Renting a scooter's the way to go on Bali
THE island of Bali offers many spots to explore.
When you travel in groups, it's easier to rent a car or bus. But when you are alone or travelling as a couple, there is another means of transport that you can consider: a scooter.
A scooter is basically a small motorcycle with an automatic transmission. This ride is very popular in Indonesia and on Bali. You can easily rent one and here are a few reasons why you should:
Renting a scooter is far cheaper than the smallest car. If you travel alone or as a pair, you can save a lot of money, especially if you are planning to stay for a couple of days or more.
As a comparison, the standard rate to rent a compact car is around 240,000 rupiah (S$25) for 24 hours, including insurance. For a scooter, the rate is only around 90,000 rupiah.
For that price, you usually get two helmets and a raincoat to use during your rental period, so there is no need to take your own or even buy one during your stay. Besides the rental cost, you can save on petrol and parking.
BEAT HEAVY TRAFFIC
As long as you have an international driving licence and understand the rules of driving in Indonesia, you can easily weave through traffic during busy hours, especially when using a busy road. This will not only save time, but also allow you to get more things done.
Although these scooters aren't as fast as a car, they can easily reach 90kmh, so always ride safely.
Yes, driving a car is usually more comfortable compared to riding a scooter - especially during bad weather - but that is not always the case.
You will tend to go slower when riding a scooter, which allows you to enjoy the scenery more. It's also easier to find a parking space, or to make a stop or two during your trip whenever you want, whether it is to take a picture or just to admire the view. For couples, this could be a romantic journey, too.
Sometimes, riding a motorcycle to buy groceries, hunt for souvenirs or even go to the beach is not a good idea as there is no place for bags. But on a scooter, there is adequate space in front of your feet. Besides, with an automatic transmission, you won't need to bother with shifting gears.
TRAVEL LIKE A LOCAL
You might wonder how it feels to be a local in an area. By riding a scooter, you have a better chance to experience life as locals do than if you rent a car.
As a tourist, some areas will not be familiar to you and you might get lost once in a while. When this happens, you can always ask for directions from the locals (English is quite commonly spoken) and try to engage more by speaking in their native language.
One more thing - try to ride on the Bali Mandara Toll Road. Despite being a toll road, it has a specific lane for motorcycles. What makes it unique is that it is built over the sea. You can easily take this road if you are going to and from Nusa Dua, Ngurah Rai Tuban or Benoa.
THE JAKARTA POST/ASIA NEWS NETWORK