Bali

These reports are useful information about Bali from our personal experience and from our son and his Indonesian wife who live there.

Benoa Bay, Bali – Mangrove reclamation

Benoa Bay

Benoa Bay

The Jakarta Globe reports that the unpopular and controversial reclamation of Bali’s Benoa Bay will proceed, with Tirta Wahana Bali International announcing it now holds the necessary permits to commence its US$2.5 billion project that will dramatically transform the geography of South Bali.

Winata, who heads the Tirta Wahana Bali International project, initially orchestrated a high-profile environmental push by bringing soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo to Bali to be dubbed a ‘Mangrove Ambassador” and plant trees in the Island’s southern mangrove accompanied by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. At the same time he was orchestrating this public display of environmental-mindedness, Winata was spearheading an investment that will eventually eliminate 700 hectares of the once-protected mangrove wetlands. [Read more…]

New Exotic Wedding location on Bali

The White Dove-Banyan Tree Ungasan

The White Dove-Banyan Tree Ungasan

There is a new exotic wedding location on Bali offering romantic views of the Indian Ocean near Uluwatu. The White Dove, a wedding chapel that opened in the Summer of 2014, is the latest addition to Banyan Tree Ungasan, Bali, and another exciting option for those planning a wedding on the island.

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Limited views of Lake and Mount Batur

Kintamani Restaurant

Kintamani Restaurant

The Bali Post reports that illegal buildings under construction in Penelokan on the ridge of the Lake Batur ridge are slowly destroying the once panoramic views of Lake Batur and the still-active Batur volcano that greeted people visiting Kintamani.

We can vouch for this after a visit in 2012. Not only were we charged a fee per person in the car, but when we actually arrived at the viewing area, which used to have only one restaurant, there were many blocking most of the view.

Observers warn that if action is not soon taken to stop the illegal development, the view that forms a major attraction at Kintamani will be completely obliterated.

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Less illegal moneychangers on Bali

APVA Logo

APVA Logo

On our recent visit to Bali during late October and early November 2014, we noticed a significant reduction in the number of dubious money changing ‘shops’, and a proportionate increase in the number of legitimate premises. The following extract from Bali News explains why.

The chairman of the Association of Moneychangers (APVA) on Bali, Ayu Astuti Dharma, on Tuesday, October 28, 2014, recommended that Bank Indonesia create new official stickers to clearly differentiate legal from unauthorized moneychangers.

He said a change in the logo from the APVA is needed as many illegal moneychangers have simply made illegal copies of the Association’s current emblem.

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Air Asia Fly-Thru Bali

Fly-Thru Air Asia

Fly-Thru Air Asia

Following the successful launch in Jakarta, AirAsia is preparing to offer “Fly-Thru AirAsia” at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.

“Fly-Thru AirAsia” will allow travel to international destinations via Bali’s airport. The president director of AirAsia Indonesia, Sunu Widyatmoko, said, “Customers can now travel with more comfort and efficiency to a number of destinations such as Darwin, Perth and Melbourne via Bali flying with AirAsia Indonesia (QZ) and Indonesia AirAsia X (XT).” [Read more…]

Bali Traffic Gridlock

Bali Traffic

Bali Traffic

The two reasons I could never live on Bali would be that you can’t drink the tap water – and the traffic.

Not only are there very few rules other than Might is Right, but white lines mean nothing, and traffic lights are only ‘advisory’. Oh, and if a non-Balinese is involved in an accident with a local, the non-Balinese is always in the wrong. Some locals have been known to ’cause’ an accident and suffer a while in hospital (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense) just to get a new motor bike (at the non-Balinese driver’s expense).

And don’t call the police. That will just cost you more money.

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Bali’s new Ngurah Rai Airport

Bali International Airport

Bali International Airport

No this is not the runway; it’s the vehicle entry/exit. The runway is where it always was, and can be seen in the background of the photo.

The main terminal is big and flash and modern – and unfortunately just as inefficient as the old one.

Our first surprise upon landing on our Virgin flight from Brisbane was being herded onto buses on the tarmac to be taken to the terminal. Why couldn’t we dock to the terminal? [Read more…]

Visit Trunyan, where the dead are buried above ground!

Trunyan Cemetery

Trunyan Cemetery

For those of you who have read “Bali – A Family Holiday” in Life and Travels of a Non-Famous Person, you may have noticed a paragraph where we visited the village of Trunyan across Lake Batur to see where the locals bury their dead above ground. This tour has been almost abandoned for nearly two decades. I thought it had been stopped either because the villagers had stopped the tradition, or laws had prevented anyone undertaking the tour.

But no; it appears the tours were all but ceased because of aggressive, heavy-handed, and coercive behaviour by Trunyan villagers towards tourists crossing the lake to view their unique community. These actions had been the source of numerous complaints, causing tour operators to largely avoid sending their guests there. The village chief is now seeking to restore the reputation of the village as a tourist destination.

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Snorkeling | Diving – Things to do on Lembongan Island, Bali

Lembongan Reef

Lembongan Reef

Some of the best snorkeling in the world is in the warm tropical waters off Lembongan Island. You can take a cruise on a luxury catamaran to this paradise surrounded by colourful reefs and vibrant marine life, for a day of swimming, snorkeling and sun worship.

Your day begins by being collected from your hotel on Bali, and then a relaxing one hour cruise aboard the magnificent Bali Hai II, which brings you to the pristine tropical island of Lembongan. Here, your captain will moor alongside a purpose-built floating pontoon above the reef in peaceful Lembongan Bay. [Read more…]

Tour Lovina & Singaraja – Things to do on Bali

Temple of Ulun Danu

Temple of Ulun Danu

Eileen and I did this trip with our son and his family in their car, and it truly is wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of the southern end of the island. See
Bali 2010 – A Road Trip. If you don’t have family who live on Bali to take you to the north, here’s the next best thing. Book a tour!

Then you too can explore the green rural countryside of Bali as you travel the whole length of the island. There is not much to see on the far west coast unless you are catching the ferry to Java, so this journey through the central mountains to Singaraja and Lovina Beach on the North Coast is ideal. [Read more…]