Bali, always expect the unexpected, always keep your eyes open and
your mind on driving. BEWARE OF MOTORBIKES. It is best rent a car
with full insurance as this will save time and money if you are
involved in an accident. It
is not unusual for cars or bikes to swerve into your lane without
indication. A system of "sharing lanes" has developed
because there are often obstacle on the sides of the road, such
as parked cars or the frequent procession of bakso trolleys and
That's okay if you're used to it but can be quite
a shock to a new driver in Bali! Be aware that drivers from side
streets often don't look when joining a main road and the larger
vehicle is king of the road.
often, red traffic lights are considered "as suggestion"
and there are a few place where traffic in the left lane may turn
or continue straight through whilst the light is red.
Remember to sound the horn when going around curves
on mountainous roads as driver commonly drive in the middle of the
road. There are a lot of one-way roads in Bali (meant to help traffic
flow but it hasn't really turned out the way). If you miss
your turn off, you may have to drive quite a distance before being
able to turn back. This has resulted in motorbike riders riding
a few hundred meters in the wrong direction as a shortcut rather
than following traffic flow. So be alert!
is recommended to drive at night especially on the road to Gilimanuk
where the ferry to Java island commences. Truck drivers to and from
Java are notorious for overtaking on corners.
Only a leafy tree branch often marks obstacles such
as pot holes or road construction. By the time you think, "What
is that for?" you could well be in a porthole!
You can fill up at any of the many government owned
petrol stations or in more remote areas at stalls by the side of
the road displaying bottles of clear liquid. The quality may not
be as good as at the patrol station.
Hope that you will find this word of advice useful
and thank you has chosen Bali as your holiday destination. Have
a nice and relaxing holiday in Bali!
Remember these are serious occasions and should be treated as such.
1. Always wear a sarong and sash.
2. Do not walk in front of people that are praying.
3. Do not use a flash camera or point your camera into the priest' s
4. Never sit higher than the priest or the offerings.
5. At ceremonies. do not get in the way of the attendees- however
important that photographic opportunity.
6. Women are not allowed to enter temples during menstruation.
N.B. When attending special ceremony or anniversary celebrations as
a guest or onlooker, small donations are gratefully received. Your
donation will help in paying for the offerings and upkeep of the
What to do and not to do
1. In many places cattle's e.g. cows and dogs are often crossing the
street, just speed down and be careful.
2.Religious ceremonies and cultural festivals may occupy the road -
if you are caught behind it, enjoy the experience and do not horn.
3.As developing country, during peak hours, roads especially in the
towns are quite busy, please be patient.
4.It is not unusual for cars and motorbikes to swerve into your lane
especially in around traffic light or where obstacles on the sides
of the road exist e.g. parked cars or trolley procession.
5. Drivers (often motorbike) from side streets sometimes do not look
the situation when joining the main road, please be aware.
6.There are several places where traffic in the left lane may turn
or continue straight through while the light is red with a sign "Belok
kiri jalan terus" or "Lurus Jalan terus"
7.Remember to "toot" your horn when going around curves on
mountainous roads as drivers sometimes drive in the middle of the
road, especially when they think it is quite.
8.There are a lot of one way roads in Bali (meant to help traffic
flow but it has not really turned out that way). If you miss your
turn off, you may have drive quite a distance before being able to
turn back. This has resulted in motorbike riders riding a few
hundred meters in the wrong direction, as a shortcut rather than
following traffic flow. Be alert!