Private Driver Recommendation

If you are planning a trip to Bali, you know how many beautiful sites there are to see. The island is surprisingly large, and many of the locations are fairly spread out. If you’re looking for the best way to get around, a private driver is probably the way to go. When I first heard this I was concerned about how much it was going to cost me. However, it might surprise you how affordable a private driver is in Bali. I want to tell you about my experience and give you the contact information for the driver we used.

We met our driver, Gede, when our airport hotel helped us get transportation to our second hotel (near the beach).


He asked about our travel plans for the week and offered his services. Later that week, Gede picked us up at our beach hotel at 9 am. We talked briefly about which places we wanted to see and then began traveling.

Our first stop was the Ubud Monkey Forest. This is your chance to get up close and personal with many monkeys. If you want to touch them, or them to touch you, you’re best off to purchase some food. If you don’t want them to get too close, just don’t have any food with you.


The next stop were the rice terraces. This was about 1 1/2 hours from the monkey forest. The drive in between was very windy, but you got to see a lot of amazing countryside.

The rice terraces were breathtaking!


We were even able to walk through them and see an ox doing some old-fashioned field work.


We had  a delicious Balinese lunch at Billy’s Rice Terrace Café.

From there, we took an hour drive to the Ulun Danu Beratan temple. It’s located in the mountains, on a lake, so it was a little cold.

There were a lot of people there, but even so, we were able to get a lot of pictures with no other tourists in them.


The last stop of the day was to a Kopi Luwak Coffee plantation. Kopi Luwak coffee (also called civet coffee) “refers to the seeds of coffee berries once they have been eaten and defecated by the Asian palm civet.” This coffee is incredibly expensive, due to the unique nature of how it is made.

We were given 9 different coffee and tea varieties to try. All of them were delicious! My personal favorite was the mangosteen tea, and my husband liked the lemongrass tea. If you want to try Kopi Luwak coffee, there is a charge of about $5 USD. I’m not a coffee drinker, but my husband just had to try it!


We returned to the hotel about 6 pm. The 9 hour trip was amazing (and exhausting)! If you are only staying a short time, it would be possible to squeeze in more sites into one day. Alternatively, you could also choose attractions that are closer to each other. The things we really wanted to see required a lot of driving time.

Overall, we had a great time with Gede. He was a responsible driver, his vehicle was clean, and he knew a ton of information about Bali. If you don’t know where you want to go, he is full of recommendations.


An 8 hour tour runs 800,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about $60USD). Everything is fully customizable. You can reach Gede via Whatsapp (texting app) +628123647613. Tell him that Jodie sent you!

**No compensation is being received for this recommendation or any referrals. We happily paid full price for this tour!


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