We are just back from a holiday in Bali, where we used the services of Romeo for two successive days. We very much enjoyed discovering Bali with Romeo: he is professional, knowledgeable, sensitive and responsive to his clientt's needs and wishes, and humorous, too. These tours enhanced our stay and helped us learning about the rich Balinese culture and traditions. We would be happy to use Romeo again if we return to Bali in the future and we definitely recommend his services.
Vincent and Monique, France
excellent tour guides
we have just come from bali and it was the best holiday. thanks to Romeo and his crew they made
our trip relaxed and no worries.
thanks Romeo and Mr One we will be back xxx
The Best Driver in Bali
My wife and I spent 11 hrs with Romeo and had an exemptional experience going to many places including the traditional Bali markets in Denpasar, Ubud markets, textile and silver factories and delicious Babi Guling (Suckling Pig).
Outstanding Service and a Wonderful Person
We chose Romeo based on Tripadvisor reviews and we are thrilled we did. I wrote him and reserved his services for 2 of the days we were in Bali. He was very flexible with our needs and made sure we experienced all we could of our trip to Ubud to see the artisan villages and to see the temples of Bali including Tanah Lot at sunset. We learned so much about Bali from Romeo who speaks outstanding English and who has a broad knowledge of Balinse art, culture and best places to go. If you want the best guide in Bali, contact Romeo. You will not be disappointed.
My partner and I visited Bali and touring with Romeo rendered it the enjoyable the experience that it was. He is amiable and has a sense of humour, albeit a little cheeky at times. He took us to amazing sites whilst introducing us to Balinese culture and customs. Furthermore, we participated in activities such as water sports and coffee tasting. As a guide, his English is good and his car, which was well stocked with water, was clean and comfortable. Additionally, he went out of his way to help us with accommodation. If you are touring Bali, do contact Romeo, his services are thoroughly recommended.
Thank you Romeo, for your hospitality.
Your friends - Peter and Gaya
friendliness and intelligence
If someone is looking for a professional and intelligent guide to the paradise of Earth in Bali, I can safely recommend Romeo.
This is not the place for advertisement, but a reality.
Will use Romeo Again & Again
ROMEO ROMEO ROMEO
perfectly on time... To the minute!
Spoke awesome English with a bit of his funny Aussie Slang
Romeo was a crack up
Great driver, extremely informative and a great guy
Extremely funny from beginning to end!
I have been to Bali 7 times in 7 years and wish I used him sooner for all tours!
Very cheap and very honest and trustworthy
A true gentleman and nice guy.
I will call on him again and tell all whom are off to Bali ..
Bali's Best Driver
We were honeymoon in Bali!We enjoyed all trip with Romeo.He was very frendly and We laughed a lot because Romeo was very funny.He was always on time!We learnt lot of information about Bali and life of balinasien people, he answered all of our questions. I will recommend you
to all my friends who will be travelling to Bali!His car was always clean and comfortable.
Thank you so much!
We congratulation on your daughter!
Attila and Anett from Hungary!
Testimonials from Ildi and Peter
My fiancée and I spent a beautiful week in Bali and Romeo made a great plan for us. We visited the most amazing places and he was really flexible with our requests. He knows where you can eat and buy the best and what a must-see is in the Island Of Thousand Gods.
Reliability, kindness, good sense of humour these words are not good enough to characterize Romeo's excellent service! If you want to have fun and also make good use of your holiday time I highly recommend Romeo to you.
Matur suksma Romeo again for your guidance, hope we will see you soon.
Ildi and Peter
Romeo...You're an asset to Bali!!
Not only is he a safe and reliable driver but he is a fantastic tour guide. You would be silly not booking Romeo to assist you with your day trips or even shopping adventures. He accommodated to what we wanted and made suggestions. He even saved my hubby from being scammed at a money changer place in Kuta. My 6 year old son even enjoyed watching "Shaun the Sheep" repeatedly from the back seat of his clean and reliable car. He made you feel welcome, at ease and you were able to sit back and relax and take in what Bali has to offer. What a legend!!!
See you soon Romeo :)
Bali's Best Tour Driver
Thanks mate - you made our holiday one of the best! to anyone reading this, before you leave for Bali, book Rome Bali Tours for the complete Bali experience - airport transfers, shopping trips or just taking in the sights, no-one does it better than Romeo. He will show you the real Bali without the tourist hype and, believe us, when travelling on Bali's challenging roads you want some-one you feel safe with, this man does it better than anyone. Thanks mate.
Wayne and Denyse - Australia.
What a holiday - We had the pleasure of travelling around with Romeo for 3 days while we were on holidays. I am a travel agent, and have traveled quite a bit. Romeo is the best tour guide/driver I have ever experienced. By the end of our holiday, we genuinely missed him going home :( He was so funny and always kept us entertained. Even though he was a funny guy, he was also so knowledgeable about the Balinese people and culture - we felt like royalty with our own private guide. He also made us feel very safe, even though the traffic amazed us! I will recommend Romeo Tours to all of my clients going to Bali from now on. Thank you Romeo!
Great big thanks to Romeo
My wife Michele and I got married in Bali just recently, and got recommendations off the internet to Romeo tours. We have gained not only a great driver, tour guide, but also a friend. Romeo helped us immensely, ferrying us around running errands, ferrying our guests throughout our stay, offering great tips and advise, and was always on time and reliable. He was friendly, courteous and most importantly had a great sense of humour! He contributed a big part to our wedding, and our families had the best of times. I'd recommend Romeo to anyone without a doubt, and we will definitely look for Romeo again next trip!
Testimonial from Andrew & Leanne
My wife and I spent 8 days in Bali and Romeo was our guide and driver for most of these. He came highly recommended from friends and did not disappoint. He is very friendly, polite, reliable and fun guy. He is always on time or even early in his sexy Toyota as he calls his new clean comfortable van with plenty of seating, great A/C and cold bottled water to keep you refreshed.
He knows all there is to know about Bali and is an expert at navigating the roads.
Romeo was a big part of our very enjoyable time in Bali and we will definitely use Romeo Tours the next time we are lucky enough to return to Bali.
We highly recommend him.
Andrew & Leanne
A big thank you to you for being a wonderful driver, photographer, translator
and all round nice guy on our recent trip to Bali! I will recommend you
to all my friends who will be travelling to Bali even though you did not
take us on a date to KFC as you promised!
Great job getting us to the airport early on our last day with that terrible traffic for the memorial, I know people who got stuck in the traffic jam and did not
make their flight on time. But because we had the best driver, there
were no worries.
I hope you didnt get too drunk on the vodka, and we
look forward to seeing you again soon.
Best wishes from your foxy cougars! :)
Testimonial from Attila
For our first trip to Bali we selected (based on recommendations in a hungarian Bali specific forum) Romeo to help us in transfers between airport and hotels and for tours. It was a very good decision. Romeo always was on time, helpful, friendly, informative, flexible.
We learnt lot of information about Bali and life of balinasien people, he answered all of our questions. He drove very safely, we never worried on the way. His car is comfortable for 4 persons even without using the extra two back seats.
I can highly recommend his service. No doubt, if we go next time to Bali we are going to use his service!
Thank You Romeo
Romeo THANK YOU yet again!! for driving us around and i always highly recommend you to all my friends when they need a driver in Bali. :D I love that we can have a joke with each other haha just like being back in Australia.
Can't wait to get back there and see you again next year
Regards Becky and Pete ox
Testimonial from New York
Romeo is the best. We booked him for an hour or two of shopping and then transfer from Sanur to Nusa Dua. He gave us great tips for shopping. I was looking for silver jewelry so he first took us to a place where we could see the process of making it and then shop. They didn't have what I was looking for so he took me to a smaller, family run shop where they had just whet I was looking for. He was even able to tell me about how much to pay. Same story when looking for a specific wood carving...so my 1-2 hours of shopping ended up to be much longer. He also suggested sow other places to stop to shop and see some local culture (batik making and coffee plantations). He never made us feel rushed.
The next day we planned on half day touring and dinner in Jimberan. His easy going nature and great sense of humor made the day a pleasure. We asked him about he different music types and commented about how much we liked it. While we were watching the show at Uluwatu he picked us up 2 CDs! So thoughtful.
Romeo is a great tour guide. We cannot say enough nice things about him.
Your friends from New York,
Pete, Alicia, Marissa and Natalie
From Zsuzsanna and Imre
We read several blogs and websites during planning our trip to Bali in 2012 and Romeo, as a local tour guide, was recommended by a Hungarian lady.
We can confirm that Romeo speaks proper English, he is reliable and flexible, which was important because it was the first time when we travelled to Bali and even to Asia (long-long, 29 hours flight including transits in Cairo and Kuala Lumpur). He picked us up after we arrived and honestly, it was very friendly that a kind man was waiting for us after such a long trip. We had two whole day and a half day tours with him and he was ready to reorganise some of his programmes in line with our plans. He was helpful, answered our - probably sometimes strange - questions related to religion, daily life and historical events. We looked at several places and some nice and probably not so well known areas. We could taste typical Balinese lunch looking at beautiful rise terraces in the mountains, which was amazing.
Thanks for your hospitality Romeo! Kind regards, Zsuzsanna and Imre (Hungary)
Thank you for making our honeymoon in Bali an unforgettable, pleasant, educational, entertaining and safe journey! We enjoyed every precious moment... For all those travellers, who are reading this: you couldn't ask for a more reliable, generous and friendly tour-guide. We are particularly grateful to Romeo for organising us a truly memorable shopping experience. While in Bali, we bought an elephant goddess statue, a monkey warrior statue, a water fountain and several smaller artefacts and paintings, all in all about 250kg of cargo. Romeo not only knows where to buy quality products at reasonable prices, but also has a network of reliable people in Bali, who can organise a shipment of any size to any major Australian port. Our shipment arrived about 1 month after our departure from Bali, without any damages or difficulties. ... we are certainly thrilled, that we have our genuine Bali memorabilia with us here, in our own backyard.
Greetings from Attila and Heni
Thank You from the Bourke family.
We hope that this finds you well and that you wife and children are well and happy.
Thank you again for helping to make our first visit so memorable. Your local knowledge, friendly smile and welcoming personality are wonderful - as is your excellent command of English!
Your recommendation of July was also terrific - he certainly kept us entertained with his funny stories. Please pass on our thanks to "Juliet" !! too.
We will take the opportunity to recommend your services to any of our family and friends who plan to visit Bali. Also, we would be happy for you to use our comments as a testimonial for your website.
Again, our warm thanks,
Michael, Megan, Simon and Gabrielle.
Just returned from Bali and what an amazing time I had. Stayed in Tanjung Benoa at the Kind Villa Bintang which I loved but others in the group thought it was just so so. The Best restaurant was Bumbu Bali just across the street, what amazing food. The highlight of my trip was the monkey forest in Ubud. That was a very unique experience, although I went with trepidation after reading some of the posts on tripadvisor. The guide that I had told me not to worry as the monkeys are very well cared for and not aggresive. I have to mention the guide that I used because he made my trip unbelievable. Actually I don't have the words that can truly express the experience he gave me. His english was as good as mine and the history and culture of Bali that he shared made a great trip one that will never be beat. Please use him if your planning a trip you will never regret it. His name is Romeo of romeotoursbali.com. You may also contact me if you have any questions.
This is a post that I put on trip advisor after my trip to Bali. Romeo was the best and he will make your trip memorable as he did mine. 12/07/2011
Romeo is an experienced, reliable, honest and friendly Driver/Guide for your holiday on the paradise island of Bali. We met Romeo via friends who recommended him to us. We have visited Bali twice and used his services both times. Always greeted with a beautiful Balinese smile; his English is excellent, learned from study and working in the hotel industry. He is very knowledgeable about local attractions, traditions and culture and will share this with you as he shows you around; he also gives you plenty of time to explore alone and always watches out for you. Romeo is always on hand, offering a cold water; that he has in the car; showing you the best photo shot or he will take photo,s of your family together and regularly offering a "bathroom break". Romeo has a great sense of humour and was fantastic with our teenage sons. He is very flexible and will tailor the tour specifically for you. He's always happy to answer any questions and no request is too much for him. We look forward to returning to Bali and meeting Romeo again.
Linda and Darren, Australia
Thank you for the great time. Your professional service was first class. Your local knowledge and easy going nature made it all the more pleasant. Hope to be able to come back soon and certainly we will use your services again.
Gary and Cherylyn, Sydney Australia
"where for out thou Romeo?"
Romeo, Romeo where for out thou Romeo? This is what I didn't have to call out during our tours as Romeo is the most reliable gentleman you could ever hope to meet!
Our trip to Bali was our first time overseas and came about very quickly! So when my friend Hannah, who has previously been to Bali twice, gave a sterling report of Romeo and highly recommended I contact him, I did. I was a little nervous as we were leaving the following week! Hannah gave me this website to contact Romeo through and I sent him a message. Romeo's prompt reply made me feel more at ease as over the next few days he and I messaged back and forth until we had some dates booked. Despite the short notice, Romeo actually reorganised his schedule so he could take me and my boyfriend Ben on a few day tours! I thoroughly appreciated this and my friend Hannah's impression of Romeo certainly proved an accurate one, as I cannot speak more highly of him. Thank you Hannah!!!
On our first day with Romeo, my boyfriend and I didn't want to be late. So we got ourselves organised early and came down to the hotel lobby. Romeo was already there, patiently waiting for us and half an hour early. Our first impression was of this well dressed and attractive man who warmly offered us his open hand to shake is that Romeo is a true gentleman. He will open the car door for us and then offer us bottles of water which he keeps cool in the back of his new well air-conditioned vehicle. Romeo opened the car door for me and then closed it behind me, and then offered my boyfriend Ben the same treatment, surely this is why he is aptly named Romeo!
Our first day trip Romeo took us to places in Bali where arts and crafts were made. Being an art enthusiast, this was right up my alley and we saw beautiful paintings, hand-woven clothes and linen, gold and silver. Romeo is not only patient but thoughtful, knowing intuitively when to join in with us or stay back and was an amazing source of knowledge when he next took us through the temple and enlightened us with Balinese culture. Afterwards we went to the Bali Safari and Marine Park where we jumped cue as Romeo had already pre-booked our elephant ride and tickets in. We were left to explore the park on our own as Romeo reassured us he was fine and happy to wait. I believe he must have had some lunch in the meantime. The park itself I have never seen anything like it! It offers more interactive experiences with animals like tigers, orang-utans and elephants. We were impressed with how clean and organised it seemed to be kept. Romeo had mentioned two restaurants within the park and had suggested we eat lunch at the Tsavo Lion Restaurant, which was right next to the lion enclosure. The food not only was delicious but very affordable and with an amazing up-close view of the lions. Romeo was patiently waiting for us when all our activities were done and again offered us cold bottles of water on the way back to the hotel. My decision to contact Romeo was well justified. My boyfriend raved about Romeo that night and he and I both looked forward to our next tour which took place the day after the next.
We found Romeo again patiently waiting for us with cold bottles of water. Romeo took us through a beautiful part of Bali in Nusa Dua deliberately just to show us the sights, despite there being a toll Romeo had to pay. We drove down to a place which had many boats and organised the day's activities. First we went out in a glass bottomed boat to go snorkeling, and then out to Turtle Island where we held Turtles and Birds, bats and snakes. We came back via boat where we met up with our friend and he happily took photos of Ben and I parasailing. With nothing too much trouble for Romeo he took us to the surf factory outlets for shopping on the way back to the hotel. He drove past a spa and recommended it as a wonderful place to be pampered, which we declined as we were having too much fun listening to his stories and jokes.
The following day Romeo was not available but still organised some transport for us that night to have a romantic sunset dinner on the Kedonganan Beach of Jimbaran Bay where we were entertained by musicians and Balinese dancers while eating delicious seafood.
A few days later we transferred from Seminyak to a hotel in Ubud. We both looked forward to seeing Romeo again and preoccupied ourselves in Ubud with white-water rafting and the Elephant Park (highly recommendable!) Romeo came to collect us the following morning where he took us to the Elephant Temple and then past Ketut Liyer's House of the medicine man from Julia Roberts movie "Eat, Pray Love" before continuing on to the monkey forest, which before leaving home for our trip I had researched and found scary reviews of monkeys who bite and steal your handbag. Not the case! In the forest where Romeo took us, the monkeys were well fed and therefore more passive towards the tourists. Romeo took us through the forest, taught us how to interact with the monkeys and then showed us the graveyard and temple atop the forest explaining more Balinese culture and teaching us more phrases. Next Romeo drove us through the most beautiful rice fields and we took many photos before stopping at the famous coffee plantation where the mongoose eats the berries that turn into the world renowned coffee.
Sadly this is the part in the adventure where my boyfriend Ben started to feel very sick. Luckily Doctor Romeo came to the rescue and had some tablets on him to help with side effects of the dreadful Bali Belly, which Ben believes he got from drinking the watered down orange juice at our hotel that morning for breakfast. He then took us back to our hotel only stopping for more tablets to give to Ben. That night Ben was violently ill, with stomach issues and a dangerously high temperature. Following Romeos advice Ben took the tablets every two hours with lots of water and we broke the fever with ice. The tablets worked so well, that symptoms had actually subsided within 24hours and the following morning we canceled our hotel transfer and Romeo came and picked us up so we could spend our last day in Bali with our new friend. This day was more relaxed and we spent our time together looking at different shops with Romeo like furniture and music stores and we talked about home and Romeo about his family and interests, always joking and making us laugh. One last pancake together before he dropped us off at the airport. Saying goodbye was really sad so we promise to get back to Bali as soon as we can. Ben and I miss you so much Romeo!
So for everyone else reading this here is my recommendation. You may have a great time in Bali regardless of whether or not you have Romeo as a guide, for Bali is truly a beautiful place enriched in culture and diversity. But you will have an absolutely wondrous time with Romeo. He took us to some of the most amazing places I have ever seen. He took our humble days and made them magical. He is the one part of Bali I wish I could take home with me. Professionally not only is Romeo always on time but often we would emerge from our hotel rooms early to find our friend already patiently awaiting us with cool refreshing bottles of water . He is courteous, generous, caring and kind. On a personal level he is charming, humble, funny and friendly. I am convinced after talking to other friends about Bali Belly that if it had not been for Romeo, Ben would have ended up in hospital in Bali and we wouldn't have make our flight home! Thank you for everything Romeo, we think you are amazing xox
Donna & Ben
We moved to Asia a few months ago and our first holiday trip took us to Bali. While we were searching for what to look at we found Romeo's name on one of the Hungarian websites as a well recommended tour guide in Bali. He worked out a tour plan for that met our interest and time. Our two sons initially preferred being on the beach to going for a tour but thanks to Romeo all of us enjoyed the tour. We did appreciate that he helped us with tips at visiting the monkey forest or other places, gave advice what a reasonable price was for gifts we wanted to buy and mostly when we had an argument within the family where to go next and he, without asking, adjusted the tour plan to accommodate all our requests. We finally spent one and a half days with Romeo. Our one week in Bali was one of our best holidays.
Mariann and Gabor from Hungary
We were on the main street in Kuta looking for a taxi when Romeo, looking very neatly dressed, stepped up and asked if we needed a taxi. His open, friendly face, huge smile, natural confidence and courtesy immediately put us at ease. We had had a ho-hum experience a few days previously with another tour guide so were looking to avoid a repeat.
We found Romeo's large car was comfortable and clean and he handled the traffic very well. However, the best part of this taxi service was Romeo himself! - humorous, knowledgeable, very friendly and speaking excellent English. (We wished we could speak another language like that) His knowledge of Bali and sensitivity to what we might find interesting was excellent.
In a word, Romeo is quite an outstanding person.
We will definitely be booking Romeo as our taxi and tour guide next time we are in Bali.
Ross and Jenny Bramley
If you want the best tour guide than look no further.
Romeo was the best. We loved his sense of humor his jokes and he just put us all at ease. We didnt want to be conned into spending any money on someone that didnt speak or just seemed to be doing a job he didnt like and so when Romeo's number was passed onto us we rang him and we havent looked back. We made a friend that trip not just another balinese tour guide.
He took us anywhere we wanted go and even suggested some really good spots to take us. Gave us good advice what to do and even was happy to spend time with us and talk with us like we were his friends to.
Always was on time and very cheap rates for a very sexy driver with a sexy new car (that's what he would say every day and we would laugh) Nothing seemed to hard for romeo and he was very good with the kids parcticularly when we went to the monkey forest.
We have no hesitation in recomending him to any family that wants a safe and secure, friendly tour guide around beautiful bali.
Will see you again our new Balinese friend.
There is no other!
There is no other!
Taking a look at our awesome Bali pictures, we realized again how great our two tours with Romeo were. His inside knowledge, reliability, jokes and airconditioned car made every trip a special one. Romeo shows you the special spots at a good price!
Thank you so much Romeo!
Janina & Niclas
Germany, July 2011
I can thoroughly recommend Romeo -our guardian angel in Bali. He is an amazing tour guide. Romeo is an absolute gentleman with a great sense of humour and a very safe, courteous driver.
Nothing was too much trouble for him.
His local knowledge was invaluable and ensured that we didn't waste precious time getting lost or being ripped off by 'dodgy' money-changers.
Romeo introduced us to Balinese culture, history and religion in a uniquely personal way. It's obvious he is very proud of his culture - and rightly so! A conventional bus tour could not get near what we experienced.
His grasp of Aussie slang was amazing and reassured us that he understood what we required.
All was pleasantly good for the budget with a very reasonable $45 for a day's driving - for up to 7 people.
Thank you so much Romeo. You're a legend!
(from Australia, June 2011)
What a fantastic day we had with Romeo.
Nothing is too much trouble for him and he goes out of his way to provide you with everything you need and anywhere you want to go.
We will recomend him to everyone and will continue to go back to him when we return to Bali.
The transport is comfortable and stylish in a new Toyota. Water is provided and icy cold in the back.
Thanks for a great day Romeo!
Britt & Deb.
If you are Australian, Romeo is a complete choice as a Balinese driver. He has a lot of the slang down pat and eases through the mind-bending traffic without raising one hair on your head. But he can "chuck a uuey" with the best of them and still look after his near new shiny and very comfortable 7 place Toyota.
Don't be put off by his romantic Romeo name. He'll explain how he came by that and only puts "honey round his mouth" when with his wife or baby daughter. As a true Bali native, and having that lovely Balinese respect for others,[wish they'd export some of it!!] he'll oblige you until it hurts!!
Need to stop for wine or cash money? No problem. He's also a gold- mine of info on the local scene.
We had three of his tours and enjoyed the variety and the "digging in" to the real Bali. We more or less let him map out the tours for us but will always remember the peace and beauty of the mountain in the clouds and the final "good-bye" tour to Jimbaran Bay for the fish dinner on the beach with sunset thrown in, and transport to the airport for the midnight red-eye.
Oh, so you're not Australian!! Well he also speaks Japanese and German!! His tour cost is per car. This means $45 [full day] for any number up to 7. A bargain!!! May your gods protect you Romeo!!
Val and Ian Bundaberg.
Hi Romeo, this is Eva and Eszter from Budapest. We wanted to say thank you one more time for all your help and guidance in Bali. We had an amazing time and are very grateful that we found you as we do believe that you made our journey a thousand times more valuable. Thank you for showing us not only the breathtaking Balinese temples and natural beauty of the island, but more so for showing us the real face of Bali, its culture, religion and people.
I warmheartedly recommend Romeo to anyone who wants to see and get to know Bali, as Romeo is not only a driver, he is a guide who knows the story behind all the places we visited, and as he is local, we couldn't ask a question he did not have an answer ready in his pocket.
We are lucky we met you and hope that faith will be gracious enough to us to meet you again in life. Until then, I wish you and your family all the very best! Terima kasih!
We planned our Honey Moon for Bali for a long time – and during our research we came across several recommendations for Romeo as driver in Bali.
We made contact with Romeo through his website, and he was our driver for five days. Never late (and in Bali traffic that’s remarkable!), always attentive with many many great ideas and input which made our trip so much more exiting, interesting and beautiful.
Especially we recommend his very special Bali Real Tour, where you truly experience the real beauty of the island, the people and the nature, which is so much more than beaches and shops. See hot springs in the middle of the jungle, take a walk along the most beautiful and impressive rice fields, see the fruits of the forest and experience temples high up in the mountains –a wonderful tour.
We can only give our most heartwarming recommendations to Romeo as a reliable driver, who is born and raised in Bali, with a huge knowledge of the island and its gems.
Your Danish friend
Rikke & Per
What can I say?
Romeo, you made a trip that was going to be good, perfect! Travelling with my partner who was a little apprehensive, you helped me show Ben how truly amazing Bali is.
Romeo picked us up on New Years eve, welcomed by a smile, hug and an air-conditioned car. Not to mention the ice cold water! Driving through the roads and streets of Bali Romeo gave us an over view of what to do and what not to do when shopping and walking around. He also gave us some insight into great restaurants, hidden shopping alleys and tours he could do for us. He dropped us at the hotel and promptly said 'I will meet you here tomorrow at 9am!'
the following day Romeo took us to Nusa Dua where we parasailed, snorkelled, went to turtle island and went on the flying fish! It was full of laughter and amazement.
A few days later he drove us once again in his wonderful clean car to 'The Rock Bar' which was absolutely stunning at sunset, then onto a romantic dinner on the beach. Amazing!
We also had a full tour day at white water rafting and then the marine and safari park. White water rafting was hilarious, we couldn't stop laughing especially when our instructor yelled out 'Boom Boom!' The lunch provided after was so delicious. The marine and safari park was loads of fun, lots to see and do, including a roller coaster, orang-utans, piraña, white tigers and the highlight, an elephant back ride.
We then changed hotels into Ubud. Romeo picked us up and on the way we tried Luwak Copi (Coffee said to be the best in the world!).
On our very last day in Bali, we had the lovely pleasure of taking Romeo out to the 'Bubba Gump' resturant to say thankyou.
Throughout the trip Romeo taught us so much about way of life, religion and culture of Bali.
we have recommended Romeo to everyone we know and meet!
We cant wait to come back. Not just for a holiday but to visit our friend, Romeo.
We miss you!
Thanks again mate, Hannah and Ben.
Thank You Romeo
We had a wonderful time as you as our driver. We wanted a more traditional view of Bali and we got it through your experience, culture, and keen sense of humour. Your hints, tips and knowledge made our trip very memorable and rewarding. When you dropped us off at the airport, we felt like we left a friend behind. Thankyou again my friend.
Lots of love Gary and Leonie
Before travelling to Bali we were reading a lot about Bali in Hungarian travel forums and found his name and contact information there. He was recommended to choose him as a tour guide. We were getting interested in him and checked his website, read through testimonials. Based on those many good recommendations we decided to choose Romeo to be our tour guide in Bali. We sent him an e-mail and he replied soon. We discussed the possible tour options and prices and agreed on those quickly. Actually we accepted everything because he recommended interesting places and had reasonable prices.
In Bali he picked us up at our hotel and he took us to many-many wonderful places during those 5 days that we spent together with him. We were in Safari Park, Orchid Garden, Monkey Forest, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, at rice terraces, Batur Volcano and Lake, we saw wonderful fruit plantation. He also booked an elephant ride for us that we enjoyed very much.
With Romeo we could see real Bali he took and showed us countryside and remote villages. We are sure we couldn't have seen those interesting places on a tour that is organized by a travel agency. So we highly recommend to choose a personal tour guide and choose Romeo. He is a very friendly, honest man with a fluent English and great sense of humour. We felt very good while we were with him. We looked for a tour guide and we found a very good friend. We are planning to return to Bali in the future and it's sure that we would like Romeo to be our driver again.
Terima kasih Romeo :-)
Brigi & Feri from Hungary
Thank you so much for the incredible Bali experience you provided us! We were expecting a "driver" for the day, but what we received was so much more! Your sense of humour made the day lots of fun. You were a friend for the day and made us feel very comfortable on our tour. And, not only were you extremely knowledgeable about Bali and Balinese culture, you were also more than willing to share with us. I can tell you that we learned more about Bali in eight hours with you than we did during the rest of our time in Bali! You seemed to know just where to stop for the perfect photo, and your connections made the tour stops incredibly smooth and friendly. Despite the weather, we had a great day with you and would not hesitate to recommend your tour service to others visiting Bali.
Holly and Mike :)
You made our holiday what it was, and it was fantastic. we had no idea what to expect but you made us feel so at home even though we were in another country.
thankyou so much for the time and effort you put into organising our day trips and taking us to all the fabulous places that you did. we miss you already!!! xoxoxo
not only is romeo the most handsome (hahaha) tour driver in bali, but also the funniest guy we have met! and he has the best taste in music...
romeo is such a genuine person,he is worth his weight in gold!! worth every rupiah!!!
we were recommended to use romeo by our aunt/uncle and he was every bit as fantastic as they said. we recommend romeo to any and everyone visiting bali wether it be a first time or not.
romeo was only too happy to explain everything as we went along to different places, and he so patiently waited while we took our time exploring.
he gave us many tips on bartering and do's and not to do's in bali, with good advice on what to do in our spare time
the best tour romeo organised was deffinately the bali safari marine park where we got to play with baby orangutangs and ride elephants,also the kecak dance and sunset seafood dinner.
so romeo we love you!!and thankyou... see you next holiday mate!
todd and meg xoxo australia
My husband and i have just returned from our first trip to Bali, where we spent a wonderful 9 days and i have to say our experience wouldn't have been half as great if we didn't have Romeo as our tour driver.
Romeo was recommended to us by my husbands work colleague, we first contacted him via email and quickly received a reply, we were very impressed with his english and eagerness to make our holiday extra special, we let him know what we were interested in doing and what suggestions he may have and he put together some great tours.
We first met Romeo when he picked us up from our hotel for our first tour, he greeted us with his warm friendly smile in his clean, airconditioned car with cold water on hand. with in seconds his great humor and wonderful personality were apparent and we knew we hit the jackpot!
We went to Uluwatu temple then to Jimbaran bay for a romantic dinner on the beach that Romeo had set up for our wedding anniversary . Our next rip was white water rafting and then he took us to the safari marine park for an elephant ride and so we could see all the other animals too. we also went on a tour to Ubud stopping at different points of interest including the Hindu temple, wood carving, sliver making, rice terrace and then too the monkey forest where we hand feed the monkeys bananas. we were also going to see the volcano but the weather wasn't very good that day so we had to give it a miss, Romeo was so upset we were going to miss it, we didnt mind we were having a great time but he cared so much, instead he took us to a great restaurant with the most beautiful view of rice terraces and delicious food. On every tour Romeo shared his great knowledge of his homeland and we were always laughing at his jokes and aussie slang.
Apart from all the tours with him he set us up with a friend for water sports at Benoa who gave us a great deal and looked after us, he booked a day boat trip to Lembognan Island for us and when the tour company could drop us off Romeo did.
We would highly recommend Romeo to anyone seeking a fantastic tour guide because that is what he is FANTASTIC!! He truly made our holiday all the more special and fun because hes not only your tour guide but your friend and we were honestly sad when our time with him came to an end, but we will be returning to Bali and will no doubt use his services again. we cant wait!!
Bekki and Scott
We contacted Romeo after noting a number of very positive reports on Tripadvisor, and I am very glad we chose him to show us some of his beautiful island of Bali during our, too short, trip.
We had advised him that we wanted to visit the temple at Pura Besakih and asked if he could suggest anything else that we might like to see. Romeo suggested we might like to have lunch overlooking the Batur Volcano, and possibly he would show us some points of interest along the way.
He collected us at out hotel, where incidentally he used to work as a barman, and we were impressed with his cheerful demeanour and cleanliness and quality of his car. We made our way to the Volcano , stopping briefly at a wood carver and a coffee plantation, we had already indicated that we didn't want to stop off at too many tourist traps but would be happy to see anything he thought might be of interest, these places certainly were, especially the coffee plantation.
There are numerous restaurants overlooking the volcano and the one Romeo suggested not only had a great view but an excellent, reasonably priced buffet lunch. We made our way to the temple and Romeo warned us the local guides could be very pushy, and whilst he was not allowed to take us round he gave us invaluable advice and even indicitive prices, he certainly made sure we were not ripped off.
On our way back we asked if he could suggest a nice seafood restaurant on the beach, not only did he do so but he took us there free and ensured we had a good table he even arranged a free ride back to our hotel, oh and the food was great.
This was not our first trip to Bali, or even our first driver, but it is our first recomendation. Romeo is a very pleasant man who clearly enjoys his "job" and is a wealth of knowledge. His tips and advice were invaluable and he got the balance of making sure we were not ripped off but also ensuring that his fellow countrymen were also dealt with fairly.
Thanks once again Romeo, we will certainly use your services when we return to Bali, and we wish you and family every success.
John & Ice, Bangkok, Thailand.
We were expecting a great tour guide and driver that also can be a good friend of ours when we were in Bali for the whole 14 days there in July 2010. I read about him in a Hungarian forum, he was the driver of a Hungarian young couple. We are very pleased, Romeo is a really good driver. He knows how to entertain his clients. He really guide you about everything and bring you everywhere you want to be or even find way to get what you want to find in Bali. He is so friendly and he can help take good photos too. He speaks really good English too. We knew a lot about Bali from him. He also brought us to the place where we can shop conveniently, the place where we can buy a lot but with less payment. He knows where we can spend our money valuably, to Bali Safari what the children loved!
His price was very reasonable, we accepted it. He has a very clean and comfortable Toyota, he picked up us in the hotel, he was there always in time. He even prepared a cooler stored with bottled water for us during our tours. We would be lost without him. He took us to lovely places, rice terraces, volcano, Bali safari park. We are thinking of going back to Bali in a few years and we are definitely going to see Romeo again! If you are looking for a really frendly and good and safe driver please contact Romeo he is the best ever, highly recommended!
Viki, Geza, Kristof, Mark from Hungary
We spent our honeymoon on Bali. First we went to an organized full day private tour which was ok and professional, but we wanted to see places not so crowded with less tourists and take our time instead of aligning to the tight tour schedule.
Browsing comments on Bali we found Romeo who was already recommended by travellers and contacted him before departure. He picked us up at the hotel, he immediately understood what is that we are after, so he took us to see the real Bali, remote villages and beautiful rice fields almost avoided by other drivers. On the next days he took us to the Orchid Garden, Monkey Forest, Bali Bird and Reptile Park, he took us tho do some snorkeling and to see the Turtle Island, and after taking us to see Kecak dance performance at Ulu Watu Temple he also organized us a wonderful honeymoon Jimbaran Seefood dinner on the beach. Romeo is very intelligent, proatcive, has very good English; spacious, nice and clean car with full AC; safe driver and he knows the shortcuts :-) . Really made it an experience.
Thank you, we wish you all the best and hope to see yo again...
Don't forget to take your wife to the KFC :-)
We arrived for the first time in bali to a friendly smiling face holding our namecard. We instantly felt at ease as you welcomed us to bali with a nice cold water and lovely clean airconditioned car. Our ride to our hotel was a real eye opener to the traffic and what looked like no road rules but your driving and exlanations put us at ease.
My first contact with Romeo was through email as i found his details on trip advisor.I informed Romeo of the few places that we wanted to go and do, within a day I had recieved a email back with his recomendations and prices which sounded great. Romeo kept in contact untill our arrival which was great.
On our first full day out Romeo arrived on time at the hotel explained to us the days program and had his esky full of cold water for us Thoughout the day Romeo was very informative and explained so much to us and we became aware of his great english skills and wicked sence of humour.
Our second day with Romeo ended up being a very long one, more than ten hours but not once did Romeo try to increase his price like i have read a lot of other drivers do, but we would of been more than happy to pay more, this just go's to show what a honest couteous man he is. On this day we did white water rafting among other things and was absoloutly fantastic! would highly recomended it.
Our third day with Romeo was a half a day shopping, which was great romeo went to great places and we got some bargins.
Our fourth day with Romeo was our last day and with a flight leaving after midnight we were worried what we were going to do but Romeo recomended a four o clock pick up from our hotel after check out and our most amazing last evening had started. Romeo drove us to ullawata temple to watch the sunset and recomended we stay to watch the dance which was fantastic. After we were taken to a fantastic restuarent at Jimmbarim bay where we ate our last meal in Bali on the beach with a candlelit seafood dinner. The timing was perfect as when we were finished it was nearly time to go.
We would highly recommend Romeo for your time in Bali, you will not find a more honest, friendly, courteous driver with a great sence of humour.
Thank you so much Romeo
Jodie & Paul Mitchell
It was so nice to meet you and have you as our guide and friend! I think I speak for all of us who were in the group you met, when saying we had an excellent time in Bali and a lot of that sentiment has to do with the fact that we had an awesome tourist guide! :-)
I don't know when but at least Justin and I will be returning to Bali over and over again... and we'll make sure we contact you to take us around the place!
Thanks again for the arak, all the useful tips, local knowledge, fun trips, translations, funny jokes and friendship.... oh and that amazing air conditioner system in your car hehehe :-) Hope you and your family are well and happy!!! :-) cya soon hopefully......
From SA, Australia
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Looking through the photographs taken during our time in Bali makes our heart appreciate more in having you as our tourguide.
To know how you have patiently take us around, telling us history, facts and stories about your home-country, singing to Bon Jovi's "Living on a prayer", buying me babi guling rice because I desperately wanted to try it! Hahahaha.
(Made, saya nak makan nasi babi guling lagi! Bungkus and kirimkan ke Malaysia.)
You've the funniest, most charming & caring tourist guide and a friend we've come to know and will always fondly remember in Bali.
It is a blessing to have you take 1 malaysian, 1 bruneian and 1 vietnamese around this beautiful country. We hope to come back again and trust me, whether its 3 of us together back to bali, or one of us, we (I) will still give you a call and anticipate more amazing places from you to amaze us (me).
Hopefully, next trip back to Bali, we can meet Frangipani and your beautiful wife.
(...and I can eat babi guling again!!)
Take care and may your business as a tour guide continues to flourish and blesses more visitors around the world everytime they visit amazing Bali.
My husband and I were introduced to 'Romeo' by Wes & Sue whom we met holidaying in Bali a few years back. We have returned to Bail twice since then & utilised 'Romeo's' services.
He caters to your every need, nothing is too much trouble, there is always a smile, a joke & good time had when travelling with Romeo.
I always recommend his services to anyone I hear is coming to Bali, driving with Romeo adds to the holiday experience, we always have a lot of laughs!!! Hard working, caring & honest & a great singer in the car when you travel!!!
Fiona & Peter,
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Our party of 4 enjoyed a wonderful day in a mutually negotiated day's tour throughout Bali visiting coffee plantation, silver factory, Ubud markets, batik factory and the volcano.
Romeo was a charming informative host who we would not have any hesitation in refcommending his services to anyone.
He was willing to adapt to our itinerary and schedule and is extremely flexible in his outlook ensuring that his passengers receive a safe and enjoyable travel experience.
David & Marian Gard,
I'm so blessed I was guided, entertained, taken care of and driven around by Romeo (what a sexy name for a good-looking man! :-)) for the whole Bali trip.
I was really amazed by Romeo's English command, as much as how deep his knowledge about Bali's history, culture, food and everything else. I felt like I belong to Bali after 4 days here.
Romeo brought a big surprise to me and my friends, especially Narcea, for organising a unique yet unforgettable birthday party for her at Jimberan beach. The trip was totally satisfactory.
I am sure I'd come back next year and definitely Romeo will become my trustworthy tour guide again.
We are regular visitors to Bali and have used a number of tour guides over the years but none compare to Romeo. He was recommended to us by some of our friends and now we would not use anyone else he is part of our bali family.
His local knowledge is so informative but most of all his sense of humour will gaurantee you will have the time of your life. Romeos car is well maintained always clean and the air conditioning is great, if you have ever been to Bali you will know how important that is.
We have recommended Romeo to a lot of people travelling from Australia also people we have met in Bali and have never heard a negative comment.
If you can get Romeo as your driver a great day out is gauranteed.
DIANNE AND PHILIP BRADELEY SUNSHINE COAST AUSTRALIA
We struck gold
We struck gold with our choice of driver. We chose ‘Romeo’ from the list of drivers on the Tripadvisor forum. He was excellent! He was so friendly and courteous with a great sense of humour. He needed it, as the poor guy was left waiting for us at the Safari and Marine Park well after closing time. (we got lost and then had to sort out the collection of some photos) Romeo thought we had been eaten by the lions! With a cheeky smile, he told us that it was the last time he would tell his customers to ‘take their time’.
There are lots of fantastic drivers in Bali, but If you are looking for a great driver with good English, who is caring and has a great sense of humour, then Romeo is our recommendation.
We love coming to Bali and seeing Romeos smiling face to greet us. Romeo is always happy and talkative. He aims to please his customers and nothing is too much trouble for him. He is very easy to contact on his mobile phone by text to arrange pick up. He has very competitive full and half day trip rates and is in no rush, so you can take your time at your destinations.
He speaks and understands English very well, alot better than most of the other locals. Romeo always has clean transport and takes pride in his job. We recommend him to our family and friends without hesitation. He has become more a friend than our driver.
Jace and Bianca Adelaide, Australia.
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We hired a driver to take us for the day, our driver was Romeo and we got him from the drivers guide on Tripadvisor. He was Fantastic!!! he arrived early and the car was spotless, his english was great and he had an excellent sense of humour, he was very honest about places could take us and which ones he would get a commission from etc.
We went to the elephant park and also Ubud. He came with us into the monkey forest and was our guide, negotiated cheaper banana's and showed us how to feed the monkeys so they would climb on our laps, we also saw some lovely rice paddies and learnt alot about the balinese people.
He was such a highlight of bali for us and would highly recommend him to anyone.
Romeo is een fantastische gids!
Wij hebben ruim 2 week op Bali doorgebracht en zijn via vrienden gewezen op de diensten van Romeo. De aanbeveling van deze vrienden was meer dan terecht. Romeo is een uitstekende gids die alles, maar dan ook alles van het eiland weet en bovendien uitstekend Engels spreekt. Daarnaast heeft hij een heel goed voor humor en maakt grappen aan de lopende band. Ook niet onbelangrijk is het goede vervoer. De auto is heel comfortabel en Romeo zorgt bovendien voor voldoende drinken tijdens de rit.
Wij kunnen (en willen) iedereen aanraden om Romeo eens te bellen wanneer je op Bali bent. Hij komt bij je hotel langs en maakt helemaal naar wens een dagprogramma.
Romeo, wij hopen dat we je snel weer eens mogen begroeten! We kijken er nu al naar uit!
Romeo MOTHER FATHER CHAMPION has been our saying now for about 10 years. As reading the other testimonies we met romeo at Villa bintang in 2000 were we spent 17 nights nights there, as for romeo he was great in the sunken bar whatever drink/cocktail you desired you would get non stop laughs, unbelievable friendship, even then before becoming a tour driver his knowledge about bali was breathtaking.
Funny enough i said to my then girlfriend this guy should be a tour guide and also mentioned it to Romeo but he would say "BANKRUT".Any way were returned in a few years but villa bintang was under reno's and found out he was doing tours and of course we automatically booked him in for most of the week.
Weve been back 3 times this year the last time it was for my wifes 30th and 12 of us went including our 2 year old daughter.He was fantastic he even organised a baby sitter he has know since he was a youngster, she was also great.Romeo get ready were coming again on 4th november we will contact you via sms of time to pick us up from the airport.
SIMON,MARGARET & EVA
C'est avec plaisir que je laisse un avis sur le site de Romeo, car nous avons grce lui pu dcouvrir des multiples facettes de cete le paradisiaque.
En effet, nous avons suivi ces conseils et sommes sortis des sentiers battus pour dcouvrir le vrai Bali ce qui nous a enchants.
Romeo connait non seulement tres bien son le mais aussi toute la culture qui s'y rattache...Il est un bon complment tous les guides papiers existants.
De plus, en tant que chauffeur il est tres prudent ce qui n'est pas le cas de tous les chauffeurs et surtout tres prvenant avec les occupants de son vhicule.
D'autre part, il est tres gentil et prvenant avec ses clients, il n'est du genre les mener dans des endroits o le seul intrt de la visite est pour le chauffeur.
En conclusion je ne saurai trop vous conseiller de faire appel Romeo lors de votre prochain voyage Bali.
Frederic & Mireille B.
Martigues / France
We used Romeo's services as personal driver, chauffeur and holiday guide for four days in September/October 2009. He is a charming young man very punctual who looked after us extremely well. His car was always extremely well turned out, clean and in good working order. (Including the much needed aircon.) It was also well equipped with cold water and all the other essentials for transporting an ageing English couple round his beautiful island.
The only thing he couldn't fix was the weather and the "temple in the mist" (should have been the water temple!) was a delight just to see poor Romeo so embarrassed!!
We will definitely use his services again if we return to Bali and would certainly recommend his services to anyone.
Graham & Sandra UK
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Romeo, we thank you for the fantastic guiding and company that you provided us under our honeymoon. During our travels we always aim for coming to know the culture and the background of the given place the most deeply, but we have never had the pleasure to meet an authentic guide like you, and who became our friend under these few days.
We can recommend Romeo to all Hungarian travellers, on the one hand because of his fantastic personality, on the other hand because of his distinguished knowledge of English. You can find many drivers in Bali, but it is not worth to try something else you wont find more entertaining and more intelligent tour guide than Romeo!
We hope we can return to this amazing, really special island soon, and then we wont hesitate to choose anybody else but you! :-)
Romeo, we wish you the best and see you soon:
Eva and Csaba
As many of these testimonials indicate, we also meet Romeo on our first trip to Bali in 2001, while staying at the Villa Bintang. We where there with two other couples and the boys are guilty of helping Romeo and Rocky to learn English, all the slang and innuendos. It was always a pleasure to catch up with the them every afternoon at the pool bar to have chat and joke. As everyone knows we love our beer cold and it did not take Romeo and Rocky long to work out the routine of the long neck of Bintang in the freezer to keep it ice cold.
As always our 14 fabulous days ended much to soon and the friendships formed, made it hard to leave. Even though we longed to return sooner, life's circumstances did not allow this until this year.
Upon our return to Bali and the Villa Bintang this year it was a pleasure to catch up with Rocky who gladly put us in touch with Romeo who we discovered had ventured out into the transport world. Romeo was more than willing to accommodate our wishes and we spent a few wonderful days being shown sites that Romeo thought we would like, and we did. Romeo was very informative, explaining the history or legend behind every sight he showed us. Romeo's easy going manner put us at ease and made the days most enjoyable, nothing was too hard.
We have been in touch with Romeo via email on a number of occasion since our return (April 2009) and have not hesitated in recommending his services to friends and acquaintances who are about to visit Bali.
We look forward to our next trip to Bali planned for later this year and again catching up with Romeo
Tracey Case, Australia.
We have just had our first trip to Bali and of course had no idea what was on offer and what to see and do first.
Romeo was recommended through the Bali Travel Forum and proved to be an excellent driver and guide for our time in Bali. He was always ready and willing to take us wherever we wanted to go and also had plenty of suggestions of places we might like to see.
We took a few tours with Romeo and were never disappointed. Romeo has excellent English, a friendly fun personality and a wicked "Aussie" sense of humour. His knowledge of Bali and his want to educate us made Romeo much more than just a driver. He has become a family friend for life.
Romeo took us to meet his daughter, sadly though his wife was not there on the day we visited however it was a real treat to share his home with him for a short visit. We would recommend Romeo to EVERYONE that is planning a visit to Bali.
Thanks you Romeo for helping to make our holiday the great time it was.
Rod, Chrissy and Reece (Brisbane, Australia)
We found Romeo on Trip Advisor here in Australia and we are so glad we did. This was our first trip to Bali and we couldn't have asked for a more professional, courteous, knowledgeable person than Romeo. His kind and relaxing manner made us at ease right away. He has extensive knowledge of his homeland, is a safe driver with wonderful English.
We highly recommend anyone who is thinking of using his services as he is not at all pushy, has great suggestions on what to
see and is overall a wonderful guy.
Richard, Anita & Carly MacDonald
Sunshine Coast, Australia
We have been to Bali the Island of Paradise 11 times, we first went in 1999 and stayed at the Villa Bintang where we met this Trainee called Made Romeo who was learning English but all the wrong way as the Aussies thought is funny to teach him the wrong sayings. We put him right and became his Aussie parents. His Uncle took us on our first tours of Bali and on Made's day off we took him with us up to Lovina with Made as our personal guide as his Uncle could not speak much English. We stayed every year at the Villa Bintang until they were closed for renovations and we found the Kumala Pantai, but we still got Made to take us around and introduced him to some new clients from the Kumala who were all very impressed with his friendliness, his commentary and his clean and comfortable car. He has a wonderful wife Komang and daughter Regina (Frangapani) as Made calls her. So if you need transport for your tour around Bali do not hesitate to contact our Made Romeo for the true experience of Bali the Island of the Gods.I really admire Made as well as English he can speak Japanese and German, he is very clever.
Sue & Wes Paech Oakbank South Australia
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"Romeo, Romeo, where fore art thou Romeo" was the our only thought as we entered the arrivals hall at Denpasar airport. And there he was with his engaging smile and an attitude that said nothing was a problem. Romeo (Made to his family) was recommended to us by friends and he proved to be an excellent driver and guide for our time in Bali. He was not only ready and willing to take us wherever we wanted to go but had plenty of suggestions of places we might like to see, the better times to be there and advice on places we could go that were a little off the beaten track. We took up several of those suggestions and were never disappointed. With his excellent English and bright personality (not to mention a wicked sense of humour) he was just a delight to spend time with and indeed, learn from - his knowledge of all things Bali and his willingness to share that information made Romeo much more than just a driver. His number is permanently in our contacts list for our next trip/trips to Bali.
Tony & Julie Nelson, Sydney, Australia.
Thank you Romeo
Romeo, we met you in 2001, we were on our 6th trip to Bali and this time we stayed at your boutique resort in Tanjung Benoa where you were the head barman. With your cheeky smile, quirky sense of humour it was always a highlight to see you at the pool bar, to share a drink a joke and even a serious conversation, your speech and understanding of the english language was very refreshing.
We have been back to Bali on several occasions since 2001 and we always make certain to catch up with Romeo and just say hi. When back in Australia we always receive and return text messages monthly. He has now started a new career as a tourist driver, (self employed) and my family and friends have used his services on many occasions. He had driven family to the top end of Bali to Lovina as well as hiring him as our driver for the day. He is very informative, friendly and professional. Not to mention passionate about his home land, Bali.
It is a true pleasure to have met and befriended such a person as Romeo, he has made our holidays and lives even more special and he will continue to do so.
Thank you Romeo,
Mark Sandie & Paul Benz
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We have visited Bali 9 times now and were lucky enough to meet ‘Romeo’ (I Made) on our first trip there in 1999. Back then Romeo was working at a Hotel in Nusa Dua behind the bar. His infectious humour and cheeky wit made him popular amongst all the guests, particularly the Australian and English tourists. A few years ago Romeo, with the assistance of his family, bought a new vehicle to chauffeur tourists around the popular spots in Bali. (The SV style vehicle is air-conditioned and is always clean).
Of course we were amongst his earliest customers and we quickly experienced Romeo’s incredible depth of local knowledge always delivered in a professional but amusing manner. Romeo is not at all pushy (not like some of the locals) and his integrity is without question.
We have even visited Romeo’s home village and met the fantastic flock of children with their great big smiles. I think that they thought we were from another planet as they don’t see a lot of tourists there. Over the years Romeo has taken us to see many of the local attractions but also many places not always frequented by the first time tourists and it has been those one day trips that have been the most memorable. If you get a chance to get out of the shopping precincts and want to see the “real Bali” then you need not only the motivation but also a trustworthy & well versed local. In our case it is Romeo (I think a nick name probably given to him by an Aussie). Not all drivers in Bali can keep you interested and make you laugh while you are sightseeing in this tropical paradise like Romeo. We have recommend Romeo to other friends who tell us that they were grateful to have met such a nice young guy making a go of it.
Peter & Debbie Mattiske - Adelaide, South Australia.
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Talk about a wolf in sheep’s clothing!!!! I think Romeo is actually an Aussie disguised as an Indonesian! And he’s got the cheek of an Aussie too, but not the same old attitude that a lot of the local drivers can have. He is more than willing to give you suggestions, and then, he is more than flexible in accommodating what you want to do. If they don’t match, then that’s fine, he will still provide you with a unique perspective on all things in the Island of the Gods.
Romeo has a way of endearing himself to even the most uptight of all travelers. Eventually, everybody lets their hair down and you feel like your just being shown around by an old friend.
His car is always clean and cool, and safe. The local constabulary only stops him occasionally to say “Hullo”. If you were to drive yourself, you would be pulled up regularly and expensively. No police, No insane traffic headaches, just good commentary, good connections with the locals and a sense of humour.
You wouldn’t know it, but Romeo is new in the business, so be gentle with him and we can help him rule the world.
THANKS HEAPS ROMEO! You turned our Bali “trip” into the Bali “EXPERIENCE”
Wade and Belinda Hindmarsh, Cairns, Queensland, Australia