Bali-Java ferry burns in harbor, passengers evacuated (VIDEO)

Passengers had to be evacuated from a burning ferry servicing the Bali to Java route on Thursday afternoon. The rear engine of the KMP Labitra Adinda caught fire around 2:20pm right as the boat was queueing to dock at the Port of Ketapang in Banyuwangi, East Java, according to Banyuwangi Water Police Comr. Subandi. The ...

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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...

Grab sets up passenger pick-up point at Bali airport

Grab sets up passenger pick-up point at Bali airport

Chasing out Uber and Grab drivers trying to pick up incoming passengers had been something of a time-honored tradition for conventional taxi drivers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai...

Truck crash drops 12 tons of shattered glass on Bali’s Ngurah Rai By Pass

Truck crash drops 12 tons of shattered glass on Bali’s Ngurah Rai By Pass

A truck loaded up with 12 tons of glass toppled over on Bali’s Ngurah Rai By Pass on Wednesday. The truck took a tumble at the Benoa junction around 11am, causing eight glass...

Uber app will no longer work in SEA from April 8 onwards; Grab promises no fare hikes

Uber app will no longer work in SEA from April 8 onwards; Grab promises no fare hikes

Yeap, it’s official — Grab has won the long ride-hailing battle against Uber in Southeast Asia. The Singapore-based firm announced today it has bought its US rival’s...

Thousands file out of Bali via port to skip ‘Day of Silence’

Thousands file out of Bali via port to skip ‘Day of Silence’

Thousands of people have been filing out of Bali via the Port of Gilimanuk on the island’s west coast in anticipation of the fast approaching Hindu New Year, Nyepi. Vehicles...

Bali airport closed 24 hours for Hindu ‘Day of Silence’ Nyepi but almost 400 people on standby in case of emergency

Bali airport closed 24 hours for Hindu ‘Day of Silence’ Nyepi but almost 400 people on standby in case of emergency

Bali’s airport, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International will be closed for 24 hours in line with the Balinese Hindu New Year, Nyepi. Every year as Balinese Hindus power down, stay...

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...

Island traffic violations up 15.47 percent in 2017, but at least accidents were down: Bali Police

Island traffic violations up 15.47 percent in 2017, but at least accidents were down: Bali Police

Bali Police recorded a 15.47 percent increase in traffic violations on the island in 2017, up 15.47 percent from 6.3 million violations to 7.42 million, but at least they noticed...

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

IDR27 trillion North Bali airport project up in the air

Indonesia’s Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says he’s still evaluating the development plan for a IDR27 trillion (US$1.9 billion) project that would see the...


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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.