For you that already know Bali area and frequently visit the beautiful place in Bali, such as, Ubud, Kuta, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, and etc. You will be better to have a rental car and drive it by your own can be the best way.
It will be more fun cause not only you can decide where ever you decide to go out with your car, but also you will have your own privacy rather than With Driver next to you. Now you just need to choose with car that suite with your needs. The roads in Bali have no clearly enforced rules, and drivers are color-blind to signal lights. Better to speak with your hotel concierge about arranging a car and driver for the day.
It is not unusual for cars and bikes to swerve into your lane without indication. A system of “sharing lane” has developed because there are often obstacles on the sides of the road, such as parked cars or the frequent procession of bakso trolleys and paraphernalia salesman.
The main important if you decide to choose Self Drive is your International Driving Licence. It will be use when you drive for your rental car. Otherwise the policeman will stop you should they know that you are not bring it with you. We also offers to help you if you want to get it in Bali.
While on the road, an important virtue to have here is patience! Although the road system in the heavily populated areas is in reasonable condition compared to other developing countries, it can be heavily congested at peak periods.
Ceremonial processions sometimes occupy the whole road so if you are caught behind a procession, enjoy the colorful experience. Roads can also be quite narrow with heavy pedestrian traffic on each side.
In less populated areas, roads may not be tarred and the famous “gang’’ (very small road just big enough to accommodate one car, but very often two-way) is ever present no matter what area you may be in. This invariably tests the reversing skills of many drivers!
The driver in Bali is not like a tour guide, which be able to give you a complete lessons regarding Bali and its culture, many most places of interest, a great shopping places, etc. but they can be a great companion for you on the road. They are all speak English fluently.
To make sure you have a safe journey, we have collected a few tips that might help you driving in Bali:
- Generally all cars in Bali are right hand drive.
- There are many small roads (only enough to accommodate one car), please becareful.
- Sometime you will get caught behind ceremonial procession that occupy the road, just be patience and please do not honk.
- Petrol station could be easily found, if not there are some locals that sold petrol.
- Buy a road map or ask for a direction from locals.
- Make sure your vehicle in good condition to be use.
- When you are in a temple ceremony, half of the road will be occupied for ceremonial purpose. Be patience. Use the opportunity for taking a picture or two. On foot ceremonial procession will slow you down. Again, be patience, it is a rare spectacle and an opportunity for taking pictures of a colorful event.
- Pecalang (traditional security force) will manage the traffic in areas where temple ceremony or ceremonial processions are in progress. Obey their traffic orders. During the ceremony it is their responsibility to ensure the security of the area, including the traffic.
- Vehicles for transporting ceremonial processions will likely occupy most of the road. Be patience.
- Kite festival processions, usually a combination of trucks, huge kites, and uniformed teenagers will likely occupy most of the road and move slowly, but it is another spectacular opportunity for pictures.
- Beware of dogs! Many street dogs roam freely on the roads in rural areas. Be careful and keep an eye open for them. The same advice holds for chickens and cats and sometimes cows as well.
- When construction is in progress, often mounds of building material will occupy the shoulder of the road and overflow onto part of the road. Be careful.
- If you ask Balinese for directions, they will likely tell you the direction based on the point of compass. Seldom will you be told to go right or left. Instead, will advise you go to the east and turn to the north.
- Please get out of your car when you ask directions. Asking for directions while sitting in the car is considered impolite.
- You can park almost everywhere in Bali. Don’t bother finding a space. A parking officer is always ready to help for only a modest parking fee. These fees are usually Rp.1000, ($ 0.12) for car and Rp 500 ($ 0.06) for a motorbike.
- Honk your horn when you cross a bridge or pass a cemetery. It is a way to show your respect and ask permission to use the road from the unseen inhabitants of those places.
- Your full concentration while driving is essential in Bali since there are few marked pedestrian crossings. It is rare to find marked zebra cross points.
- Always keep a sharp eye open for children on foot and on bicycles. They are very trusting and count on you to be alert and careful