Yes.......a couple more Bali questions
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Feb 16, 2013 1:05 PM Last Post By: earthaydn
Feb 8, 2013 2:05 PM
Yes.......a couple more Bali questionsHi,
We are travelling through Indonesia this summer and will be in Bali the last 2 weeks of July. We have already been, Kuta and Ubud, but want to get away from there. Our plan is to head to Amed for a while, then over the top to Munduk or thereabouts, then back to the airport and onto a new destination.
Our plan was to rent a scooter and travel to each spot. I have a couple specific questions after doing our research.
1. We are more comfortable on scooters as opposed to motorcycles, can they make the trip?
2. There is a lot written about renting scooters and safety/traffic/etc, what are your thoughts? My gf and I would each have a bike with a small bag on, we wouldn't be in a hurry and have rented in numerous SEA countries with no problems.
3. Is the license manditory? I think we will get it, but if we do get it, does it ensure we will most likely not be hassled by local police?
4. Finally, we are hoping that we can land and get on the road right away, morning flight, so does anyone have any rental companies that are close to the airport and reasonable? In my research I found sesehbali.com who even help by getting you to the PD to get a license. Also found bali oto rent. Pick up from the airport would make things easier. Oh, and of course good helmets are manditory for us and would be a primary concern to a couple extra IDR's a day.
Thanks for the info.....
Feb 8, 2013 10:25 PM
1hi,yes no problem to travel around the island on a scooter and once u get out of the south,traffic is much less and roads in good condition.License (international drivers license works if u have one)and helmet is mandatory,not sure bout rental and pick up at airport but will definitely be more expensive than renting in kuta which is what I suggest u do,take taxi to kuta ,walk down in poppies 1 or 2 and u can rent them all over the place.....and if u have doubts bout the helmets just buy a good standard one ,they are cheap here ...
Feb 8, 2013 10:26 PM
Feb 9, 2013 2:37 AM
3I agree. When in Bali we always try to rent the honda vario. All the scooters look small in Bali but they are fast and perfect for touring around. Sometimes we put our small backpack at our feet or tie it on the sadle behind us.
If you are at a rental place make sure you check your helmet and that it fits probably. Many are very dodgy and seem to fly off as soon as you drive faster then 20km/h. The owner will probably say that that is the only one but insist he finds an other and otherwise go somewhere else.
As for a driving liscence. Arrange an international driving liscence at home and bring it together with your own driving liscence. Always have it on you. We have been stopped numerous times lately and one time we didn't bring our papers and were immediately fined Rp 250.000 (USD25). There are many police checkpoints, sometimes in the middle of nowhere so if feels better to drive around with the right papers.
Amed and Munduk are wonderful places, Munduk is one of our favorites. It does compose alot of driving and traffic has become really bad especially on the main roads connecting the north with the south and the east with the west. The trucks are horrible and produce alot of smoke and dust. After a day driving we are covered in black smear and are exhausted. For our next trip we are planning to arrange a driver to bring us to one place to another and then in that specific village rent a bike to tour around the area. You might want to consider that....Save driving!
Feb 9, 2013 6:49 PM
Feb 11, 2013 5:43 AM
5thanks for all the info,
alohamat, you said get the license ahead of time? I'm from Canada, how can I do that? Also, what's the cost for the license?
Feb 11, 2013 6:21 AM
6Ok I found the IDP at the local CAA, like AAA in the US. Is this the same thing that they talk about and is it valid in Indo? Also, the one you get in Bali, seems to be 1 month, but CAA says theirs is valid for 1 year?
Feb 15, 2013 5:00 PM
7Yes, the IDP that is issued by the CAA will be valid for one year. It will be endorsed for whatever vehicles you hold a Canadian licence for. Carry your Canadian licences with you. The IDP is merely a translation of your existing licences. If you don't have a motorcycle rider's licence then one of the hire companies would probably help you get a Balinese licence for a month. Police in Bali are red hot on tourists riding motorcycles for reasons both personal and professional. It's in your own interests to have the correct paperwork especially if you have an accident. If that should happen your insurace company will quite quickly relate to you as if you had the ebola virus.
Feb 16, 2013 6:22 AM
8thanks for the info merantau. just one question about the motorcycle part. I have a regular car license, is that not good enough with the IDP? the only difference between an our car and motorcycle license is a letter in the corner G (car) or M (motorcycle). will the bali police know this? I would think the IDP and my cdn license would be enough or are you saying I would also need to get a bali motorcycle license?
Feb 16, 2013 1:05 PM
in my experience, cumulative 5 mths (riding in bali/lombok/sumba/flores but mostly bali), police have NEVER noticed that my IDP isn't endorsed for motorbike use! i've been stopped about 4 times, only in south bali (around Kuta, on the Bukit and the main intersections with traffic lights where it is obvious that you have broken the rules). the most common reason was for turning left against a red light (even though almost all balinese will do this with impunity!!! (and if u don't, u are sort of holding up traffic.)
it is possible to haggle over the amount extorted, if your bahasa is ok and you are polite!
as for safety... don't be cocky. go with the flow. you'll get the hang of it. it feels WAY safer than Vietnam, where they drive a lot faster. roads in the out of the way areas are narrow, winding and generally good condition. use your horn a lot. slow down in villages. look out for entering traffic. due to the geography, there are usually alternative roads that you can take to avoid busier roads... although avoiding traffic as you hit Dps is impossible!.
a helmet with a visor is preferable for the rain. refuse those stupid 'tough guy' helmets they only give to tourists.
we usually fit 2 people (my gf doesn't ride) and 2 small packs at my feet on a step through bike (Vario). don't forget ponchos!
riding is one of my fave things to do in bali. the ride from Kintamani to Munduk is great. as is the coast road from Amlapura to Ahmed!
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