May I introduce myself? My name is I Nyoman Bawa. In Bali, most people have a nickname, and my friends call me Blue. I am a 38 year old Balinese and I live with my family in a traditional village near Ubud, the famous and spectacular hilly area about 40 minutes from Denpasar. In our village we have one of Bali's oldest temples. It is well worth visiting and I can take you there too while we are touring the area together.
I am an Ubud driver, but know my way around all of Bali, it's highways and byways. Things have been pretty difficult for the Balinese people these past few years. Every time my country recovers from one disaster, natural or otherwise, something else seems to come along! We are so grateful to the many tourists who still want to visit Bali. We believe our island is unique, not just in Indonesia, but the whole world!
As you can see I have a lovely wife, and 3 daughters . I live in my family compound with my family, my 3 brothers and their families, my mother and a cousin.
I am responsible for organising many of our regular community activities centred around our unique religion and culture. This is a great honour for our family, but it also sometimes prevents me from carrying out my normal work. The responsibility of taking care of my family's financial needs for my family falls solely on me.
I realise that there are many other drivers and guides you could choose or be offered by a tour company, so I would like to tell you why I think you will enjoy meeting me and using me as your personal guide and driver during your stay here in Bali. I always do my best to take care of my customers, taking them wherever they want to go. Some of them are also looking for Balinese products to take or send back home. I can assist with that too. I will help make your visit to Bali relaxing, pleasant and enjoyable as possible. And although many Balinese profess to be fluent in English, I am and understand the nuances and idioms of the English language so well, that my guests are often surprised at my knowledge and vocabulary.
I drive a modern, double-air-conditioned Toyota Innova, which can carry up to seven passengers in comfort. Bali's roads (and some of the drivers) can seem a little dangerous for first time visitors, which is why it is much safer and better to have an experienced driver and guide show you around the island, rather than do the driving yourself. You will be able to relax and enjoy your tour, as well as see much more instead of worrying about being on the wrong road, breaking down and other problems of driving in a foreign country.
Many drivers on the island are not Balinese; they come from other Indonesian islands like Java to find work here. I am a native of Bali and I know my island well, and I have been a Driver and tour guide since 1990.
On the last page you can read comments and testimonials left by some of my happy customers.