The Island of Gods
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- Spoken language:
- Indonesian, Balinese, English
- Indonesian Rupee
Passport: necessary, with a residual validity of at least 6 months from the date of departure from Indonesia.
Entry Visa: Contact the Indonesian Embassy in your country
- Power and Sockets:
- 230 V / 50 Hz - Plug Type C, F e G
To get around Bali you can rent a car directly at the airport or at one of the rental car companies all over the island. The average rental prices are affordable but driving on your own is not always a good idea: as in most of Asia the way the locals drive is a bit random and without rules. The traffic in the big cities is often intense, instead outside the urban centers to orient oneselves with the scarce road signs is not easy. If you decide to use this solution we advise you before your departure to read the many travel blogs that are online to inform you about itineraries and recommended routes. Take into account the fact that locals often do not have car insurance and therefore, in the event of an accident, you may find yourself in trouble.
The most used method is car rental with driver, this way you will not have to worry about the style of driving the locals leaving it up to those who know more than you. Most of the drivers are experts on both the roads and the best routes and will be able to accompany you wherever you want. The prices are very advantageous whether you decide to book a car before your departure or you are looking for it directly in Bali once you reach the island.
Another solution that allows you to have the freedom of choice and movement is to rent a scooter, means of transport very used by the locals. This option is definitely better than choosing the car because it allows you to escape the traffic typical of big Asian cities. The road rules in Bali are much more permissive than ours and you will soon notice that many motorcyclists not only ride without helmets, but often carry the whole family (even 4 people on one scooter) and sometimes even bulky objects and furniture! The scooter is definitely the most adventurous and fun choice, but suitable for short distances and not to visit the whole island: the roads are often not well paved and the scooters that are rented are not up to par.
Buses in Bali are called Bemo and are the perfect means if you want to come in close contact with the locals. These small 6-8-seater coaches are used very much by the Balinese to move from one village to another or from one market to another, you will often make a journey with the women carrying baskets of fruit, vegetables and live chickens. As often happens, however, you will have to get used to the Balinese times and timetables: the Bemo do not follow a fixed path and do not have departure times let alone arrival ones. They leave when they are full and stop when needed according to the needs of the passengers and the driver.
There is only one official Taxi company in Bali: the Blue Bird Group. The drivers of this company use the meter and therefore have official prices, also the levels of safety of the car and cleanliness are always good. All other taxis decide the price according to their interests. To make sure you are not scammed you can book your ride before on the official website of the Blue Bird Group.
Regardless of the means of transport chosen to move on long distances do not forget every now and then take a walk through the streets of the city. This will allow you to mingle with the locals and discover many small details that may escape you from your car or scooter. Lose yourself among the stalls, the unnamed alleys and enter a temple at random even if not marked on the tour guide, maybe you will discover something new or casually attend some religious ritual. You’ll find that the locals are very open to tourists and will be happy to let you know their culture and their religion incluing you in the activities of their daily lives.
TO/FROM THE AIRPORT
The Denpasar International Airport of Bali is located in the city of Denpasar, south of the island. From here, if you have not previously booked a ride with the hotel, you can take a taxi to get to your first stop. We advise you to use taxis with fixed prices to know beforehand how much you will spend.
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