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Roads, driving and safety in Bali
Bali has a unique spirit and invites you to take your time in exploring it. It is a very safe island where people usually left their helmets in the motorbikes when they park. Follow our basic advices and you will have a smooth and pleasurable experience.
First, we advise to take your time and do not rush, try to drive as much as possible during the day and avoid driving at night (particularly outside of the Denpasar metropolitan area). Night is safe, it is just about vehicles driving with no lights, trucks parked in the middle of the road and so forth.
Passing cars and motorbikes can become tricky during the day, and even more tricky during the night. Think that in average trips of two hours, driving at 40/60 kmh you will only get a few minutes, better take it with calm and safety.
Balinese roads have their unique spirit and are not European highways. Near Denpasar there are main roads with more than two lanes per driving direction, then you will find regular roads, more tiny roads, and really tiny roads more conceived for bikes than for cars, as motorbikes are the most common way of transport in Bali and Indonesia.
Google Maps can be a good reference for driving directions, but do not trust it 100% to avoid ending up in tricky situations. It might try to take you through motorbikes roads or even pedestrian walks. For this purpose, we are continuously developing Balinese Google Maps and Google Earth layers with reliable roads that will safely take you to our proposed destinations. These are roads that we have done with our vehicles and that are trustworthy. We will provide you with this layer during our briefing prior to your discovery trip.
Finally, even if the Daihatsu engine is fuel efficient your will end up refueling sooner or later. Try to use “Pertamax” rather than “Pertalite” and remember that not every petrol station in Bali accept international credit cards, particularly in the Western area. Same might happen with local restaurants and activities, and tips. ATM can be also a hassle and even if forex offices are present in popular areas, there are zero to none in remote places. So, we recommend you taking Indonesian cash in advance (IDR, Indonesian rupia).