Bali, with its wide range of tourist services and facilities, is the favoured destination for travellers with disabilities since it is much easier to find suitable amenities and adapted accommodation. Sanur and Nusa Dua – where the higher-end hotels and resorts are located – are more wheelchair-accessible than Kuta, Legian and Seminyak, although there are accessible beach walks in all of these locations. But expect high kerbs, few kerb cuts, badly maintained and crowded pavements (sidewalks), and steps into many establishments. Help, however, is always readily at hand.
Most temples are only partially wheelchair accessible at best, stairs being an integral philosophical part of every Hindu temple. However, there is often a way around these stairs – ask a caretaker or a local. Pura Ulun Danu Bratan is entirely accessible, and Pura Taman Ayun, Pura Luhur Ulu Watu and Pura Tirta Empul have ramps to most areas. Taman Tirta Gangga, Taman Ujung water palace and Jatiluwih Rice Fields are also accessible to a great extent, making them well worth a visit.
Bali One Care (balionecare.com) Can arrange accessible transport and supplies a wide range of mobility and medical equipment, as well as care, nursing and even babysitting services.
Bali Beach Wheels (877 6508 5812; balibeachwheels.com) This brand-new company has three Hippocampe beach/all-terrain wheelchairs for hire by the day, week or month for easier access to the beach and rice paddies.
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Disabled Holidays Bali (www.disabledholidaysbali.com) Villa G at Ellora (Sanur) has three accessible rooms with accessible bathrooms and a movable hoist available. It can also arrange airport transfers and it has access to a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
Villa Sunset View (www.villa-sunsetview.com) Luxury resort in southern Bali, 18km from Ngurah Rai International Airport, has four double rooms and one single room, with all facilities wheelchair-accessible to international standards, including a stepless infinity pool equipped with a pool wheelchair. (German language website.)
Maso Christian (http://masochristian.com) The owner of this luxury eco-resort in the rice terraces around Canggu is a wheelchair user, which means that the resort – including the infinity pool – is 100% wheelchair-accessible.
Gardenia Guesthouse Small, inexpensive guesthouse in Sanur with two accessible cottages.
Villa Pertiwi in North Sanur, can be rented via Airbnb and has ramps ready to make the premises all accessible as soon as a wheelchair using guests arrives. Run by the owners of Wheelchair Traveller (https://www.reisenmitrollstuhl.de/en/).
Travel Agents & Tour Operators
Accessible Indonesia (www.accessibleindonesia.org) The owners are knowledgeable and well connected and work with local organisations for the disabled. They offer tours principally to Java, Sulawesi and Bali, as well as day cruises, diving and snorkelling expeditions and wheelchair-accessible transfers. They are well used to problem-solving to overcome infrastructural barriers. There is access information for international airports and basic access information about the destinations they serve on their website. They have a beach wheelchair for hire in Bali.
Bali Access Travel (www.baliaccesstravel.com) Specialist travel agent in Bali, providing wheelchair-accessible transport, equipment hire and fully licensed nursing services, as well as tips for accessible accommodation. They can also help to arrange disabled diving and snorkelling expeditions for the more adventurous.
Bali Deaf Guide (www.balideafguide.com) Specialist tour guide for deaf travellers who runs off-the-shelf and custom tours, including to Bali’s deaf school and deaf village. Wahyu is a fluent signer, but we are not sure which sign language he uses.
Bali International Diving Professionals (www.bidp-balidiving.com) Offers dives for qualified disabled divers and diver training for people with a physical disability. Also offers training to able-bodied qualified divers to become a dive buddy for divers who have a disability. They have a purpose-built boat. Contact them to discuss your particular needs.
Water Worxx Dive Center (www.waterworxbali.com) Also experienced with disabled divers.