John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) is the major international airport serving New York City. The airport is located in the borough of Queens. The airport is 16 miles southeast of Midtown Manhattan, and features four runways and six passenger terminals. Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is the primary airport in Bali. It's situated eight miles south of Denpasar, the main city on the island. The airport is the second-largest and busiest airport in Indonesia.
A total of seven airlines offer flights from JFK to DPS. These include China Eastern, China Southern Airlines, American Airlines, Singapore Airlines, China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, and Emirates, all of which offer flights with maximum one layover or more along the 8,811 mile route.
The fastest direct flight from JFK to DPS takes about 19 hours. Direct flights from New York to Bali fill faster. Unfortunately, there are only a few direct flights from JFK to DPS. Therefore, visitors may have to take connecting flights, however, some flights have stopovers long enough to get out of the airport for a few hours, just ensure valid visas are secured.
New York City has both short- and long-term parking lots. It also has myriad ride-sharing apps with designated pick up points at all terminals in JFK. There is also an Airtrain, which takes a little longer but is reliable and cheap. It takes up to an hour and a half to get from JFK to Manhatten via the Airtrain, and 45-60 minutes via private transfer.
Similarly, Bali has parking options at all terminals. It also has a ride-sharing app similar to Uber called Grab that helps passengers book rides to various destinations across the island at ease. There is public transportation at terminal 1. Car rental desks are also available at every terminal at DPS.
Foreign drivers in Bali need to have an international driving license, which they need to apply for in their home countries. However, these licenses are only valid if used together with the driving license of the country of origin. US passport holders don't need a visa to enter Bali and other parts of Indonesia for short visits, unless they are traveling for business.
Bali is 12 hours ahead of New York and experiences vastly different weather patterns. Bali experiences a tropical, warm, and humid climate throughout the year, making it a great vacation option year-round. The city has two distinctive seasons; rainy and dry season. The dry season falls between April-September, so this is the busiest time for tourists. Easter, Christmas, and New Year holidays are also busy seasons in Bali. However, many visitors visit the city in April, May, June, and September due to the lower humidity and cheaper villa rentals.
Visitors from the United States are required to change their currencies into Indonesian Rupiah. The currencies are currently exchnaging at 1 IDR to 0.00007 USD. Indonesian (Bhasa) is the most widely used language in Bali, but English is also used. Therefore, visitors from New York will find it nice and easy to communicate on the island.
Addressing someone using their first name is not a sign of disrespect in New York, but trust and friendliness. In Bali, it is polite to refer to someone by their titles and last name, where possible, and one should accompany greeting words with gestures. Holding one's hands in front of the chest while greeting someone is a sign of respect.
Pura Tanah Lot
Pura Tana Lot, located 12.5 miles (20 km) northwest of Kuta, is one of the city's most iconic temples. It has a spectacular seaside setting with crashing waves surrounding its rocky islet. Balinese people consider it the most sacred temple. Thousands of visitors from across the globe visit this temple every year.
This is one of the most famous of the island's temples. It has a magnificent cliff-top setting, and it's believed to protect Balinese people from evil sea spirits. Besides, the monkeys dwelling in the nearby forest are believed to guard the temple against evil influences.
Ubud Monkey Forest
This is the most exciting tourist attraction for photographers and animal lovers. The forest is aimed at representing the harmonious coexistence between animals and humans. Around 1,000 sanctuary and natural habitat of the Balinese long-tailed Monkies live in this sanctuary and protected natural habitat.