All About The Bali Buddy

About The Bali Buddy

I first came to Bali in 1984 as a 18 year old on my first overseas holiday and like so many people I   fell in love with  Bali instantly. I was in awe of the people, the culture and the history of these beautiful islands.  The casual carefree environment and the atmosphere of Bali,  made this place a paradise.

For the next 10 years I worked on cruise ships travelling the world and meeting my beautiful husband John, however the memories of my Bali holiday never faded.

When people ask me “What is your favourite country ?” It’s a given – Bali.

In the early days we would pack up and head to Bali every July  for a month.  Taking the kids out of school, travelling the  main island and the outer islands  of Bali. We spent our time surfing, sightseeing and meeting amazing Balinese people.  We learnt about  their cultures, ways  of life, religion, history and sidikit bahasa – a little Bahasa – the local language.

In 2014 we made the move  to Bali, living in  Garlic Lane Legian for 2 years. We loved every minute of our lives in Bali and only returned due to Johns work circumstances.

We will again in the near future  make our home Bali.

In 2008 we met the beautiful Wayan Tattoo on the side of the road calling out “Transport Transport “- We soon became great friends,  now family  – Wayan is my kids uncle, my husband’s brother and to me, number one  best friend  and  number two the best business partner anyone could wish for.

I was encouraged by friends to start a website / blog of our Bali Travels and experiences. My aim was to help Wayan market and promote himself and build him a successful business that would see him off the streets and have a continual income .

The rest is history – never in my dreams would I have thought The Bali Buddy would now employ 40 drivers with The Bali Buddy Team receiving Best Drivers in Bali Award in 2017.

We have a listing of over 50 Hotels, Villas, Resorts that we promote and market – We only promote, market and recommend  when we have stayed, played, eaten and enjoyed ourselves in their premises.

We are forever grateful to our continued repeat, repeat, repeat customers for sharing the love of The Bali Buddy.

In 2018 the 10th year of The Bali Buddy we started the Bali Buddy Charity Scheme.  The team visits remote villages four times a year, helping people in need with water, food, clothing and  providing protection from the elements.  You can  find out more on our Charity Page.

We hope our clients holiday in Bali will be enriched by using The Bali Buddy.

Thank you Niki and Wayan.


Contact   – For Hotels, Villas and Resorts –

Niki Hale

Face Book – The Bali Buddy

Instagram – The Bali Buddy

Phone / What’s App – 0481263787


Contact – For Airport Transfers, Tours and Discounted Adventures and Activities.

Wayan Tattoo

Face Book- Wayan Bali Buddy ( yan tattoo)

Phone / what’s up +6281239604162

Email :

Instagram : wayan_sutamia.(wayan)




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