Hi! My name is Michael, a digital entrepreneur and recovering workaholic.

I leased a villa in Bali a few years ago after coming to a crossroads in my life, and like many people decided I wanted to spend more time living the life I wanted, and less time working insane hours for years on end without a break.

Michael - Bali Holiday Secrets

When my family and friends would come to visit – the attraction of a luxury 3 bedroom villa in Seminyak may have been a strong drawcard 🙂 – they peppered me with questions. Was it safe to use ATMs in Bali? how do you exchange cash for Indonesian Rupiah at a money changer and what scams to watch for?

The guests staying in my villa asked me even more detailed questions. Where are the best waterfalls in Bali, and what was the best way of getting there? Which Balinese temples are most worth visiting and what is the etiquette for visiting them?

I also developed some pretty valuable local knowledge on arriving at Bali Airport and how to get from Denpasar Airport to Seminyak, how to catch a taxi and the best cafes, bars and restaurants (essential knowledge for everyone :).

So I started writing emails, and then I would cut and paste them rather than writing from scratch every time. The emails got longer and longer with each iteration, and soon they could have filled a book.

Which is what my family and friends suggested I do – write a book with all the local knowledge I had accumulated.

So I did, and you can get a copy here for less than the price of 2 cups of coffee.

Bali Holiday Secrets - Download the eBook

The most useful, up to date, practical and unaffiliated information

Thanks for this email and for your awesome website. Of all the Bali websites that I have looked at, it has the most useful, up to date, practical and unaffiliated information, which I have referred to and used many times over during and whilst planning my trips to Bali. Thank you so much.

What everyone really wants is simply written chapters that cover a topic in-depth. An unvarnished view of what it’s like to navigate Bali from someone who came here on holiday and now hosts people from all over the world — including my friends and family.

So I have put together all of the posts from the website into a book with more detail with expert advice and practical tips on how to avoid the pitfalls and maximise your enjoyment of your precious holiday in Bali.

Just never forget the most important thing – Bali is always a good idea!

Safe travels,
Michael

I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

I randomly found Michael’s website a few months before our first trip to Bali and I am so thankful I did! We literally followed his tips exactly for getting through customs, buying a SIM card and getting out cash and it was so smooth. We booked an airport transfer and 4 full days with a private driver… which I was a little nervous about at first (just to be honest), but everything worked out perfectly. Having a private driver ensured we saw all we wanted without having to deal with the tricky local taxis and it gave us peace of mind knowing who we would be with every day. I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!


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  1. Hi Michael,
    We will need a transfer from Canggu to Candidasa on June 7th, & transfer to the airport from Candidasa on June 14th, if all goes to plan!
    Can you help with this?
    Cheers, Brian & Lyn

  2. Hello Michael
    Not sure if my message of 5 mins ago got through to you .
    Trying to book airport transfer to Canggu but no options on your dropdowns for Vietjet or Vietnam Airlines .
    Thank you
    Andrew

  3. Thanks so much for your informative site, such a great resource! I’ve booked our airport transfer through your site, and I hope this generates a small contribution to funding the site.

    • Hi Jenny. You are too kind! Of the 668 comments people have left on this website, you have left by far the nicest 🙂

      Your encouragement really means a lot. Terima kasih banyak 🙏

      Selamat jalan, Michael

  4. Hello! I hope you are doing well! I have a question. We booked a hotel in Seminyak for 4 nights and we will need a driver from Seminyak to Muduk (North Bali). If we purchase the 10 hour private driver, would this include the drive from hotel (Seminyak) to hotel (Muduk) + with whatever hours are left we can visit the area such as waterfalls? We booked hotels at very far locations from one another.

    Would this always include the drive to our next hotel + the extra hours to visit around? Thanks so much

    • Hi Claudia. You can use the South Bali to North Bali transfer service. Munduk is definitely in North Bali, so it’s longer than a 10-hour South Bali Tour. And yes, you can definitely use the time to go sightseeing and visit different attractions along the way.

      You may want to take get some inspiration from my custom itineraries for day tours.

      Just remember that a tour to North Bali includes 12 hours driving, but you need to leave your driver 2 hours to return home if being dropped off up North.

      Safe travels, Michael

  5. Hi Michael,

    I have a couple of questions for you

    1) Do you offer airport transfers from hotel/villa to the airport? Your site and the form to book an airport transfer only seems to reference transfers from the airport to hotel/villa.

    2) If we want to book a private driver for multiple days if we like the driver are we able to ensure we have the same drive for all of the days? Conversely, if we do not like a driver can we have a different drive for the following days?

    Thanks so much for your help and for the detailed guides!
    Jason

    • Hi Jason. Yes, we provide a transfer to the airport. It’s also linked to from the airport transfer page.

      We generally assign the same driver for multi-day bookings, and while we have never had a request to change the driver, I would be happy to do so should the need arise. All you need do is reply to me from the itinerary confirmation you will receive after booking.

      Safe travels, Michael

  6. Hi Michael

    I’ve been drooling over your different tour suggestions and just have a quick question before booking 🙂

    Would it be a feasible itinerary to make the following stops in a day, when the starting point is Canggu?
    1. Lempuyang temple (Gates of heaven)
    2. Tirta Ganga temple
    3. Ulun Danu Beretan
    4. Tanah Lot

    Thanks for a some great guides to Bali!
    Louise

    • Hi Louise,
      I wouldn’t recommend that itinerary to anyone, to be honest. You are literally looking at 4 points of the compass and circumnavigating most of Bali.

      Looking at your aspirations, and assuming you wat an epic temple tour, I’d recommend (if you only have one day) Danu Beretan, Tirta Empul, Gunung Kawi, Goa Gajah, Tanah Lot back to Canggu.

      You can see the route map here. It’s a big day, but far more achievable than trying to get from Lempuyang to Danu Beretan and Tanah Lot on the same day.

      If you want, I’ll even make a customised tour page so you can book it through me. Or you can simply book a private car and driver with the East Bali option and advise your driver of your itinerary by return email after receiving the confirmation. What date are you looking at?

      Safe travels,
      Michael

      • Thanks for the prompt response🙏

        You make a good point. I have at least a day more to go exploring at a later stage, was thinking, as you rightly surmised, to start my exploring of with a boatload of temples 😊

        Your suggestion sounds perfect, I’d like to book it through you, on this coming Saturday 18th if possible?

  7. Hello Michael. Is there a discount for hiring a driver for multiple days? We would be thinking of 5-10 days. There are two of us and the dates would be between March 14th and March 23rd.

  8. I’m travelling to Bali on 3rd Jan with seniors (group of 4). My mother is 80 year old. Checking to see what are the places recommended for sight seeing. Staying at Seminyak: 3-6 Jan; Staying at Ubud: 6-9. Appreciate ur response over email.

  9. Hi Michael – Great website and resources! I’m interested in booking a car/driver through you for a family trip to Bali in Feb 2020. Would like to review some more details and get your suggestions via email first.

  10. I randomly found Michael’s website a few months before our first trip to Bali and I am so thankful I did! We literally followed his tips exactly for getting through customs, buying a SIM card and getting out cash and it was so smooth. We booked an airport transfer and 4 full days with a private driver… which I was a little nervous about at first (just to be honest), but everything worked out perfectly. Having a private driver ensured we saw all we wanted without having to deal with the tricky local taxis and it gave us peace of mind knowing who we would be with every day. I can’t recommend his services and his advice enough!

    • Thank you so much Aimee.

      It was a pleasure providing you with both travel advice and a car and driver (the drivers are stoked from your feedback). And thanks for letting me know by email that arriving at Bali Airport was made much easier because of my insider tips.

      It’s because of the feedback from people like you that I keep writing this website. We very much hope to see you in Bali again someday.

      Terimah kasih banyak!

      Safe travels Aimee,
      Michael

  11. Hi. I’m interested in taking the aping along waterfall tour. I prefer to pay by cash instead of via your website. How do I book for the tour and pay by cash? I could pay in full.

    • Hi Hussain,

      Thanks for getting in touch. We only take confirmed booking paid with a credit card beforehand – but you can book the Aling-Aling Waterfall Tour with just a deposit, and the rest paid by cash on the day.

      This helps to avoid no-shows and last-minute cancellations which is unfair to our drivers. Hope this helps.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

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