Free bike or photo with Jokowi?: Bali women choose selfies with Indonesian president

In a real life game of “Would you rather?”, a couple of women in Bali chose to have their photos taken with Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo over receiving a free bicycle as a gift. Bali residents Ayu and Elizabeth both opted to pose for a picture with Jokowi at a tax policy socialization event in ...

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International coal conference in Bali has environmentalists concerned

International coal conference in Bali has environmentalists concerned

Some of the Asian coal industry’s biggest players powwowed in Bali this week, much to the dismay of activists looking to protect public health and defend the island’s natural...

Bali guides crowd immigration office, protesting illegal foreign workers

Bali guides crowd immigration office, protesting illegal foreign workers

Dozens of Indonesian tour guides crowded the Ngurah Rai Immigration Office in Jimbaran, Bali on Monday, protesting the presence of illegal foreign workers on the island. But...

Indonesian councilman slaps Lion Air ground handling officer at Bali airport when told boarding is closed

Indonesian councilman slaps Lion Air ground handling officer at Bali airport when told boarding is closed

A ground handling officer at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport allegedly got slapped by a government official who missed his flight on Wednesday after the politician was...

Bali governor candidates have their first debate which was overall pretty tame

Bali governor candidates have their first debate which was overall pretty tame

The two candidates competing to be Bali’s next governor faced off on Saturday evening for the province’s inaugural gubernatorial debate but it was apparently more “fun”...

Indonesian court orders release of 1MDB-linked luxury yacht

Indonesian court orders release of 1MDB-linked luxury yacht

A luxury yacht linked to allegations that $4.5 billion was looted from Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB must be returned to its wealthy owner, an Indonesian court ruled...

Government requesting Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, other social media to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Government requesting Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, other social media to be blocked in Bali during Nyepi

Internet service providers (ISPs) in Bali will block social media platforms and streaming services like Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Netflix, and other such sites for the 24-hour...

Indonesia hands over 1MDB-linked luxury yacht to FBI: police

Indonesia hands over 1MDB-linked luxury yacht to FBI: police

A luxury yacht linked to allegations that US$4.5 billion was looted from Malaysia’s state investment fund 1MDB is being handed over to the FBI, which is probing the scandal,...

North Bali airport ‘cancellation’ not final, still under consideration

North Bali airport ‘cancellation’ not final, still under consideration

The Ministry of Transportation (Menhub) seems far from gung ho about building an airport in North Bali, but conclusions about the airport being flat out “cancelled” are...

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Internet shutdown?: PHDI pushing for all wifi to be ‘turned off’ in Bali during Hindu new year, Nyepi but internet blackout not yet confirmed

Bali just might be experiencing an island-wide internet shutdown on March 17 in time for the Balinese Hindu New Year and “Day of Silence,” aka Nyepi, if Hindu...


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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.