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South Bali Getting around

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By car

Renting a self drive car for getting around in the congested South Bali region is not recommended. It is better to hire a car with a driver including gasoline for the day. The drivers are usually English speakers and they can also act as a tourist guide recommending good destinations and restaurants. Using rental cars from rental car companies is naturally more expensive than those offered by individuals. You can ask hotel staff to recommend you a good individually owned rental car. Expect to pay Rp 400,000 to 600,000 for 1 day (10 hours) depending on your negotiation and the class of car.

By taxi

Metred taxis are ubiquitous on the streets of South Bali and are a relatively cheap and reliable way to get around, especially at night. Avoid any taxi where the driver refuses to put the meter on. The largest and most reputable and reliable taxi operator is Bali Taksi (tel:+62 361 701111) who have a 24 hour call service. Taxi drivers usually have only limited small change so it is best to have small notes available to avoid issues.

By motorbike

For those with a sense of adventure, try hopping on the back of a local's scooter. This type of informal transport is called an ojek and is a fast, cheap way to get around. You can also choose to rent a scooter for your stay. These can cost as little as Rp 50,000 per day and are a lot of fun. Insist on a helmet for the motorcycle, for both your own safety and because wearing a helmet is a legal requirement in Indonesia; you will be stopped by the police and fined for riding without a helmet. It should be understood that the streets can be chaotic and dangerous for inexperienced riders so think carefully about whether you wish to rent a motorcycle. If you intend to surf, there are plently of specially modified motorbikes with surfboard hangers.

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