Respecting the Island of Gods: Understanding Bali’s New Tourist Guidelines


Dear readers, as Bali continues to enchant the world as a top tourist destination, it’s essential to navigate its cultural and environmental landscapes with respect and understanding. The provincial government, under Governor Wayan Koster, has introduced a new set of guidelines effective from May 31, 2023, to foster a harmonious coexistence between tourists, local culture, and nature.

The Essence of Bali’s New Tourist Guidelines

Do’s for a Harmonious Visit:

  • Respect for Sacredness: Honor the sanctity of Balinese temples and religious symbols. These places are not just tourist attractions but are deeply revered by the local community.
  • Cultural Appreciation: Embrace Balinese culture, customs, and traditions. Bali’s rich heritage is a tapestry of arts, rituals, and wisdom that deserves our deepest respect.
  • Modest Dressing: Dress appropriately, especially in holy places and public areas. Your attire should reflect respect for local norms and sacred sites.
  • Polite Behavior: Courtesy is key. Whether you’re exploring tourist spots, dining in restaurants, or navigating Bali’s roads, politeness enriches your interactions.
  • Guided Tours: Enhance your experience with a licensed tour guide who can provide insights into Bali’s lifestyle, customs, and traditions.
  • Currency Exchange: Use authorized money changers for your transactions. Look for ones with a permit number and QR code logo from Bank Indonesia.

Don’ts for Responsible Tourism:

  • Sacred Space Entry: Refrain from entering the innermost parts of temples, except for prayer purposes, and only if appropriately dressed and not menstruating.
  • Protect Nature: Do not touch or climb sacred trees, and avoid littering or polluting Bali’s natural resources like rivers, lakes, and the ocean.
  • Plastic Usage: Say no to single-use plastics like bags, polystyrene, and straws. Bali is striving to be an eco-friendly destination.
  • Respectful Communication: Avoid harsh language, impolite behavior, or aggressive actions towards anyone, including on social media.


Embracing Bali’s new guidelines isn’t just about following rules; it’s about showing respect for an island that has opened its heart to the world. As visitors, let’s contribute positively to Bali’s culture and environment, ensuring that this paradise remains beautiful and welcoming for years to come.

Remember, every action, no matter how small, can have a significant impact on preserving the essence of Bali – the Island of Gods.

Author: Dewi, Your Guide to Bali’s Heart and Soul

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