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How to get around Bali
Transport - Transportation around Bali is very cheap. You can get taxis for around 45,000 IDR ($ 5 USD) and private mini vans across the island for around 200,000 IDR ($ 18 USD). Flights to most of Asia and Australia from Bali can be found for as little as 1,000,000 IDR ($ 75 USD). Scooter fares around the island are as low as 135,000 IDR ($ 10 USD). Bicycles are also available for rent, typically costing around 60,000 IDR ($ 4.50 USD) per day for a basic bike.

Taxis – Taxis are essential for getting around Bali, and they are cheap. The starting rate is around 7,000 IDR ($ 0.50 USD) and then 4,100 IDR ($ 0.30 USD) per kilometer. For example, Kuta to Seminyak price would be around 85,000-110,000 IDR ($6-8 USD).

Bluebird Taxis are available in most places, and they are the most trusted company for metered taxis and English speaking drivers. is a smartphone app that makes ordering a taxi easy and convenient.

Grab (an Uber progeny) is a household name in Southeast Asia. It is also convenient, but sometimes it costs more than a taxi. Go-Jek in Indonesia is a similar option, although it focuses on motorbike ride shares.

Motorbikes - Motorbikes are excellent for the Bali experience, and it is not uncommon to see entire families riding together! Motorbikes are very common here because they make it easy to weave in and out of congested traffic.

You can order a motorbike to roam like you would order an Uber - all you need is the Go-Jek or Grab app. Like Uber, you use the app to request a driver and they will come to pick you up at your destination. If you are concerned about hygiene then they will also bring an extra helmet (for motorcycle riding) and a hair mask for you. Trips are cheap. Short trips from Seminyak to Canggu can cost around 14,000 IDR ($ 1 USD), while longer trips should not cost more than 28,000 IDR ($ 2 USD).

If you want to rent a motorbike yourself, a rental will cost around 60,000 IDR ($4.30 USD) per day. However you need to be an experienced driver for this option.

Bemos and Buses - Bemos are usually a minibus or van carrying about 12 people in very tight quarters, but they are not widely used by visitors. They are usually really time consuming, but they are cheap and most rides are around 5,000 IDR ($0.35 USD).

Tourist buses are a great way to get around, and they're cheap. They usually have air conditioning, and some have WiFi. You'll see signs in most areas offering these services. Kura-Kura Bus and Perama are the two largest tourist bus operators. Kuta to Lovina will cost you 125,000 IDR ($9 USD), while Denpasar to Kuta costs only 20,000 IDR ($1.50 USD). Kuta to Ubud is 60,000 IDR ($4.50 USD).

Ferry - It is easy to get to and from Bali via ferry. Ghats cost about 7,000 IDR / $ 0.50 USD (and above) for tickets from East Java to West Bali, and the rates for other routes go up from there. From Bali (Padang Bai) to Lombok is about 65,000 IDR ($5 USD) (one way), while a speedboat from Bali to the Gili Islands costs 419,000 IDR ($30 USD) (one way).

Although booking in advance is not necessary, it is a good idea during peak seasons or another popular routes. You can purchase tickets on the ferry company's website or through a ticket agent such as 12go.asia.

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when to go to Bali
Bali has a warm, tropical climate throughout the year, with only two seasons: wet and dry. The dry season lasts from April to September, while the rainy season lasts from October to the end of March. The average daily temperature throughout the year is 80 ° F (28 ° C). The high season is from July and August as well as the Easter holidays and the Christmas holidays (approximately 11 December to 1 January). Bali is busiest during this time, and prices are highest.

In the mountainous regions of Bali, the temperature is cooler and there is more rainfall than in the coast. If you are planning to spend time in the mountains then you will want to pack suitable clothes.

Overall, the best time of year to visit is between May and September when it is dry and sunny. It is still pleasant to come here during the rainy season - the rains usually come in the form of strong and intense rains that last only a few hours. In Bali, the extremes between the seasons are not harsh. The dry season is the best time to climb volcanoes and participate in water sports activities, and the best time to dive is from April to September.

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How to stay safe in Bali
Bali is an incredibly safe place to backpack and travel – even if you're traveling alone (and even as a solo female traveller). Violent attacks are rare. Petty theft (including bag snatching) is the most common type of crime in Indonesia. Theft on public transport is also very common in Indonesia. When you are distracted by all the clutter around you, it becomes easy for thieves to grab your wallet or purse. stay alert.

Credit card fraud is also common in Indonesia. It is always best to pay with cash whenever possible. To avoid having your information stolen at the ATM, enter a reputed bank to withdraw money from there. Make sure you do not keep all your cash with you. Take what you need for the day and keep the rest safe in your accommodation.

Always trust your gut instinct. If a taxi driver seems shady, stop the cab and exit. If your hotel is seedier than you think, get out of there. Make copies of your personal documents, including your passport and ID, before leaving home. Forward your itinerary with loved ones so they know where you are.

As a general rule, if you don't do it at home, don't do it when you're in Indonesia. Follow that rule and you'll be fine.

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