Skytrain could be coming to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport

Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport could be getting a really cool and useful upgrade: an unmanned skytrain. Following the “success” of the installation of an unmanned skytrain at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta Airport, Indonesia’s Department of Transportation is exploring the possibility of putting one in Bali next. Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi says adding such a service ...

Urban development

5.5 percent of households in Bali don’t have electricity: PLN hopes to change that

5.5 percent of households in Bali don’t have electricity: PLN hopes to change that

Bali is developing quickly, as more and more shops, restaurants, hotels and villas, and other tourism facilities pop up. The island ushers in millions of tourists each year, even...

Bali governor says province will set up jobs for 1,000 vocational graduates to work on cruise ships

Bali governor says province will set up jobs for 1,000 vocational graduates to work on cruise ships

The Bali provincial government is going to make sure 1,000 SMK, vocational school graduates, will get jobs on cruise ships, says the island’s governor. Bali doesn’t have that...

Overwhelmed by massive arrivals, Bali Airport hopes to install Immigration autogate by 2018

Overwhelmed by massive arrivals, Bali Airport hopes to install Immigration autogate by 2018

Immigration can hardly keep up with the massive amount of people coming through Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport everyday, so plans to install some autogates are in the...

Bali foreign tourist arrivals up 23.5 percent, dominated by Chinese visitors

Bali foreign tourist arrivals up 23.5 percent, dominated by Chinese visitors

Bali’s foreign visitor numbers are up so far in 2017, with a recorded 3.4 million international tourist arrivals to the island from January to July. Compared to the same period...

American tourist visits to Bali on the rise

American tourist visits to Bali on the rise

More and more Americans are starting to visit Bali, according to data collected by the province’s Central Statistics Agency (BPS). Bali, whose tourism sector is dominated by...

Coast to Coast Ultra: Bali expats plan 84km race across island to raise enough money to put seven kids through primary school

Coast to Coast Ultra: Bali expats plan 84km race across island to raise enough money to put seven kids through primary school

A pair of expats in Bali are cooking up an ultra marathon to help give back to the community and put seven disadvantaged youth through their entire primary school education....

Construction to start on cruise ship terminal at Bali’s Benoa, completion hoped for 2018 IMF-World Bank meeting

Construction to start on cruise ship terminal at Bali’s Benoa, completion hoped for 2018 IMF-World Bank meeting

Making way for literal boatloads of more tourists in Bali, the building of a cruise ship terminal at the island’s Benoa Port will begin in September, Indonesian officials...

President Jokowi comes to Bali to hand out thousands of land certificates and pose for photos while shopping in Kuta

President Jokowi comes to Bali to hand out thousands of land certificates and pose for photos while shopping in Kuta

President Joko Widodo has landed in Bali. The Indonesian leader touched down on Thursday and has been very busy since his arrival. Other than taking a photo-op to shop at a mall...

Poor infrastructure and Indonesia’s ‘alternative Bali’ destinations are causing tourists to reduce their length of stay, frets Bali tourism official

Poor infrastructure and Indonesia’s ‘alternative Bali’ destinations are causing tourists to reduce their length of stay, frets Bali tourism official

The latest from the Bali Province Central Statistics Agency (BPS), measured in June 2017, shows the average length of stay for Bali tourists has decreased compared to the previous...


 

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.