Klungkung Police says removal of Tolak Reklamasi banners at Semarapura Festival wasn’t political

Police’s removal of Tolak Reklamasi banners at Klungkung regency’s Semarapura Festival was not politically motivated and was strictly about security, says Klungkung Police. Tolak Reklamasi (reject the reclamation) is a grassroots movement fighting against the reclamation of South Bali’s Benoa Bay, that would result in the construction of Dubai-style artificial islands complete with resorts and

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Tolak Reklamasi banners pulled down during Bali’s Semarapura Festival

Bali’s Klunkung regency just wrapped up its third-annual Semarapura Festival to showcase the area’s culture and tourist attractions, but some political friction seems to have...

Tolak Reklamasi banners pulled down during Bali’s Semarapura Festival

‘Conventional’ taxi drivers hold yet another demo against Uber and Grab at Bali governor’s office

Hundreds of ‘conventional’ Bali taxi drivers joined up and held yet another demo in Denpasar on Wednesday morning in front of the governor’s office to protest ride-hailing...

‘Conventional’ taxi drivers hold yet another demo against Uber and Grab at Bali governor’s office

Legian tattoo artist inaugurated into Tabanan, Bali regional council

A tattoo artist was inaugurated into the regional council for Bali’s Tabanan regency this week, showing that you can still have ink and hold public office in Bali, despite...

Legian tattoo artist inaugurated into Tabanan, Bali regional council

Netizen petitions for Ahok to run for Bali governor after Jakarta loss, #AhokforBali1 becomes trending topic

It’s been a difficult time for Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama supporters after the Jakarta governor lost his bid for reelection last week to Anies Baswedan. There’s been a...

Netizen petitions for Ahok to run for Bali governor after Jakarta loss, #AhokforBali1 becomes trending topic

Kartini Day honored in Bali with ladies surfing in kebayas

Women will be surfing, donning the traditional Indonesian kebaya in Kuta on Thursday to recognize Kartini Day. The holiday, which actually falls on Friday, commemorates national...

Kartini Day honored in Bali with ladies surfing in kebayas

Bali tourism destination or mining site? Nusa Penida’s development future at a crossroads

Nusa Penida, a small island southeast of Bali, has been growing in popularity as a tourism destination and is quickly becoming one of the province’s most Instagrammed spots....

Bali tourism destination or mining site? Nusa Penida’s development future at a crossroads

Trump’s Indonesia business partner says planned resort to respect Bali traditions

By Cindy Silviana JAKARTA (Reuters) – The Indonesian business partner of the Trump group has pledged to respect Hindu traditions and follow building height restrictions at a...

Trump’s Indonesia business partner says planned resort to respect Bali traditions

Indonesia finds extensive reef damage after cruise ship runs aground

JAKARTA (Reuters) – A British-flagged cruise ship damaged more than 18,000 square meters (4.4 acres) of coral when it ran aground in waters popular with divers off...

Indonesia finds extensive reef damage after cruise ship runs aground

Indonesia vows action after UK cruise ship ruins coral reef

Indonesia on Wednesday vowed to take action after a British-owned cruise ship smashed into pristine coral reefs and caused extensive damage, as residents of the popular tourist...

Indonesia vows action after UK cruise ship ruins coral reef

Coconuts Bali Politics

If you want to be engaged in politics and live in a place where people love chatting about the latest election or bill to go through, then get the heck out of Bali and pack your bags for the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Bali, the Island of the Gods, is really not known for political activity and has a very laid-back, island mentality. That said, there is one big political, hot-ticket issue in Bali that we have been regularly covering since launching here: the controversial proposed reclamation of Benoa Bay. The reclamation would turn 700 hectares of the bay into a “special” tourist area, filled with artificial islands, complete with hotels, restaurants, and even an F1 track. The usually apolitical people of Bali have made it exceedingly clear they don’t want the reclamation to go through, with activist movement FORBali at the helm of the “Tolak Reklamasi” (anti-reclamation) campaign. However, when there’s so much money and power involved, there’s never an easy out and this issue has been dragging on for years. One of the other political issues that gets talked about in Bali is the death penalty. This has especially been big in Bali with a number of death row prisoners locked up in Bali, most notably Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the Australian Bali Nine. Sukumaran and Chan were ultimately executed in April 2015 as drug traffickers, but Bali is very still much waiting to see how the death penalty will be imposed in the future in Indonesia.