Revamped facilities for Bali’s Besakih Temple to include a new visitor center

Governor Wayan Koster’s 2019 protection plan for Besakih Temple will incorporate a visitor center with a cinema to screen films about the history and religious significance of the site. Visitors will be invited to watch a short documentary outlining when Besakih was built, by whom, and why it’s Bali’s most sacred place of worship before ...

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North Bali Airport: Province, Ministry of Transportation agree on location for project in Buleleng

North Bali Airport: Province, Ministry of Transportation agree on location for project in Buleleng

There’s been talk of an airport being built in North Bali for the past several years, but a location in Bali’s northern Buleleng Regency has finally been agreed upon. However,...

Bali electrification ratio reaches 100 percent: Governor

Bali electrification ratio reaches 100 percent: Governor

Bali’s electrification ratio has reached 100 percent, according to the island’s governor. During October 2018, state power firm PT PLN Bali increased access to electricity to...

Bali ‘German Beach’ project 76 percent complete: Badung official

Bali ‘German Beach’ project 76 percent complete: Badung official

A coastal planning project at Bali’s German Beach has reached the 76 percent completion mark, according a Badung Regency official. German Beach, located in the island’s Kuta...

Bali governor defends IMF-World Bank meetings, budget mostly went to infrastructure projects

Bali governor defends IMF-World Bank meetings, budget mostly went to infrastructure projects

Bali’s governor has been shutting down criticism about the annual World Bank-IMF meetings taking place in Nusa Dua right now. Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto and his...

Disaster insurance to be addressed at IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Disaster insurance to be addressed at IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Amid recent devastating natural disasters experienced in the country in Lombok and Sulawesi, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati is keeping talk relevant at the...

Smoke clears at Suwung, Bali landfill fire

Smoke clears at Suwung, Bali landfill fire

The smoke from a large fire at Bali’s Suwung dump gradually disappeared on Sunday and normal activities at the landfill have appeared to return to normal. The dump caught fire...

New Bali airport aprons under operation

New Bali airport aprons under operation

Two new aprons are now under operation at Bali’s I Gust Ngurah Rai International Airport, just ahead of the anticipated influx in air traffic that will come with the annual...

Police to impose odd-even traffic system in Bali during IMF-World Bank meetings

Police to impose odd-even traffic system in Bali during IMF-World Bank meetings

Bali Police say they will be imposing an odd-even traffic system in the island’s south during the upcoming IMF-World Bank annual meetings to take place in Bali. The opening...

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass open ahead of IMF-World Bank meeting

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass open ahead of IMF-World Bank meeting

Much to the relief of anyone traveling around South Bali, after months on end of road work and worse-than-usual traffic, the Simpang Tugu Ngurah Rai underpass is finally open,...


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Coconuts Bali Urban development

Bali is fast developing as the island panders towards its hungry tourism industry. With the island’s capital set at Denpasar in the center, the biggest city in Bali houses all political activity and much of the commercial activity in Bali. Meanwhile, in the south, urbanization seems to be spreading at an unstoppable rate from the airport in Tuban. Almost all the way from Uluwatu up to Canggu feels like a never-ending sprawl. With all the traffic jams and sometimes shoddy construction, you get the feeling that South Bali, especially, is developing faster than the island can properly keep up with. However, on a social level, Bali is certainly one of the more progressive areas of the archipelago nation. With loads of exposure to international tourists and business and welcoming Hindus occupying the dominant religion, Bali just feels much more open than the rest of the country. But don’t get ahead of yourself, Bali is still very in touch with its strong traditional culture and there can be much more conservative, traditional thinking outside of international zones like Kuta.