Bali has long been renowned as a paradise destination for tourists and travelers alike; for many good reasons. And one of the best ways to experience all that this beautiful tropical island has to offer is riding a motorbike.
Whether you’re a seasoned rider or a beginner, renting a scooter in Bali is a great way to explore the island, with its stunning landscapes, exotic fragrances and vibrant culture.
Renting a scooter in Bali is easy and affordable, and you can find rental locations all over the island. The cost of renting a motorcycle varies, but expect to pay around USD 10-per day for a Yamaha N-Max, one of the most popular (and comfortable) scooters out there.
It’s also important to remember to bring an international driver’s license with you, as some rental companies may require it, and if for some reason you get stopped by the police, you’ll certainly need one to avoid a fine. Having some sort of insurance is also a good idea, just in case, and it’s always best to err on the side of caution and wear the right riding gear; that means no sandals or thongs.
There are many amazing places to explore in Bali, and a scooter is the perfect way to get around from the bustling streets of Kuta to the tranquil beaches of Candi Dasa. You can also make your way inland to twist through terraced rice paddies, traditional villages, lush jungles, stunning waterfalls and into the cool mountains of Kintamani and Bedugul, while steep cliffs, beautiful beaches and fabulous ocean views are all there for you to enjoy in just a few hours.
Riding a scooter in Bali is a bit different than what you may be used to in other countries. Bali has a unique driving culture that can appear to be a bit chaotic, with motorbikes often undertaking on the inside, riding on pavements and weaving in and out of lanes. So, it’s important to always stay aware of your surroundings and drive defensively to keep as safe as possible. Remember, the road is not a race track and despite appearances there are road rules that are there to keep you (and everyone else) safe. If you don’t ride crazy at home, don’t ride crazy in Bali!
Safety is paramount when riding a scooter in Bali, and it’s important to wear a crash helmet at all times. While many visitors and some locals don’t wear crash helmets, they are compulsory and you can get fined if you’re caught without one. They’re also going to save your life if you have an accident.
There are plenty of shops selling motorcycle helmets including top of the range models such as Nolan, Arai, AGV and Shoei, so find one in your price range that fits comfortably. You can always donate it to your friendly motorcycle rental business when you leave.
Renting a scooter in Bali is a great way to explore the island, and a fun and affordable way to get around. Just remember to be aware of your surroundings, drive safely and defensively, don’t drink and drive and always wear a crash helmet. It’s also a good idea to carry wet weather gear and a jumper or jacket with you as sudden changes in the weather can catch you off-guard. With a bit of caution and common sense, you’ll be sure to have a great time exploring all that Bali has to offer so you can take home some fantastic memories of a truly beautiful destination.