FAQ Kima Bali Surfcamps
How can I make a binding reservation?
As soon as you’ve filled in the online registration on our website, your place on the Kima Surfari is reserved. You’ll get more information on Bali and payment arrangements with the e-mail confirmation of your booking. This reservation is binding and if you cancel there will be cancellation fees (see General Terms & Conditions).
How to get here
How can I get a cheap flight?
Unfortunately there are no direct flights from Europe/America to Bali, you have to count with at least one stop over. Cheap flights can only be had by booking well in advance (min. 5 months beforehand). If you fill in the flight offer form you’ll get non-binding offers per email from a travel agent we trust.
What airport do I head for on Bali?
Your destination will be “Ngurah Rai“ International Airport in Denpasar (DPS), Bali. It is the island’s only international airport.
Can I take my own surfboard with me?
Some airlines transport surfboards free of charge provided your total checked baggage weight is under the usual allowance (20-23 kg). But please check out with your airline beforehand since they do seem to take things as they come and decide as they like (make sure they know it is a ‘real’ surfboard, to avoid mix-ups with wind surfboards).
Will I be met at the airport?
The Canggu, Seminyak, Deluxe Villa and Berawa Surfaris include airport transfers from a 5 night's stay. For a stay less than 5 nights in those camps and for our Padang surf camp you have to pay a small fee.
To make sure everything goes smoothly let us know your exact flight data (time of arrival, airline and flight number) latest three days before you set off. One of our drivers will await you at the exit area with a sign with your name on it.
Visa for Indonesia
How do I get a visa (up to 30 days)?
For almost all European and North American nationals a visa-on-arrival is issued. You can pay for a visa when you arrive at an Indonesian airport. This visa can be extended once on location for another 30 days and can be obtained at:
Denpasar (Bali), Jakarta (Java), Padang (Sumatra), Kupang (Rote), Mataram (Lombok).
Price for up to 10 days: 15 US$; up to 30 days: 35 US$ (last updated Oct. 2014)
It’s a good to have the right amount of dollars in cash, otherwise horrendous exchange rates may make a hole in your holiday funds, before you start.
N.B.: Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry to Indonesia!
What kind of visa do I need if I want to stay longer than 30 days?
If you want to stay longer than 30 days in Indonesia, then you either extend you visa-on-arrival once or you can apply for a so called “social & cultural visa” from the Indonesian embassy/consulate in your country. This visa costs around 40 EUR, is valid for 60 days and can be extended up to four times by 30 days each time. However, this extension regulation does not apply for all social & cultural visas, so be sure to ask at the Indonesian embassy/consulate in your country.
To get this 60-day visa you have to provide the Embassy with your passport (valid for at least six months) plus an invitation letter of an Indonesian citizen (Sponsor) and his/her ID card, the completed application form, a copy of your flight tickets, two passport photos and maybe proof of sufficient finances (bank statement). Reckon with anything between 3 days and 6 weeks!!!
What’s the currency on Bali?
The local currency is the Indonesian Rupiah (IDR). The fluctuating exchange rate is approx. 13.000 Rupiah for 1 EUR.
How and where can I change money?
Lots of moneychangers will try and bait you with good exchange rates. But to avoid any rip-offs you should only change your cash at official P.T. Moneychangers or in your hotel. Make sure you get your changed money in large bills (50,000 or 100,000) then you know you’re with the right moneychanger.
Can I pay for my Surf Camp on the spot?
We ask for a downpayment via bank transfer. You can pay the remainder of your Surf Camp in Bali with cash (all currencies) or traveller cheques (American Express only). No credit card payment possible on location!
Can I get money from an ATM?
There are lots of ATMs on Bali where you can get Rupiahs with your credit card or bank card (international creditor, e.g. Maestro, Cirrus). The maximum amount per transaction varies depending on the ATM, but the absolute maximum per transaction is 3 million Rupiah (approx. 215 EUR). Several transactions can be done one after another.
How far is the hotel from the beach?
The Green Room Hotel in Seminyak is a 4-minute walk from the beach, in Canggu about 2 minutes. In Lembongan the camp is located up a hill overviewing Lembongan bay, so count with a one-minute walk to the beach. From Berawa, Deluxe Villa and Padang Camp you reach the next beach within 5 minutes driving.
What do I do with my valuables?
Every room in the Seminyak, Canggu, Deluxe Villa and Berawa Surf Camp has an electronic safe where you can keep your cash, flight tickets, whatever. Larger valuables (laptop, photo equipment etc.) can, if you prefer, be deposited in the hotel office. None of the hotels takes responsibility of lost or stolen items.
Will I need a plug adaptor?
All sockets are European standardised with 220V output. Bring your adapter if your devices have other standards. But every adaptor can also be bought here in Bali.
Will I need a mosquito net?
There are mosquito nets at Lembongan and Padang. At Canggu and Seminyak there are mosquito nets available at the front desk on request.
Are there towels in the hotel?
The hotel provides towels – fresh ones as required. However, these should not be taken to the beach, so pack your favourite beach towel.
Is there bed linen in the hotel?
Bed linen is provided and is changed regularly (with night temperatures of around 26°C you won’t need a sleeping bag or the like!)
Is there Internet in the hotel?
In the surf resorts Seminyak, Canggu, Deluxe Villa and Berawa you have free use of our W-LAN. At Padang Surf Camp there is a small charge for the use of W-LAN. If you don’t have a laptop with you there’s an internet café more or less next door in Seminyak and Padang. In Lembongan you relax without any electronic access to the outside world, but there is an internet cafe and some WiFi hot spots near the harbour in walking distance.
Can I drive myself?
During the day our cars are used for the guided surf tours. You can use them in the evenings or at the weekends – just check with us (an international driving licence is required). Groups of at least 3 can also use the cars during the day (no charge, but please refuel). Be aware: Only in our surf camps Seminyak, Canggu and Berawa we have cars for anyone’s disposal.
Are the cars insured for KIMA?
In the case of self-drive, driver and passengers share the costs for any possible damages.
Surfing and Weather
What kind of surfboards are there at KIMA?
Our surfboards are all made of high-quality epoxy or polyester resin. On the one hand this means the best possible performance on the water, but on the other hand, if they’re not handled properly, they’re easily damaged. Repairs have to be paid for by the user. So be careful with the boards. For a small amount fee you can “insure” your hired board. In case you lose the board or parts of it you have to take over the costs despite the insurance.
Here’s a rough guide to repair costs (always depends on the extent and severity of the ding):
Small ding: approx. 30,000 Rp.
Medium-sized ding: approx. 50,000 Rp.
Large ding: approx. 120,000 Rp.
Fin broken: 70,000 Rp.
Snap: 750,000 Rp.
(Prices may change, updated February 2015)
Do I need a wetsuit on Bali?
With water temperatures between 27 and 30°C you can easily leave your wetsuit at home.
When should I book the surf school ?
For absolute beginners we recommend our 3 day Learn-To-Surf package. This way you save a lot of time and avoid making mistakes that are difficult to straighten out later on. Parallel to the surf school course you can surf a second time a day with our surf guides.
If you can handle a take-off and manage to surf standing to the beach ahead of the white wash, you do not need to attend surf school and your best bet is our surf guiding and video coaching where you’ll learn lots simply by practice and the many tips and help our surf guides will give you.
Do I need my own equipment during the surf school?
Tuition at the surf school includes soft-top learning boards, but we do recommend you hire your own equipment from us. This way in the afternoons after your lessons, you can practise what you’ve learned from our surf guides, you’re flexible and can for instance miss out on the surf school for a day and just do a beginner camp session (e.g. a daytrip on Sunday).
When does the surf school start?
The surf school can begin any time from Monday to Sunday. In between you can easily miss a day to practise with our surf guides. We normally book your surf school session for the first day after your arrival. But this can be arranged individually.
When does the guiding programme start?
You can take part in our guiding programme as soon as you’re here. Depending on when you arrive, straight from the plane to the line-up, unless you arrive on a Saturday or Sunday – that’s our surf guides’ day-off. But then once you have your equipment and after a briefing nothing stops you heading to our home break on your own or surfing somewhere else.
Are the Bali waves ok for beginners?
The endless surf spots on Bali have the right wave for all levels. Kuta’s mile-long beach and some very soft reef breaks are ideal for beginners. If the swell is too big at the beach our surf guides always know the one or other spot with nice little breaks for our beginners. In Padang you should prepare yourself for longer driving times if you want to surf at beginner friendly spots.
What’s the weather like on Bali?
April to November is the dry season on Bali, with an air temperature of approx. 30°C and 2-3 days’ rain a month.
November to April is the humid season on Bali. That means it rains more often than in the previous months, but mostly in the morning or evening, at sunrise or sunset. In between the sun always shines and everything’s budding and blooming. The rain seldom lasts longer than half an hour, but then it does pour down.
It can rain at daytime sometimes, as the weather anywhere is always a bit of gamble. Sometimes it won’t rain the whole weeklong and then a few days in a row...who knows?
What’s the temperature like on Bali?
All year round the temperature is always around 30°C. At night during the European summer months it can cool down to as little as 24°C
What’s the water temperature on Bali?
The water temperature on Bali is between 26°C (July/August) and 30°C (December/January). Leave your wetsuit at home!
What kind of food is there on Bali?
There is no end of variations. From tiny tasty Indonesian (mobile) street stands and mini-restaurants to Indian, Italian or even fondue, steak houses or fast food chains. In and around Kuta you can eat something different every day.
What’s the nightlife like in Kuta and Seminyak?
Depends what you want: you can either sip a quiet cocktail in Seminyak, or go dancing to house music or a live band in Kuta. A massive amount of clubs, bars and discos mean you can party all night long.
What kind of clothes should I take with me?
As a rule, during the day, you can go around in a bikini or board shorts and flip-flops. In the evening when you go out to eat, a T-shirt, shirt and long trousers are a good idea, they also help against the mosquitos.
Illness, Vaccinations, Insurance
What vaccinations do I need?
We recommend a tetanus boost (1 jab in your rear end), hepatitis A (2-3 jabs, starting 6 weeks before your trip), typhoid (oral vaccination, 3 weeks before) and if you want to be on the safe side, a malaria prophylaxis, and rabies vaccination. Bali and Nusa Lembongan are classified as malaria-free! However, there are some isolated cases of infection now and again. But the prophylaxis is hard stuff with its side effects on organs and mind.
If you act wisely (repellents, protective/covering clothing), you can keep the risk to a minimum. If you want to travel further you should find out what the situation is like on the islands of your choice.
What’s medical care like on Bali?
What you need for your own personal use you should take with you; all kinds of antiseptic creams, lotions, band-aids etc. can be had very cheaply at the local pharmacy. Medical care in the tourist regions of Bali is good and mostly up to western standards (hygiene, disinfection, educational standards of the medics, etc.).
What insurance should I take out?
We strongly recommend that everyone should have a travel health insurance. Apart from treatment expenses and drugs on location, this also covers return transport by an emergency service. This insurance costs about 20 €. A must for everyone and mostly valid for a whole year!
Apart from a travel health insurance, you can also take out a casualty insurance (hospital daily benefits or even a pension in a worst case scenario) and a travel and baggage insurance.