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Bali Tour and Transport Services

Bali Tour Options:
How we operate

Bali Tour Magic can arrange just about any Bali tour you can think of. Our featured Bali tours include an extensive range of half and full day trips, covering everything from the scenic Bali tour classics to extreme adventure Bali tours.

We can also put together any multi day Bali tour you’d like, co-ordinating transport, accommodation and activities to suit your interests and budget.

So if you’d like to explore a little further afield, or if you’re interested in a Bali tour you don’t see on our tour pages, or just want to customise a featured Bali tour, please contact us and we’ll help you create the perfect Bali tour for you.

If you’re in need of inspiration, why not first check out our things to do in Bali page, which is conveniently segmented into geographical regions, and chock full of ideas for a Bali tour that will surely appeal to your interests.

We also understand that one size doesn’t fit all.  Some people like to take in as many stops as possible in a day, others prefer to linger. And its nice to have the option to change your mind as you go.

Nothing is worse than finding yourself in a magical location you’d like to explore for hours, only to be rushed back to the car 15 minutes later, for no reason other than to adhere to a tight and rigid schedule you couldn’t have known in advance wouldn’t suit you.

So rather than impose fixed itineraries, each Bali tour featured on our Bali tour pages includes highlights we know fit well with that tour’s route, but feel free to make any change to suit your own interests and preferred pace.

We don’t charge for friendly advice, so just contact us if you’d like some help working out what’s ‘do-able’, taking account of your time frame, budget and preferred pace.

Or let us know what interests you and the type of activities you enjoy, and we’ll make some suggestions for a Bali tour to suit, based on our comprehensive experience and local knowledge.

Our easy pricing structure means you’ll only pay for the attractions and activities you choose and, in most cases, you’ll be able to change any part of your Bali tour at any time (the only exception being where limited availability requires a non-refundable, pre-paid deposit).

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Bali Tour Magic Pricing Structure

Every Bali tour we offer is priced per vehicle (up to 6 passengers) at a flat rate of IDR400,000 for half day tours of approximately 5 hours and IDR600,000 for full day tours of around 10 hours.

Our time frames aren’t hard and fast – we don’t charge extra just because your Bali tour runs a little over time. A few ‘full day’ Bali tours, however, effectively amount to a day and a half. For example, if you wanted to hike Mount Agung to reach the summit at sunrise, you would need to depart Kuta mid evening and wouldn’t return until around lunch time the following day. On the rare occasion a Bali tour needs to run more than 15 hours for such reasons, we may charge you for a day and a half.

Our rate includes hotel pick up and drop off*, an air-conditioned, modern and spacious,  private vehicle, and on-call English speaking driver, as well as arranging and booking any associated accommodation, activities and attractions, and co-ordinating the timing of all your Bali tour components.

At Bali Tour Magic, we pride ourselves on our ability to do this expertly, delivering seamless arrangements that ensure you spend every moment of your time doing what you should be doing – having fun!

What sets us apart from our competitors is that we think of everything, based on many years of experience, and with only your comfort and enjoyment in mind.

Generally, you pay attraction entrance fees, activity costs, etc. directly to the provider on the day. This means that you only pay for what you decide to see and do on the day, and that you can see you are only paying what providers charge.

Essentially, this transparency demonstrates to you that we don’t inflate attraction prices and bury them in a per person ‘packaged’ rate, a common practice amongst Bali tour operators which often results in sub-standard service delivery. We gain nothing by including a cheap, poor quality meal, for instance. A Bali tour operator packaging a meal in the overall price does. So you can be assured we recommend only the best attractions and dining options, based on your budget.

When you make an enquiry with us about any Bali tour, if you provide us with approximate dates and numbers of adults and children, we are happy to give you an estimate of any associated significant attraction, accommodation or activity cost.

Other costs you should allow for are the small entrance fees which all national parks and facilities charge, any shopping you might want to do, and meals. We don’t ‘package’ meals in your Bali tour, for reasons stated, and we find most people prefer freedom to choose according to their own taste and budget.

We will recommend what we believe to be the best available options, but the choice remains with you. Some providers, however, include a meal with their attraction/activity fee (e.g. white water rafting). In such cases, we will tell you if an attraction or activity fee includes a meal.

If you book a Bali tour with us, we will give you a detailed quote for all costs including our flat rate per vehicle fee, and the cost of any chosen activities, attractions or accommodation. If a deposit is required by a third party provider to secure a booking, we will advise you of the amount required as well as the required method and time of payment.

*Includes hotels within a 5km radius of central Kuta and hotels along the tour route. For hotel pick up and drop off outside these geographical areas, a small additional fee will apply.

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Bali Tour Magic Transfers and Drivers

We offer airport transfers to and from hotels within a 5km radius of central Kuta for a flat per vehicle rate of IDR150,000. Please contact us for a quote for transfers outside this geographical distance.  We can also arrange transfers between hotels from and to any destination in Bali.

As a rough guide to pricing, a trip from the Kuta area to the very north of Bali takes around 5hrs so, allowing for the fact that your driver has to also make the return trip, such a transfer would attract the full day rate of IDR600,000.

Many people find using a Bali tour driver for their everyday transport needs a convenient and cost effective option, particularly when travelling in large groups. No need to worry about multiple taxis, dealing with attempted fare scams, language barriers, or waiting.

Your Bali tour driver will be where you want him to be, when you want him, and with plenty of room for everyone (including shopping) – in a spacious 6 seater air conditioned vehicle.

Please bear in mind that whilst our vehicles accommodate up to 6 passengers comfortably, available space lessons with luggage. Accordingly, if each person has one suitcase and standard carry on luggage, a maximum of 4 passengers per vehicle applies to transfers including luggage. 

Bali Tour Magic Scooter Hire

We can supply automatic scooter and helmet hire at the low rate of IDR50,000/per day. If you want to hire a scooter for 2-4 weeks, this rate is discounted to IDR45,000/day. And if you hire a scooter for more than a month, the rate is further reduced to IDR35,000/day.

Unfortunately, we find it not financially viable to insure scooters in Bali. Therefore, please understand that any agreement you enter with Bali Tour Magic for scooter hire is conditional upon your acceptance of personal responsibility for any loss or damage, howsoever caused.

We do take a small security deposit of IDR500,000, refunded on return of the scooter, less the cost of repairing any minor damage.

However, in the event of significant loss or damage, you will still be responsible for the full cost of replacement or repair, whichever is cheaper.

Please contact us is you would like any further information or want to arrange scooter hire.

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Bali Tour Magic Booking Info

As our pricing structure is based on a low flat per vehicle charge, we do not require a deposit to secure a booking. For this reason, we do not take confirmed bookings more than two months in advance for any Bali tour.

You are welcome to plan and make a tentative booking for a Bali tour with us at any time, but you will need to confirm your booking within a month prior to its scheduled date to secure the booking.

To confirm a booking for a Bali tour or transfer, please contact us with the name of the tour or transport service you require, and the date or dates for the required service.

You will also need to provide the name the hotel in Bali you will be staying at, the hotel’s telephone contact number and your room number (or name on hotel reservation), as well as your email address and the number of people in your group.

We will then email you a booking confirmation sheet which will set out your pick up location and time, a summary of your itinerary, costs payable to Bali Tour Magic and any third party providers, and helpful suggestions for what you might find handy to bring. Costs will be quoted and are payable in Indonesian Rupiah.

If you do need to cancel for any reason, we ask only that you let us know as soon as possible, and at least 24 hours before the scheduled tour.

Due to high demand and limited numbers, at certain times, a particular Bali tour may occasionally require a deposit to secure a booking.

A deposit may also be necessary for multi day Bali tours, e.g., where you ask us to arrange accommodation, etc. on your behalf.  In such instances, we will advise you by email the required deposit and method of payment.

Change your mind?  No problem.  Up to and including on the day, any Bali tour booked with Bali Tour Magic can be changed to suit your wishes at no cost to you.

However, any deposit or other fees you have paid or asked us to pay on your behalf to third party providers will be subject to the refund policies of such providers.

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Travel Tips for Bali

When to come to Bali

Bali has five tourist seasons. The best one for you depends on variables such as time, money, weather, availability, and your budget.

In terms of exploring Bali via any Bali tour you are interested in, keep in mind that the dry and wet seasonal division of Bali may significantly impact some attractions. Waterfalls and white water rafting are obvious examples where the degree of rainfall will influence your experience.

Your tolerance for crowds is another factor to consider. If you are planning a bali tour which includes very popular activities or destinations, you will experience it quite differently depending on whether you choose a busy or quiet time to come.

Pre-prime season is April to May. Rooms in Bali are easily found and prices, crowds and the weather are moderate.

Prime season is May through September. Sunny days rule – it seldom rains. However, prices and crowding soar, and airline seats and hotel rooms in Bali are heavily booked, particularly in August.

Post-prime season is September to mid December. The variables are similar to the pre-prime season (see above).

Holiday season is mid-December to early-January when visitors come for their Christmas and New Year’s vacations. Like the prime season, prices and crowds rise — and airline seats and hotel space become scarce. The biggest difference is more rain.

Rainy season, or off season, is early January to April (though, technically, the rainy season starts in December). Everything comes down – prices, crowds, room scarcity and, of course, the rain. That’s not as bad as it seems because the rainfall is the refreshing warm tropical variety. And there’s still plenty of sun during the rainy season.

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Shopping in Bali

Haggling

If something doesn’t have a price tag, the cost is likely negotiable. If it is marked, you have to trust your instinct whether to negotiate or not. Obviously, most merchants such as quality pharmacies, upmarket hotel stores and major departments stores seldom if ever negotiate.

But you may be surprised at the number of upscale sellers that do (including exclusive art studios and galleries).

As for general street stores and markets, asking prices are generally significantly inflated in the expectation that you will bargain. If you don’t, you’re going to grossly overpay. Here’s how to negotiate.

First, establish in your mind what you’re truly willing to pay (your ultimate max). Next, ask the seller, “What’s your very, very lowest price?” Offer considerably less than what he quotes you (don’t be shy about offering a third of the opening figure).

Then, after a series of friendly back-and-forth counter offers, you and the vendor hopefully reach a mutually fair and acceptable figure.

The beauty of Bali is that almost anything you see will be available in a multitude of other stores. So if you really want to be sure you aren’t overpaying, walk out mid negotiations. Most vendors will continue to lower their price until there is zero profit margin left.

If a vendor ‘gives up’ on the negotiation, you know the price you’re offering will be too low anywhere. Then, by incrementally increasing that offer at a number of stores, you will soon learn the lowest price you can get an item for.

That said, it becomes something of a bragging game amongst tourists to have ‘gotten the best price’. Whilst it would be foolish to pay the initial asking price, ask yourself whether, at the end of a lengthy negotiation, an extra 50 cents or a dollar is really that important to you, because it is on the other side of the transaction.

If you are happy with the price, if you think the price fair, does it matter that someone you know got the same item a fraction cheaper?

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Getting it home

International postage from Bali is quite expensive, so you may well find that it is cheaper to pay the excess luggage charges to your airline than post items home.

If you are likely to do a fair amount of shopping, it’s a good idea to pre-pay for an extra luggage allowance than face excess luggage charges or postal fees.

If you spontaneously end up with a lot more to take home than you planned, it’s wise to arrange the excess costs with your airline before arriving at the airport.

Most airlines charge less if excess luggage is booked and paid for prior to arrival at the airport.

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Shopping for major items

Apart from traditional Balinese style stone work, wood carvings, furniture and art, Bali actually has a wealth of contemporary building materials, up-market interior decor items, furniture and garden and water stone features available at a fraction of the cost in most Western countries.

Many people ship entire or part container loads home. Despite the substantial added cost of shipping, it can still work out much cheaper than buying the same products at home.

A very loose and general guide is to multiply the cost of the purchase price of the item by three. This is likely to be the approximate ultimate cost of getting your goods to your home.

Bali Tour Magic can put together a shopping Bali tour that cuts out the middle man and takes you directly to the areas concentrated for what you are looking for, whether that is wicker furniture, stone work, or anything else.

Please contact us if you are interested in a Bali tour to shop for specific major items and we will get back to you with futher information.

If you are interested in shopping for major items in Bali, it pays to do your homework before you come.

Ascertain in advance the customs requirements of your country. If fumigation is required for timber products, for example, get a list of accepted of approved fumigators by your country’s customs authority.

If your certificate of fumigation is not accepted by your country, (and many fumigators in Bali are blacklisted by Australian Customs, for instance), you would face the expense of having it re-done in your home country. And then the bargain price you paid may turn out to be not such a bargain after all.

Trip Advisor is a good way of finding reputable cargo forwarders.

And, if you’d like to arrange a Bali tour to shop for major items, we know which are the reputable companies and which to avoid, but we cannot guarantee any particular provider.

The cheapest and most reliable method of cargo forwarding is to ship an entire container. You can ship a partial container, but then your goods basically wait until the container is full. And it has been known to happen that a cargo forwarder has gone out of business in the interim, which can leave your goods stranded in Bali, and you with a very big headache and additional expense to get them home.

Whether you ship a full or partial container, the store you buy from will arrange professional packaging and delivery to the cargo forwarders, either those they have arrangements with (assuming you are happy to use that company), or any cargo forwarder of your choice.

Again, it pays to access local knowledge, and Bali Tour Magic can help with that. For instance, only one company in Bali has the equipment to load heavy stone shipments, so if you use the wrong cargo forwarder, you will duplicate your costs, as the work will have to be sub-contracted from your cargo forwarder to another.

You also need to check what arrangements any cargo forwarders have with the destination country (your home country). Many cargo forwarders in Bali only charge and take responsibility for getting your goods to your home country.

It is then your responsibility to hire your own agent at the receiving end to have your goods moved through customs and delivered to you. So it’s a good idea to make contct with local agents in advance, and ascertain their costs, so you can factor this in when deciding if you are getting a bargain.

That said, if you plan and research ahead of your Bali holiday, cargo forwarding can be a means to saving a substantial amount of money, if you are in the market for major items, and especially if you are contemplating a complete reno or redecoration of your home.

But we would caution against making major purchases on an impulse and trusting the promises and assurances of an unknown store about its cargo forwarding arrangements.

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Money exchange in Bali

Foreign currency, whether in banknotes or traveller’s cheques, should be exchanged at major banks or authorised money changers. Exchange rates offered by the moneychangers are usually better than the banks, but not always, so keep an eye on the rates being offered by the local banks.

Non bank money changers do have the advantage of longer hours and transactions are quicker. Look around for variable exchange rates advertised on boards along the footpaths or windows outside shops. Always ask about any commission imposed before the exchange as many money changers with better rates often charge variable amounts of commission.

The old adage applies – if it seems to good to be true, it is. If the rate seems too high, relative to other money changers, and you are being told ‘no commission’, there’s a very good chance that by deft slight of hand, which you probably won’t even notice, that great rate has been reduced by a missing note or two.

Decent exchange rates are offered by most Circle K stores (little 7/11 type convenience stores everywhere) and they are reputable. Absent these, the stores that use note counting machines and allow you to count the notes yourself before completing the transaction can be trusted.

Most larger hotels and Bali tour operators will accept US$, and often price in US$. However, unless you’re actually American, the double exchange will cost you. And even where prices are listed in US$, payment in rupiah will still be accepted. Be aware, also, if you’re using $US you will find many establishments will not accept older notes.

Australians will find Commonwealth Bank ATM’s in numerous locations around the Kuta tourist sector. So if you’re reluctant to bring all your holiday money in cash, you may find the Commonwealth Travel Card to be your cheapest option.

You will still pay a small fee to the local branch for each withdrawal, however, and daily maximum withdrawals are relatively low. It’s also not possible to load your card with Indonesian rupiah, so you will also pay a small conversion fee each time you make a withdrawal.

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Getting around in Bali

Especially on Bali, the best way to get around is with your own transport, whether you drive, hire a Bali tour driver or ride a scooter. This gives you the flexibility to explore at will and allows you to reach many places that are otherwise inaccessible.

It’s worth noting that hiring a driver with Bali Tour Magic can often be a more convenient and cost effective transport option than using taxis, particularly if you are travelling in a large group.

A driver from Bali Tour Magic is at your disposal in half day or full day blocks, and will be waiting for you with a spacious, air-con van – where you want it and when you want it. No need to worry about multiple taxis, dealing with attempted fare scamming, waiting when in more remote areas, or language barriers.

Public transport by bus does exist and is cheap, but it can make for very long journeys if you’re not sticking to a major route. In addition, some places are just impossible to reach by public transport.

If you don’t hire a Bali tour driver, your best option is metered taxis, common in south Bali and Denpasar (but not Ubud or more remote regions). For getting around anywhere between Kuta and Seminyak, you will find it easy to flag one down, and they’re often a lot less hassle than haggling with bemo jockeys and charter drivers.

The usual rate for a taxi is 5000Rp flag fall and 4000Rp per kilometre, but the rate is higher in the evening. If you phone for a taxi, the minimum charge is 10,000Rp. Any driver that claims meter problems or who won’t turn on the meter should be avoided.

This tends to happen more often in the evenings when more unscrupulous drivers are aware the number of drunk tourists out and about makes scamming easy.

The most reputable taxi agency is considered to be the Bluebird group, which uses distinctive blue vehicles with the words ‘Bluebird Group’ over the windshield. Drivers speak reasonable English, won’t offer you illicit opportunities, and will use the meter at all times.

If you leave something in the taxi by mistake, there’s also a better chance you’ll be able to recover it, as Bluebird is easy to contact by phone and will usually be able to identify the particular taxi you used.

Note, however, that Bluebird is a Jakarta owned company, and whilst many driver employees are native Balinese, all profits go off-shore from Bali.

The overwhelming majority of non-Bluebird taxis are reliable and honest, and have it pretty tough, struggling against the domination of Bluebird and negative perceptions of non Bluebird taxis, created by a minority of rogue operators. This is why they mostly all paint their taxis blue.

To avoid undue hassles, we would recommend using Bluebird for taxis at night. But during the day, giving non-Bluebird taxis a chance will help native Balinese and the local Balinese economy. And, if you are curious, most drivers are happy to talk and often have fascinating stories to tell.

You can avoid problems by simply ensuring the meter is switched on before you close the door. If a driver refuses or wants to negotiate a price, just get out of the taxi – another will be along momentarily.

Note, however, all drivers will want extra to take you down Poppies Lane 2. This is because the street is so narrow, it is likely their exit will only be possible by reversing for a long stretch of road.

Avoid problems by agreeing on the ‘extra’ amount before you close the door – a reasonable amount is IDR10,000. If a driver insists on a much higher amount, again, just get out of a cab and hail the next one.

Don’t be alarmed if your taxi driver appears to be headed in the wrong direction. A circuitous route is often necessary due to the labyrinth of one way streets in the Kuta area. But fares are cheap, and even with deviating routes and congested traffic, any fare in the general Kuta tourist region won’t cost you more than a few dollars.

Note, though, that Bali taxi drivers don’t expect to give change and rarely carry large notes. As long as you have small notes, ’rounding up’ will never be more than a few cents. But this is another reason to consider whether using a Bali Tour Magic driver might be more convenient and cost effective for your day to day transport needs.

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Tipping in Bali

Tipping is not compulsory in Bali; at least, not in the sense understood in, say, the United States. But it is certainly appreciated. The salaries earned by most service staff are rarely sufficient to cover basic life necessities.

Your decision to tip and how much to tip should certainly be informed by your level of satisfaction with the service you have received. But before walking away without leaving any tip, please remember that whilst a few thousand rupiah represents a few cents to you, it can make a world of difference to a Balinese person struggling to make ends meet.

Often people don’t tip because they don’t want to follow the 10% convention of many Western countries, and they think a very small tip is ‘not worth it’ to the recipient, or even something of an insult.

But there is simply no such thing as too small a tip in Bali. Just rounding up your bill to the closest denomination will be very much appreciated. However, you want to ensure your tip ends up in the pocket of the person or persons you intended to receive it.

Service establishments in Bali are required to charge a 21% tax, which includes an 11% service fee, ‘theoretically’ divided amongst service staff. So when it is levied (not all establishments, particularly smaller ones, do so), you could say you have already ‘tipped’.

However, in the way things are in Bali, the lowliest paid are rarely the beneficiaries of any largesse. It is quite unlikely that the waiter you really appreciated or especially liked will see any part of that 11% service fee.

Even when you leave the tip in the folder or on the table, most likely the tip will be appropriated by the person who clears the folder from the table, or the maître d’ who has given you the bill, and often even the owner, regardless of assertions that ‘tips are equally divided amongst service staff at the end of the month’.

if you want your tip to go to a particular waiter, it is best to hand it to them directly, and discreetly if possible.

The same applies to hotels. Leaving a tip in your room requesting the tip be split amongst staff, or that it go to a particular person, won’t prevent it being pocketed by the staff member who happens to be first in your room after you leave the tip. If you want a tip to be shared amongst a group of staff, or a particular person, the only way to be sure that happens is to do it yourself directly.

As for tipping your Bali Tour driver, that is entirely up to you. Bali Tour Magic proudly pays any drivers we employ fair wages, but relative to Western standards, salaries would still be considered low. So any tip will of course be appreciated, but we encourage to tip only if you believe the level of service you received exceeded your expectations.

This helps us our ongoing training processes to instil a strong customer service focus in our staff.

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Staying safe in Bali

Health

In deciding which vaccinations you should get, consult your local health provider a couple of months before your trip, as some vaccines require more than one dose over a period of weeks.

Dengue fever, carried by mosquitoes, is increasingly encroaching into urban areas throughout warmer climates across the world, and Bali is no exception.

Whilst ‘fogging’ (intense poisoning of outdoor areas) is routinely carried out by most larger hotels, your best protection lies in liberal application of mosquito repellent with a high DEET concentrate.  We also recommend spraying your room prior to retiring.

‘Bali Belly’ as it is known, does not necessarily mean food poisoning. It could be that your body is not used to the foreign spices and bacteria. Bali Belly may be acquired by eating anywhere from small street stalls to exclusive five star resorts.

The best protection is a daily supplement of Acidophilus. Adding fresh ginger to your food or tea is also considered preventative. Whether this is scientifically established, we couldn’t say. But fresh ginger tea is available everywhere in Bali, so why not give it a try? It certainly can’t hurt and it’s actually quite a refreshing drink in the heat.

Also, drink bottled water only, even in 5 star facilities.

Be sure to guard against sunburn, dehydration and heat exhaustion, which happen easily in Bali. Drink plenty of water and moderate your exposure to the sun – it seems a very difficult message to get across to Westerners, but the sun burns quickly in Bali, even when the sky is overcast.

Crime

Thanks to the influence of its Hindu culture, Bali remains one of the safest cheap holiday destinations in the world.  It pays to remember though, that as part of Indonesia, Bali is home to many people not bound by the honour and karmic constraints of Balinese Hinduism.  Even so, violent crime is rare. But it makes sense to exercise a degree of caution.

Stay away from quiet back streets off tourist sectors at night. Be aware of your possessions – carry your cash securely, and exercise caution in night club sectors at night. Nominating a designated sober person on nights out to keep an eye on possessions and drinks is a good idea. Drink spiking does occur, usually with the purpose of making you easy to rob.

As for terrorism, unfortunately, no part of the world is immune, but the sophisticated and extensive security measures now effected throughout Bali, whilst often unobtrusive, go as far as humanly possible to ensure your safety at all times.

Even the smallest budget end hotels, for the most part, now incorporate CCTV, bomb screening measures, and security personnel to remain vigilant, so that you don’t have to.

Worse than being a victim of robbery is the prospect of becoming a criminal.  Bali is paradise – the Balinese prison system is not. DO NOT trust anyone selling substances on the street.  Even that  ‘friend’ you’ve known for some time and are so sure of will be of little use in extracting you from the clutches of a police sting.

And Indonesia shows little sympathy to Westerners breaking drug laws, however minor you might think the infraction.

It’s also a good idea to keep a copy of your passport with you at all times. If asked by officials (eg, a police officer) for your passport, hand over the photocopy and explain the original is in your hotel safe.

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Language

Indonesian is the official language of Bali so many Balinese are, in fact, tri-lingual, speaking Indonesian, Balinese and English. Although levels of English vary significantly, you are not likely to have much difficulty communicating in any of the tourist areas.

On the other hand, if you take a Bali tour into the more remote regions, you may find few locals speak Indonesian, let alone English. However, unless you have taken off solo in a rental car or scooter, your Bali tour driver will deal with any language barriers.

Whilst it’s easy to traverse Bali with only English, you will find an effort to learn a few words in Indo well rewarded. ‘Harga murah’ (make price cheaper), for instance, will immediately put you in the ‘seasoned tourist’ class when haggling.

And if you take the trouble to learn a few Balinese words, you’ll probably make friends for life! The Balinese take genuine delight in Westerners attempting to communicate with them in their own language and respond accordingly

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Etiquette in Bali

The Balinese are a very tolerant and forgiving people, with an understanding acceptance of differing belief systems, so it’s actually quite difficult to cause offense. But if you want to be culturally sensitive, remember these few simple tips:

Always wear a sarong to enter a temple and women, in particular, should ensure the sarong covers exposed legs. All temples which actually require a sarong for entry will loan them out with the entrance fee or hire them, but they’re cheap to buy and light to carry in your bag and if you have your own, you’ll always be covered.

Dress and act modestly. Native Balinese are far more conservative than most Westerners; they frown on public displays of affection. So when in or near Balinese temples or rural settlements, keep the touchy-feely stuff to a minimum.

The same goes with clothing: dress as modestly as possible, especially when visiting temples. When paying a visit to a Balinese temple, both men and women are expected to wear shirts that cover shoulders and part of the upper arms. Flip-flops are perfectly acceptable, so long as the overall look is modest.

The Balinese are quite happy for you to enter a temple during any religious event, but if you do, there are a few rules you should follow. The level of your head should never be higher than that of the priest, for instance. Avoid using flash photography in the temple. And under no circumstance should you walk in front of praying Balinese!

Don’t enter any temple if you’re menstruating. This may be galling to any woman, but you have a whole island’s culture against you on this one. Any woman on her period, or anyone with a running sore or bleeding wound for that matter, is considered impure and not allowed into any Balinese temple.

Don’t use your left hand to give or receive; it is considered ill-mannered. The exception is when you use both hands to hand something over to someone; this is considered a high compliment.

Pointing at anything with your foot is also considered very rude. Don’t use your index finger to point or to beckon. If you need to call attention to someone, beckon him/her to come by extending your hand and, with palm facing down, making a downward wave.

Touching anyone’s head is offensive to Hindus. The soul is supposed to reside in one’s head, making it off limits for people to touch. Not even children (Balinese children, that is) should be touched on their heads.

Don’t step on offerings (canang sari) in the street. Canang sari are offered to the Creator by locals first thing in the morning. When stepping out, you’ll find these little packages of woven palm leaf, flowers and herbs everywhere, even on sidewalks and stairs.

Stepping on one can be deeply offensive to any Balinese who witnesses your misstep. So watch where you step around Bali, especially in the earlier part of the day, to avoid stepping on an offering.

Don’t interrupt any religious processions. Religious processions in Bali occur fairly regularly, particularly during high holy days like Nyepi. These Balinese religious processions take precedence over your Bali tour. So if your Bali tour driver is stuck behind a procession on a narrow road, please be patient.

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Extending your Bali holiday

So you’ve come to Bali, fallen in love with the island, culture and people and want to extend your holiday.

Unless you obtained a 60 day visa prior to coming to Bali, the fee of IDR250,000 you pay on arrival as you pass through immigration, is the fee for a 30 day tourist visa.

You have the option to extend for another 30 days without leaving the country. About a week before your first 30 days runs out, simply head to a travel or visa agent and they will sort you out.

You can also go to the immigration office yourself. There’s one at Denpasar and also near the airport. However, many people find the process time-consuming and frustrating due to wait times and confusing and complicated paperwork processes.

Doing it yourself usually requires two trips, the first to fill out the paperwork, hand over your passport and pay the fee; the second to collect your passport with the new visa. Quite likely, both visits will involve long queues.

The cost of a 30 day visa extension in Bali is the same as the original 30 day visa fee, IDR250,000. If you use an agent, expect to pay an additional IDR400,000-600,000 for their services.

You will see signs for visa agents everywhere, but you are handing over your passport, so do a little research. Ask around – expats are generally in the know and will guide you in the right direction. Online travel forums can also be useful.

Once your 60 days is up, you must leave the country, or do a ‘visa run’, which is when you leave Bali to finish one visa and start another.

Most people head to Singapore for visa runs because you can get in, get the visa done and get back to Indonesia in one day. And it’s the closest and cheapest destination from Bali. You simply get off the plane in Singapore, then get right back on another plane to Bali and get a new tourist visa on arrival.

Many ex-pats get away with doing this repeatedly. Having left the country, on one interpretation every new entry is the beginning of a new tourist visa, and therefore re-starts the clock on the 90 day maximum stay tourists are allowed in Bali. Be warned, however, different immigration officials may vary in their interpretation and applicationn of the rules.

You can reliably extend your stay up to 90 days in total by getting a 30 day visa extension in Bali, before your original 30 day visa expires, and then doing a visa run to get another 30 day visa of re-entry into Bali.

Should you choose to attempt to extend your stay beyond 90 days with a further visa run, you are then at the mercy of the particular Bali immigration officer you encounter, who may choose to interpret your re-entry as based on an entirely new tourist visa, or who may decide you have reached your 90 day maximum allowed tourist stay and refuses you entry.

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Bali Tour Magic Testimonials

General

“It was perfect. We loved the music in the car and talking to Mus. Particularly enjoyed the monkey forest tour. Mus’s suggestions really improved our tour.” Jessica Boult, Aylesbury, United Kingdom, 4/8/16

“Mus had a wonderful knowledge of Balinese culture. We learned so much about the beautiful lands, people and customs while visiting some great places.” I have already recommended BTM to other travelers. Will use again.” Em and Lex Harns, Australia, 3/6/16

“An absolutely perfect day. Mus was really helpful and kind and we had a wonderful time.” Tom and Marreta, Czech Republic, 20/1/16

“Ten out of ten for service, value and friendliness, and knowledge of temples and local sights was outstanding.” Ella, Netherlands, 3/9/15

“I was pleased with being offered different options for our tour. It was a perfect day.” Lynda Duncan, Melbourne, Australia, 16/8/15

“I learned a lot about the Balinese culture, life and religion. I also loved the beautiful landscape, waterfall, temples & coffee plantation”
Swaentje Sester, Munich, Germany, 15/8/15

“We loved being able to modify as we went and not only had a driver but our own personal tour guide with a lot of Bali knowledge.” Melbourne, Australia, 9/8/15

“Highlights were the monkey forest, the music in the car & just talking to Mus – whose suggestions of other places to go really improved out tour. It was perfect.” Jessica Boult, Aylesbury, 4/8/15

“It was so nice to meet such lovely people. Right from the beginning to the very end we felt we could ask you for everything. We learned so much about Balinese culture, people and religion and had good fun. Thanks so much Erna and Mus, you are great people.” Katharina, Berlin, Germany, 22/7/15

“Erna and the staff were fantastic. Very good service. Erna’s knowledge and ability to help and advise was excellent. I would recommend your tour service to everyone. Would be a blessing for first time travellers to Bali.”
Debbie Courtney, Perth, Australia, January, 2015

“Erna was great at explaining everything – and she helped us barter which was very useful.”
Bruce Church, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia, 20 December 2014

“We really enjoyed the convenience of having all the arrangements made for us. Friendly drivers, air-conditioned comfort, absolutely amazing service.”
Katrina Reado, Australia, 19 December, 2014

“Very friendly, easy to talk to, lovely drivers.”
Tina, Perth, Australia, 16 December, 2014

“It was amazing. I most enjoyed Erna’s company and getting to know about Bali culture. After three tours I have a great friendship and I’m going to miss you. Thanks for everything.”
Danielle Weightman, December, 2014

“Being able to immerse myself into the Bali culture and seeing your beautiful island were my favourites. Also, have done tours in Bali before and they were a bit rushed. Loved that this time we were able to take our time.”
T. Anderson, 7 December, 2014

“Lovely day with Erna and friendly driver.”
Megan Riley, Perth, Australia, 4 December, 2014

“Everything was totally enjoyable from shopping trips to driving tours – and especially the elephants. I enjoyed everything and loved Erna and the drivers. Thankyou for the memories.”
Michelle Mcabe, Australia, November, 2014

“Exceptional English skills and they go above and beyond to help out and make your trip extra special! Couldn’t make it any better, it was amazing!”
Janine Singo, Perth, Australia, 30 November, 2014

“Driver’s friendliness, accommodating nature & flexibility made our tour with a young child easy.”
Jenny Au, San Fransico, 27 October, 2014

“We loved everything about Bali Tour Magic from start to finish. It doesn’t get any better than this – best trip ever!”, Lucy Ivanov, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 2014

“Our tours were accommodated to what we wanted to do. Nothing was too much trouble. Erna is a very friendly, wonderful person”, Tamara Cuffe, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia, August 2014
“Our friendly tour guide and driver made us feel very comfortable, would totally recommend Bali Tour Magic”, Talia Cuffe, Broken Hill, NSW, Australia, August 2014

“Mus took us to very special places. He is a very good driver and knows lots of information. We loved everything about Bali Tour Magic”, Tamara Gilbert, Sydney Australia, July 2014

“Thank you, I had a wonderful time with Bali Tour Magic. Will see you again soon”, Pauline, Ausralia, July 2014

“The flexibility (even while touring) was great, good and interesting info on local culture, and the Babi Guling – thanks for taking us to local restaurants!”, Cedrick, France, June 2014.

“Very helpful, polite & knowledgeable”, Chris Brown, Adelaide, Australia, 21 April, 2014.

“Very easy to do business with”, Gin, Melbourne, 19 April, 2014.

“Erna is very helpful not just with her tours but any information needed to make your holiday in Bali most enjoyable. Thanks Erna and company. Highly recommended.”Judy Jennings, Keysborough, Victoria, Australia, March, 2014 (from Trip Advisor)

“We were in Bali for six month and did nearly every transport with Bali Tour Magic. awesome service, very comfortable, very good prices and last but not least so friendly people. we love you Erna! you are so smart, thx for everything…”
Lima, Ohio, March, 2014 (from Trip Advisor)

“Bali Tour Magic is one of the best private tour company in Bali. when I was in Bali for holiday I use them for several trips around bali island and it was great time I really enjoyed MY shelf also their driver and guide Fendi is great number1: he is very polite kind friendly person:) number2: he is Good driver and Good tour guide explain everythings about tour and about other things about bali Erna is also great person she is the owner of the tour company:) she speaks Good english too:) I can recommend Bali Tour Magic to anybody who is traveling to Bali..!”
Antalya, Turkey, March, 2014 (from Trip Advisor)

“Thank you Erna and Mus for looking after our family on our trips to Bali. From collecting us from the airport to showing us around the beautiful countryside. We have seen places that we would never have seen if not from your recommendations. Thank you for making us part of your family. I would and do recommend you guys to everybody that we chat to about Bali. Thanks again”
Corrina Dunn, Australia, January, 2014

“Erna was very helpful on our last Bali trip, had trouble with internet and she drove me around to see if she could find help for me. also when my husband was sick with bali belly she wrote down the medicine to get from the chemist that the locals used and it worked very quickly. she is very helpful and entertaining and nothing was too much trouble for her. wish you both wealth health and happiness. Thanks”
Sue, Broken Hill, NSW, January 2014

“This was my first time experience with Bali Tour Magic many unforgettable experience and friendly staff. Thanks To bali tour magic”
William James Josefin Richard, 2013

“Excellent, very professional, friendly, extremely helpful. Nothing too much trouble. Very knowledgeable and experienced.”
Debbie Pigdon, North Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia, 20 Dec 2013

“After going to Bali so many times, we really needed something different to do. We spoke to Erna and she arranged some special tours for us. Going to Denpasar markets where the real people go as well as some of the little shopping markets that only Balinese people use, out of the ordinary trips so we can see how the Bali people live. when we needed a specific item for our small business you went out of your way to find excactly what we wanted and helped us get the good price. What an eye opener thank you Erna i will recommend Bali Tour Magic to as many people I know who want that special treatment when on holidays in your wonderful country.”
Mr Barry, Perth, West Australia, 2013

“While in Bali I was lucky enough to use Erna’s services. She was extremely helpful and her knowledge and its history of Bali were awesome. I always found Erna to be more than helpful, prompt, trustworthy and she will go out of her way to accommodate. She makes you feel very special treating you like a VIP. She is fluent in English so there is no miscommunication. I would not hesitate to recommend Erna and her services’. She certainly won’t let you down. Thanks Bali Tour Magic.”
Tracy Moase, Gold Coast, Australia, 2013

“Thank you Erna for a wonderful day tour we did with you not long ago. We felt like we had known you forever. Even our two kids enjoyed their day! Being teenagers they wanted to do their own thing, but they were glad they came with us. Our pick up from our hotel in Sanur was on time, and you and Mus speak great English. We had no difficulty understanding all the interesting places you took us to. I have no hesitation in recommending Bali Tour Magic to anyone wanting a great well priced tour, either half day or full day.”
J. Walpole, Woodside, South Australia, 2013

“Erna has looked after me since 2007 on my many trips to Bali. She always could guide me in the right direction. Myself and my family wish you all the best with Bali Tour Magic and I’m looking forward to my next trip and I know you will arrange something special.
Andrea Nelson, Gold Coast, Australia, 2013

“I’ve been to Bali many times and was lucky enough to meet Erna a couple of trips back. She and Mus are two of the friendliest, kindest and honest people u could hope to meet-nothing is too much trouble, and their English is great, so I learned more about Bali and Hindu culture in two trips using Bali Tour Magic, than I did in years of Bali trips before. I especially want to thank Erna for all her help when my partner fell critically ill on my last trip. An outstanding tour service and a real friend in Bali-what more could you ask for? I recommend them to anyone I know going to Bali.”
Bruce Norris, Keysborough, Victoria, Australia, September, 2013

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Bali tour of Tanah Lot

“We were collected from our hotel..on time and whisked away in a beautifully clean car..the driver spoke very good English..our tour to TANAH LOT for the sunset was way beyond our expectations..we were able to stop all along the way for taking photos which was great. Mus, the owner and driver of BALI TOUR MAGIC was brilliant, and today his wife..Erna was our guide.
She is the loveliest person and at the end of our tour I feel sure we will become firm friends.
We look forward so much to our next trip with BALI TOUR MAGIC and can recommend them to anybody wanting the best value for money trip available
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH, WE LOVED OUR DAY WITH YOU AND LEARNT SO MUCH
Kediri, Indonesia, January 2014 (from Trip Advisor)
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Bali tour of Kintamani

“We are two females travelling together and felt that we should immediately write and thank Erna of BALI TOUR MAGIC for the wonderful day tour to KINTAMANI we enjoyed with their company. Their driver spoke very fluent English and he was all the time pointing out places of interest along the way.
We really wanted to see the Barong Dance, and we thought that would have been the highlight of our trip. But the entire day was a highlight and we have absolutely no hesitation in recommending anybody to book their Bali tours with BALI TOUR MAGIC, the magic sure happens with them.
THANKYOU sincerely for making our tour an unforgettable experience.”
Carol and JulieAnne, Canada, 10 January, 2014

“In this great tour of Kintamani, we could experience the real Bali. Very nice and well informed tour leader.”
Raymondi Abbadoi, Sydney Australia, 11 November 2013

“My family and I recently did the Kintamini tour with Erna. She was an excellent tour guide and very compassionate to us. She is very easy to understand and answered all our questions. I would highly recommend Erna and Bali Tour Magic to many of my family and friends. And hopefully I will be joining her again on another tour soon.”
Rebecca Genev, Collie WA Australia, 7 November 2013

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Bali tour of Lovina

“Greg & I would like to say thanks to Erna & Mus for a really enjoyable day tour to Lovina. They could not have been more helpful and stopped to show us different sites along the way. We found Mus to be a very good & safe driver (a must for Bali) and both Erna & Mus were very informative at the places we visited. We will be recommending this company to our friends.Thanks again for a great day out.
Sarah Marshall, Australia, January 2014

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Bali tour of Bedugal

“I holidayed in Bali for my 40th birthday, we decided to visit the Royal Temple Taman Ayun with a Bedugul tour. I must say that Erna was the best tour guide, she speaks very good english and would highly recommend her. I also had her drive me around on my birthday and her service was 5 star. Thank you Erna”,
Fee WA

“This was my second tour with Bali Tour Magic and every bit as wonderful as the first. Mus is a great driver and his knowledge made the day very interesting as well as beautiful. Both Erna and Mus have made me feel like a family guest.”
Martine Boisson, Bordeaux France, 10 Nov 2013

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Bali tour of North Bali

“Bathing in the hot springs of Banjar in the middle of the forest was a great experience and experiencing the tranquility and unique atmosphere of the meditation temple will definitely be long remembered.”, Jan Leder, July 2014

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Northern Bali tour (overnight)

Our guide/driver was warm and concerned for our comfort and safety. Loved that a face to face meeting was arranged to plan tours rather than just relying on internet info. Highlights of our northern Bali tour: white sand beach, GitGit waterfalls, Jatiluwih rice terraces and Bedugul market – made better by great cultural explanations from guide. We wish other Australians could experience Bali as we have with Bali Tour Magic – Thank you Mus & Erna”, Barbara Wellesley, Sydney, Australia, May 2014.

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Bali tour of South Bali

“What a wonderful experience we had with Bali Tour Magic. The insight to Bali was so interesting & exciting. Our thanks so much to Erna & Mus for a fantastic tour. I really loved our visit to Nusa Dua. All the very best for the future of your business & I can’t wait till our next visit to Bali.”
Lorelle, Melbourne, Australia, January, 2014

“I really enjoyed this tour! What a beautiful day, first water sport at Tanjung Benoa , then a pleasant drive up to GWK and Uluwatu for a typical kecak dance. The seafood dinner we had at sunset was the climax at Jimbaran. Thanks to Erna, who, with her smile and kindness made me wish to come back again next year. I really recommend Bali Tour Magic.”
Martine Boisson, Bordeaux France, 10 Nov 2013

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Bali tour of Ubud

“I have only the best words to describe my tour I did with Erna in May 2012. We started with a Barong dance than headed north towards Ubud and amazing coffee & spice farms. We stopped at Celuk as I have a strong interest in jewellery then continued to the most amazing temple Tirta Empul where Erna really helped explain tradition and history of Bali people. Without such a knowledgeable guide, I am sure my experience of Bali would have been so much poorer. I can not recommended her enough! Thank you for Bali Tour Magic and I am sure we’ll meet again”
Mia, London, May 2012

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Bali tour of Taro Elephant Safari Park

“We used Bali Tour Magic for our holiday in Bali I would highly recommend their services to any family and friends and know that they are well looked after absolutly love Erna And Mus (owners)they are compassionate kind careing and willing to help with our holiday tours.Erna speaks good english and is willing to help out in anyway.We travelled from Legian to Ubud to visit Elephant Safari Park such a beautiful place,such a wonderful experience such good transport that makes us always feel safe.I cant wait for my next holiday back to Bali so Bali Tour Magic can take me on another wonderful holiday experience.”
Beck, Perth, Australia, June 2013 (from Trip Advisor)

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FAQs

How much are your Bali tours?

Every Bali tour we offer is priced per vehicle (up to 6 passengers) at a flat rate of IDR400,000 for half day tours of approximately 5 hours and IDR600,000 for full day tours of around 10 hours.

Our time frames aren’t hard and fast – we don’t charge extra just because your Bali tour runs a little over time. A few ‘full day’ Bali tours, however, effectively amount to a day and a half. For example, if you wanted to hike Mount Agung to reach the summit at sunrise, you would need to depart Kuta mid evening and wouldn’t return until around lunch time the following day. On the rare occasion a Bali tour needs to run more than 15 hours for such reasons, we may charge you for a day and a half.

What is included?

Our rate includes hotel pick up and drop off*, an air-conditioned, modern and spacious,  private vehicle, and on-call English speaking driver with extensive local knowledge and experience, as well as our expertise in arranging and booking any associated accommodation, activities and attractions, and co-ordinating the timing of all your Bali tour components.

At Bali Tour Magic, we pride ourselves on our ability to do this expertly, delivering seamless arrangements that ensure you spend every moment of your time doing what you should be doing – having fun!

*Includes hotels within a 5km radius of central Kuta and hotels along the tour route. For hotel pick up and drop off outside these geographical areas, a small additional fee will apply.

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Why don't you list attraction and activity prices?

Because it would be close to impossible to maintain accurate and comprehensive pricing for every activity and attraction available in our Bali tours. For one thing, prices fluctuate significantly depending on season and available discounts. And not everyone on a tour necessarily participates in the same activities. Add to that, we’d also need to separately list adult and child per person prices for every attraction and activity, and we’d end up with a confusing list of ever changing per person prices.

The flexible service we provide means that, apart from our flat per vehicle rate, every Bali tour we deliver is uniquely priced based on what the various participants want to see and do.

When you make an enquiry with us about any Bali tour, if you provide us with approximate dates and numbers of adults and children, we are happy to give you an estimate of any associated significant attraction, accommodation or activity costs (eg white water rafting or an elephant ride).

Other costs you should allow for are the small entrance fees which all national parks and facilities charge, any shopping you might want to do, and meals. We don’t ‘package’ meals in your Bali tour – we find most people prefer freedom to choose according to their own taste and budget.

When you compare our pricing structure with the packaged structure of other Bali tour operators, please keep in mind the per person and per vehicle distinction. For example, you might see a packaged Kintamani tour for US$60 per person. If you were in a group of 6, our rate is $10 per person. The few inclusions in the $60 packaged rate don’t come anywhere close to $50 per person (but packaging neatly disguises this). Fact is, if you pay as you go, you’ll be amazed at how much more you pay and how much less you get with packaged tours.

Essentially, this transparency demonstrates to you that we don’t inflate attraction prices and bury them in a per person ‘packaged’ rate, a common practice amongst Bali tour operators which often results in sub-standard service delivery. We gain nothing by including a cheap, poor quality meal, for instance. A Bali tour operator packaging a meal in the overall price does. So you can be assured we recommend only the best attractions and dining options, based on your budget.

If you book a Bali tour with us, we will give you a detailed quote for all costs including our flat rate per vehicle fee, and the cost of any chosen activities, attractions or accommodation. If a deposit is required by a third party provider to secure a booking, we will advise you of the amount required as well as the required method and time of payment.

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I want to customise a Bali tour - how can I estimate driving times?

You can reliably assume it takes at least an hour to clear the traffic congestion in the Kuta-Denpasar region. Once clear of this area, no part of Bali is more than 4 hours driving time away. However, there is a fluidity in driving times due to several ongoing road works projects, including the airport road, the road to Uluwatu, and the south-east link between Tanjung Benoa on the Nusa Dua Peninsula and Sanur. So if you’re planning your own Bali tour, it’s probably best to ask us if what you have in mind is ‘do-able’, and we’ll let you know specific driving times.

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Do you stop for shopping?

Unlike many Bali tour operators, we won’t pressure you to visit any shops (common because drivers receive a commission for your purchases). However, there are opportunities for shopping on most of our Bali tours.

We are happy to take you to any shop you may wish to visit during your Bali tour, and we can recommended areas to shop for particular items (e.g., traditional crafts, bamboo furniture, paintings, etc.), as well as let you know where the best prices are – we’ll even help you haggle if you want! We can also put together a customised shopping tour for serious shoppers.

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How long are your Bali tours?

A half day tour is approximately 6 hours and a full day tour is approximately 10 hours, though this can vary a bit depending on how long you wish to stay at each attraction, traffic conditions, and the location of your hotel. Our time frames aren’t hard and fast – we don’t charge extra just because your Bali tour runs a little over time.

How do I make a booking?

As our pricing structure is based on a low flat per vehicle charge, we do not require a deposit to secure a booking.  For this reason, we do not take confirmed bookings more than two months in advance for any Bali tour.

You are welcome to plan and make a tentative booking for a Bali tour with us at any time, but you will need to confirm your booking within a month prior to its scheduled date to secure the booking.

To confirm a booking for a Bali tour or transfer, please contact us with the name of the tour or transport service you require, and the date or dates for the required service.

You will also need to provide the name the hotel in Bali you will be staying at, the hotel’s telephone contact number and your room number (or name on hotel reservation), as well as your email address and the number of people in your group.

We will then email you a booking confirmation sheet which will set out your pick up location and time, a summary of your itinerary, costs payable to Bali Tour Magic and any third party providers, and helpful suggestions for what you might find handy to bring. Costs will be quoted and are payable in Indonesian Rupiah.

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How do I cancel a booking?

If you do need to cancel for any reason, we ask only that you let us know as soon as possible, and at least 24 hours before the scheduled tour.

Due to high demand and limited numbers, at certain times, a particular Bali tour may occasionally require a deposit to secure a booking.

A deposit may also be necessary for multi day Bali tours, e.g., where you ask us to arrange accommodation, etc. on your behalf.  In such instances, we will advise you by email the required deposit and method of payment.

Change your mind?  No problem.  Up to and including on the day, any Bali tour booked with Bali Tour Magic can be changed to suit your wishes at no cost to you.

However, any deposit or other fees you have paid or asked us to pay on your behalf to third party providers will be subject to the refund policies of such providers.

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What should I bring on my Bali tour?

After you make a booking, the booking confirmation form we email you will set out our suggestions for what you might find useful to bring with you on the tour you have booked.

Useful Links

Bali tourist information

Before deciding what you’d like to include in any Bali tour, you might find it useful to check out Lonely Planet’s ratings of various Bali attractions.

And if you’re unfamiliar with the Bali tour you’re considering, Trip Advisor reviews of Bali tour options are a good starting point.

These government tourism sites are quite comprehensive and might be worth a look:

Bali Tourism Board

Bali Tourist Authority

You’ll also find a lot of ideas for exploring Bali on our things to do in Bali page, conveniently divided by geographic location to help you create your perfect Bali tour.

Bali Tour Magic can put together any Bali tour and it costs you no extra to create your own itinerary entirely. If you’d like help working out what’s ‘do-able’ in a day; for instance, the duration of any activities you might want to incorporate into a Bali tour, or driving times, we’re happy to answer any questions. Our expert local knowledge and years of experience in the Bali tour business are at your disposal – at no cost and no obligation.

Ask a Question

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Bali restaurant and eatery guides

Bali Eats contains a comprehensive listing of Bali restaurants and eateries with reviews and a handy search function.

The I Bali Guide is a blog with a limited but quality range of fine and casual dining options. The listings are mostly upmarket.

If you’re looking for cheap Bali eats, you probably can’t go past Trip Advisor reviews.

Bali accommodation guides

If you’re not booking directly with a hotel, we recommend you stick with the large, well known accommodation booking sites like booking.com and Agoda.

In our experience, relying on the hotel booking links found on various Bali tour sites is often a recipe for disappointment. Instead we’d suggest you first look for Bali accommodation on Trip Advisor and then book directly with the hotel if possible (you’ll find internet rates are often negotiable via email). If direct booking isn’t possible or cheaper, then stick with the big booking sites.

Bali cargo forwarders

We recommend both these companies as reputable and reliable, but as we have no affiliation with either, we can’t make guarantees or take responsibility.

Saptaprima Cargo
Office:
By pass Ngurah Rai 480X
Sanur – Bali – Indonesia
Tel. + 62 361 270768 /281800/283600/281306
Fax. + 62 361 283335

Warehouse:
By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra 27X
Ketewel – Gianyar – Bali – Indonesia
Tel. + 62 361 281800

Nusa Trans Cargo
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 66 Tohpati Denpasar – Bali – Indonesia
Phone : + 62 – 361 – 461 974
Fax : + 62 – 361 – 461 895
E-mail : [email protected]

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Bali visa agents

We recommend both these companies as reputable and reliable, but as we have no affiliation with either, we can’t make guarantees or take responsibility.

Bali Expat Services
Jl. Kunti I No. 12, Seminyak, Bali.
Tel: +62 (0) 361 733744

Bali Mitra Solusi
Jalan Pengubengan Kauh No. 36 C, Kerobokan, Kuta, Badung, Bali
Tel: +62 (0) 361 8476071

Bali emergency contacts

Australian Consulate Bali

Bali Emergency Services contiains an up to date and comprehensive collection of emergency contact numbers and useful information, including a listing of and information about Bali hospitals.

Bali telephone codes

Stay connected in Bali with this good explanation of internet and telephone services in Bali. You’ll also find easy to understand information about how to make calls in and out of Bali and within Bali, via landline or mobile, with relevant area codes.

Bali weather and time

Bali weather and time – includes rising and setting sun times, as well as a moon phase calculator (useful in Bali as many festivals and celebrations are based around the full moon).

Bali maps

This collection of Bali Maps covers most towns and Bali tour destinations, and also has a ‘get directions’ facility.


Bali Tour & Transport Services - English speaking, friendly & knowledgeable drivers

Bali Tour & Transport Services –
English speaking, friendly & knowledgeable drivers


 

Bali Tour
Experts

Erna Nilawati

With years of experience as a Bali tour organiser ‘extraordinaire’, excellent English, and unrivalled knowledge of all things Bali, Erna takes genuine pleasure in making people happy.

You’ll meet as a tourist and part as friends (guaranteed!) She’s also a master of ‘last minute miracles’. If you think it can’t be done:

Ask Erna


Gede Mustiada (Mus)

15 years experience as a Bali tour driver has given Mus an uncanny ability to understand exactly what his guests want at any given moment.

Fluent in English, and knowing just about every inch of Bali, you’ll also benefit from his extensive knowledge of bargains and treasures that many tourists never get to know about.

Bali Tour Magic –
Why Choose Us

Integrity guaranteed

We are honest and open. We don’t exaggerate. We do what we say we’ll do.

As native Balinese, our Hinduism is inseparable from our daily lives, and central to this is our view of karma and luck.

Quite literally, for us, honourable conduct brings good luck and unscrupulous conduct brings immediate bad luck.

If you ever had a bad experience with a local Bali tour operator, most likely you were not dealing with a Balinese Hindu.

To the Western eye, we may look alike but, as part of Indonesia, Bali is home to many Indonesians who are not bound by our Hindu faith.

Balinese Hinduism contains no provision for ‘final repentance and redemption’, so our fortunes in this life and the next mandate our integrity in all things at all times.

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Expert local knowledge

Our drivers are friendly, accommodating, knowledgable and speak English.

The very different verb structure of Indonesian means that our English can sound limited to a native English speaker.

But your Bali tour driver will always be fluent enough to communicate with you easily, ensuring your access to our comprehensive local knowledge.

When we use employee drivers, you can be assured they have been trained to understand your wishes are paramount.

You will never be subjected to music or conversation you don’t wish to listen to, and you will certainly never be pressured to adhere to or depart from any Bali tour schedule.

Your Bali tour driver’s wealth of local knowledge about great photo stops, eateries, bargains and the like is at your disposal, but you will never feel pressured to follow any particular recommendation.

The day is yours and your Bali tour driver’s sole goal is to ensure it is a magical experience.

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Best Value for Money

We deliver effortless and flexible Bali tour and transport services with outstanding service at unbeatable value for money.

And we do this without any dependency on third party commission, so your wishes and enjoyment will always be paramount.

We achieve this partly by operating online, saving physical shop front overheads.  But this doesn’t mean we sacrifice the personal touch.

We are only ever a phone call away, and when complex Bali tour arrangements require a face to face conversation, we are happy to call in at your hotel or arrange a meeting at your convenience.

We also keep costs down by avoiding expensive overheads like marketing campaigns, glossy brochures and the like.

We believe that if we do our job right, word of mouth referral is the only marketing strategy we need.

And, finally, we are not greedy. We keep our profit margin to a minimum to stay price competitive whilst delivering superior Bali tour experiences at great value for money.

Not everyone is on a luxury budget. We create Bali tour arrangements for all budgets, from one to five star.

Bali Tour Magic is not about delivering the cheapest possible price – that inevitably leads to guest dissatisfaction.

Our focus is to always exceed your expectations in the value for money you feel you got from the Bali tour we delivered.

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Your Comfort

As pictured, or of comparable quality, the vehicles we use for every Bali Tour are modern, spacious, air-conditioned and can comfortably accommodate up to six passengers. Our rates guarantee you a private vehicle, even if you are travelling solo. However, subject to availability, you may opt for a shared vehicle at a discount which will be based on the numbers of each group for that Bali tour.

Owner/Operator Service

As owner/operators we have a longer range vision than many local Bali tour operators, many of whom think nothing of dumping a booking if a better fare comes along, or diverting tourists to second rate attractions and over priced shops.

They do this because they think offering the lowest price is all that matters. An unhappy customer is still a ‘paid fare’ for the day.

And to attract your business with unrealistically low prices, the only means they have left of making any profit at all is the commissions which sub-standard restaurants and various attractions pay Bali tour operators to secure market share.

Local Bali tour operators don’t see any wrong in such practices. They are simply operating under a price driven, short view business model that sacrifices quality for survival, and an inability to understand that ‘value for money’ is more important than the ‘cheapest price’.

And so these are some of the risks you take if you haggle too hard and choose a Bali tour based on price alone.

Also keep in mind that street front Bali tour booths rarely garage their vehicles onsite. At most you will be shown a photograph of ‘your’ vehicle and we would caution against regarding this as any kind of guarantee.

At Bali Tour Magic we want you to feel like a valued guest, and leave us as a friend. If we do our job right, hopefully, your experience will be so magical that you’ll want to recommend us to family and friends who may be looking for a Bali tour or driver in the future.

We highly value your feedback and seek this by making available a Guest Satisfaction survey on every Bali tour we provide. We also encourage you to review our Bali tour and transport services online, and we constantly monitor and respond to such reviews.

Without access to the passing foot traffic of a store front, our business growth and success is 100% dependent upon your good opinion.

What differentiates us from much of our local competition in the Bali tour industry, is our keen understanding of this simple fact, and its adoption as the fundamental plank of our business philosophy.

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Authentic Balinese Hospitality

Perhaps more importantly than for any other reason, you should choose Bali Tour Magic for your Bali tour because we genuinely enjoy welcoming visitors and sharing with them the beauty and many delights of our homeland.  Our work is our pleasure – because making people happy makes us happy.

If you would care to look at some of our testimonials, you will see that many of our guests embrace the genuine friendship we offer, and feel more like family guests than customers.

Paradise is waiting…Be our guest!

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