Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport sees huge February decline in tourists due to coronavirus scare: official

Tourists arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport in the first two weeks of February have declined significantly amid the global health emergency caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak, recent official data shows.

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Local residents put up banner prohibiting cars from entering narrow Canggu Shortcut

Local residents put up banner prohibiting cars from entering narrow Canggu Shortcut

Will we see an end to the ridiculous macet at this shortcut?

Citilink launches service to Papua from Denpasar

Citilink launches service to Papua from Denpasar

This is Citilink’s second service to Papua.

Australians, Chinese made up majority of foreign tourists arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in 2019: official

Australians, Chinese made up majority of foreign tourists arriving at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport in 2019: official

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport welcomed nearly 6.3 million foreign tourists last year, with Australian and Chinese tourists making up more than half of that total. 

Construction of light rail transit system connecting Bali airport and Kuta to kick off this year

Construction of light rail transit system connecting Bali airport and Kuta to kick off this year

The LRT project is reportedly worth IDR5 trillion (US$365 million), and will span 4.78 kilometers with four stations between the airport and a planned satellite terminal in Kuta.

Ship carrying journalists covering Jokowi’s trip to Labuan Bajo flips over, no casualty reported

Ship carrying journalists covering Jokowi’s trip to Labuan Bajo flips over, no casualty reported

Some of the journalists’ belongings, including cameras, phones, and other reporting gear, were lost in the sea.

Foreigner who pulled off wheelie in Seminyak has left Indonesia, police say

Foreigner who pulled off wheelie in Seminyak has left Indonesia, police say

A search for the foreign man began last week following a video of his stunt going viral on social media. 

Police searching for foreigner after video of his freestyle motorcycle stunt in Seminyak went viral

Police searching for foreigner after video of his freestyle motorcycle stunt in Seminyak went viral

These days, one clip is all it takes for you to get in (potential) trouble with the authorities.

Citilink to launch Denpasar-Melbourne service later this month

Citilink to launch Denpasar-Melbourne service later this month

This is Citilink's second direct flight to Australia from Denpasar.

American suspected of DUI and crashing into motorcycles faces 1 year in prison

American suspected of DUI and crashing into motorcycles faces 1 year in prison

An American who caused a major traffic incident in South Kuta yesterday evening is facing criminal charges for violation of Indonesia’s traffic law.


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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.

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