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 underpass is finally open, ahead of target. The underpass runs in a north-south direction through the roundabout in front of Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport. As the main link between the ...

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Bali airport installs 10 automated immigration gates to help handle wave of IMF-World Bank delegates

Bali airport installs 10 automated immigration gates to help handle wave of IMF-World Bank delegates

Immigration lines at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport have become notoriously long at times, especially as Bali’s foreign arrivals have been increasing over the past...

EXPLAINER: Island blackout a dark reminder of how energy dependent Bali is on Java

EXPLAINER: Island blackout a dark reminder of how energy dependent Bali is on Java

An issue with power being supplied to Bali from Java that left most of the resort island without electricity for several hours yesterday is a *powerful* reminder just how energy...

Blackout in Bali: Island-wide power outage being dealt with, says state electricity provider

Blackout in Bali: Island-wide power outage being dealt with, says state electricity provider

The state electricity firm PLN is scrambling to get power back up and running in Bali. The Indonesian island has been experiencing a mass power outage, as of 12:26pm. The lights...

Orangutan habitat Tanjung Puting National Park proposed as ‘New Bali’ destination

Orangutan habitat Tanjung Puting National Park proposed as ‘New Bali’ destination

Officials from Tanjung Puting, a national park in Kalimantan, Indonesian Borneo, are arguing that it ought to be considered as one of the country’s next “new Bali”...

Pelindo called out for not socializing Bali Benoa dredging project, resembling reclamation

Pelindo called out for not socializing Bali Benoa dredging project, resembling reclamation

Bali’s regional officials are calling out state-owned port operator PT Pelindo III for not properly socializing a dredging project that’s underway in Benoa. The dredging...

Jokowi closes Asian Games from evacuation camp in Lombok, trip dedicated to earthquake recovery

Jokowi closes Asian Games from evacuation camp in Lombok, trip dedicated to earthquake recovery

Indonesian President Joko Widodo cut out from the Asian Games a little early before the event’s closing in Jakarta to visit evacuation camps in earthquake-stricken Lombok....

The Rebuild: 400 Indonesian engineers dispatched to Lombok to work on earthquake resistant construction

The Rebuild: 400 Indonesian engineers dispatched to Lombok to work on earthquake resistant construction

Indonesia’s Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR) has deployed a force of 400 “young” engineers over to Lombok to work on earthquake resistant construction. The...

Tourists trickle back over to Lombok’s Gili islands after earthquake devastation, evacuation

Tourists trickle back over to Lombok’s Gili islands after earthquake devastation, evacuation

Tourists are starting to flow back to the Gilis, a cluster of three small idyllic white-sand islands, off of North Lombok, popular with holiday-makers. The three islands were...

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass ‘99 percent’ completed

Bali Ngurah Rai underpass ‘99 percent’ completed

The grand road works project that is designed to alleviate congestion in South Bali is very nearly finished and we sure can’t wait ’til its ribbon-cutting, since traffic in...


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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.