Money and Conversion
Money – This can be an issue for some guests. The Indonesian currency is the Rupiah (IDR). There are some good reliable money changers in Candi Dasa and they cash all types of foreign currency. There is a small bank branch in Candi Dasa with an ATM for locals only. Don’t risk using it as it often doesn’t work. Otherwise, there are ATM’s available for International guests at various locations throughout the village.
All hotels accept credit cards. So if you eat out, you can charge it. The local currency, Rupiahs will be needed only for minor purchases or for small cafés and restaurants. You should only need USD$1,500 per week in cash for incidentals and minor purchases. This can be exchanged at the money changers as required. After all, it is almost impossible to spend this much money on such items. Major purchases, eg: stone carvings or artwork can be paid for by credit card.
Currency conversion can be confusing. The easiest way to remember it is to remove the four zeros from the Rupiah amount. This changes it into USD/AUD dollars. Example Rp 50,000 becomes USD$4.00 and AUD$5.00. Please don’t leave money lying around in the Villa. It is just too tempting for some people, particularly when they earn so very little money in comparison to Westerners.
Each Suite at the Villa is equipped with an electronic safe. All valuables should be locked in the safe when not in use. Read the instructions on the inside wardrobe door before using the safe. If you require any assistance you should speak with your Villa Manager, Ni Wayan.