Bali | The Ultimate Travel Guide

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Woman in rice fields, Bali, Indonesia

Fondly referred to as the “Island of the Gods” Bali is a mecca for tropical island escapees, adventurists and party goers, alike.

Drawing close to a million Australian visitors every year, its coasts are fringed with inviting white and black sands and enviable surf conditions. Inland the island houses enchanting volcanic hillsides, ancient temples and sacred sites and a party landscape that can only be defined as infamous.

Whether you choose to stay in the thick of things or wander the road less travelled, Bali is a truly paradise on Earth.


What's there to do in Bali?

The tiny island of Bali packs a punch when it comes to activities, attractions and natural wonders. Whether you're one to shop 'til you drop, hike on the island's volcanoes, scuba dive it's offshore reefs, explore the picturesque temples or just unwind by your resort's pool, there's endless things to do in Bali.

It's also within easy reach of the nearby Gili Islands, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida - each surrounded by turquoise waters teaming with marine life and a bit quieter than Bali itself. While the islands are close enough to visit on a day trip, spending a night or more can give you more time to explore.

If you're planning on maximising on adventures in Bali, and so you don't have to sorry if any of your plans go awry, just remember to compare travel insurance before you depart and start diving, eating, scootering or rafting. I

Getting around Bali

As one of the world's go-to holiday destinations, Bali is a paradise to be experienced. As an Indonesian island known for its forested volcanic mountains, iconic rice paddies, beaches and coral reefs, it is a destination loved by all.

Make sure you experience the best Bali has to offer and be sure to know exactly how to make your way around this picturesque island. From taxis to private cars to motorcycles, we have tracked down the most convenient and easiest ways to travel around the island, so you don't have to.

Bali is a fairly big island, and if you're planning to travel between popular cities, such as Ubud, Kata, Legian and Seminyak, you will need to rely on some form of transport. Shuttle buses are budget friendly and travel between the major cities, but they are slow and stop frequently. Organised tours are a more popular option for visiting attractions.

If you'd prefer a more flexible form of transport, metered taxis are available in and to major cities. A car hire is also an option, but hiring a private driver is more common and preferable if you're unfamiliar with Balinese road rules.

Types of Bali public transport

  • Bemo. This is a minibus or van with a row of low seats down each side and can carry about 12 people.
  • Bus. Every town in Bali has at least one terminal for all forms of public transport, including buses. There are often several terminals in larger towns.
  • Ojek. Around towns and along roads, you can always get a lift by ojek (a motorcycle).
  • Taxi. Metered taxis are common in the south of Bali and in Denpasar. They are essential for getting around and you can usually flag one down in busy areas.
  • Private cars. There is an option of renting a car with a driver, but there are no set rates. Negotiation is the key.
  • Ferry. Travel between Bali, Lombok, the Gili Islands and Lembongan is available through Bali Ferry with frequent departures during the day.

Paying for transport.

You need to pay cash foremost transport in Bali, including for taxis, private cars and public transport.

Getting to and from the airport in Bali

The easiest way to get to and from Bali airports is via taxi or private car. Most hotels offer a free pick-up and drop-off service. Alternatively, Trans Sarbagita shuttles operate from the airport.

Best apps for getting around.

Gojek is the Uber of motorbikes. You can download the app and request a Gojek (motorbike) to pick you up and take you to your desired location. Waze is also a good app to download. Filled with local businesses, up-to-date street options, police warnings and fairly accurate traffic information, it is everything you need when exploring Indonesia.


Taxis, Uber and hiring a driver

Taxi. It's easy to hail a taxi while standing on the side of the road in Bali. When travelling short distances, "Bluebird" taxis are cheaper. When travelling via taxi make sure to tell the driver to put the meter on or negotiate a fare before you get in the car.
Rideshare. Uber is not available in Indonesia.
Driver hire. Hiring a car is probably one of the easiest and most convenient ways to get around Bali. They are fairly cheap, with drivers setting the price via negotiations. Even for long distance travel, hiring a driver is still one of the cheapest options.


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