We Are A Family Of 3 Who Went To Bali On 17th July Till 22nd July, And We Hired Dewa Marco Mobile No:(62) 08123918718 As Our Driver To Show Us Around Bali. He Charged Us Around 300,000 Rp Per Day. He's An Excellent Driver Who Showed Us Interesting Places (Both Meaningful And Enjoyable On Our Request). He's Very Popular In Bali And Speak Good English. A Very Entertaining And Humurous Driver!
I Would Really Recommend Dewa Marco To Anyone Who Wants To Visit Bali,Indonesia! When He's Not Available, He'll Ask His Cousin Dewa Pablo To Assist Him...A Very Charming Guy, But Our First Choice Is Still Dewa Marco!
These are the current rates for Taxis from the airport:
Tuban 20,000 Rp
Kuta Centre 25,000 Rp
Legian 30,000 Rp
Seminyak 35,000 Rp
Kerobokan 40,000 Rp
Denpasar I 40,000 Rp
Depensar II 45,000 Rp
Depensar III 50,000 Rp
Ubung Stasiun 55,000 Rp
Sanur 55,000 Rp
Nusa Dua 55,000 Rp
Jimbaran I 25,000 Rp
Jimbaran II 40,000 Rp
Jimbaran III 55,000 Rp
Benoa 60,000 Rp
Nikko Bali 65,000 Rp
Uluwatu 80,000 Rp
Batu Balan 65,000 Rp
Canggu 80,000 Rp
Uud 115,000 Rp
Tanah Lot 115,000 Rp
Candi Dasa 199,000 Rp
Hire a driver to take you around the island. Some of them speak English very well and they can double up as your private tour guide. For a minimum of 9 hours, the prices range from 200,000 to 350,000 Rupiah (US$ 22 - 38) which includes the driver/tour guide, the car, fuel and parking fees.
I paid my driver 350,000 Rupiah but he was with me for a full 12 hours. That's 3 hours extra at no extra cost! He was very kind and speaks good English. He even helped me with the haggling when I was doing some shopping. His name is Manik Suparsa and you may contact him at the number and email address below.
He also manages his own hotel in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud called Villa Kerti Yasa. You may wanna check that out also. If you are interested to stay at his villa, tell him that I referred you and he will give you a discount.
A good, dependable Guide is your most important asset when visiting Bali.
The distances are great (Due to road conditions in places) as well as accessability routes. Although they may not seem far on a map, locations may take from 30 mins to over an hour to reach.
Having a guide that can organize your trip itinerary into "segments" allows you to make the most of your trip and time on Bali. (An example was our ability to photograph Mount Batur, attend a Cremation ceremony AND do the Arts festival and shopping) all in one day.
Our guide's insight into the local culture, his attention to detail which included providing sarongs for us to wear to religious ceremonies and temples, and, his knowledge of local restaurants and tourist traps to avoid, made for a smooth experience.
Also, your guide must have good command of your language, along with winning personality and charm. "Putu" is a true proffessional in all respects. He even looks the part!
The drivers most always speak English and they know Bali.
If we had not had a driver we would not of seen all the interesting places that we saw.
They also can guide you to the best places to shop and warn you of ripoffs.
We have a favorite driver named Ketut but there are a lot of good ones.
If you're looking for a driver to use for day trips around Bali I can highly recommend this driver. Although he lives a couple of hours drive from Denpasar, he is more than willing to pick you up from your hotel and be your driver for the day. I discovered him through another VT member. If you're wanting to stay on the east coast , better still, he can pick you up at the airport and then will have no hesitation looking after you for the duration of your stay. He's a gem. His name is Komang.
On my last trip to Bali, on the recommendation of many others before me, I hired Wayan Sueta to be my guide and driver. I cannot recommend him highly enough. He speaks excellent English, is a very safe driver, and is extremely knowledgeable about all things Balinese. Best of all, he will take you to the most unique and beautiful areas on the island, rather than tourist traps.
Many drivers will take you to shops where they get a commission. Wayan will never do that. He has taken me on hikes through the rice fields and to temples, and along the way he has taken great care to teach me about what I am seeing and experiencing.
For single women traveling alone, it can sometimes be nuscance (even scary) to be bothered by your driver. But Wayan is very respectful and never made me feel uncomfortable.
If you want a Bali experience like no other, please contact Wayan. Make reservations early as he is very popular. His day rate is 30,000 Rp (about $30 a day). He is prompt, hard working, and a very special person.
Upon arrival at Ngurah Rai Airport, you will have to buy a coupon to get a taksi to take you to your destination.
The best and most detailed tips can be found on Balisunshine's pages.
Taksi prices (usually you would negotiate a price before jumping in) :
Kuta or Legian to Jimbaran Bay (near Hotel Intercontinental)
One scrupulously honest taxi driver actually told us that it would be cheaper to use the meter & it turned out that he was right! The metered price was 19,000, and we were so pleased, we gave him 20,000 and didn't wait for the change.
Footnote: The private operators hanging around public beaches who are not real taxi drivers would usually charge you 50% more. Some taxi drivers do not turn on the air-conditioning, unless you ask them to.
The Blue Bird and white Galleria taksis were slightly newer and had metered installed (but not always used!)
In Bali, it is really NOT advisable to self-drive. The drivers here enjoy stopping suddenly, there are many motorbikes, and there are U turns and intersections that pop up unexpectedly. Road conditions are quite poor in some areas. There are police road blocks at many places...(do need I say more?)~ on the road to Kintamani, we encountered 2 police road blocks, 2 km apart~
If you need to get around and don't wish to join a tour, why not hire a car with a driver?
A Toyota Kijang (can take up to 6 passengers) ~ hired at our resort with the Asst Mgr who doubled up as the driver/guide cost us 265,000 rupiahs for 6 hours (petrol was included in the price) OR 330,000 rupiahs for 8 hours. Additional hour 40,000 rupiahs
A Toyota Kijang hired at Kuta Square cost us 350,000 rupiahs for 10 -12 hours ("until you get tired lah") (petrol was included in the price). His was an older vehicle and the air-conditioning didn't work that well but was okay generally.
Our driver (pictured here with my son) is a loquacious affable guy called I. Nyoman Arya Subrata. He can speak some English. At the end of it, we gave him another 50,000 rupiahs as a tip.
well think twice coz , the road condition is not as good as places like NZ etc etc ..where you can drive around with ease.
Roads are narrow and accidents happens quite often ( though I didnt not see one )
getting a tour guide can save a lot of trouble but again please check around for the rates before you go . Just in case an accident occur , at least you have the tour guide and driver there !
Can contact Komang who works for "Bali Exciting daily Tour " in Denpasar Off tel 480812 or his personal mobile phone 081338752810 ( talking about poverty ? ) or can try the travel agent at Kuta Beach Club ( quite reasonable ! )
He speaks English and he said is learning
Italian . A nice chap but again what did I say in my earlier warning ...sometimes you just dun know how to differentiate the genuine and fake ones coz most of the are PRO !
There are nearly only one kind of car at Bali... that is a little 4x4 .... everybody have the same one ... is the only real good way to move around in Bali, as there is little public transport ... and things are far away one from the other ... But ... you must know that they drive as in england ... and with any kind of laws ... they go slow ... so ... the realy laws are the same as we have when we walk throught a street ....:))
Travelling around Bali for sightseing is easy. You can hire a local driver (comes with car, petrol, parking all inclusive) for RP300000 per day. He will take you anywhere you want, wait for you, and even explain things about Bali to you. My driver Kadek drives a 6 seater Toyota Kijang with good sound system and air conditioning.
Just plan your trip, find out where you want to go, and tell these to your driver. He will then plan out a good travel plan to bring you to see all these laces. No hassle, totally free and easy.
You can contact Kadek at
IDD +62817552841 (can send him SMS)
Locally (Ph) 0817552841
Or Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
Tell him is Nick's recommendation.
In almost every hotel you can rent a motorbike. And it's a parfect way to explore the island, to meet the local people. You go everywhere you want, you stop everywhen you want...
Of course, because of the trafic, main roads are not the most recommendables. Especially if you're not an expert on the left-side driving. But after one day you get used to this! Anyway, don't forget to wear the helmet! Even if the locals are riding very often their motorcycles hair in the wind, policemen are very sensitives to the "security" of foreigners... If you see what I mean... ;)
One day motorbike rent - 7 US dollars. Not very expensive, isn't it?
It's a great and convenient way to travel in Bali on motorbikes! As I did in Bali, with my guide.Though not really pleasant when it starts to rain. But it's quite an experience, rain hitting on your face, the cool breezes running thru your face, and you might shiver a bit. I don't get this in KL though.
A bike will cost you about 20,000 rupiah a day.
If you are in Bangkok, Indonesia, Singapore or Malaysia, do visit Air Asia's Webpage to see how cheap & easy it is to fly to destinations around Asia.
The KLIA-Denpasar (Bali) sector starts from 99.90 one-way, excluding taxes and airport charges.
We paid approximately RM450.00 for a return flight, inclusive of taxes (but excluding the Indonesian Departure Tax Charge). We booked in late July 2004 to fly in November 2004 (at the start of the school holiday period).
A friend who was on the same flight in Nov had paid close to RM650 for the return flight ~ he had booked it in October 2004. His enquiry with MAS told him the air-fare during this peak period was around RM900, return.
Information current as at November 2004
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