What to expect
Exploring Bali as per your very own curated itinerary is easy and affordable to do. It is not unusual for a family vacation to hire a driver for the day or the week. An air-conditioned minivan will cost roughly $60 AUD = 625,000 IDR. The driver will collect you from your hotel and take you around before bringing you home.
You can arrange your trips for half day or day rates. The driver will take you anywhere you want to go and wait for you in the carpark or nearby until you are ready to leave. If you see something of interest as you pass, you just request to stop. If you get to the rice fields near Ubud and it is full of tourists and you were looking for shots empty of humans, your driver can take you further afield.
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Car hire will cost anywhere between $40-$80AUD a day. This is more economical than taxi’s for bigger trips. We had to check out at 10/11 but our flight was not until that evening at ten pm so we had saved WaterBom park for some afternoon energy release prior to our flight. Our driver simply sat at the park waiting for us, dropped us at dinner and then took us to the airport.
The traffic is crazy, and I would recommend having your car seat. I use them on the plane so for me I think it’s just part of travelling with a little one. I would recommend packing toys, books and devices for travel in Bali. A half hour trip can easily take 2-3 time what Google maps say due to traffic and one lanes roads. Car seats are not a legal requirement – I mean there will be 4-5 on a bike so they can hardly ask you to use a car seat!
Ask the hotel to find you a driver – it’s the best way to ensure you are not getting A. ripped off or B. an inexperienced driver speaking very little English.
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You don’t need to just do tourist attractions with a driver. We have used them to take us to and from lunch and I used one to transport me from shop to shop! I had a vehicle to store my bags during the day. It was fabulous.
Food for thought – hiring a Luxury Vehicle
There is a range of BMW’s, Mercedes and other luxury vehicles available for hire. Sitting in Bali traffic may be best spent in a luxury vehicle, but the minivans are generally clean and comfortable. The added bonus of a minivan is they are not extraordinarily wide. Once you’ve been there you will understand why this is important. Ask at your hotel to organise a quote.