Yes, it is very easy to get a sunburn in Bali. Due to Bali’s location near the equator, the sun’s rays are very strong and the UV index is consistently high. In the dry season, it is often very sunny, and you’ll find little natural shade on the beaches.
It’s recommended to wear sunscreen with an SPF of no less than 40, minimize time spent in the sun during the heat of the day between 10 am to 3 pm, and to cover up as much as possible without overheating. Wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and UV treated clothing will help prevent painful sunburns.
Bring high-quality sunscreen from home, as sunscreen in Bali is expensive because it is imported from Australia. Aloe is available in pharmacies for sunburn first aid, and drinking fresh green coconuts is a cheap and healthy way to stay hydrated.
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