North Bali airport project takes a pause as it awaits progress in the development of North-South access

The development of an airport on the north coast of Bali might take a little longer to get off the ground than first expected as Indonesia’s transportation minister has stressed that the project would depend on the progress of the island’s North-South toll road.

Urban development

Bali gov’t seeks to curb air pollution, plans to issue regulations for electric cars and motorcycles

Bali gov’t seeks to curb air pollution, plans to issue regulations for electric cars and motorcycles

Bali Governor Wayan Koster said that his administration is working on issuing a gubernatorial regulation aimed at regulating electric cars and motorcycles. 

Bali government steps up efforts to tackle illegal tour guides, particularly those from Russia

Bali government steps up efforts to tackle illegal tour guides, particularly those from Russia

With more and more illegal tour guides operating on the island, Bali government is setting up a joint task force to tackle the issue.

Officials set to designate Benoa Bay as conservation site, activists highlight other projects in Bali that could threaten environment

Officials set to designate Benoa Bay as conservation site, activists highlight other projects in Bali that could threaten environment

Bali’s provincial government is set to designate Benoa Bay as a maritime conservation site soon, but, with several other massive infrastructure projects also planned in the...

Officials announce significant reduction in plastic bag use in Denpasar

Officials announce significant reduction in plastic bag use in Denpasar

An official from the Denpasar Mayor Office said yesterday that the amount of plastic waste in the Balinese capital has seen a significant decrease, with sellers in traditional...

Nusa Penida starts collecting entrance fees from tourists

Nusa Penida starts collecting entrance fees from tourists

Nusa Penida, which has turned into a must-see spot for many visitors in recent years, yesterday began to collect entrance fees from tourists visiting the small island off the east...

Bali legislators claim Benoa Bay reclamation project ‘will not be implemented,’ activists demand proof

Bali legislators claim Benoa Bay reclamation project ‘will not be implemented,’ activists demand proof

Bali’s Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) said yesterday that the Benoa Bay reclamation project will not be implemented, adding that they support Bali Governor Wayan Koster’s...

Renewable sources of energy will be focus in Bali’s future, but dependence on Java still likely: PLN

Renewable sources of energy will be focus in Bali’s future, but dependence on Java still likely: PLN

Bali is set to prohibit the development of coal-fired power plants with a new regulation, focusing instead on harnessing clean and renewable sources of energy to supply the...

Bali gov’t steps up campaign to increase birth rate on the island, says more Balinese should have four children

Bali gov’t steps up campaign to increase birth rate on the island, says more Balinese should have four children

Fearing a significant decline in Bali’s local population, the provincial government is stepping up its campaign to increase the birth rate on the island by advising islanders to...

ForBALI claps back at Bali politician, challenges island’s legislators to announce clear stance on reclamation issue

ForBALI claps back at Bali politician, challenges island’s legislators to announce clear stance on reclamation issue

The Balinese People’s Forum to Reject Reclamation (ForBALI) has clapped back at a member of the Regional Legislative Council (DPRD) in Bali, Nyoman Parta, after the latter...


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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.