Garuda group cutting 20% off all domestic ticket prices following deal to drop jet fuel prices

The 20% cut applies to not just to Garuda Indonesia domestic flights but also those of its subsidiary airlines Citilink and Sriwijaya Air — starting today

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Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

The Bali provincial government claims to have already gotten the go-ahead from five national ministries concerning their proposed ten-dollar tourist tax. According to a report by...

Citilink follows Lion Air’s footsteps by scrapping free baggage allowance on Feb 8

Citilink follows Lion Air’s footsteps by scrapping free baggage allowance on Feb 8

After Lion Air scrapped its free baggage allowance earlier this month, another one of Indonesia’ major low-cost carriers, Citilink, has announced that it will do the same next...

Strong winds tear through Bali, ripping out trees and leaving a trail of destruction

Strong winds tear through Bali, ripping out trees and leaving a trail of destruction

Bali’s extreme weather continued yesterday when 75-kilometer winds hit the island, tearing down trees, lighting and power cables in many streets. According to a report in Bali...

Vietjet Air gets approval to open routes to Indonesia, but without bikini-clad stewardesses

Vietjet Air gets approval to open routes to Indonesia, but without bikini-clad stewardesses

The Indonesian government has given their permission for the Vietnamese low-cost carrier to operate in the country, as long as they leave their bikinis at home.

Motorbike carrying family of 5 plunges into ravine, 3 killed

Motorbike carrying family of 5 plunges into ravine, 3 killed

A mother, father and their two-year old toddler have died after their motorbike crashed into a 19-meter deep ravine in Gitgit village, Sukasada, on Saturday. The pair were...

Lion Air and Wings Air scrap free baggage allowance

Lion Air and Wings Air scrap free baggage allowance

Airlines operated by the Lion Group, which include Lion Air and Wings Air, are known to be among the most affordable low cost carriers in Indonesia, but travelers who travel with...

Flash floods wreak havoc in Bali over the festive season

Flash floods wreak havoc in Bali over the festive season

Torrential downpours caused the Bilukpoh River in Jembrana to burst its banks late on Saturday night. The resulting flash floods swept away dozens of homes, blocked up a bridge,...

North Bali airport project set to take off next year

North Bali airport project set to take off next year

Bali Governor Wayan Koster joined representatives from the Indonesian Ministry of Transportation in Lovina yesterday for a public consultation to discuss the particulars of the...

Bali Province plans to change name of Bali Mandara Toll Road to honor I Gusti Ngurah Rai

Bali Province plans to change name of Bali Mandara Toll Road to honor I Gusti Ngurah Rai

The Bali Province government has plans to change the name of Bali’s Mandara Toll Road to the I Gusti Ngurah Rai Toll. A national hero in Indonesia, Balinese military leader I...


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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.