on the road, an important virtue to have here
is patience! Although the road system in the
heavily populated areas is in reasonable condition
compared to other developing countries, it can
be heavily congested at peak periods. Ceremonial
processions sometimes occupy the whole road
so if you are caught behind a procession, enjoy
the colorful experience.
While you are on south of Bali, heading to Nusa Dua, Benoa or Jimbaran area from the airport, Denpasar or Sanur area, it it recommended to use the toll road, called Bali Mandara Toll Road. It is a beautiful toll road. Built in 2013 directly on the sea instead of on the land, so the panorama is very pretty. Not only you will see good panorama along the way via the toll road, you will also avoid a bad traffic jam if you use ordinary by pass road. The toll fee is IDR 11.000, one way.
Roads can also be quite
narrow with heavy pedestrian traffic on each
side. In less populated areas, roads may not
be tarred and the famous “gang’’
(very small road just big enough to accommodate
one car, but very often two-way) is ever present
no matter what area you may be in. This invariably
tests the reversing skills of many drivers!
Take note of several important points while
driving in Bali.
It is not unusual for cars and bikes to swerve
into your lane without indication. A system
of “sharing lane” has developed
because there are often obstacles on the sides
of the road, such as parked cars or the frequent
procession of bakso trolleys and paraphernalia
That’s okay if you’re used to it
but can be quite a shock to the 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.
Quite often red traffic lights are considered
"only as a suggestion” and there
are a few places where traffic in the left lane
may turn or continue straight through whilst
the light is red with a sign “belok kiri
Remember to “toot” your horn when
going around curves on mountainous roads as
drivers commonly drive in the middle of the
road here. There are a lot of one way roads
in Bali (meant to help traffic
flow but it hasn’t 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!
It is not 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 potholes
or road construction. By the time you think,
“What’s that there for?” you
could well be in a pothole!
You can fill up at any of the numerous government
owned petrol stations or in more remote areas
as stalls by the side of the road displaying
bottled of clear liquid. The quality may not
be as good as at the petrol station. Please
fill up your Bali car rental
at the government petrol station in the beginning
of your daily adventure.
If you stay in Sanur and rent a car there most likely you will get the ease to find the petrol station as they are many there.