Bali

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

HIV / AIDS on Bali

HIV Aids

Dr. Ketut Suarjaya, chief of the Bali Provincial Health Service told the State News Agency Antara that the number of new cases of HIV/AIDS discovered on Bali each month numbers between 100 and 110.

Based on data collected by the Bali Health Department through the end of November 2014 there are now 10,524 HIV/AID sufferers on Bali.

Of that total, 5,639 are calculated to be infected with HIV, and the remaining 4,885 afflicted with AIDS. Expressing his concern that the number of HIV/AIDS sufferers may be even more, Suarjaya added, “These are just the cases reported and there are perhaps many more unreported.” [Read more…]

Don’t urinate in public on Bali

Canggu Beach

Canggu Beach

Two Australian men flouted local law and custom when they sought roadside relief and decided to urinate near a religious shrine and inside a local shop in the Canggu area of Bali.

A fight ensued that saw the shopkeeper have his glasses and wristwatch broken, and suffer a head contusion. The Australian also suffered bruises and cuts requiring twelve stitches from a local medical centre after being set upon by a group of angry locals. [Read more…]

Benoa Bay doesn’t have to be Jokowi’s legacy

Benoa Bay reclamation area

Benoa Bay reclamation area

The Jakarta Globe recently published an editorial titled “Benoa Bay doesn’t have to be Jokowi’s legacy.”

Well-written and insightful, the editorial urged the President to annul the permits for the controversial reclamation project in Benoa Bay’s wetlands, labelling it a controversial remnant left by former President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono that Indonesia’s new Chief Executive does not need to embrace as his own. [Read more…]

No Sexual Activity on Bali Beaches

Pandawa Beach, Bali

Pandawa Beach, Bali

The local Kutuh Village community in the far south of Bali is earning praise from tourism officials for strictly enforcing rules to ensure local sensibilities are not disturbed. Visitors to the beach are reminded that sexual activity and swimming while menstruating are Strictly Not Allowed

Located about 45 minutes from Bali’s airport travelling via Jimbaran, Pandawa Beach is becoming increasingly popular with visitors.

Local officials, partly in deference to the many religious temples in the area, warn beach users to refrain from any kind of sexual activity that would render the area spiritually unclean. [Read more…]

Jetstar flies Cairns – Bali

Jetstar

Child of Qantas, JetStar, will launch a direct service between Cairns and Bali, and also fly between Melbourne and Wellington, New Zealand. The Cairns to Bali service will be the only direct flights offered by a low-cost carrier between the two destinations.

David Hall, CEO of JetStar for Australia and New Zealand, said: “We’re always looking to open up new travel opportunities for our customers and I’m delighted that we’re the first carrier to offer direct flights from Cairns to Bali.” [Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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.

[Read more…]

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…]