I rented a motorbike for my most recent trip to Bali, which coincided with the Nyepi holiday.
Observed from 6 a.m. until 6 a.m. the next morning, Nyepi is a day reserved for self-reflection, and as such, anything that might interfere with that purpose is restricted. The main restrictions are no lighting fires (and lights must be kept low); no working; no entertainment or pleasure; no traveling; and, for some, no talking or eating at all. The effect of these prohibitions is that Bali's usually bustling streets and roads are empty, there is little or no noise from TVs and radios, and few signs of activity are seen even inside homes. The only people to be seen outdoors are the Pecalang, traditional security men who patrol the streets to ensure the prohibitions are being followed.
I rented a Kawasaki KLX 250cc from Motor Adventure Bali. It is hard to find a good 250cc bike to rent in Bali and these guys now have a couple — brand new!
It was easy to arrange and coordinate the rental, especially since Eka and Kris met me at the airport to complete the paperwork and deliver the bike. They also provide GPS, an invaluable add-on!
Needless to say, I will be renting again from Eka and Kris. They are such great guys!
I rode from the Kintamani region up to Singaraja one day, just to get out and explore.
Here are some of the pictures from my week-long stay: