Garuda opens new China route, Bali-Chengdu

Garuda Indonesia has officially opened up a new route from Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to the capital of Sichuan Province, Chengdu. The Indonesian flag carrier is expanding its China service with the route, as the Middle Kingdom has overtaken Australia as the biggest source of foreign tourists traveling to Bali. “The Chinese market is

Transportation

Officials hope Bali airport underpass construction will start in August 2017, should take one year

Construction on the underpass being built near Bali’s airport to break up the heavily congested area should hopefully begin by August 2017, according to officials. The...

Officials hope Bali airport underpass construction will start in August 2017, should take one year

Canggu bottleneck out of control, big vehicles advised to take alternative route

Congestion on Canggu’s main thoroughfare isn’t uncommon, but yesterday’s bottleneck was apparently out of control. Just check out this one netizen’s pic, shared to...

Canggu bottleneck out of control, big vehicles advised to take alternative route

Avanza vs Bus: Driver miraculously survives head-on collision with tourist bus

The driver of a Toyota Avanza miraculously walked away with relatively minor injuries from an accident in Bali this weekend—considering that a giant tourist bus bulldozed into...

Avanza vs Bus: Driver miraculously survives head-on collision with tourist bus

Gateway of India: AirAsia to launch Bali-Mumbai route

AirAsia is launching a new route connecting Bali and Indian metropolis, Mumbai. The AirAsia X Indonesia service will kick off on May 19, operating seven times per week, using an...

Gateway of India: AirAsia to launch Bali-Mumbai route

Bali-Tashkent flight open for exploration after visit from Uzbek tourism official

Bali might be getting a flight from Uzbek capital city Tashkent after a meeting seems to have gone well between Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya and Sharapov Anvar...

Bali-Tashkent flight open for exploration after visit from Uzbek tourism official

‘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

Concrete mixer truck flips over near Bali’s Dreamland Beach

A concrete mixer truck flipped over in Pecatu Graha, on the steep road leading down to Bali’s Dreamland Beach. A picture of the overturned truck has been quickly circulating on...

Concrete mixer truck flips over near Bali’s Dreamland Beach

Qatar Airways adds third daily direct flight to Bali

Qatar Airways is soon adding a third daily direct flight to Bali from its hub, Doha. Kicking off on May 7 on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the airline believes that the new flight is...

Qatar Airways adds third daily direct flight to Bali

Thief impersonating motorbike taxi arrested in Bali

A thief impersonating an ojek, a motorbike taxi, has been arrested in West Bali. The fake ojek driver, identified in local reports as East Java man Samsul Arifin, had made off...

Thief impersonating motorbike taxi arrested in Bali

Coconuts Bali Transportation

Bali, paradise island that it may be, is macet, macet, macet (traffic-filled) in many parts, especially in the south. Roads are usually narrow and too often in need of repair, with numerous potholes;  some roads are even collapsing in places from all the heavy trucks. Trucks, let’s talk about trucks — they are literally everywhere on the island as the mentality here is “build, build, build”. As the island becomes more and more developed, trucks are needed to transport construction materials. There are also plenty of buses, filled with tourists, ready to run motorbikes off the road if drivers aren’t careful. Unfortunately, a lot of our transportation coverage is related to such accidents, that usually occur on narrow roads, when someone tries to pass and gets trapped in a head-on collision. Not surprisingly, with giant vehicles on the road, shared with motorbikes, it’s usually the people on bikes that fear for their lives. Public transportation is almost totally lacking in Bali, so you can bet most people living here use their own motorbike. For visitors though, the big trend in transportation at the moment is ride-hailing apps. Obviously the bulk of people visiting Bali (and heaven knows there are loads of visitors) do not have their own transportation. As transport apps get more and more popular as they are quick and easy to use, hold drivers accountable, and have fixed, predictable rates, trouble brews in paradise when traditional transport gets challenged, putting money-making for some in jeopardy.