a great list of dining options in Canggu.
The prices for a meal can range from US$2-$3 in a local Warung to US$8-$10 at a more established cafe. So you have a bit of flexibility.
What To Pack
Yoga clothes of course. You may want 2 yoga outfits per day as morning practice can get very sweaty in the tropics. You will not need to wear shoes at the venue (actually wearing no shoes is great for postural alignment, rebalancing electrically, and connecting with the earth). The venue for the final dinner will be a ‘nice’ restaurant, but casual dress is still ok.
It may be mildly cool(ish) at night especially driving on the motorbike so please bring a light jacket or layers. Swimming and beach gear is obviously a must.
Bring all your toiletries with you and sunburn cream if you need it. If you forget anything, there are local shops all around. Sarongs are readily available for purchase at the beach.
Laundry facilities are abundant and cheap in the neighborhood. A load of clothes for washing might cost about US$3. And that usually includes ironing. Although if you have a super favourite outfit, it might be best to hand wash it.