Telephone / Internet
All telephone numbers listed on paradise-bali.com website are local numbers. To reach any number in Bali from outside Indonesia dial: your international access code + 62 + 361+ (local number). Wherein "62" is Indonesia country code and "361" is the most common area code for Bali. Be advised that most Bali telephone numbers are 6 digits though some are still 5 digits. Cellular service in Indonesia is GSM. If you bring your own GSM handphone you may purchase a prepaid calling chip from any number of vendors (kiosks are everywhere) and it is much cheaper than using your home country service.
Telecommunication capabilities have improved greatly over the last few years but patience is still the keyword when trying to dial overseas from Indonesia - especially during office hours. Most high end hotels offer International Direct Dialing (IDD) and Home Country Direct (HCD) services. Overseas calls can also be made at state-run telephone offices known as a wartel (warung telephone).
Need to get online? Surprisingly it is very easy and cheap to get on-line in Bali today (even easier more convenient than Singapore believe it or not !) as most and cafes and some restaurants offer 'free' internet access with minimum purchase of say a cup of coffee or beer. Usually the cafe offers between 30-60 minutes of access when you buy a drink but it's not strictly metered. Bring your laptop or 3G phone for VOIP, get the password and Bob's your uncle. The only draw back is the connection speed is not all that fast (around 128kbps). If you can't find a free hotspot there are any number of internet cafes with prices are next to nothing (i.e. charges are about Rp.10,000.- (1USD) for the first hour with discounts for longer periods.
As well, most five star hotels and deluxe boutique hotels will have wireless broadband access in public areas or business centre. For those not staying in smaller hotels or in remote areas there are any number of warnet (warung internet) with inexpensive connections that are suitable for voip i.e. skype (hint... if we wanted to use skype we would bring and use our own headset).
A few wifi hotspots in Bali....
Echo Beach Cafe - Canggu Beach, Canggu
OL Cafe - Canggu Beach, Canggu
Breeze - Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak
Black Canyon Coffee - Seminyak Square, Seminyak
Casa Gourmet - Seminyak Square, Seminyak
Chat Cafe - Corner Jl. Kunti and Sunset Road, Seminyak
Fresh - Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak
Lazumba - Jl. Laksmana, Seminyak
Cube - Jl. Sunset (Near Imam Bonjol), Kuta
JCO Coffee and Donuts - Galleria Matahari, Simpang Siur, Kuta
Le Bake - Simpang Siur, Kuta
Gloria Jeans - Kuta Galleria, Kuta
Kopi Pot - Jl. Legian, Kuta
Street Cafe - Jl. Danau Tamblingan, Sanur
Flava - Pengosekan, Ubud
If you know of any other cafe hotspots in Bali (not in a hotel),
send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll add it to the list.