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- New Start Time
Hello to all our Agents and previous Guests. Our head tour guide tells us that our guests are struggling to make it up the mountain in time to see Indonesia’s best sunrise on our 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour. This is to inform you that our new Meeting Point - Start Time has been pushed back 30 minutes to accommodate this. We understand that our guests don't want to be pushed to see a sensational sunrise, no matter how good that sunrise is. Our meeting point time used to be 4:00am for the 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour, our new meeting point time is now 3:30am to ensure our guests get to the top of Mount Batur with plenty of time to spare. If there is anything else we can help you with, please drop us an email, or contact me via WhatsApp.
- Interview with a Travel Agent - Pegasus Indonesia Travel
The secrets to nearly 20 years of successfully running a travel agency in Bali. This is our very first "Interview with a Travel Agent" and we're please to announce that it's with the General Director of Pegasus Indonesia Travel, Natalia Saputra (Natasha). We touch on a few questions around being a woman in business in Bali; initially coming from Russia, finding love and getting married to an Indonesian partner, raising two daughters in Bali, and a few other personal pieces of information before we moved onto the core questions we came to ask. We want to know the answers to the following core questions of all our travel partners: 1. What year did Pegasus Indonesia Travel begin operations in Indonesia? 2. What nationality and age group are Pegasus Indonesia Travel's main clients? 3. In Pegasus Indonesia Travel's experience, over the last year since international visitors have been returning to Bali, is Pegasus Indonesia Travel seeing the pre Covid numbers returning to Bali? 4. What are the main attractions or experiences Pegasus Indonesia Travel's international clients are requesting to do when in Bali right now? 5. What problems do you see coming up for the Indonesian tourism industry if any? 6. What advice do you have for any international clients coming to Bali? If you're a Travel Agent in Bali, you're not going to want to miss this interview. You're going to want to hear some of the secrets to Pegasus Indonesia Travel's nearly 20 year success story. How most of the staff have remained with the business for the entire 20 years. Going from sitting on the floor in the living room issuing the vouchers for the very first peak season to becoming one of the leaders for the destination in the market. How they paid their staff during Covid, and how they're one of the few travel agents that employ tour guides directly, and don't use freelancer tour guides. If you're a tourist looking to visit Bali, listen to what sets Pegasus Indonesia Travel apart from their competition. What it takes to start a business here in Bali. There are snippets of gold in everything Natasha talks about. While we were interviewing Natasha we could hear the gold, however we're also focussing on the next question. We could have spoken for hours, however being mindful of the time and listening for the gold we had to press on. It was only after listening to the interview again when putting this video together did we feel the full weight of the information one could garnish from this interview. Thanks Natasha, this interview has set the bar pretty high for every other agent to follow in your footsteps. An incredible interview. Thanks for being brave and going first. If you're a travel agent in Bali and would like to be interviewed with your answers to the above questions, drop us an email. We'd love to showcase your travel agency, and the differences you make within the industry.
- 25 Survival Tips for Renting & Riding a Motorbike / Scooter in Bali.
There are some unwritten rules we've learnt along the way since we came to Bali in 2015. This booklet is an attempt to keep you alive whilst riding around the 5780 square kilometres of Bali – The Island of the Gods. If you’re planning on renting / hiring a scooter and getting out in the traffic of Bali, this 25 Point Survival Guide will go a long way to keeping you alive. Some people are way to scared to get out on a scooter and see all that Bali has to offer. Some think it’s a cake walk and are a danger to themselves and everyone else on the roads of Bali. It’s true that renting a motorbike or scooter is a wonderful, and cheap way of getting around and seeing everything Bali has to offer. However, we trust the booklet will help keep you safe on your travels. If you don't have time to read this because you're getting on a flight to Bali right now, or you want this on your computer for any other unforeseen reason, we made a booklet of this article for you do download here free. Gift it to anyone you like to remind them of how safe they need to be whilst in Bali on a motorbike or scooter. Google Image Rule #1: Your Own Country V's Bali's Road Rules Bali's road rules are not an adaptation of your own country's rules. Your country may have better rules, leave that thought in your country. This country (Indonesia) has some very different and sometimes arguably some very dangerous rules. They work here, your rules from your home country wont work here, and are unenforceable here. You wont change 270 million people to your way of thinking. Get it out of your head that you are some how superior in riding and the rules here don’t apply to you. Always wear a helmet, always wear a shirt, show some respect. Google Image Rule #2: Travel Insurance If you have travel insurance and you think you're covered to ride a scooter, think again. Most insurance companies won’t cover you to ride a scooter or motor bike unless you have an open class licence in your country of origin or have specifically been asked to be covered to ride a scooter / motorbike. Some will cover you; in my case, the insurance company I used to have said I couldn't ride anything bigger than a 200cc motor bike. The insurance I have now says as long as I am licensed in my country of origin, and I have an international licence, I'm good to go. Always check your travel insurance policy PDS (Product Disclosure Statement) before getting on a scooter or motorbike in Bali. Travel insurance doesn't cover damage to the motorbike either. Nor does it cover the other person if you injure someone. Travel insurance covers you only. Google Image Rule #3: Three Strikes There are three things your travel insurance will not cover you for if you hurt yourself on a scooter or motor bike: Licensed Helmet Intoxication Any one of those, and you're on your own. NO INSURANCE A medivac flight back to where you came from can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Get an international drivers licence from your own country. Wear your helmet, even to the shops or just down the road to the beach. Don't drink and ride. Please don't rely on the hospitals in Bali. They don't have neurosurgeons. It's not rocket science. It's survival of the less stupid here. Google Image Rule #4: Speed Limits There are no real speed limits in Bali, except at some school crossing zones that no one ever enforces that we’ve seen. They don’t have handheld speed cameras in Bali. Everyone in Bali rides to their ability and their environment. (the known dangers of the area). Don't ride like an idiot, take your time, you're not from the area. 40km per hour is a good start, and probably the average speed in Bali. Rule #5: Might is Right Yes, where you come from, the pedestrian is probably the most protected when it comes to the law. When you leave your country, the rules from your country don't apply in Bali. The Indonesians have the"Might is Right" rule. It's a simple rule really, the smaller you are, the more likely you are to be killed, so get out of the way of anything bigger than you. Put another way (so that you really get this rule.) This rule is crucial for your survival. Shaking your fist at a car that has just pulled out from a side street and nearly taken you out, is stupid here. The Indonesians think “My car is bigger than your scooter, you should’ve gotten out of the way.” Trust me, I’ve driven cars and scooters in Bali. When I drive a car, I think ”These scooters are like flies, they’re always around me, getting in the way, they’re a menace.” Then I ride a scooter on the same day and my thinking switches to “Man, these cars are in the way, they take up too much space, their too slow, oh… there’s a gap, I’ll get into that gap, the car will have to brake, but that’s his problem, I’m in front now” Seriously, this is the mind set from both sides and I can’t stop myself thinking either way. I’ve done over 60,000 kilometres on my scooter in Bali, (the island itself is only 5780 square kilometres) and here is my take on who owns the road starting with the biggest and badest of them all: Google Image 1) Pertamina Truck 2) Coach / Tourist bus 3) Tipper style truck - usually a light green in colour 4) 4WD or 4x4 5) Car / Van 6) Big (over 500cc) motor bike 7) Under 500cc motor bike 8) Scooter 9) Cyclist 10) Pedestrian If you're an "8" riding a scooter, and you see anything looking remotely like any of the seven vehicles above you, and you want to live, get out of the way. - If it's bigger than you, coming towards you, get out of the way and you'll be able to dodge the next one as well. Don't get out of the way, and you will die. It really is that simple. Worst case scenario, they'll be wrong, (in your world) and, you'll be DEAD right, and heading to the next world. Google Image Rule #6: Roundabouts This is Bali, the rule for approaching a roundabout is not the same as anywhere else on the planet we have driven or ridden. Locals don't use roundabout correctly and they know it. They don’t even do the same at each roundabout for consistency. The roundabout is approached differently because this is the way it’s always been done in that area. Old habits die hard even in Bali. We would advise you to do the same as the local. If you see the locals going across the face of the round about from the left lane to turn right lane without going clockwise around the roundabout, do the same. You're not going to be able to change 270 million Indonesians by inflicting your driving knowledge of how to use a roundabout correctly. That said, very occasionally you come across a roundabout that is being used the way you were taught. Do it the correct way in that case. This is more the exception than the rule. We heard there was a big advertising campaign about this some years ago advising locals how to use roundabout's correctly by the Indonesian government. It made not a scrap of difference. Summary: Unless you’re very familiar with the area, approach all roundabout with caution. Rule #7: Uncontrolled Intersections Uncontrolled Intersection are “many” in Bali. You'll be riding along, and you'll see an intersection that you could be on the side street, or the people approaching from the left and right could be on the side street. There is no stop sign, no give way sign, and no lines on the road. Everyone thinks they have the right of way. If you think that, you'll die. Take it easy, slow down, look left and right, let people cross, smile in the knowledge that you're still alive. Summary: Take it easy and read the traffic. Google Image Rule #8: It's Your Fault “It’s Your Fault”… Yes, it is every time. EVERY SINGLE TIME. If a kid runs out onto the road because he is chasing a ball and you hit the kid, or the ball, your fault. If a guy is riding the wrong way up a one-way street and you hit him, your fault. If a local is driving backwards, doing 60km p/h with only three wheels on his car, a dog in the passenger seat, a pig in the back seat, with his three kids on his lap whilst he is texting his wife that is also sitting in the back seat, and you clip his wing mirror. STILL YOUR FAULT. We'll tell you why, and there is a simple logic to this that Indonesians have. "If you weren't here, (in this country) this wouldn't have happened" In other words if you didn't come to Bali, the accident wouldn't have happened. Can you argue with that logic? No. Sorry, your still your fault. We’ve had this said to us; four times. Google Image Rule #9: Auto Insurance in Bali It goes like this: A local hits you, that's your fault remember? Everyone will get out of their vehicles. After a quick check that their okay. (They will not care if you’re okay.) The conversation will immediately turn to discussing money, and before the next wave of traffic catches you, an amount will be agreed upon, you'll pay, and everyone is on their merry way. Just pay, how do you think it would go in court in Indonesia with you saying, "It's his fault" in English, and the local guy saying, "It's his fault", in Indonesian to an Indonesian judge? You are the auto insurance policy, and no, your travel insurance doesn't cover the vehicle you are driving, or the vehicle that hits you or you hit. Pay, but don't get fleeced. 200,000rp will cover it in most cases. “Auto” is “Automatic” meaning you will automatically be at fault and have to pay. Google Image Rule #10: Traffic Accidents For some bizarre reason, Indonesians will try and hold your vehicle after an accident; like they can stop your vehicle (4x4, car, motorbike, scooter) with their hands. We’ve been in a couple of minor accidents. Each time locals have put their hands on the car or motorbike like they’re going to be able to stop us driving away. Don't get angry, it's just their way. Sure, you could accelerate out of their grip, however, a local could grab your door handle and get dragged under your car, or off their bike, and again... you'd be in trouble for something else, because rule number eight... "it's your fault” Google Image Rule #11: Parked Cars on the Side of the Road in Bali Cars parked on the side of the road are super dangerous. Doors often fly open as people that get out of the car don't stop for just a second to think who they could collect as they open the door to get out of the vehicle and don’t check their wing mirror before getting out. In most countries we’ll crack the door open just a bit and take a look. Here, they will 9 times out of 10, fling the door wide open. If you get hit by the jam of a door, (The leading edge) they will be wrong, and you'll be in dead. You'll be right though, they shouldn't have opened that door, however there is that little fact that, you’re still dead. Always leave enough room for a fully extended door when riding past parked cars on the side of the road, otherwise go past at a slow enough speed that you can evade that carelessly swung open door. This has happened to me personally at least four times that I can recall where after I went past the door that was flung open, I realised that the door could have easily gotten me in the chest had I been 30cm's closer to the car. Doing 60, and coming to a complete stop on the edge of a car door... yep, still dead. - Wide birth parked cars. Google Image Rule #12: Tourists on Scooters in Bali Yes, you're dangerous. Many locals will keep away from a white person (bulé) riding a scooter. Not because they want to give you the space and are being polite, noooo, they simply don't want to die. Tourists do the stupidest things on scooters. "Oh, let's go there" stop, U turn into on coming traffic, laugh when a pile of traffic have to stop whilst the tourist holds everyone up, as they go back to the place that isn't what they thought it was. People that have lived here in Bali all their lives can tell when you haven't been on a scooter long. People that have been in Bali a year can tell when you haven't ridden a scooter for very long. You’re the menace on the road. Remember that. Google Image Rule #13: Foot Paths in Bali Footpaths are a recent edition to Bali's landscape. A few years ago, all of these red footpaths you see on the sides of roads where open drains. So, under the footpaths are drains. Footpaths are great for scooters to get around cars. However, sometimes these footpaths have a few big areas missing. When there is an area missing, they drop straight into a drain that could be as much as two metres deep, or as little as 50 cm's deep. Slow down if riding on the foot path especially at night-time. If you think you’ll be able to sue someone if there’s a hole in the side-walk and you hurt yourself, think again. Not a chance in hell will you be able to sue someone here in Bali. This is not the US. If you're a pedestrian on a footpath / sidewalk and you bring your "I have the right of way here, I'm a pedestrian on a footpath" You’ll at the very least end up in hospital. Pedestrians on a foot path, stay vigilant. You are a 10. (see number 5 "Might is Right”) You have 9 things to watch out for. Sorry, this is Bali. Rule #14: Livestock Dogs, chickens, cats, pigs and cows: Yes, at some stage you will encounter all of these on Bali roads. Dogs will lie down in the middle of a road during the night confident you'll go around them. The dogs expect you to go around them. We are sure dogs call meetings at between 11.00pm and 3.00am on the streets. Packs of them all lying around, like they’re a bunch of teenagers that have snuck out to meet up. Chickens, yes, we have taken out a few, not deliberately, however the point is, don't swerve to miss them, or you'll die. Cats, not so often, but yes, these have been taken out as well, again by accident. Don't swerve. For these animals keep riding, unless you have plenty of money to have exploited from you by a local Cows. Now cows are a little different, they are a sacred animal here in Bali. You stop and give way to the cow. Truthfully, stop, or ride around with caution. You damage, mane, or kill a cow, and you could spend some serious time in jail. - Don't swerve for animals, stop for cows. I've seen cows walking across the traffic, then against the traffic down the main Sunset Road of Bali. The cow has right of way. If you hit a cow, you’ll likely come off second best anyway. Rule #15: Local Riders Most local Indonesian riders don't have a license, (or what the locals call a ‘Sim'). Some riders are aged around 6, and some look like they’re 106. Most have never had a lesson; most have never attempted a driving or riding test. You have (or are supposed to have). The locals will pull out from side streets and go left without even looking to their right, and there are a number of reasons for this. One of those reasons is they have had their scooter blessed, so their Gods will protect them. They’re protected, you’re not.(true story, Hindu Indonesians get the motorbikes blessed and they believe this will bring them luck and protect them.) They don't wear helmets either. You need too. Common sense where you come from doesn't apply here to locals. Wear a helmet so you don't die. Remember your basics from your riding lessons. The unofficial stats are that on average 120 riders die per day on Indonesian roads. That’s right, 120 PER DAY. Don't be one of them. Tomorrow you'll be forgotten. Google Image Rule #16: Fuel Don't buy petrol / fuel / bensin from a small shop known as a warung. Buy it from a Pertamina Station every time. The price is the same all over Indonesia at Pertamina stations, because Pertamina is government owned. You buy fuel in Indonesia, you're buying it from the government, there is no competition for them. Warung’s mix fuels, and you'll pay more for that crap fuel. Those Vodka bottles they sell the fuel in not only have varying colours of fuel, the bottles are not one litre. They say the price is the same as the Pertamina petrol station. Say 10,000 rp per litre. The bottle is 10,000 rp per bottle. The bottle is 750 mils. Not only are you getting ripped off for 25% of the fuel you could buy at Pertamina, you're also getting fuel mixed with something else. Nasty. Google Image “Premium Fuel” is not Indonesia’s ”premium" fuel. There is an order for fuel. Starting with the best fuel, here is the list of fuels available in Indonesia: 1) Pertamax Turbo - 98% octane 2) Pertamax - 92% octane - Best we could get for about four or five years 3) Pertalite - 90% octane - Not much better than 'Nasty' 4) Premium - 88% octane - Nasty Can you see why "Premium" is not 'premium' now. If you’re using Pertamax Turbo and you go back to Pertalite... OMG you can feel the difference on a scooter. On a scooter by Pertamax or above. Even Pertalite is not that good. 10% is “other than octane” That’s not reliable for you to get around on. If you have a Diesel Car, well that's a whole different ball game: 1) Solar (Yes, that's right, it's diesel fuel that's called "Solar") is the lowest of the dirtiest diesel. It is really bad fuel and burns badly. Smoke everywhere. 2) Dexlite - This seems to work okay in a 4x4 3) PertaDex is the good stuff. We use this in our 4x4 for tours. Oh and "Air" at a petrol station isn't "air" like we think it is. In Indonesia, "Air" is pronounced differently (eh - ya) and means "water" so don't ask for "air" in your tyres, or you'll be riding around on a waterbed. Google Image Rule #17: Mirrors These are merely decoration on motorbikes for tourists. The locals have a simple theory that works. "If everyone is looking forward, no one will get hit, don't look backwards because you're not going that way" This simple theory works really well, you keep an eye out in front of you only, the person behind you looks only in front… how can anyone get hit. - You watch where you're going, they'll watch where they're going (Unless of course they're texting, and they hit you. Whose fault is it again?... Yours) Who needs rear vision or wing mirrors if you’re only looking forward right? You’ll be looking at a local’s motorbike thinking "There is something different about that bike" and you won’t see it. You won’t be able to pick it. Look at the wing mirrors. They won’t have them. They are useless to them, so they take them off. Google Image Rule #18: Free Insurance A "Go Fund Me" page is NOT your back up insurance policy. The amount of people that drink themselves stupid, get on a scooter without a helmet and are found badly hurt in a ditch five hours later is phenomenal. Don't ask others to cover your sorry arse when you've been an idiot. It's just plain embarrassing. Picture this, you're in a Bali hospital, with an international news crew filming your busted up body, tubes hanging out of you everywhere. You’ve been drinking, you were not wearing a helmet, and you really expect people to just send in money. It happens, you'll find a sucker or two that will feel for you. Really... buy travel insurance before you leave your country, wear a helmet whenever you're on a scooter, have an international licence before you leave your country, and don't drink and ride. Please, no more GoFundMe pages to get you home. If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. Rule #19: Bali Roads You know those old country roads in your country of origin. No, not the roads that are long winding and beautiful, not the long ones maintained by the government, We’re talking about those roads that could be long driveways, all the way up to a farming property, over a cattle grid, potholes, wind rows so the water can escape. Imagine riding on that driveway when it's raining, on a scooter. Great you're ready for riding on Bali roads. Minimal curbing, potholes most places, bad water run off. The only thing missing is a cattle grid. But they don't need those here because the cows are sacred; you're stopping for them remember. If the roads are flooded, and there is a pothole in the road, you won’t see it. If you come across that same flooded road and you see a stick with some leaves sticking out of the flooded road, or perhaps a chair in the water that looks in the middle of the road, that means there’s a pothole there. They rarely have a traffic cone in place anywhere. The picture featured was us coming around a bend during the day seeing this immovable boulder. Imagine coming around a bend and seeing this boulder, at night. Google Image Rule #20: Bike Capacity If you're a foreigner, the rule for you is only you and one other on the bike. For locals it's, "whatever you can fit on the bike". We have seen massive things on bikes. I’ve personally seen a medium sized fridge strapped to the back of a bike seat; bolt upright. A pig, a dog, three family members, and countless chicken hanging by their feet under the fridge, upside down still alive heading to the market, all on one scooter. ALL on one scooter. None we wearing helmets, and that's okay. You and one other on a scooter with helmets that is your only option. Your drunk mate will have to use Go-Jek Google Image Rule #21: Indicators Yes, it's true most bikes are fitted with Indicators. Our personal opinions are that 90% of the indicators in Bali have never been used, not even once. Don't trust that an indicator will come on if a local intends to turn. Where this is at it's worst: You’re overtaking someone on their right, the locals don't use their mirrors, and they’re of course protected by the Gods, and they're turning right... across your line, whilst you’re accelerating to overtake, and they’re not indicating. You have to watch for this. Indonesians are unpredictable because they have never been formally trained how to ride a motorbike. You have, so watch the bike in front of you. There is what we call the "kill zone" that second or two, where if the person riding their bike slightly in front of you to your left decided he wants to go right to a shop, he will just turn right, without indicating, and without checking his mirror, and a "shoulder check" hahahahahahah, this never happens.... and there is nothing you can do about it except try to brake in time. It’s scary and I’ve been taken out at least four times that I can think of in this exact way. Google Image Rule #22: Brake Lights There is only one brake light on most bikes. A hell of a lot of these bikes have brake lights that don't work. When following someone look for signs their brake lights may not be working. Bali might be as high as 30% of brake lights not working. In other places such as Makassar, we would put that figure at around 70% not working. Google Image Rule #23: Trail Bikes There are a lot of registered and on the roads trail bikes in Bali. They generally don't need a brake light when being used as a trail bike, so often they don't come with brake lights from the factory. They don't have brake lights, so don't wait for a brake light to come on. Trail Bikes = Probably No Brake Lights. You hit one because he brakes and doesn't have a brake light; your fault, you have to be looking forward. Trail Bikes also have one other thing that has caught us out once. Trail Bikes sometimes have huge kick stands that stick out of their left side past the standard lines of the bike. When the trail bike rider brakes hard, if you're close to the left-hand side of a trail bike, (because you’re in a crowd of bikes,.. This happens) watch out for this kickstand, they’re black and hard to see. No brake lights, huge kick stand, how these things ever got registered for the road in Indonesia we'll never know. Google Image Rule #24: Headlights In the cities, nearly everyone will have a working head light on their scooter. In some cases, we’ve seen a flash light / torch strapped / taped to the front. You'll see the bike, because the streets are lit up, even if they don’t have a working head light. It’s not the same in the rural areas. Many times, riding back from Banuwangi at night .... many times..... a bike rider had gone past us in the opposite direction, and we haven't seen them until they have gone past us. They flash past in your head lights… you get no warning, major roads are not lit up, and when they pass you within centimetres, honestly, this will scare the crap out of you. It will happen many times on country roads. One time a bike with no headlight passed between two of us riding side by side on the left side of the road. This other bike had no headlight and rode between us going in the opposite direction. We couldn’t see them until they went between us. They took a risk as we could have been a car. Still... This could happen to you. Rule #25: Idle Stop This feature is particularly good for saving fuel. It works like this: "Idling" means the motorbike or scooter will idle when sitting at a set of lights. Pretty standard stuff. "Idling Stop" or Idle Stop, means that means that when you[re sitting at a set of traffic lights, the idle will stop. The motorbike or scooter will switch off. The motor bike or scooters engine will stop, however the motorbike or scooter is ready to go, all you have to do is twist the throttle as if to accelerate, and the bike will spring to life and away you go. There is one word of warning that we can only help you with trusting that this will stay in your head should you have an accident with Idle Stop "on" This has happened to us a few times, and only after a few minor crashes as we now aware of this and know what to do. You've had a minor or even a major crash. Your bike is lying on it's side on the road. You've essentially dropped your bike. You check yourself, you check the other person, you've done what you can for now, and you need to get the bike out of the way, perhaps just off the road. As you approach the bike, everything is off. the engine isn't running. You pick the bike up, and before you know it, the bike has taken off again and is ghost riding down the road a few metres where it falls over and comes to rest again. How did this happen? You pick up the bike like any time you move the bike, by the handles. The trouble is, Idle Stop is on. As soon as you go to pick that bike up you twist the throttle, the bike jumps to life and wants to take you somewhere. Trouble is, your feet are on the ground as you lift the bike. Here is the lesson we learned the hard way. (At least three times between us) Turn the key off first, then pick the bike up. You see the light flashing on the dash... it's green on a Honda Vario, turn the key off, then pick the bike up. KEY OFF, BIKE UP. In that order. The first time this happened to me, the bike went down a foot path and crashed into a shop. Luckily no damage to the shop, or any people. (unfortunately more damage to the bike) The next time this happened the bike went back onto the road and narrowly missed a car. Could have been a whole lot worse. Just more damage to the bike. Your Hiring Checklist - 12 Points to seriously consider Don’t take the first scooter the guys at the scooter hire place roll out. Check everything. If you're not happy, ask for the next bike. It's your life on the line Use this checklist to ensure you have the basics covered: 1. Check the front brake and the rear brake. 2. Check the brake light. 3. Check all four indicators. 4. Check the head light. 5. Check head light’s high beam – important 6. How much fuel is in it? 7. Get a helmet that fits. Better still, buy one down the road that fits you well. 8. Ask how to lock the helmet in the seat. 9. Tyre Wear… extremely important. See picture attached from a hire bike. 10. Tyre pressure before you leave: Rear 33PSI, Front 29PSI. This is extremely important for fuel economy and the way the bike handles. Trust us, do it. 11. Ride the bike and brake hard to ensure it stops 12. Last one. Don’t give the correct address of where the bike will be left overnight. The hirer will have a spare key. There was a period where the hirers would get your recently hired scooter at night knowing your address. You would then come and say the scooter was stolen. Then, the hirer would hit you up for enough money to buy another scooter to replace the so called “stolen” scooter. – True verifiable story from 2016 Getting your Motorbike or Scooter Fixed: If you break something on your bike, don't worry parts are cheap. (Well, at least, they are for Honda's.) I have smashed all of my panels on one serious accident I had. I didn't break the headlight, however I damaged the forks, needed, a new seat and every plastic replaced. In Australia I'd be better off buying a new bike. Here, 3 million IDR, and that was 800,000 for new forks. Lets put that in perspective. A new plastic exhaust cover runs into the hundreds of dollars here in Australia. In Bali, they're original Honda parts and cost less than $5.00 AUD or 50,000 rp each. Get your bike fixed at a dealer, always. Recap So, lets recap on how to survive on a motorbike or scooter in Bali: 1. Check your insurance policy allows you to ride a scooter 2. Always where a helmet. 3. Get an international licence. 4. Look forward only whilst riding. 5. Don't drink and ride / drive. – Common sense that’s not so common. 6. Don't be a "tourist" on a bike. Think about your actions. 7. Buy Pertamax or above fuel, from a Pertamina station only. 8. The Gods are protecting the local riders, and no one is protecting you. 9. Don't swerve for animals, however, do stop for cows. 10. Foot paths are fair game for scooter riders. 11. Ride wider than a car door can be fully opened next to parked cars. 12. It's your fault every time, No exception. If you were not here…. 13. You don't have auto insurance. You are the Automatic Insurance. 14. Be careful when approaching roundabouts. 15. Might is Right, get out of the way of bigger vehicles. 16. Go Fund Me – is not cheap insurance. 17. Check your own brake light. 18. Trail bikes don't have brake lights. 19. Hardily anyone indicates. 20. Head lights are optional, especially in country areas. 21. Go through the bike check list before riding off on a bike. That’s about it. Ready to hire a scooter now? We here at Expedition Bali Tours are genuinely interested in keeping tourists safe as this protects the overall reputation of Bali’s tourism. Obviously, we have a vested interested in keeping tourists safe. We keep you and your crew safe, you’ll be back, and more importantly, you’ll tell your friends how much fun you had in Bali. Safe fun. This safety ethos spills over into our tours. My name’s Russ, and I’m the Customer Experience Officer (CEO) of Expedition Bali Tours. I’m an ex-safety manager from Australia. I take a personal approach to safety, “Would I let my family do this tour?” All of our vehicles are safe, all of our tours have been put through stringent safety standards, and we’re one of the few tour companies in Indonesia that has passed through the SGS Safety Test for the global tour giant Tui Musements. We also won the Luxury Tour Guide for Service Excellence for all of Indonesia in 2021/22. We have great travel partners. We’ve been around since 2012, and have been in Kintamani doing volcano tours longer than anyone else; we know this because we cut the original tracks. We also know great people to hire a motor bike / scooter from. Someone you can trust to give your real overnight address too. Contact us for their details and more information on our tours. Cya when you get here. Russ Tuff CEO – Expedition Bali Tours
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- Expedition Bali - Volcano & Waterfall Tours
Volcano & Waterfall Tou rs Expedition Bali Tours Book a Zoom Call to Find Out More "We help international visitors to Bali safely and easily access the islands' most beautiful volcanos & waterfalls through our family-friendly 4x4 tours & transfer vehicles" "We did the 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private tour and were blown away with how amazing this tour was. It was so amazing, we bought the company." Book a Zoom call with one of us to discuss any of our tours. We'd love to hear from you. " Russ Tuff President Director PT/PMA The Bali Office Trading As: Expedition Bali Tours Book a Zoom Call to Find Out More Why Book With Us 1. We won the Luxury Tour Guide Award for Service for all of Indonesia's 17,508 Islands 2021/22 2. We're the oldest established tour company with an impeccable safety record. Est 2012. 3. We have the safest and only 'built for purpose' 4x4 in the region. Our Social Media Stay Connected We've Got Something for YOU - Free Discover the Wonders of Mount Batur with Our FREE Comprehensive Guidebook! Are you planning a trip to Bali or captivated by the beauty of volcanoes and their surroundings? We've created the ultimate guidebook for you, meticulously researched and crafted in collaboration with geologists and local volcano enthusiasts. Our Comprehensive Mount Batur Tour Guidebook provides THE MOST ACCURATE and up-to-date information that you'll truly enjoy. Inside the guidebook, you'll uncover fascinating details about stratovolcanoes, calderas, the history of Mount Batur eruptions, the significance of Dewi Danu , and the region's unique wildlife such as the Kintamani Bats and Mount Batur Monkeys . Learn about the languages spoken in Bali and enjoy our amazing photography, showcasing the region's stunning landscapes and cultural elements. We've seen sensational articles by travel agents enticing tourists to go on Mount Batur volcano tours , claiming to show lava from eruptions in 1961, 1976, and 1991. The problem is, Mount Batur didn't erupt in those years! There's so much misinformation out there that we wrote this book to set the record straight. We've even corrected a date on Wikipedia about the Mount Batur lava flow visible from Kintamani – it's from 1963, not 1968. More than just a museum pamphlet or Wikipedia post, our guidebook is a visual treat filled with incredible photographs, making it a pleasure to explore. With accurate information and engaging content, our guidebook is the ideal companion for adventurers, nature lovers, and those captivated by Bali's rich culture. Don't miss out on this valuable resource, designed to give future visitors access to accurate, engaging, and easy-to-understand information for their trek. To get your exclusive, FREE guidebook , simply fill in your details below, and we'll send it straight to your inbox. Embark on an unforgettable Mount Batur adventure with a guide backed by unwavering professionalism and expertise! Please enter your email address Please enter your preferred name SEND ME A COPY NOW The Comprehensive Mount Batur Tour Guidebook will be sent to your inbox shortly.
- 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour | Expedition Bali
4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour Book the Sunrise Sensation Tour Now! I wanna know more Overview: T he Best Qualified Guides Our guides are local celebrities, everyone knows them because they're the best. They're qualified, certified, and they're English is great. Custom Built 4x4 Our vehicle is purpose built for comfort, panoramic views, power, protection from the elements, whilst maintaining maximum fun and enjoyment. No other vehicle in Kintamani is purpose built for tourists. Walking the Crater’s Rim We’re the only tour company that offers walking around the rim of the crater as a standard part of the tour. It takes an extra hour, however, it’s really worth it. After you’ve seen a sensational sunrise, trek that little bit extra up a little higher to get to the crater rim and walk around here. Your extra efforts will be rewarded with steam coming from the ground, you’ll see the other side of Kintamani with spectacular views of the caldera and farming, plus, if you’re lucky, you get to experience walking through clouds. Sustainable Cities & Communities United Nations Global Goal number 11. We give $15 from every 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour guest (every guest) goes to the community. This goes towards local infrastructure including roads, education for farmers on the correct use of the land and more sustainable farming techniques, plus training all the guides in the region, not just our own guides. Private Tours If you book the tour for just you, or you have five more people that are part of your crew, no strangers will be on your tour. We don’t jam others in on the tour to make up the numbers. You’ve booked the tour; the tour is all yours. 1 – 6 people max. We have a hand sanitisers dispenser mounted in the back as well. More importantly, you get to experience this tour with just your intimate group. If booking through an Online Tour Company such as Trip Advisor, AirBnB or Klook, we can ' t guarantee your tour will be a private tour. These companies are classed as "One Group" Book directly with us if your tour must be a private tour. Our Transfer Drivers Our drivers, are great mates, have passable English, and are nice to our guests. Best of all ‘they wait’. They pick you up from your hotel on time, you do your selected tour, and they wait. They don’t sneak off and do other jobs whilst you’re on your tour with your personal belongings in their vehicle. A bad transfer driver will be sneaking off doing other jobs, and your things could go missing. This will ruin your holiday. (Imagine if you lost your passport, your watch, your anything) Our drivers are 100% tried and tested trustworthy drivers. We pay our drivers to stay for the entire day, whether your tour is one hour, or 10 hours; they wait. Australian Owned, Local Guides. Basically, this means. Australian level safety and attention to detail, with local knowledge from our top-level guides. The CEO of Expedition Bali is an X – Safety Manager for a mining company in Australia. Small fire extinguishers are inside the seating area, grip tape on the steps, medical kit on board, the vehicle is serviced at half the recommended intervals. The local guides live in the area and have done so their entire lives. They know Kintamani inside out and back to front. Our local guides are also the only guides in Kintamani with a First Aid certification. I'm Done! Book the Tour Just give me the high lights T ravel Time: 1 – 2.5 Hours (contingent on accommodation location in relation to Kintamani) Departure Time: 3:30am Meeting Point: Google / Apple Maps "Expedition Bali Tours" Availability: Daily Tour Duration: 6 – 8 hours Group Sizes: 1 – 6 People Includes: Bottled volcanic spring water, 4x4 to as close to the top of Mt Batur as possible on the day, (currently to the 1300 metre mark.) English speaking guide, walk the rim of the crater, public liability & accident insurance, entrance fees into Kintamani & Mount Batur, unique gift, pick up and drop off to your accommodation. What to Bring: Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Good Walking Shoes, Camera, Warm Jacket – Just in case ACT NOW We only have one 4x4, and tours book out up to 20 months in advance by travel agents, and people that know they are coming to Bali next year. Don’t delay, please book the tour if you see an opening. Got It! Book the Tour I need to know every single detail No Risk Policy We’re the oldest running tour company in Kintamani, Bali. We’ve been running since 2012. 2021/2022 Winner of the Luxury Tour Guide Awards for Service across the entire Indonesian country. #1 in Indonesia Book a time to chat with our CEO about any of the tours you like. Seriously, he’s up for it. Here’s the link: https://calendly.com/expeditionbali/tours Send an English text to WhatsApp Number +62 812 3787 0220 for a reply within 24 hours. Pick Up Times: Jimbaran / Nusa Dua - 1:00am - (2.5 hours travel time) Kuta / Legian / Seminyak / Canggu - 1:30am - (2 hours travel time) Sanur - 2:00am - (1.5 hours travel time) Ubud - 2:30am - (1 hour travel time) Tour Starts @ 3:30am - Finishes @ around 10:00am Transfer Driver Transfer Driver will be waiting to take you back to your accommodation at 10.00am Travel Time Back to Your Accommodation Depends on where you accommodation is located in Bali. Jimbaran / Nusa Dua = 3 hours travel time Kuta / Legian / Seminyak / Canggu = 2.5 hours travel time Sanur = 1.5 hours travel time Ubud = 1 hour travel time What to bring with you Hat - If you forget, we've got you covered. Sunscreen Sunglasses Good walking shoes Warm jacket (just in case) Camera / Phone with back up batteries Bonus Reasons 2 x Bonus Reasons to book with Expedition Bali Tours SPOILER ALERT - Once you know everything....... 1. A ll of our tours have a small unique gift. For example, on this tour we give you a hat with LED’s to light your way. You know why? We do this more for practical reasons. It’s dark when you first set off, because you’re getting to the summit before the sun has risen, and we used to give out rechargeable torches. However, it can also get a bit slippery whilst hiking because loose dirt can shift beneath your feet; losing balance and putting you ha nd down on a rock to steady yourself isn’t fun if you’re also holding a torch. We wanted to free up your hands. We created a memento you can keep and take with you back to your home country. The hats aren’t cheap, and we'v e put our logo on the hat to remind you of where you first used the hats. They're yours to keep, and their USB rechargeable. 2. Walking the Crater’s Rim We’re the only tour company that offers walking around the rim of the crater as a standard part of the tour. It takes an extra hour, however, it’s really worth it. After you’ve seen a sensational sunrise, trek that little bit extra up a little higher to get to the crater rim and walk around here. Your extra efforts will be rewarded with steam coming from the ground, you’ll see the other side of Kintamani with spectacular views of the caldera and farming, plus, if you’re lucky, you get to experience walking through clouds. I'm In! Book us in on the Tour How do I know for sure? Testimonials / References / Endorsements "My husband and I just came back from our very 1st trip to Bali, and we’re very glad we chose to go with Expedition Bali’s tours and services! Because of them, our 4 day vacation turned out to be smooth, fun, and exciting from start to finish. On their website, you’ll see that they offer numerous tour packages, and they were excellent at coordinating everything, as well as fitting our tour nicely into the rest of our Bali vacation, including pickup/drop-offs from our hotel in Kintamani. I highly recommend reaching out to the company’s director to discuss specific interests you might have or ask them any questions so that they can tailor your tour to fit your exact needs. The team is very approachable and extremely customer centric. It’s clear that they aim to please! For our 1st day, we decided to do the Sunrise Trekking Tour to the top of Mt. Batur. In addition to being a wonderful hike to the top of the volcano, we experienced one of the prettiest sunrises I’ve ever seen. After a nice morning of hiking around the volcano, they arranged for me and my husband to relax at one of the local hot spring resorts. It was a great way to end the day, winding down at the lake side in the mineral pools with good food and drinks." - Kerry Meyer - US citizen living and working in Singapore. "Thank you Expedition Bali Tours for this amazing experience! Highly recommended tour with the best vehicle in this area. We felt safe at all times and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Many thanks to Russ and his team for taking care of us!" - Bobby Rheinhart - Indonesian - Makassar “One of the best Bali mountain & lava Jeep tours, Bali sunrise tour with hot spring water ~ trip advisor recommended, you should try it once in a lifetime” – Wira N. Utama - Indonesian “Super company, excellent guides, everything is organized at the highest level, I really liked the meeting of dawn, and of course how we rode jeeps on the sand and lava of the volcano Batur. Thank you so much guys for organizing such tours….. ” - Russian Guest Mother Nature and her Mum! “… They [his children] saw first-hand steam rising up from the top of the volcano, they saw the landscape that was left behind by lava being spread all over. Never before had I felt teaching science so fun, my children, my wife and myself had an unforgettable experience, thanks to the crew that took the extra time to answer our questions along the way ...” – Andrew – Perth, Australia Amazing adventure “The trip was amazing. Team of expedition Bali excellent. The guide was fun and support us all the way. Pictures of the top very beautiful. I like this adventure very much” - Russian Guest Sunrise Hiking Tour “My boyfriend and I booked the sunrise hiking tour of Mt Batur with Expedition Bali after seeing the reviews and their Instagram (check it out it's awesome!). From the get go Expedition Bali were extremely helpful and professional. While my boyfriend is very fit and hikes regularly, I am the complete opposite and found it very challenging, however our Jeep driver and hiker Wayan was amazing. Super supportive and considerate and got me to the top when I didn't think I could! The views were amazing. …The 4wd'ing aspect was fun and cut an hour off the hiking trip. Would definitely recommend and we will do more tours with Expedition Bali in the future :)” - Hannah M – Adelaide, Australia. Amazing Tour! Have just come back from completing this tour in Bali, i did the Sunrise Volcano 4WD Tour and it was absolutely amazing and worth the early wake up. Would highly recommend this tour if your headed to Bali, … – Taryn L Cancellation Policy We know that plans change. If you cancel with more than 24 hours notice, we'll issue a full 100% refund. That ' s it, nothing fancy. COVID-19 Exemption: If your booking is cancelled due to Covid-19 announced by the Indonesian government, we'll refund 100% of your money , as we have for literally hundreds of pre-booked tours in February 2020. We'll put this under "Force Majeure" which is a fancy way of saying "unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract". FAQ's Frequently Asked Questions: Q: How do we know if your guides are really qualified? A: All of our volcano tour guides are qualified Mount Batur Trekking Association Guides. We have copies of our guide certifications on record to send anyone at any time. Q: Can you arrange a pickup from our hotel? A: Yes. We have bunch of great mates that all belong to one team. Their English is passable, they must all have currently registered vehicles and current drivers licences for our insurance to be effective. We keep copies on record of each driver, with expiry dates noted in our calendar with a 14 day reminder set up on each. Q: Does Expedition Bali Tours have insurance? A: Great question. We used to have accident insurance for our guests, however we've found Indonesian accident insurance to be less than adequate. Please ensure you have your own travel insurance before booking our tours. Q: How do I know if I will like the tour? A: That’s easy, check our Google / Trip Advisor reviews. We also won the Luxury Tour Guide Global Award for service in 2021 / 2022 above every other tour operator in every category in Indonesia. Q: Seriously, getting up at some ungodly hour of the morning to be at your meeting point in Kintamani near the volcano for 4.00am; is it really worth it, be honest? A: Yes, it’s really is worth it. Check out the testimonials. Q: Do I have to be super fit? A: On our 4x4 Sunrise Sensation Private Tour, a moderate level of fitness is required if you want to see a sensational sunrise and possibly trek around the rim of the crater. Q: Can I book on this particular date, a bit later? A: All of Expedition Bali Tours are private tours. We run one tour a day of each tour. Best you pick the date and time you want now, and lock that in to avoid disappointment. It's easy to see if the dates are already booked, if you see a yellow dot on or close to your date, the tour is booked. Sorry. Q: There are 10 of us, can we all go? A: We take a maximum of six adults on this tour. We can organise an extra car, however it wont be our car. Some may be disappointed they are not in our car, so we don't often do this. If you really want to take more people than six, get in touch and we'll have a chat about whats possible. We've done it many times before. Q: How long has Expedition Bali Tours been around for? A: We’re the oldest established tour operator in Kintamani. We started in 2012. I'm Sorted! Book that Tour.
- Two Canyon All Day Adventure Guided Tour | Expedition Bali
Two Canyon All Day Adventure Guided Private Tour Book the Tour Now! I wanna know more Overview: This is one really fun tour. Our Two Canyon All Day Adventure Private Tour is really great fun. In this tour you'll be jumping from boulder to boulder, balancing on the shoulders of valley walls, and wading through chest high water. These two canyons are a lot of fun and a personal favourite of the owners. It's the adventure that’s great. Never knowing what’s coming around the next corner.... It's a great team building exercise for the corporate world as well.. First you'll be picked up from your accommodation with the timing worked out so you end up at the first canyon, where you'll meet your guide at around 10.00am. Then you'll do the first canyon private guided tour. This tour has a great tour guide named "Made" (Pronounced Mar-Day) who takes you through the canyon. This tour has a nice start before you get into chest high water, and you'll see a few mini waterfalls. When we went, there was also a swing in the water you could get on close to the end of the canyon, before you have to turn back. Then you'll get back in your transport at around 11.30am, and you'll head towards our second canyon tour. On your way, be on the lookout for a place to eat lunch. Ask your driver to keep an eye out for the types of food you're looking for. We've allowed half an hour to find a place on the way, an hour for lunch and half an hour to get to the second canyon (two hours in total this includes the travel time and lunch) After half an hour finding your lunch on the way, eat your lunch for an hour and then half an hour getting to the next canyon , you should be well rested, well fed, and ready for your next challenge at around 1.30pm. (No stress on the time, this is not the sort of tour that has to keep you to a tight schedule) At around 1.30pm you'll meet your new guide. There are many guides at the second canyon, and we can tell you from experience these boys are a lot of fun. They rotate the guides around to ensure everyone is employed and has a job. The second canyon is a great canyon. Ropes are strategically placed along the edges of canyon walls to help you stabilise yourself. Listening to the guide is critical because he knows the places for you to step, and the places for you to hold on. Tight crevices, waist high water, it really is fun. There's even a swing at the end to ensure you have 100% channelled your inner child before you leave. This second canyon could take you as much as three hours to complete, as the sun starts to go down at around 4.30pm you'll emerge out of the other end, and find more sunlight than you thought you had. You might be a little tired after today, however, that's okay, that'll let you know you rung the most you could get out of the day in Bali. Well done. More to do tomorrow. **The price of your meal is not included on this tour. ** I'm Done! Book the Tour. Just give me the high lights Meeting Point: Your Accomodation First Canyon: Around 10.00am Lunch: Around 12.00 noon ** P rice of the meal is not included in the tour,** (allow about Rp 100,000 per person) Second Canyon: Around 1.30pm Leave the Second Canyon: A round 4.30pm Availability: Daily T our Duration: 8 – 10 hours Group Sizes: 1 – 6 Includes: Entrance Fees into each canyon, English Speaking Guides, Transport to and from your accommodation, and a Unique Gift What to Bring: Hat, sunscreen, sunglasses, flip flops / thongs / water sandals, camera, change of clothes, YOUR BEST swimming gear that will look great on Instagram. ACT NOW All of Expedition Bali Tours are private tours. We have limited availability of English speaking drivers with registered cars, and valid drivers licences. When someone books a driver for a canyon or waterfall tour, they book the car and driver for the entire day. If you see a time and day that fits in with your schedule, book the tour out. These tours are great value. Got It! Book the Tour. I need to know every single detail No Risk Policy: 2021/2022 Winner of the Luxury Tour Guide Awards for Service across the entire Indonesian country. #1 in Indonesia Book a time to chat with our CEO about any of the tours you like. Seriously, he’s up for it. Here’s the link: https://calendly.com/expeditionbali/tours Send an English text to WhatsApp Number +62 812 3787 0220 for a reply within 24 hours. Pick Up Times: Jimbaran / Nusa Dua - 8.30am - (1.5 hours travel time) Kuta / Legian / Seminyak / Canggu - 8.30am - (1.5 hours travel time) Sanur - 9.00am - (1 hour travel time) Ubud - 9.15am - (45 minutes travel time) Add Luxury Alphard Upgrade Rich people, diplomats and "Rock Stars" use Alphard's to get them around whilst in Bali. If you're looking for the ultimate in luxury for a day, we have the ridiculously comfortable, undisputed king of premium luxury people transporters valued at $220,000 USD (latest model) Toyota Alphard. It's like flying business class with British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Emirates, Virgin Atlantic or Etihad, to and from your tour. Click the option, in the check out section when booking, you'll love it. You have the Luxury Alphard and the driver for 12 hours. Do your tour, and go more places. Manicure, pedicure, massage, coffee, whatever you're doing, you're doing it in style when you choose the Luxury Alphard Upgrade. Drop Off Times: Jimbaran / Nusa Dua - 6.00pm Kuta / Legian / Seminyak / Canggu - 6.00pm Sanur - 5.30pm Ubud - 5.30pm What to bring with you Hat. Sunscreen. Sunglasses. Change of clothes. Water Sandals / Thongs or Flip Flops. Camera / Phone with back up batteries. Snacks to eat on the way and on the way back. Your best swimming gear that will look great on Instagram. Bonus Reasons Bonus Reason to book with Expedition Bali Tours SPOILER ALERT - Once you know everything....... All of our tours have a small unique gift. For example, on this All Day Twin Canyon Tour we give you and everyone in your crew a gift of a laser engraved 16Gig USB stick . You know why? We do this more for practical reasons. We don’t want you to be concerned about the amount of pictures you take on your tour, or your trip to Bali for that matter. So, we created a memento you can keep and take with you back to your home country. Made of real bamboo wood, and are laser engraved with our logo. They’re light weight, and a constant reminder of your time in Bali. Your's for free. I'm In! Book the Tour. How do I know for sure? FAQ's Cancellation Policy We know that plans change. If you cancel with more than 24 hours notice, we'll issue a full 100% refund. That ' s it, nothing fancy. COVID-19 Exemption: If your booking is cancelled due to Covid-19 announced by the Indonesian government, we'll refund 100% of your money , as we have for literally hundreds of pre-booked tours in February 2020. We'll put this under "Force Majeure" which is a fancy way of saying "unforeseeable circumstances that prevent someone from fulfilling a contract". Frequently Asked Questions: Q: Can you arrange a pickup from our hotel? A: Yes. We have bunch of great mates that all belong to one team. Their English is passable, they must all have currently registered vehicles and current drivers licences for our insurance to be effective. We keep copies on record of each driver, with expiry dates noted in our calendar with a 14 day reminder set up on each. Some people even get picked up from one hotel and save on the cost of transferring hotels by taking all their belongings with them and going to a new hotel after the tour.... pretty clever. Q: How do I know if I will like the tour? A: That’s easy, check our Google / Trip Advisor reviews. We also won the Luxury Tour Guide Global Award for service in 2021 / 2022 above every other tour operator in every category in Indonesia. That's no easy award to obtain. 17,508 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, with countless tour operators and we won #1. Q: Does Expedition Bali Tours have insurance? A: Great question. We used to have accident insurance for our guests, however we've found Indonesian accident insurance to be less than adequate. Please ensure you have your own travel insurance before booking our tours. Q: I don’t know if I should pick the Luxury Alphard Upgrade. Is it really worth it? A: Look, you're in Bali, this is a once in a lifetime event, make the most of it. Get a massage, a pedicure, manicure. You have the Alphard and driver for 12 hours in total. Whatever your doing, do it in style. Alphard's retail at $220,000 USD in the US. It's like flying first class with Emirates. Trust us, it's worth it. When diplomats, celebrities and rockstars come to Bali, this is all they travel in. Ask yourself, "When will I ever get a chance ton ride in a $220,000 car again for this cheap?" If the answer is "I don't care" then don't pick the option. If you answered "Never" .... make "never" happen and book it, It's like getting upgraded to first class for a small amount of money. You'll feel like royalty. Q: Do I have to be super fit? A: Nope Q: Can I book on this particular date, a bit later? A: All of Expedition Bali Tours are private tours. We run one tour a day of each tour. Best you pick the date and time you want now, and lock that in to avoid disappointment. It's easy to see if the dates are already booked, if you see a yellow dot on or close to your date, the tour is booked. Sorry. Q: There are 10 of us, can we all go? A: Sure, however, this will be a booking of six, and a booking of four. (Or a booking of five and five, whichever option works out cheaper) This will require two separate vehicles to get you to the canyons. We can cater for any amount on this tour. We invoice in groups of six. Q: How long has Expedition Bali Tours been around for? A: We started in 2012. I'm Sorted. Book that Tour.