The most useful apps for Bali

Accommodation

Indonesia is a country where most people seem to be glued to their smartphones, and in Bali you can see some of the younger fellows having even two for different purposes. More and more apps have started catering for the Indonesian market, especially Bali, so to get the most out of your stay on our beautiful island, be sure to download at least some of the following, most useful apps in Bali. All the apps are available for iPhones and Android phones, just download them from App Store or Google Play.

These apps are the kings of accommodation booking in Indonesia. You can find some great deals, especially for last-minute bookings. Searching and booking are extremely easy.

If you’d prefer booking from private people instead of a booking portal, and are looking for privacy or maybe roommates, Airbnb could be the right app for you. You can easily find apartments, houses and villas in your area, whether you’re looking for a basic room or a whole 5 star villa, and sometimes you can find very attractive last minute deals. Just choose a place that’s available, punch in your credit card details and the booking is ready.

Transport + Delivery

Transportation by motorbike is cheap, fast and flexible, which is exactly why the Go-Jek app comes so handy in Bali. All you need to do is give your location, and a driver will pick you up with a helmet and a face mask and bring you safely to your desired location. All this for a mere 10 000-20 000 IDR depending on the distance.

Go-Jek is also like a God-given gift for when you don’t want to leave your house, but would still like to eat, drink, get groceries or get a massage. They have a large database of restaurants and their menus and supermarkets for your shopping need. You can basically order almost anything delivered to your doorstep via this app, and they even offer a Go-Box service for when you are moving!

GrabTaxi is very similar to Uber, the only difference being that it happens to actually be an Asian startup. Most Bali visitors choose to have both, and use the one which happens to have a driver closer by at any given time.

Combined with Google Maps, you can basically never go wrong. Waze is filled with local businesses, up-to-date street options, police warnings and fairly accurate traffic information. As the app is community-driven, Waze users are able to upload updates about accidents, traffic jams and police raids, which the app will then utilize to inform other users for best routes.

Meeting people

The easiest way to find your travel buddy is with this traveler matching service. You can create a trip and post the plan, so other travelers with same schedule can match with you. Alternatively you can search for destinations and travel dates and find people with plans that interest you. Just remember safety first, and don’t share too much information straight away.

Of course I should mention Tinder. Although it’s a world-famous dating app, you can also use it to connect non-romantically with locals, travelers and expats in Bali. Just keep in mind, that what you post in your profile sets the idea of what you are looking for even more that what you are actually saying.

Couchsurfing is not just for accommodation needs, although you can of course find places to stay in via the app. It is also a great way to meet amazing locals, make lifelong travel buddies and host other travelers. Through the app you can for example find fun couchsurfer events hosted in your area and check who else is hanging out nearby your current location.

Tips

… people cannot be wrong. With Tripadvisor you can search for the best restaurants (it automatically shows the distances from your current location), beauty salons, activities, accommodation options, places to visit etc. The user reviews give you a good idea whether or not something would suit your preferations, and afterwards you can share your opinions. A must have when traveling anywhere in the world!

Of course I should mention Tinder. Although it’s a world-famous dating app, you can also use it to connect non-romantically with locals, travelers and expats in Bali. Just keep in mind, that what you post in your profile sets the idea of what you are looking for even more that what you are actually saying.

Other useful apps

Life in Bali is so much easier if you have this offline dictionary app on your phone. You can find translations from English to Indonesian and vice versa for most of the popular and not-so-popular words. Use it regularly, and see the touristy prices going down.

If you wish to know what is going on at the currency market or simply convert the local prices to your home currency, XE currency is the app we have found the most handy.

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