Mass Grave from 1965 Massacre of Communist Party Members Uncovered by Beach Erosion in West Bali
The people living in the Yehembang area of Jembrana in West Bali were recently alarmed to discover human skeletal remains on the beach of Banjar Pasar.
As reported by Beritabali.com, I Ketut Seka (50) was walking on the beach at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 5, 2016, when he saw human bones scattered along the beach. He quickly reported his discovery to village officials and police.
The condition of the bones suggested they had been buried for many years with officials suggesting beach erosion had uncovered the bones of the dead.
Village officials and local residents confirmed to police that the bones were those of people identified as members of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI) who were slaughtered in the aftermath of the failed coup of September 30, 1965 (GeStaPu).
Police collected the bones that were reburied by villagers in the cemetery at Yehembang.
An elderly village resident, Tutut Guru Kendya (80), said: “I know that location and it is exactly where seven PKI members were killed and buried. I even remember the names of the seven PKI members buried there. Six were villagers from Yehembang; one was from the Tegalcankring district. They were buried in 1965 during the Gestapu incident. Actually, in the Yehembang area, there are 40 PKI members who were killed and buried. 33 were buried in the cemetery and 7 where the bones were just discovered.”
The village chief of Yehembang, Ngurah Gede Aryana, confirmed that the bones were those of former PKI members who were executed and placed in a mass grave. The surviving family members have long ago performed ritual cremation ceremonies for dead family members. With the discovery of the bones, villagers have stated they intend to hold a purification ceremony.
Deception by Confection
Man Arrested for Smuggling Quantities of Narcotics into Bali Hidden Inside Rice Pudding Cakes
Officers from the Anti-narcotics division of the Denpasar Police have arrested a man identified as a drug kingpin. The man, Dede Friadi (38), from Pontianak in West Kalimantan, was arrested with 206.75 grams of methamphetamines and 26 ecstasy capsules.
Police believe Dede is a drug distributor who regularly smuggles narcotics into Java and Bali.
NusaBali reports that Dede Friadi was arrested on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, following citizen reports that drug deals were taking place on Jalan Dewi Sartika in the Tuban area of Bali. The report, received at 1:30 pm, sent narcotics police to the scene who then tracked Friadi heading in the direction of the Lippo Mall. Concerned that the man might get away, police stopped him and found two packets of methamphetamines weighing 60 grams in his pockets. A subsequent search of the man’s accommodation at the Coco Beach Hostel on Jalan Samudra in Kuta uncovered a larger cache of drugs.
Police placed a street value on the drugs owned by Friadi at more than Rp. 400 million.
Friadi had reportedly purchased the methamphetamines for Rp. 800,000 per gram and the ecstasy for Rp. 150,000 per capsule.
Dede Friadi told police he had managed to smuggle the drugs into Bali concealed within black rice pudding confectionaries (Dodol) using a local packet courier service.
The man can be charged under a section of the 2009 narcotics law with a minimum penalty of 5 years in prison and a maximum penalty of life in prison.
International Air Crew Member Arrested on Narcotics Charges at Baliís Ngurah Rai International Airport
RadarBali.com reports that a man identified as Goh Thiam Ann Desmond (42) was arrested after arriving in Bali on Singapore Airlines SQ 948 at 9:30 pm on Friday, September 30, 2016.
Goh was arrested with 1.47 grams of methamphetamines in his possession and a quantity of ecstasy pills concealed in a Louis Vitton bag.
Customs officials announced the Singaporean Airline crew member’s arrest on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
The man could be sentenced to 5 to 15 years in found guilty for trying to import drugs to Bali.
Long Line Fishing Fleet Returns to Port
Baliís Long Line Fishing Fleet on Strike in Protest Against Ministerial Regulations Forbidding Mid-Sea Transshipment of Fish
The Bali-based members of the Indonesian Long-line Tuna Fishing Association (ATLI) have declared that they are on strike.
As reported by RadarBali.com, the ATLI members went on strike effective September 30, 2016, and have parked their large fleet of boats in Bali’s Benoa harbor.
The ATLI chairman, Kasdi Taman, and the organization’s secretary, Dwi Agus Siswa Putra, announced the strike plan to the press on Wednesday, October 5, 2016.
ALTI has announced that its members can no longer tolerate the burden imposed by the Ministry of Maritime and Fisheries Regulation number 57 of 2014 that forbids the transshipment of fish between boats at sea. In the past, ALTI members have always used fish transport vessels that transfer their catches in mid-sea resulting from using long-line fishing methods.
Agus said: “Actually the government does not need to worry. We have a good track record. Production (rates) remain stable.”
ALTI insists that the transport ships that retrieve their catches are needed to ensure the quality of the fish and allow their crews to remain at sea for as long as 3-7 months. The ALTI members explain that their members target fresh fish and not frozen, and that the catches must therefore be transferred to port-bound ships on a regular basis.
RadarBali.com claims that the Ministerial ruling reduced the ALTI catch from 1,204 tons in June 2016 to only 329 tons in the following month.
Long line fishing ships remain at sea for 3-7 months and are required under law to operate more than 60 miles from shore. Ships are also forced to operate two CCTV cameras that cost Rp. 86 million. The cameras are required to remain online at a cost per second of 10 Euros.
ALTI members operate a total of 401 ships, with almost half based in the port of Benoa in Bali.
ALTI threatens that all of its ships will soon return to port and remain there until the burden imposed by the government regulation forbidding transhipment is lifted.
ALTI estimates that 6,000 seamen and fishermen will be without work during the strike.
Business is Booming at Baliís Airport
Baliís Airport Operations at Peak Levels for Passengers, Flights and Cargo Handling
The Jakarta Post reports that the managers of Bali’s airport PT Angkasa Pura report that 14.8 million passengers had been served through the end of the third-quarter 2016.
The manager of the airport, Yanus Suprayogi said: “Compared to the same period last year, there has been a significant increase. Until September last year, we served 12.7 million passengers, while this year we have [so far] reached 14.8 million, showing a 16 percent increase.”
Yanus says the split between domestic and international passengers was equal at 7.4 million passengers each.
Meanwhile cargo passing through the airport during the first three quarters of 2016 totaled 30,000 tons, increasing 29% from 2015.
Flight movements have increased 10% to 103,000 for the first 9 months of 2016.
Dancing out on the Blue
1,000 Dancers Open 2016 Nusa Penida Festival
Banjar Beach at the village of Ped on the Island of Nusa Penida was the scene of a colossal dance performance involving more than 1,000 dancers on Friday, October 7, 2016, presented to mark the opening of the 2016 Nusa Penida Festival.
The mass sacred Baris warrior dance saw the elaborately dressed performer, bearing spears and dancing in closely coordinated formations, perform before an enthusiastic audience of local residents, invited guests and tourists on hand to witness the unprecedented dance spectacular.
le of Nusa Penida view the presentation of the Baris as a sacred obligation that should they fail to perform could bring disaster and disease on their village communities.
I Nyoman Widana, the spokesman for the 2016 Nusa Penida Festival said that while the origin of the Baris dance remains something of a mystery, the sacred dance is known to have been danced on Nusa Penida some 700 years ago. “Traditionally, it is performed by 9 dancers and lasts around 3 minutes,” said Widana to Beritabali.com
The 1,000 dancers enlisted to present the colossal performance at Nusa Penida included members of the public, and senior and junior high schools students who rehearsed for one month before the epic performance.
Italian Man Found Dead at Village Bathing Area Near Ubud
An Italian Tourist, Francesco Belli (27) was found dead at a public bathing place next to Beji Pura Puseh at Penestanan in Sayan in the Regency of Gianyar on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Police believe the man may have slipped as he prepared to bathe at a location believed by local residents to purify all those who wash there.
NusaBali said the Italian’s lifeless body was found at 6:00 am by a local man, I Wayan Duduk (70), who has come to the area for his morning bath. The elderly Balinese found the Italian laying naked on the ground of the baths, partially submerged in the water from a natural free-flowing fountain.
Duduk, who initially thought the Italian was soaking in the water, approached the man to scold him for improper use of the sacred waters, but the tourist failed to respond. Alarmed, the man hurried to the nearby Bungalow Jepun Putih where Belli was staying to seek help and assistance.
The owner of the bungalow, I Wayan Ludra (44), rushed to the bathing place and, upon closer examination, concluded the Italian was dead. Police and village officials were called to the location and the body was evacuated to a local hospital.
Police from the Ubud police precinct found no signs of foul play on the man’s body or at the bathing area other than cuts and abrasion are consistent with a fall.
Francesco Belli had been staying the Jepun Putih Bungalow for three months in order to study yoga in the Ubud area. The Italian reportedly bathed at the spring located only 50 meters from the bungalow as many as three times each day.
Villagers are preparing cleansing ceremonies at the baths in order to restore the spiritual equilibrium of the baths and the surrounding village.
Room and Ruin
Indonesian Hotel General Managers Group Calls for a Halt to New Hotel Licenses in Bali
DenPost report that the vice-chairman of the Indonesian Hotel General Managers Association (IHGMA), I Made Ramia Adnyana, is urging the government to limit the number of permits given to build new hotels in Bali.
Speaking on Friday, October 7, 2016, Adnyana warned that if new hotel licenses are not soon curtailed, a room rate war will become unavoidable. The IHGMA leader said the government needs to focus on improving Bali’s road infrastructure and tourism objects in order to permit better service to travelers.
Adnyana estimated that current tourist arrivals to Bali are only sufficient to sustain an occupancy of 40%. Because of this, he urged the government to focus on destination promotion in order to enhance occupancy levels.
World Animal Day at the Bali Safari & Marine Park
Bali Safari & Marine Park Marks World Animal Day to Instill a Love of Wildlife with the Coming Generation
As people around the globe once again mark World Animal Day, the hard-working team at the Bali Safari & Marine Park, who spend there working lives with the hundreds of animals who make their home at the Park, happily joined this special celebration dedicated to animals everywhere and to their animal colleagues who live at the Park.
World Animal Day is an annual event at the Bali Safari & Marine Park.
As part of Bali Safari & Marine Park's community outreach and corporate social responsibility program, their team of educators and caregivers invited 50 children from the Yappa Foundation - a local orphanage, to explore and enjoy the many wonders of the 40-hectare nature park.
Like the many thousands who have visited the Park before them, the children enjoying World Animal Day were excited and overjoyed to join the Safari Journey that uses secure vehicles to pass through three open-space enclosures that are the home to animals from Africa, India and Indonesia. Wide-eyed and excited to learn as much as they can about the animal world, the happy children also visited the Fresh Water Aquarium, watched the magnificent tigers performing in the Big Cat Show, became entranced with the cleverness of the performers in the Animal Show, and learned about a struggle for species survival at the Elephant Show. The children were given free range of the Park allowing them to also visit the Petting Zoo, view the world’s largest lizard at the Komodo Exhibit and view the rare White Tigers presented in an ancient fort inspired by Ranthambore in India.
of the children this was their first encounter with wildlife of any sort, awakening an interest in the wild kingdom that the Park’s staff hopes will blossom into a genuine concern for animals and the natural environment.
Under the thoughtful guidance of the professional educational team at the Bali Safari & Marine Park the children were also encouraged to explore their creative natures by making handicrafts with wildlife themes from recycled items.
The children also “took a walk on the wild side” imitating the animals they had met during the visit as teams of Park Educators performed elaborate face paintings that transformed the kids into wild cats and other inhabitants of the wild jungle. Delighted with their “new look,” the children eagerly posed for photos taken by Park guests who vied for prizes by posting the pictures on the Social Network with suitable hash tags linked to World Animal Day.
William Santoso, General Manager of the Bali Safari & Marine Park commented on the visit by local orphans, saying: “World Animal Day is an important day for everyone at the Park. Via the celebration of this day, we are reminded of the importance of protecting and conserving wildlife. We hope that by facilitating visits by children from the Yappa Foundation Orphanage to the Bali Safari & Marine Park we can instill a sense of concern and caring for wildlife that will last a lifetime, and create young men and women who become active conservationists.”
d Animal Day is marked internationally every October 4th. First celebrated in Florence, Italy in 1931 at a convention attended by renowned ecologists, World Animal Day was set aside to recognize the high value of all members of the Animal Kingdom. With each passing year, the animals of the world are honored on the same date at an increasing number of locations around the world. This date coincides with the celebration of the Feast Day of Saint Francis of Assisi, a legendary friend of nature and the animal kingdom. Despite this religious link, animal lovers worldwide without regard to differing religious faith, national original or personal background join forces every October 4th to recognize World Animal Day.
Chile Spices Up Bali
Chilean Tall-Ship Esmeralda Makes 5-Day Visit to Bali
335 officers and cadets from the Chilean Navy arrived in Bali on board the Esmeralda – a four-masted barquentine tall ship used for training ship’s crew, on 05 October 2016 for a five-day visit during its current round the world cruise.
was berthed at Bali’s Benoa Harbor where members of the public were welcomed aboard for a tour of the ship while several social functions, including a gala cocktail reception on Thursday evening, October 6, 2016, at which an orchestra of “men in white” performed jazz that resounded across Bali’s busiest port.
in July 1953, the Esmeralda is one of the world great tall ships displacing 3,754 tons with an overall length of 113 meters and height of 48.5 meters measured at its tallest mast. Under sail, the ship hoists 2,870 meters of sailcloth to achieved speeds of up to 17.5 knots.
g the ship and crew on its arrival in Bali was Major Sobarudin of the Indonesian Navy and the Chilean Ambassador to Jakarta Gonzalo Mendoza.
The Ship’s Captain, Carlos Schnaidt Mecklenburg, explained to the State News Agency Antara that the visit to Indonesia was to strengthen military ties and cooperation between the Chilean and Indonesian military.
’s next port-of-call is Sydney, Australia.
Bali Update thanks Peta Johnston for kind permission to use some of her photography to illustrate this article.
Singing for his Supper
Norwegian Musician Sings His Praise of Indonesia Food on YouTube
Bali Tourist Arrivals in Record Territory
Bali by the Numbers: Bali Foreign Tourist Arrivals Heading Towards Record 4.8 million Arrivals for 2016
Foreign tourist arrivals for July 2016 totaled 484,231 an increase of 26.54% over July 2015, representing the strongest July in history for Bali tourism.
On a cumulative basis for the first seven months of 2016, foreign tourist arrivals hit 2.756 million – an improvement of 19.82% over the same period in 2015 and portending that Bali will likely end the year with a record-breaking 4.8 million foreign visitors.
a remains the largest source of foreign tourists to Bali. With a 23.43% market share of all foreign tourist arrivals, Australian arrivals are up 12.11% for the first seven months of 2016 when compared to 2015. Look for Australia to end 2016 with more than 1 million visitors to Bali - the first time in recorded history that any single nation has passed that benchmark.
Marching ahead, the Mainland Chinese market is the second largest source of Bali visitors with a 20.48% market share of all foreign visitors. For the first seven months of the year, Chinese arrivals have surged ahead 25.20% when compared to the previous year. Look for China to end the year with more than 850,000 visitors to Bali.
The Winners and the Losers
Major markets to Bali recording increases during the first seven months of 2016 were: Japan (2.65%), UK (28.61%). Indian (37.30%), France (21.55%), USA (10.36%), Germany (23.62%), The Netherlands (15.14%), New Zealand (15.03%), Russia (15.69%), Canada (18.26%), Hong Kong (1.71%) Switzerland (11.05%) and The Philippines (2.05%).
Major inbound markets to Bali recording a drop in visitors during the first seven months of 2016 were: Malaysia (-8.76%), South Korea (-6.21%), Singapore (-7.06%) and Taiwan (-4.18%).
While travel from most regions of the world to Bali is on the increase, visitors from the ASEAN region to Bali are down 5.96% during the period of January-July 2016. European visitors as a whole visiting Bali are up 29%, while visitors from North and South America up 16.35%.
River of Tears
Indian Tourist Drowns on Ayung River Rafting Trip
ERRATA: Bali Update and balidiscovery.com have been notified of certain errors in the reporting of this accident by the Indonesian newspaper cited in the article below. We have viewed copies of the police report covering the drowning that show the correct name of their client who died in the river rafting incident was, in fact, Mrs. Jyoti Ramesh Kumar whose correct age at the time of death was 51.
An Indian national, Bhatia Iyoti Gordhan (70), died on Monday, October 3, 2016, while on a group rafting outing down the Ayung River.
According to NusaBali, Iyoti died after the rubber raft in which she was riding capsized.
Iyoti was a guest at the Grand Mirage Resort on Tanjung Benoa.
Iyoti was traveling in a group of 23 Indian tourists when at around 12 noon when she boarded a raft guided by Kadek Evayana. When the robber raft collided with a large stone in the river it suddenly overturned putting its occupants into rushing river.
When Iyoti was retrieved from the river 10 minutes after falling into the river, she was reportedly unresponsive. She was then rushed to the Ari Santi Hospital where she was declared dead on arrival by the attending physician. A preliminary examination indicated the Indian tourist had died from drowning.
Following the accident, the Head of Tourism for the Regency of Gianyar, Anak Agung Dalem Jagaditha told the press that regulation of rafting operations is the responsibility At the same time, Jagaditha cautioned: “As the regency’s authority, we continue to urge tourism service providers to observe Standard Operating Procedures (for safety).”
He called on all tourism operators to safeguard visitors to the Island in order to protect the Island’s image.
Do You Recognize this Man?
Police Seek Publicís Help in Tracking Down Kidnapper and Child Molester in Bali
Police have produced a sketch of a man believed to have kidnapped and sexually molested a 10-year-old girl while playing with friends in front of her Denpasar residence.
Police say the man they seek is of a very slender build, has a pimpled complexion including facial moles, and is moustached.
The head of the criminal division of the Denpasar Police, Richard Nainggolan, told Beritabali.com on Saturday, October 8, 2016, that the man is thought to be in his 40s.
Police are asking the public’s help to contact the police if they know the whereabouts of a man matching the sketch and description they have provided.
The 10-year-old girl was kidnapped and molested on Tuesday, October 4, 2016, from her home in the Sesetan area of Denpasar while playing with a group of children when she was lured by her attacker into a car and driven away.
The girl was later released by the man in the Singapadu area of Gianyar.
Police say the man sexually interfered with the child during the kidnapping.
Relief for Our Reefs
Professional Divers Work to Restore Damaged Reefs at Nusa Penida Near Bali
World Tourism Day was celebrated on Bali’s neighboring island of Nusa Penida as scuba divers joined forces to rehabilitate coral reefs damaged by tourists and local fishermen.
Beritabali.com reports that tens of professional divers descended below the waves to restack coral and clean up the ocean’s bottom in the underwater conservation area.
Ida Bagus Agung Adnyana, the chairman of the Indonesian Tourism Industry Association (GIPI), said, “The divers stacked hundreds of seeds for new coral heads in an area covering one acre.”
Nusa Penida, located a short distance from Bali’s southeastern shoreline, is renowned for the beauty of its surrounding coral reef and the rich biodiversity living with those waters.
GIPI also used the occasion to educate those living on Nusa Penida on the rules and regulations that exist to preserve and protect Indonesia’s coral reef.
Bali Airport Authority Provides Soft Loans to Small and Medium-Sized Businesses
The management of Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport is providing financial support in the form of soft loans to 28 neighboring micro and medium-sized enterprises to a value of Rp.1.1 billion in 2016.
According to the State News Agency Antara, the financial aid was distributed to local enterprises by the general manager of the airport authority – PT Angkasa Pura I on Tuesday, October 4, 2016.
The Rp. 1.1 billion in loans was disbursed across three sectors: Rp. 580 million (52.7%) to local traders; Rp. 455 million (41.3%) to industry; and Rp. 65 million (5.9%) to the service sector.
The loans – totaling 26 in all – were given to companies in the Badung Regency (21), Gianyar (1), Tabanan (1) and Klungkung (2).
The latest loans, part of a three-phase program, have brought the total lending by the airport authority to Rp. 2.5 billion.
The manager of PT Angkasa Pura I said the loan program represents one form of his company’s efforts to eliminate poverty by empowering small entrepreneurs and cooperatives.
The individual loans made by the airport authority ranged between Rp. 20 – 75 million.
Since its inception in 1992, the Angkasa Pura loan program has channeled Rp. 39.9 billion to are 1,529 area businesses.
Elephantine Attention to Caring Detail
Hollywood Star Chris Atkins Interviews Bali Elephant Safari Parkís Nigel Mason
American actor Christopher Atkins who launched his long and remarkable theatrical career in 1980 when he starred with Brooke Shields in The Blue Lagoon, recently visited Bali and paid a visit to the Elephant Safari Park at Taro, near Ubud, Bali.
Opened in 2000 after three years in development, The Elephant Safari Park covers a 2-hectare site that has been landscaped into an elephant "Eden" replete with jungle and botanical garden settings that today is the happy home to a large and growing herd of Sumatran elephants.
Fiercely dedicated to the humane care and treatment of elephants, the Park’s owner, Nigel Mason, is an outspoken defender of wild and domesticated elephant populations, taking extreme care of his adopted herd, including designing special walking surfaces on his elephant trails that are gradually being accepted as "best practice" among domesticated elephant community.
Watch the entertaining and informative interview between Chris Atkins and The Bali Elephant Safari Park's Nigel Mason.
Bali and Beyond: Bali Discovery Tourís Day and Overnight Excursion to Central Java, Yogyakarta and the Borobudur Temple
The ancient Kingdom of Yogyakarta – now a special administrative region of Indonesia surrounded by the Province of Central Java – has been described by many traveler as the “soul of Java.”
A center of learning with the prestigious Gajah Mada University and a large number of other places of higher education headquartered there, the City of Yogyakarta (or Yogya) is also home to the much revered Sultan of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X, who traces his royal lineage back to the founding of his Kingdom in 1755 and also serves as the current Governor of the special administrative district.
Befitting its regal heritage and the quiet refinements of the highly complex and honorific Javanese language, Yogya is also home to a huge batik industry, arguably some of the world’s most talented silversmiths, musicians, classical Javanese dancers, poets and puppeteers.
also strategically positioned for visits to some of Indonesia’s most important historical sites, such as the world’s largest Buddhist monument of Borobudur built in the 8th Century, the Hindu Prambanan Temple and the nearby Javanese Kingdom at Surakarta.
Bali Discovery Tours presents two short optional “Beyond Bali” trips to Yogyakarta - only a one-hour flight from Bali’s modern Ngurah Rai Airport.
One Day Excursion to Borobudur and Yogyakarta
Prices beginning from Rp. 1.450,000 per person
One Day Excursion Description: Yogyakarta is a one-hour flight from Bali.
Meet and greet service at Yogya's Adi Sucopto Airport with immediate departure by air-conditioned car with driver and guide to the 8th century Borobudur Buddhist temple, located 42 kilometers west of Yogyakarta.
Returning to Yogya, a visit to Kotagede – the center of the local Silver industry and the seat of The once mighty Mataram Kingdom. Lunch is provided at a local restaurant before a visit to the magnificent Prambanan Hindu temple, believed to have been built by King Belitung Maha Sambu in the mid-ninth century. Its parapets are adorned with a bas-relief’s depicting the epic tale of the Ramayana.
Tour ends with evening drop off at Yogya's airport for return flight to Bali.
Price: Rp. 1.450.000/persons - based on 2 persons
Price: Basde on 2 passengers, single supplement rate available. Further discount available for groups of 3 or more passengers.
* Private car and driver
* English- speaking licensed guide Lunch
* All entrance fees, donation and parking fees.
* Tour program as described.
* Return flights Denpasar-Yogyakarta-Denpasar
* Personal travel insurance.
Flights: We will assist by securing the best available flight at the lowest rate for those booking this itinerary.
To book or for more information telephone ++62-(0)361-286283 or Email
2 Day/1 Night Excursion to Borobudur and Yogyakarta Prices Beginning from Rp. 1,870,000 per person.
Day One: Pick up at Yogyakarta’s Adi Suciptp Airport for visit to the ancient Prambanan Hindu Temple dating from the ninth century in a Javanese plane that is home to hundreds of ancient antiquities. Check in to your hotel in Yogyakarta with a free evening left to explore Yogya’s main street of Jalan Malioboro that transforms into a colorful and lively night market each night. Or, as an exciting optional extra (depending on season) visit the colossal Ramayana Ballet performance presented on a giant stage with the Prambanan Temple serving as the stage’s backdrop.
Day Two: Leaving hotel at 9:00 am, an air-conditioned car with driver and guide will bring you to the Tamansari Water Castle that once served as a pleasure palace for former Sultans; a guided tour of the nearby Sultan’s Palace; the bird market; a batik home industry to see how Yogya’s iconic cloth is made; the silver works at Kota Gede; and a visit to the 9th Century Borobudur Temple to see the 504 Buddha statues that sit silently contemplating the surrounding valley.
Later, visits to the nearby temple of Candi Mendut, the Pawon Temple and glimpses of surrounding traditional villages. Lunch at a local restaurant is included. Tour ends with transfer and check in for your onward flight.
Price: Base on twin-occupancy (2 passengers), prices start from Rp. 7,556,00 per person. Single rates available and further reductions for groups of more than 2 people.
Hotels Used: Tickle Hotel (2 star), Tjokro Style (3 star), Sakanti (2 star), H Boutique hotel (3 star), Hom Platinum (3 star), Jambuluwuk Boutique Hotel (4 Star), The 101 (4 Star), Ibis Styles Malioboro (4 Star) Indoluxe (4 Star).
* Air-conditions car, driver and licensed far for the cited tours and transfers * One night at selected hotel in Yogyakarta
* Breakfast at hotel and one lunch on day two.
* Entrance fees and parking.
* Personal expenditures, including phone calls, laundry, alcoholic beverages, soft drinks, tips, etc.
* Return flights Denpasar-Yogyakarta-Denpasar.
Flights: We will assist by securing the best available flight at the lowest rate for those booking this itinerary.
To book or for more information telephone ++62-(0)361-286283 or Email
What Complex Webs We Start to Weave
Arrest of former Australian and UK Journalists in Sanur, Bali Points to Illicit Drug Network Involving Military and Police
The Sydney Morning Herald reports that a 48-year-old former Australian journalist, Giuseppe Serafino, has been arrested by police in Bali when 7.32 grams of hashish resin were found in his home in Sanur, Bali.
Serafino, who has lived in Bali for five years, told police he bought the drugs from another former journalist, identified as DM, originally from the UK.
Based on the information provided by Serafino, police tracked down DM at the On On Bar in Sanur where they discovered a small quantity of hashish wrapped in aluminum foil in his possession. Police then searched DM's homer, also in Sanur, where they found 10.9 grams of hashish concealed inside a boxing glove.
Police are said to be considering charging the men under a section of the Indonesian narcotics law that provides for a maximum penalty of life in prison and a minimum of five years for those found with more than five grams of a manufactured narcotics in their possession.
Meanwhile, Metrobali.com reports that the Bali Police have also arrested an active military officer as the man who supplied the drugs to the Australians. Identified by the initials GS, the military officer was captured after police confiscated the hand phones of the Australians and lured a party mentioned in the SMS archive to a drug deal on Jalan Tunggal Bungin in Sanur. When the military officer arrived at the scene of the proposed transaction, the he was arrested by policemen lying in wait who found two packets of methamphetamines and a glass pipe in a handbag carried by the soldier.
After his arrest, the military officer told police that he obtains his drug supply from a member of the Bali police, identified only with the initials KO.
The revelation comes after the recent arrest and suspension of the head of the anti-narcotics division of the Bali police for trying to extort money from expatriates charged with drug offenses in Bali.
Series of Free Workshops on Saving Baliís Environment to be Held in Bali during October 2016
Sawah Bali - a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the economic status of Bali’s farmers by introducing organic/permaculture systems and advancing the urgent need for water conservation on the Island is conducting a series of free, informative workshops.
Under the theme of “Water, Rice and Tourism – Improve Your Environmental Impact on Bali in a Time of Crisis” – Sawah Bali is hosting a series of free workshops at various locales open to the public and those who live in Bali.
The schedule for the coming workshops during October 2014:
October 11 – ROAM in Nyuh Kuning, Ubud, Bali 6:00 pm
October 12 – Green School in Abiansemal 6:00 – 7:30 pm
October 13 – Moska at Sayan, Ubud 10:00 am – 11:30 am
October 14 – Manik-Organik in Seminyak 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
October 24 – Bamboo Spirit, Pensestanan, Ubud 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
October 25 – Samadi Bali, Canggu at 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
October 26 – The Onion Co in Ubud, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
October 27 – HUBUD – Bali Bungkus, Bali 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
October 28 – Bali Buda in Kerobokan 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
All workshops are provided for free of charge.
Stroke by Stroke in Bali
Bali Nation Golf Resort 2nd Anniversary Celebration Tournament Saturday, November 2, 2016
Bali National Golf Resort will Host its 2nd Anniversary Celebration Tournament on Saturday, November 5, 2016
Rp. 1,750,000 per golfer covers golf fees, light lunch, commemorative golf shirt, good bag and celebratory dinner.
Non-golfers joining the celebration dinner pay only Rp. 500,000 per person.
Among the grand prizes are:
- A trip to London on Emirates Airlines to watch the Open Championship 2017.
- A trip to Sydney to watch the Australian Open 2017.
- A trip to Singapore to watch the Singapore Open 2017.
- Hole in One on Hole 4 – Rp. 100 million from OB Golf
- Hole in One on Hole 6 – Bali National Golf Membership
- Hole in One on Hole 17 – Return air ticket to any destination in Europe on Emirates.
Registration starts at 10:30 am followed by lunch and a shotgun start at 12:00 noon. Play completes at 5:30 pm followed by dinner, lucky draw and prize ceremonies.
Reservations are essential and can be made by calling +62-(0)361-771 791 or by email.
Registration closes when all places are filled or latest on Tuesday, November 1, 2016.
Donít Bid Adieu, But Bid Your Due
Help Children by Bidding on Line for Valuable Auction Items at ĎStars in Skyí Dinner October 15th
Tickets are still available for the gala “Stars in the Sky” dinner prepare by six of the world’s rising culinary talents to be held on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the beachfront Cloud Nine Terrace at the St. Regis Resort at Nusa Dua.
As part of the evening, a range of very valuable items will be auctioned off by Jack Daniels, the Editor of Bali Update in aid of UNICEF.
While we hope you will join the fabulous dinner, Jack has agreed to coordinate a limited number of online bids for those wishing to take home one of the fabulous auction items even if they can't partake of the sumptious dinner.
uo;s how it will work. Send an email before the evening of Friday, October 14, 2016, with your on line bid. In order for your bid to be considered please include your name and complete contact address. Also include a HP number so Jack can confirm your bid has been received.
Here are the items you can bid on – no minimum bid applies:
John Hardy Jewelry – A John Hardy Bamboo Gold and Silver Necklace (NZ58126) and a John Hardy Bamboo Gold and Silver Ring. Retail Value Rp. 55.7 million (shown).
The St. Regis Singapore – 2 nights in an Executive Deluxe Room for Two and The Grand Astor Afternoon Tea at Brasserie Les Saveurs for two. Retail Value Rp. 21 million.
Atlas Pearls. A strand of Atlas Pearls and a set of Atlas Pear Earring studs. Retail Value Rp. 22 million
W Retreat & Spa BalI – 2 night stay in a Spectacular Ocean Facing Retreat including breakfast for two. Retail Value Rp. 17 million.
Air Bali – 15 minute helicopter tour for two. Retail value Rp. 10 million
Keraton at the Plaza – A Luxury Collection Hotel in Jakarta. 2 nights stay in a Grand Deluxe Room including breakfast at Bengawan Restaurant and a 60-minute spa treatment for two. Retail Value Rp. 11.7 million
Riedel. A hand crafter wine carafe. Retail Value Rp. 9.2 million.
The Hermitage – A Tribute Portfolio Hotel – Jakarta. 2 nights in a Grand Executive Rooms inclusive of breakfast for 2 persons. Retail Value Rp. 14.4 million
Bali Safari and Marine Park - 2 nights in the Twiga Room at Mara River Lodge and two vouchers for a Night Safari. Retail Value Rp. 8.625 million
Waka Sailing – One day trip to Lembongan Island for 2 persons including Beach BBQ lunch and activities at Waka Beach Club. Retail value Rp. 3.5 million.
Contact email for tickets to the dinner (Rp. 2.6 per person including 6 courses and wines) or to bid on any of the items listed.
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