Settling In To Bali
It’s been 10 days since we’ve arrived in Bali. The last time I was here was almost 4 years ago, so much has changed! Even the airport has changed.
This is going to be a long post, I will be sharing my experiences and stories of our first few days here so it’s gonna get long.
Overall, the people in Bali are amazing, they are kind, helpful, gentle and always smiling. Arriving here from Dubai was a big leap from a city in the dessert.
We were staying at an AirBnB in Seminyak for the first 10 days. Here’s what we learned.
How to get around
Walking is always the best way to get around a new area, the roads are chaotic but after a few days you will get the hang of it. The rule is to never rush out into the streets, just take your time to stroll across so the riders and drivers are aware of your existence.
If you are planning to go on a full day tour somewhere far out for example Tanah Lot, Uluwatu, Nusa Dua or any other places. Get a driver if it’s there’s 2 or more people, you can book a driver for a day to take you to places, it’s around $40 USD for 8 hours.
If you are planning to check out an area, for now as of today Uber is the best and cheapest way to get around but after speaking to some people living here in Bali it’s getting trickier as certain places ban services such as Uber, Grab or Go Jek (will explain what this is later in the post). The ban on such services is so cab driver or private drivers can charge a higher amount and get more money out of you. There’s only one reliable taxi service and it’s called Blue Bird, they go by the meter so they never overcharge you but there’s hardly any Blue Bird taxi around. You can take an uber from Seminyak to Canggu but you can’t take it out, you have to get a cab or private car, we found that out the hard way trying to get out of Canggu area.
Here’s a rough gauge of how much you should bargain:
Canggu – Seminyak ($10 USD)
A 5 – 10 minute ride ($3-$5 USD)
A ride from the Airport to Kuta area costs around $11 – $16 USD, usually pre-arrange transportation is always better as it gets hectic and the drivers will hustle HARD. Our AirBnB host arranged a driver for us beforehand, if you’d like to get a contact for a driver, please drop me a message.
Next topic of discussion: Getting a bike.
We had concerns on riding too, Fab drives (but on the other side of the road) so it gets tricky. We were reading up about riding here in Bali and questions like, Is it going to safe? Will we get caught by a police officer and have to bribe them? What if the bike gets stolen? The roads are way to chaotic to ride etc… Just a billion concerns.
If you are thinking about getting a bike, start observing the roads, how others are riding, what are the road rules for riders. And second thing is to only ride when you are sober. We were walking through Canggu after having some drinks at Old Man’s and the roads are dangerous as hell, it was very dark and there were holes on the roads along the stretch. We even saw someone fall off the bike and almost got ran over by a bike. So to stay safe always be aware of your surroundings and never drink and ride.
Bike rentals are available in many places, it’s usually $4 USD a day.
Places to go
As of now, working remotely we spend most of our days here in Bali working in cafes and checking out new restaurants and bars in the evening. We have an awesome map we created for all the cafes in Seminyak and Petitenget area, will be sharing that in the next post.
Here are some highy recommended:
1) Tanah Lot (Sunset is amazing)
4) Nusa Dua
6) Gili Island
Prices of everyday life
As we’ve been staying and checking out places around Seminyak and Petitenget, it’s slightly pricier than Ubud (heading to ubud in a week will write about that after)
Here are some rough prices (USD):
Coffee – $2
Breakfast – $4
Nasi Goreng – $4
Fresh Juice – $2
Burger – $8
Oh, also there’s a 21% tax everywhere you go.
That’s all for now, stay tuned as we explore new areas!