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BALI UPDATE #1080 - 15 May 2017


Bali to Welcome Bankers
Bali Prepares to Welcome IMF and World Bank Officials in October 2018

The Jakarta Globe reports that repeating a pattern set in with the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Meeting (APEC) held in Bali in October 2013, Bali is once again preparing to demonstrate its suitability as an international destination for majorc conference as the clock ticks down to a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank (WB) set to take place in Bali in October 2018.

Presidential Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said: "This event will be a great opportunity to promote our tourism, because many important people will gather there.”

More than 15,000 delegates – many of them ranking government officials, executives and academics, are expected to travel to Bali for the October meetings.

The Ministry of Tourism is preparing special tour packages for IMF and WB delegates. The packages will be designed to include Bali and a list of 10 destinations being promoted by the Indonesian government as “New Bali’s.

New infrastructure projects are also on tap timed to be in place before the 2018 meeting, including the construction of an underpass at the entrance to Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport

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Paradise Enow?
Englishman Commits Suicide at Sanur, Bali Hotel reports that a national of the U.K. apparently committed suicide in a hotel on Jalan Kusumasari, Semawang, Sanur on Monday, May 1, 2017.

The body of Stuart David (46) was found at 6:00 pm, a day after he checked into the hotel, by three hotel workers who used a passkey to enter the room in order to search for the Englishman who had not been seen for one day.

Police continue to investigate the case that they are currently treating as a suicide.

Indonesian Tourism Arrivals Up 15% for Q1 2017
Despite Rise in Tourist Arrivals, Indonesia Falling Short of Projected 15 Million Visitors for 2017

The Jakarta Globe reports that tourist arrivals for all of Indonesia increased 15% during Q1 2017.

In figures Central Statistic Agency data released by the Ministry of Tourism, Indonesia counted 3.01 million foreign tourists in the period January – March 2017, as compared to 2.62 million in the same period one year before.

March 2017 arrivals hit 1.02 million, up from 915,200 in March 2016.

Based on a total visitor count for 2016 of 12.023 million and on the assumption that the 15% rate of growth can be sustained through the end of the year, Indonesia might end the year with 13,826 million foreign visitors, well-short of a self-proclaimed goal of 15 million.

Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is said to be disappointed with national tourism arrivals over Q1 2017, falling short of his hope that the Country could attract 1.25 million foreign tourists each month

The Minister said, "Therefore we need to catch up for the rest of this year."

During Q1 2017 tourists visiting Bali spent an average 3.11 days.

The Continuing Tales of Hoffman
Trial Begins of American Expatriate in Bali Charged in Series of Mini-Mart Robberies

The trial of a 57-year-old American expatriate, Paul Hoffman, a resident of Sanur, Bali, has commenced in the Denpasar District Court in connection with a series of robberies of mini-markets in the Kuta area in February 2017.

The State News Agency Antara quotes lead State Prosecutor Fitria Chandrawati who told the Court on Thursday, May 4, 2017, regarding American Paul Hoffman, “The accused has been proven to have committed thefts using threats of violence in violation of paragraph 365, subparagraph 65 of Section 1 of the Criminal Code (KUHP).”

Prosecutors described how Hoffman would rob convenience stores late at night, posing as a customer wearing a motorcycle helmet and facemask in order to conceal his identity, before threatening cashiers with a knife.

On February 8, 2017, Hoffman robbed a convenience store in the Jalan Sunset Road area of Kuta between 1:00 am and 2:00 am, arriving at the location on his Honda Vario motorcycle. In the course of selecting mineral water, Hoffman is said to have approached the cashier and used a knife to demand the contents of the cash register containing Rp. 8.7 million. He also made off with two bottles of imported Scotch with an additonal value of Rp. 2.3 million.

On the following day, Prosecutors say Hoffman struck again at another mini-market on Jalan Sunset Road at 2:30 am where he managed to steal only Rp. 176 thousand.

Then, on February 14, 2017, Hoffman is reported to have robbed the Circle K on Jalan Drupadi in Seminyak where he stole Rp. 800,000, using the same modus operandi

The final robbery presented to the Court involved another mini-market on Jalan Kayu Aya in Kuta where he is alleged to have stolen a further Rp. 11 million.

Based on a physical description of Hoffman and his motorcycle, police spotted him on February 16, 2017, and followed him to Jalan Camplung Tanduk in Seminyak. After stopping Hoffman, police discovered a knife matching the description of the weapon used in the robberies. A subsequent search of Hoffman’s accommodation uncovered clothing matching that worn in the robberies.

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Freedom to Protest
ForBALI Charge Police and Klungkung Regency Officials with Denying Freedom of Speech at Semarapura Festival reports that members of the ForBALI Movement opposed to the reclamation of Benoa Bay are protesting the removal of their banners and seizure of t-shirts during the Semarapura Festival in Klungkung on May 1, 2017.

ForBALI has sent a formal and open letter of protest to the Klungkung Police Headquarters and the Regent of Klungkung. ForBALI convened a press conference at Tamam Baca Kesiman on Thursday, May 4, 2017, to share details of the removal of collateral protest items by police.

Gede Arta Dwipa, a coordinator at ForBALI Klungkung, in the company of Putu Agus Anugraha, told the press that police illegally seized t-shirts and banners protesting the reclamation of Benoa Bay displayed at the Festival. When the Lolot Band took to the performance stage and unfurled a banner saying “Klungkung Rejects Reclamation”. A short time later, police seized the protest banner. Undeterred, a second banner with the same message was unfurled, only to also be seized by police.

Dwipa told the press conference: “When the second banner was seized, I then took off my shirt with the message ‘Klungkung Rejects Reclamation' and waived it before the crowd before police also took my shirt, forcing me to return home without a shirt."

Dwipa defended the display of the anti-reclamation banner and t-shirt as reflecting the desires and aspirations of those opposed to the Benoa Bay project at an event attended by the Regent of Klungkung.

Police defended the confiscation of the protest banners, claiming the supporting poles for the banners were sharp and posed a threat to public safety. When the protestors requested the return of the banners without the supporting poles, police refused.

Arta Dwip said the police admitted seizing the banners protesting the Benoa reclamation at the Semarapura Festival 2017 on the orders of their superiors.

The protestors were able to reclaim a number of banners from the police after the close of the Festival. 2 anti-reclamation t-shirts taken from ForBALI members were, however, not returned.

At the Press conference, Suriadi Darmoko, the coordinator of the political division of ForBALI, presented videos and photographs of the incident involving the removal of protest materials at the Semarapura Festival.

A formal report has been forwarded by ForBALI addressed to the Provincial Chief of Police for Bali, the Police Command in Klungkung and the Regency of Klungkung. The same report was copied to the National Committee on Human Rights (KOMNAS HAM) on May 4, 2017.

ForBALI is protesting the active participation of the Police in efforts to frustrate the protest movement against the reclamation of Benoa Bay. Moreover, ForBALI contends that the Regency of Klungkung was involved with the police in coordinating the seizure of the material.

ForBALI is demanding an apology from the Chief of the Klungkung Police and the Regent of Klungkung on the seizure of banners and t-shirt owned by the protest movement, claiming these acts denied them their freedom of expression and represent a violation of human rights.

The protest movement is also demanding to know who initiated the orders for the removal of banners and shirts.

A spokesman from ForBALI, Made Ariel, said that if an apology from the Police and the Regency is not forthcoming, they will make a formal criminal complaint against all those involved in denying the organization its freedom of speech to both the National Police Headquarters and KOMNAS HAM.

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Taxis Without Meters
Protests Against Online Transportation Operators in Bali Continue

Hundreds of protestors wearing traditional Balinese costumes descended on the office of Bali’s Governor on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, demanding, once again, that online transportation operators be banned from working on the Island. reports that the conventional taxi operators, protesting under the banners of the Association of Bali Taxi Drivers (Persortab) and Alstar B, called on the Province to block Internet access for online transportation operators.

During the protest, the Governor’s office was the scene of an extensive police presence with access roads, other than the main gate, closed.

Protestors delivered speeches in front of Governor Pastika’s office demanding a meeting with the Provincial Transportation Chief and that online applications for transport be blocked immediately.

The Head of the Denpasar Police Precinct, Hadi Punomo, acted as a mediator with the protestors in their meeting with the Head of Provincial Transport. Heated arguments broke out between the taxi drivers and the Chief of Transportation over the 7,500 remaining quotas for taxis allowed to operate in Bali. Protestors are insisting the quota has been filled and that no new taxis should be allowed to operate in Bali before 2019.

Drivers took issue with the Provincial Government’s contention that the official quota for taxis in Bali is 20,085 and that only 12,500 vehicles are now registered, leaving an unused quota of 7,500 taxis.

While traditionall drivers contend Bali is oversupplied with taxis. Provincial authorities insist they do not have the power to block online travel applications, a power they claim is held exclusively by the Minister of Communications and Information.

Conventional taxi operators continue to protests what they see as “unfair competition” from online transport operators. Recent actions have seen conventional taxi drivers forcibly remove billboards and banners in various locations offering online taxi services.

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When Temples Become Islands
Rising Water at Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan Threatening Iconic Pura Gubug in Baliís Mountain Lake District

The ebb and flow in the depth of Lake Buyan and Lake Tamblingan are part of a regular seasonal cycle, with high water levels on the lakes during the current year running at record highs. reports that water levels on Danau Tamblingan over the past month are now sufficiently high to submerge most of the iconic temple site of Pura Gubug locatd at the edge of the lake. The Temple’s gardens – located 20 meters from the outer wall, are now under water with water heights at the front of the Temple now standing at 1.5 meters.

Because of this, worshippers coming to pray at Pura Gubug are compelled to use small boats. Areas once used by overnight campers are now submerged below the waters

This is also the case with the fields once used for local games that havenow disappeared below the waters that began to rise two months ago.

Waters that were once 50-meters from the Temple are now breaking against the Temple’s walls.

Similar flood-like conditions have occurred in the past, with even high water conditions recorded as recently as 2011 when homes surrounding the lake were also submerged.

Meanwhile, caretakers at the temple are installing retaining walls around the base of the temple to prevent the waters intruding into the temple grounds.

Image: Bali Post

Cashless Toll Roads
Plans Underway to Allow Only Electronic Payment of Road Tolls Starting October 2017

The Jakarta Globe reports that the Government plans to allow only electronic forms of payment by users of the nation's toll road system starting in October 2017.

The move is intended to smoothen the flow of traffic by eliminating the slow manual payment of toll fees and receiving change.

Agus Martowardoyo, the governor of Bank Indonesia, said, in describing the change: "To get there, standardization is needed and we want all banks to participate in issuing electronic cards to improve interconnection and interoperability."

Toll road revenues nationwide now stand at Rp. 12 trillion annually. But, only 23% of this amount is remitted by drivers using electronic payment cards.

Current procedures in place for electronic payment of toll fees see toll operators paid only 180 days after they receive payment electronically from consumers.

The Government is presently discussing measures with Bank Indonesia to shorten the payment period of electronic road tolls to road operators.

Bank Indonesia is aiming for October 2017 as the deadline for payment of road tolls only by electronic cards with all banks required to make electronic payment cards available to the public.

Rising DíCosta
Franklyn DíCosta Appointed Director Of Food & Beverage at Westin Resort Nusa Dua

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali has appointed Franklyn D’Costa as director of food & beverage.

He comes to Bali after an assignment in England where he served as operations manager for De Vere Cotswold Water Park - a luxury countryside hotel and event venue.

The holder of two hospitality degrees, he has participated in a yearlong program management trainee program at The Orchid Hotel Mumbai, India. D’Costa, before he continued his studies in Scotland, earned a B.A. in Hospitality Manager from a university in Edinburgh.

Following graduation, D’Costa joined Marriott Hotels & Resorts in 2006 working at properties in the United Kingdom before quickly rising through the ranks to the position of F&B Manager at the Birmingham Marriott Hotel.

Franklyn returned to Scotland to become food and beverage manager at Fairmont St. Andrews where he oversaw outlets and banqueting facilities at this five-star golf resort. He was also instrumental in a multi-million dollar refurbishment project to re-brand several key restaurants.

Now in Bali, Franklyn has full responsibility for the food & beverage division at the resort. He will also be tasked with overseeing banqueting operations at the adjacent Bali International Convention Centre.

Summer Camp in Bali?
Green School Offers Week-long SummerCamp in Bali for Teenagers

The result of a more than 5-year collaboration between Bali’s world-renowned Green School and SuperCamp – teenagers from around the world are able to join a weeklong summer enrichment camp on the "Island of the Gods."

Designed to inspire, students can experience a life-changing holistic and green experience during the summer break of the world’s greenest campus at the Green School in the hills of Ubud.

SuperCamp who collaborate with Green School in holding the Camps, was founded in 1982 and has touched the lives of over 5 million children through its SuperCamp and Quantum Learning School programs that seek to enhance the academic performance, leadership skills, communications ability and relationship skills of its young participants.

The seven-day program is tailored to the academic capabilities and personal growth of students, including lessons in quantum reading, writing, mathematics, mind mapping and sharing sessions. Students will also have the opportunity to engage in games, sports, and Balinese cultural activities.

The Bali residential Summer camp program operates from June 19 – 25, 2017, and are divided into a Junior Forum for 11 to 13-year-olds and a Senior Forum for 14 – 17-year-olds.

Website for SuperCamp at Green School in Ubud

Mumbai and Bali Just Grew Closer
AirAsia X Flying Daily and Direct Mumbai to Bali Starting in May 2017

AirAsia X - the long-haul brand of Malaysia’s AirAsia and Indonesia's AirAsia, will launch direct flights between Mumbai and Bali on May 19, 2017.

The new air service will operate on a daily basis using an Airbus A330-300 aircraft configured to carry 365 passengers in economy and 12 in business/premium class.

Meeting a long-standing demand for direct flights between India and Bali, the new flights will eliminate the time-consuming current need for transiting over Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, and Jakarta.

As of the end of February 2017, Indian tourists have zoomed into 3rd place among all foreign visitors to Bali. During the first two months of 2017, Indian tourists increased 33.12% over the same period in 2016.

For all of 2016, Indian visitors to Bali increased 57.12% as compared to 2015.

Indian tourists are eligible for a free 30-day visa-n-arrival when visiting Bali.

Thursday Eveningís Last Supper
Dutch Tourist Dies at Dinner in Petitenget, Bali Restaurant reports that a 54-year-old Dutch tourist collapsed and died suddenly while dining with his family at a the Hotel Puri Madawi on Gang Cenrawasih in Petitenget in Kuta, Bali.

The Dutchman, Robert Van Wallenburg, had just drank a pre-dinner beer at 9:30 on Thursday, May 4, 2017, while sitting with his wife as they awaited their ordered meal.

A short time before the couple had checked into a nearby hotel.

Van Wallenburg reportedly took a sip from his can of beer when he fell from his chair, his face turned very pale and a brown-looking vomitus poured from his mouth.

Staff and concerned fellow guests tried to revive the man with CPR while a doctor from a nearby clinic rushed to the restaurant. The Dutchman died at the scene.

Police have asked the family for authorization to undertake an autopsy to confirm the cause of death.

Four and a Half Decades of Service
Griya Santrian Ė at Home in Sanur for 45 Years

Griya Santrian Beach Resort and Spa, one of the original locally-branded hotels established in Sanur Bali, just celebrated its 45th anniversary since welcoming its first guest on May 1, 1972. Over the years, the Resort has developed its concept of hospitality drawing upon Balinese style, culture, and traditions.

To commemorate the momentous occasion, the hotel hosted a number of activities highlighting and celebrating Griya Santrian's role as a pioneer in Sanur and Bali's hospitality industry.

As part of its corporate social responsibility program, Griya Santrian conducted a series of environmental and educational events. And, to honor the Balinese concept of Tri Hita Karana - dictating harmonious relations to God, nature and other humans hotel staff and management paid a prayerful visit to Pura Melanting. The hotel to pay homage to nature also planted trees.

The management also visited Sunia Giri orphanage at Padang Sambian where they donated towels, bed sheets, and other in-kind items. The team hosted an afternoon tea with the children and their caregivers.

The celebrations continued with a blood drive by staff and their sister properties. Environmental activities included a turtle release and a beach-cleaning project. On May 4th, the management held a lunch with the traditional with management and corporate members, while the staff enjoyed an anniversary lunch in the canteen.

Griya Santrian’s general manager, IB Sidharta Putra, said: "Celebrating 45 years of service marks a key milestone in the history of Sanur's hotel industry. As an iconic landmark, it stands as a significant landmark in Bali's colorful history and has assisted in shaping the hospitality industry, as people know it. This is an exciting year and momentous occasion for us as it celebrates a historic past and looks forward to providing a unique Balinese heritage journey for each guest."

Bali Hai is Calling! Bali Hai is Caring!
Bali Hai Celebrating Earth Day and Kartini Day at Nusa Lembongan

Hai Tide Beach Resort hosted its second annual Earth Day Celebration at Mushroom Bay, Nusa Lembongan.  

Continuing with a theme adopted last year, this year’s event was a continuation of last year's goal to reduce plastic use and encourage the proper disposal of trash on the island. By educating the children of Lembongan about conservation in a fun and interactive way, lasting commitments to protect the environment and also the future of their Island are created.

Supported by the village of Lembongan Village Arjaya; the district secretary (Camat) of Nusa Penida I Nengah Seta Adyana; the Coral Triangle Center; and Bali Hai Cruises & Bali Hai Diving Adventures – an informative and educations day was created for all participants.

Also supporting the day were Bottle for Botol who strive to end single-use plastic and the Marine Megafauna Foundation who strive to keep the ocean plastic free. Children learned how sea animals eat plastic, often mistaking it for jellyfish and in this way dangerous plastic trash enters the food chain to the detriment of all creatures, including man.

Moreover, the appearance of trash on beaches and in the ocean also has a negative consequence for the tourism industry and its important economic benefit for the Island.

Earth Day this year coincided with the celebration of Kartini Day – dedicated to the early fighter for female emancipation. On Nusa Lembongan, 50 schoolgirls from 5 local elementary schools were invited to participate.

After participating in a beach clean-up the young Kartini’s enjoyed a delicious breakfast provided by Bali Hai.

The day concluded with a drawing contest – inviting children to draw pictures demonstrating the need to protect the environment.

The Bali Hai group consists of Bali Hai Cruises, Bali Hai Diving Adventures, Bali Hai Aquanauts, Hai Bar and Grill, and Hai Tide Beach Resort.

Enter the Dragon
Bali and Beyond: Singaporean Tourist Bitten by Dragon at Komodo National Park

A Singaporean tourist visiting the Komodo National Park in East Nusa Tenggara was bitten by a Komodo lizard on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

As reported by and, the man injured in the attack was Lon Lee Aik, aged 50 of Singapore.

The Singaporean was staying with a small group on “Kampung Komodo” on Komodo Island for two nights prior to the incident. The man, ignoring cautions from rangers and friends, insisted on approaching from a close distance a dragon that was feeding in order to make a photograph. A komodo retaliated on the man’s intrusion by biting the man on his left thigh.

The man received first aid on the Island before being medically evacuated to Denpasar, Bali for further treatment.

No Duties Without Rights
Bali Workers Demand Better Treatment on May Day

Peaceful marchers marked “May Day” in Bali on Monday, May 1, 2017, by staging by demonstrating in front of the Governor’s Office in Denpasar demanding, amongg others, that women be allowed their legal entitlement to days off whilst menstruating.

As reported by DenPost, a female worker participating in the demonstration, Made Wirati, said the right to days off once a month during menstruationm was guaranteed under Manpower Law Number 13 of 2003.

Wirati complained that many hotels in Bali failed to recognize this provision in the law.

Also on May Day, the regional secretary for the Mandiri Workers’ Union, Ida I Dewa Made Rai Budi, complained that the minimum wage of Rp. 1.9 million per month in Bali was inadequate to meet basic needs and cost of living.

Demonstrators also called on the Province to outlaw “outsourcing” as a “new form of capitalism” that allows the unscrupulous exploitation of workers.

Tunneling to Success
Bali Boosting Infrastructure in Anticipation of October 2018 IMF Ė World Bank Meeting

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs, Darmin Nasution, has confirmed that the Government has allocated Rp. 1 trillion for preparations to allow Bali to act as host for a meeting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank to take place on the Island in October 2018.

Darmin said: “The whole amount is perhaps around Rp. 1 trillion.”

Darmin explained that the funds will be allocated in phases from the State Budget (APBN) and used to build infrastructure projects in the areas surrounding the World Bank and IMF conference.

One of the infrastructure projects is a traffic underpass measuring 600 meters in length located at the entrance to Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport to be constructed to reduce traffic congestion at Bali’s sole air gateway and entrance to the toll road.

The Government has also announced that the cost of accommodation for all delegates attending the World Bank-IMF Conference will be paid by the sponsoring international institutions, and not by the Indonesian Government.

The hosting of the World Bank-IMF Event coincides with the Republic’s hosting the 2018 Asia Games.

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Bali: Where Indigenous Cultures Meet
Bali, the Sioux Nation and Kalimantan in an Artistic Collaboration at the Arma Museum ĖUbud, Bali on Thursday, May 18, 2107

A unique celebration of three indigenous cultures will take place in Ubud on Thursday, May 18, 2017, at ARMA with performances by:
  • The Lakota Tribe from the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of South Dakota (USA). The Lakota people are members of the Sioux tribe who play a major role in Native American Life. Music and dance are expressions of ceremonial life and healing in a society that consider itself under siege by the U.S. Government’s plans to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline across tribal lands.
  • The Dayak People of Kalimantan Indonesia. A jungle society imbued with a strong tradition of folk music and dance, the Dayak are renowned for the melodious sound of the ‘Sape’ – a traditional string instrument made of Adau and Kita wood.
  • I Wayan Sudirana – of Bali Indonesia. A well-known composer and musician, Wayan Sudirana has performed both at home and internationally. His bold and interpretive gamelan performances have made him a favorite on collaborative performance project with musicians from around the world.
Performance at Arma Ubud on Thursday, March 18, 2017:
  • Doors open at 4:30 pm
  • 5:00 – 6:00 pm Indigenous Cultural Storytelling
  • 6:00 – 7:00 pm Film Screening of Long Sa’an followed by Q & A Session with artists from Kalimantan
  • 7:00 – 10:00 pm Indigenous cultural performance by the Lakota Tribe, Dayak tribal people and Balinese musicians.
  • General admission: Rp. 100,000
  • Indonesia Citizens: Rp. 50,000
  • Students and Children: Free of charge (donations welcome)

Bali: Have we Got Rooms for You!
Collier Hotel Sector Report for Q1 2017 Show Baliís Room Glut Destined to Become More Severe

Colliers International has published a survey of the hotel sector at Q1 of 2017.

The highlights of this report:
  • Q1 2017 saw six new hotels begin operation in Bali in the form of four 4-star hotels and two 5-star hotels.
  • Q1 2017 hotel openings added 495 4-star hotel rooms in 4 properties and 448 5-star hotel room in 3 properties come on stream.
  • There are now 22,034 4-star hotels rooms operating in Bali spread across 180 hotels.
  • The current supply of 5-star hotel rooms now stands at 19.038 rooms in 122 hotels.
  • Bali will add an additional 1,144 new 4-star rooms and 312 new 5-star rooms in the remainder of 2017.
  • Total 4-star projects now under construction or in development equals 18 properties with a total room inventory of 3,060.
  • Total 5-star room projects now under construction or in development equals 13 properties with a total room inventory of 2,033.
  • Two new budget hotels are now under construction constituting 210 more rooms to soon come on line.
  • The report shows average occupancies and average daily rates are under threat in Bali, with length of stays periods also becoming shorter.

Swinging Summertime at Nusa Dua
Bali Golf Festival Summer Tournament at Bali National Golf Saturday, June 10, 2017

Bali National Golf Club will host the Bali Golf Festival 2017 on Saturday, June 10, 2017.

The "Shotgun Start" commences at 12:30 pm with competition based on stroke play with awards and prizes for best net individual, best gross individual, best net team, and nest gross team.

Winners are, of course, eligible for great prizes and trophies.

Novelty award are also on tap for longest drive, nearest to the pin, nearest to the line, and for beating the Pro’s score.

Dress is important with contestants asked to wear their best summer attire (no tank tops and sandals). A “best dressed” prize will be awarded.

Cost of Participation

Ro. 1.3 million per player and includes a welcome drink, summer BBQ dinner, practice range balls and luck draws. If single players need a partner, the Club will assist in securing a playing match.

For more information or to register Email 

Puttin on My Black Tie to #LOVEBALIGIVEBACK#
The Gala Bali Ball Returns to the Alila Seminyak on Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Bali Ball – the Island’s premiere Black-tie charity night returns for its sixth year on Saturday, July 22, 2017, at the Alila Seminyak Resort

As in year’s past, a lavish multi-course degustation menu accompanied by fine wines and champagnes will be presented during an evening that will include raffle prizes, auction prizes, and top-flight musical entertainment.

Just one of the highlights of the evening will be a drawing for a diamond necklace valued at US$10,000 with drawing coupons on sale for Rp. 1 million each.

Since its founding in 2012, The Bali Ball has raised more than Rp. 8 billion for local charities that provided assistance to some of the neediest elements of local society.

This year’s Bali Ball will benefit:
  • Bali Kids – assisting more than 60 local orphans with “special needs”
  • Bali Children Foundation – providing educational assistance to children in more than 40 Island communities
  • Bali Bumi Sehat – a Community Health Education and Childbirth Center run by Bali’s CNN Hero Robin Lim.
  • Yayasan Amaritania – a Foundation that seeks to change the circumstance of the bleak lives of a group of orphans currently reduced to scavenging their existence from garbage bins and rubbish tips.
Bali most successful community outreach activity of the year, The Bali Ball’s unrivaled success is founded foundly on the fact that every Rupiah raised from ticket sales, auctions and corporate donations are 100% funneled to the charities served by the event. This is made possible by the generosity of hotels, wine suppliers, leading chefs, prize donators, philanthropists and others who allow The Bali Ball to operated without any overheads.

No money is spent on management, personnel, food, drink, hall rental or marketing costs. All these items are donated or sponsored. Every ticket, every donation and every bid go completely to the causes served.

Purchase your tickets now or please consider making a sizeable donation of money or merchandise to The Bali Bali

The leading social event of the year, The Bali Ball is always a sell out with tickets now on sales for Rp. 2.5 million per person and available on a first-come-first-served basis from Jemme, Alila Seminyak, or Bali Children’s Foundation.

The Bali Ball Website

A Garish End
American Robert Garrish Found Dead in South Denpasar, Bali

A 59-year-old American, Robert Henry Garrish, living in Bali was found dead in his rented room on Jalan Gelogor Carik No. 103, No. 2, Pemogan, South Denpasar on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. reports that neighbors heard a brief burst of loud groans from the Garrish’s room at 11:30 pm on Tuesday, May 9, 2017, before the man’s accommodation fell silent.

When Garrish did not emerge the following morning, neighbor peeked into the residence and saw the American lying in his bed, clad only in his underwear.

Police were called to the scene and discovered the TV and lights in the room were lit and saw a dark liquid that had seeped from the dead man's nose and mouth.

Garrish had left written instructions in the asking that if he fell sick or had other problems that the U.S. Consulate in Bali be contacted.

Police found no signs of violence or foul play at the scene of the man’s death.

Police said a number of items were intact in the room, including a digital camera, a U.S. passport, an international driving license, a glass of coffee, a motorcycle and Rp. 830,000 in cash.

Police continue to investigate the cause of Garrish’s death.

A Day to Meditate On
Buddhist in Bali Celebrates Waisak 2561 BE

Theravada Buddhists in Bali held Waisak Day prayers to mark Hari Raya Trisuci Waisak 2561 BE at the Vihara Dhammadana on Jalan Gunung Semeru, Banjar Baturiti, in Tabanan on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

As reported by, the theme adopted for the day dedicated to celebrating the birth, enlightenment, and death of Gautama Buddha was the love and safekeeping of diversity within the community and a desire to make all living creatures on the planet live in a state of happiness.

Celebrated around the world under various names, including Visakah Puja in India, Saga Dawa in Tibet, Vesak in Malaysia and Singapore, Visakha Bucha in Thailand, and Vesak in Sri Lanka.

Waisak is always held during the full moon in May to commemorate the birth of Siddharta in 632 B.C., the achievement of enlightenment of the Buddha at the age of 35 in 588 B.C., and the death of Buddha at age 80 in 543 B.C..

The three events are celebrated as “Trisuci Waisak”.

In Tabanan, east Bali, the prayers for Waisak started at 5:00 am with meditative practice followed by a triple navigation of the Puja Bhakti Temple led by the religious leader Bante Bhikku Ciradhamo Thera.

As 11:00 am the prayers involving some 150 devotees were concluded with a program of fellowship.

Similar celebrations were also held at the Vihara Dharma Cattra on Jalan Melati Banjar Grogak Tengah, Desa Delod Peken, in Tabanan where 300 gathered for prayers led by Edi Gunawan.

Bali Sinking in a Sea of Hotel Rooms
Province Calls for a Halt to 3,000 Unit Condotel Project at Geger Beach, South Bali

Bali provincial officials visited the construction site of a proposed 3,000-room condotel development located on Geger Beach at Sawangan, Nusa Dua on Friday, May 12, 2017.

Nusa Bali reports that following that visit, officials from the Provincial Environmental Protection Agency (BLH) and Enforcement Officers (Satpol PP) immediately put a "temporary" halt of the project backed by foreign investors.

The chief of BLH for Bali I Gede Suarjana, in the company of the chief for Licensing and Investment Ida Bagus Parwata and the head of enforcement – Satpol PP I Nyoman Sykadana were part of a team visiting the location where site preparation was underway despite the lack of any licenses required for the project.

The purported 3,000-unit condotel is planned for a 15-hectare site slated for development by PT Surya Gardenia Propertindo - a joint venture between PT Surya Raya Investama in collaboration with PT Country Gardenia - a Hong Kong investor.

BLH chief Gede Suarjana told the press that the physical development of the site has yet to commence with work limited to clearing the site and building access roads. Adding: “We have asked them to stop (the project) for now until they have the necessary zoning permits. They can begin using the area once they have the required principle permit. But they do not even have the principle permit in hand at this time.”

Suarjana explained that the developers must also obtain formal agreement from the surrounding community, especially in light of the fact that the proposed condotel is located in close proximity to two temples – Pura Geger and Pura Batu Belig.

Parwata, in charge of licensing and permits, said the final permission for the project rests with Jakarta because of the involvement of a foreign investor in the condotel development.

Parwata, continued, explaining: “But the Investment Board (BKPM) will not issue a principle permit because the Province has announced a moratorium on new hotel development in South Bali. This is not possible, unless the investor obtains a recommendation from the Governor of Bali and a zoning land-use permit from the Province.”

Many new hotel projects are able to expedite the permit process by obtaining permission from the Regency, the area for the proposed condotel falls within a “strategic zone” as defined by the 2009 RTRWP zoning plan that absolutely requires permission of the Governor.

Members of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) say they plan to call those connected with the condotel project. Legislators say the proposed project violates zoning rules and will only add to the already oversupply of hotel rooms in South Bali.

NusaBali broke the story that work has commenced on a 3,000-unit condotel located on Geger Beach at Nusa Dua, South Bali.

A member of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Ketut Tama Tenaya, has questioned the massive development in the light of a supposed moratorium on new hotel developments in Bali. As reported in the press, the condotel development slated to become a 5-star hotel operated by MGM Resorts – a company renowned for property and casino operations.

Gambling is illegal in Indonesia.

Commenting on the project, Tenaya said on Wednesday, May 10, 2017: “This is an effort to trick the Government. (Claims of) Special permission, what’s that? This plan not only threatens a sacred area and zoning rules but also endangers the reputation of Nusa Dua as an elite international enclave. If the condotel is built, Nusa Dua’s position as an elite area will be degraded.”

Continuing, Tenaya said: “We call on the Regency of Badung to coordinate with the Province before it is too late. If this gets built, there will be problems again. We are charged with protecting the condition of Bali tourism. Don’t lose control of the licensing process.”

Tenaya said the DPRD-Bali would call a number of parties connected to the proposed condotel project to testify regarding the 3,000-room condotel project.

Tama Tenaya said the proposed mega-project would infringe on a sacred areas and use the access road to the Geger Temple – both of which are in violation of local zoning laws.

The lawmaker says the large number of rooms proposed for the project is a departure from the “light footprint” policy of other major developments at Nusa Dua by establishing a large number of units on a relatively small parcel of land. Tenaya warned that the development is guaranteed to increase the level of unhealthy price competition in Bali.

Another member of the DPRD Bali, Adhi Ardhana, said his commission (Commission II) charged with tourism would look into reports of the MGM Condotel Project and whether or not the required permits are in hand.

Ardhana said such a project would oppose efforts by the Governor to halt new hotel projects in South Bali, adding: “Don’t think that hotel and restaurant taxes will increase because of this. In fact, the opposite will be the result due to increased competition. We will look into the permits and then summon those involved and visit the site.”

Cursing the Darkness of Bigotry
Thousands in Bali Join Nationwide Candlelight Vigil in Support of Jailed Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja ĎAhokí Purnama

Following the controversial blasphemy conviction and sentencing to two years of imprisonment for Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama, supporters, perhaps numbering in the hundreds of thousand, stage candlelight vigils across the entire nation on Thursday, May 11, 2017.

Likewise, thousands of people gathered in Renon in downtown Denpasar, Bali at the Puputan Field to sing and pray for Ahok now sitting in a jail cell in Jakarta. The date of the gathering fell, by coincidence, on the Waisak Holiday dedicated to commemorating the life of the Lord Buddha.

Thousands, coming from every corner of the Island, brought candles; red and white flags of the Indonesian Republic; and banners reading “Bali is With You!” “Save Ahok” and “Keep Strong Pak Ahok.” Thousand of candles lit the square as participants sang patriotic songs from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm. Speakers called for the release of the Jakarta Governor, the dissolution of the Indonesia Islamic Front (FPI) and the arrest of Islamic hardliner Habib Rizieq.

The demonstrations, called to express solidarity for Ahok and national unity, wer coordinated in Bali by Ailin Kawinadi. “This action was undertaken spontaneously to preserve the unity of the Indonesian Republic. We have experienced differences that are fare apart. Our feelings of solidarity are almost destroyed. Because of this, we have organized this rally in Bali to reunite in our diversity. We are one – Indonesia based on Pancasila,” said Kainadi.

Ailin added: “We respect the law, but our solidarity for Ahok goes on without end.”

Ahok is now housed in a 3 x 2-meter prison sell at the Brimob police headquarters in Jakarta.

A Matter of Judgment
Presiding Judge Who Sent Jakarta Governor to Prison for Blasphemy Promoted to Chief Judge Role in Bali reports that the, Dwiarso Budi Santiarto, the Chief Judge on the panel of judges that found Jakarta Mayor Basuki Tjahaja “Ahok” Purnama guilty of blasphemy and sentenced him to two years in prison has been promoted by the Indonesian Supreme Court (Mahkamah Agung) to become the Chief Judge in the Denpasar High Court (PT) in Bali.

The promotion of Dwiarso was announced by on the website of the Supreme Court on Thursday, May 11, 2017. Dwiarso, who served as the Chief Justice in the North Jakarta National Court (PN), will be replaced by Cakra Alam, who is being transferred from the same position in Makassar, Sulawesi.

Jupriyadi, another member of the panel of judges who convicted Ahok, has been promoted to the Chief Justice in the Bandung, National Court (PN). Abdul Rosyadi, another member of the panel, has been named a judge to the high court (PT) in Palu, Sulawesi.

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Cash Rolling, Down the River
Rafting Customers on Telaga Waja River Must Pay Rp. 30,000 to Karengasem Regency

Citing concerns over possible illegal kickback, rafting operators on the Telaga Waja River in northeast Bali are refusing to pay retribution fees demanded by the Regency.

The retribution fee of Rp. 20,000 per passenger increased to Rp. 30,000, effective January 1, 2017.

Quoted by NusaBali, I Made Kertiana, who owns BMW Rafting, said: “Why does the government ask for the retribution fee from the operators. It would be better if they built a post and collected the payment directly from each rafting customer.”

Kertiana said he feared that if rafting operators collect the retribution fee they might be incorrectly accused of paying illegal bribes from tourists to Regency officials. He said rafting operators also faced difficulties separating their operating funds from retribution fees.

There are 11 rafting companies operating on the Telaga Waja River. While the cost of Rp. 160,000  for a rafting trip is a total that contains the retribution due to the Karangasem Regency, the actual fee charged to customers has not increased with the hike in the official retribution fee.

In response, the Chief of Tourism for Karangasem (Kadis Pariwisata), I Wayan Astika, confirmed the increase in the retribution fee to Rp. 30,000 per passenger and said plans were under consideration to establish payment posts on the river.

Astika said retribution charges levied for diving and other activities in Karangasem were also increased on January 1, 2017. Due to the need to first socialize the increase to operators, the increase was only applied starting in March 2017.

Police in Karangasem have promised to undertake "sting operations" against officials collecting illegal levies and fees from tourism operators.

Music, the Art and the Environment in a Single Festival
Festival Tepi Sawah in Ubud, Bali June 3-4, 2017

A two-day art event - “Festival Tepi Sawah 2017” comes to Ubud June 3-4, 2017, featuring art workshops, seminars on the environment, and dance and musical performances – all taking place at Omah Apik.

Well-known artists lined up to appear include Tompi, Dewa Alit, Bona Alit, Sisca Guzheng, Brahma Diva Kencana, Nita Aartsen, Jasmine Okubo, Gustu Bramanta, Tebo Aumbara, Dodi Sambodo and Fascinating Rhythm Community.

Collaborative art performances in music, dance, theatre, and film will also be on show.

The event celebrates the arts and the environment. Awareness programs on the need to reduce, reuse and recycle will be emphasized during the two-day festival.

Organized in partnership with Clean Bali Service – a local non-profit organization dealing with environmental education – the Festival Tepi Sawah 2017 strives to be a perfect meeting of the minds between the arts and the environment.

Festival Tepi Sawah on Facebook

To Dili Daily
Citilink Offers Daily Flights from Bali to Dili, East Timor

A one-hour and fifty-minute flight on an Airbus A-32O operated by Citilink Indonesia now connects Bali and Dili in East Timor.

QC 7300 – piloted by Captain Irvan Riswanto – landed on at the President Nicolai Lobato Airport in Dili with the inaugural flight on Friday, May 12, 2017.

The first flight brought 80 passengers from Bali on the flight flown by Citilink.

From September 2015 until January 2017 Citilink operated the route between Bali and East Timor on a charter basis in cooperation with Timor-Leste Airline

The first scheduled flight to Dili was welcomed by the commercial director of Citilink Indonesia Andy Adrian, the Deputy Minister for Public Transportation and Communications for Timor-Leste Inacio Freitas, and the Indonesian Ambassador to Timor-Leste Sahat Sitorus.

Andy said the new daily service to Dili was in support of the Government of Indonesia’s desire to increase inbound tourism to Bali. 

Caviar and Champagne Will do in a Pinch
St. Regis Bali Resort at Duval Leroy Champagne Dinner with Sturia Caviar on Friday, June 9, 2017

The St. Regis Resort Bali offers a rare evening of culinary excellence featuring the Champagnes of Duval-Leroy and Sturia caviar on Friday, June 9, 2017

The fun begins with pre-dinner cocktails and canapés followed by a six-course degustation menu handcrafted by Executive Chef Agung Gede at Kayuputi Restaurant - the eight-time Wine Spectator Award winning specialty oceanfront restaurant at the St. Regis Resort.

Founded in 1859, the 155-year old house of Duval-Leroy is notably one of the world’s most well-known family-owned Champagne houses. Sourcing premium quality Chardonnay grapes overseen by the Carol Duval-Leroy - dubbed widely as "The Lady of Champagne" - the house promises the perfect balance of finesse, lightness and elegance founf in every cuvees of Duval-Leroy Champagne.

Definiing epicurean decadence at its best, these wines will be served with an exquisite range of Sturia caviar. Sturia is the signature brand of the world premium ‘haute couture’ caviar.

The Sturia caviar range offers a wide variety of sensations and the fresh, natural flavour of  remarkable delicacy. Established near Bordeaux 20 years ago, Sturia pioneered sturgeon farming in France, producing the legendary gem of the sea that is today widely enjoyed across the globe

Each course will reflect the epitome of refinement and luxury that comes from a perfect blend of caviar and Champagne.

Cost for the evening is Rp. 2,900,000 net per person including pre-dinner cocktail, six-course menu and paired wines.

Email for more information and reservations or telephone +62-(0)360-300 6786.

Perth Man Found Dead in Sanur Rented Villa
Police Say Australian Stephen James Richardson Strangled in Vicious Attack

A 63-year-ol Perth, Australia resident of Bali has been found dead in his rented home on Jalan Danau Poso 19B in South Denpasar on May 8, 2017.

Police are handling the death of Stephen James Richardson as a murder after his dead and naked body covered in wounds and blood was found on a mattress.

Police were called to the scene when a friend of the Australian, Gary Jame Croker (70), came to visit Richardson and saw through the locked gate evidence of blood in various areas of the property. He then alerted neighbors and friends.

As reported by, Richardson and his wife had rented the home for two years starting from February 2017. Richardson’s wife was reportedly in Australia at the time of her husband’s death.

Police investigators have found blood traces in the front yard, the terrace and inside the rented house Police also recorded wounds to Richardson’s shoulder, right hand and face.

Preliminary forensic findings indicate Croker died of a broken neck.

Police also found broken glass from cabinets and windows spread around the room. The man’s Iphone5 was found at the man’s home. Police have taken into custody a knife found at the scene to determine if it was used in the assault.

The investigation continues.

Take a Walk on the Wild Side
Sailing Yacht ĎWalk on the Wild Sideí Takes Line Honors in Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic Yacht Race reports “Walk on the Wild Side” – a 58-foot sailing yacht under the command of Garth Curran has won line honors crossing the finish line at 1:00 am in Bali on Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 6 days and 15 hours after it departed Fremantle in the Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic Yacht Race.

Co-captained by New Zealander Rod Keenan, “Walk on the Wild Side” finished more than 30 hours ahead of the next boat, positioning it to win both IRC and YAH handicap divisions in the process.

For most of the race, “Walk on the Wild Side” managed to maintain a speed that was two knots below the prevailing wind speed.

The 6 days and 15 hour time beat the inaugural race’s record time turned in 30 years before by Rolly Tasker’s Siska IV and compared well with record-breaking performance of 6 days and 5 hours set by Alan Briety’s “Limit” set in 2011. The current record on the course is held by Tony Mitchell’s “Super Sled” that covered the 1,440 nautical miles in 5 days, 23 hours, 30 minutes and 24 seconds.

Two boats retired from the race due to equipment failure.

The remaining boats in the race are expected to arrive in Bali in a 7-day period following “Walk on the Wild Side’s” finish.

Website for the Fremantle to Bali Ocean Classic

When a King Ruled Baliís North Shore
A Glimpse at the Monarchial Economy of North Bali in the early 1800s. has explored the nature of Bali’s economy during the early 19th Century when 8 separate kingdoms ruled the Island.

W.H. Medhirst and Tamlin, quoted in Adrian Vicker’s book Bali Tempo Doeloe (2002), described the kingdom of Baliling (current day, Buleleng) that stretched in North Bali from Seng-sit in the east to Bateman in the west, bordered on the north by the sea shore.

In the early 1800s, the King of Baliling, Gedem-goorah Ratna Ningrat, who by all accounts lived a licentious and indulgent royal lifestyle, derived his royal income from 5 principal sources that included:

1. Customs Duties on Chinese Goods Passing through North Bali’s Seaports.

Chinese merchants paid both a yearly honorarium to the King and made regular gifts to the King Ningrat and his subjects. 

2. Land Taxes

Those growing rice and other crops in North Bali paid an annual “per hectare” tax to the King. Payment of the tax allowed agriculturalists to tap into the water resources needed to grow crops.

3. Purchase of Marriage Licenses and Fines

Those living in the Kingdom followed an elopement system of marriage in which young men ran away with their intended brides to live for a period in the surrounding jungles. The couples were only allowed to return to their families and villages after paying a “fine” that varied depending on the type of matrimonial ceremony presented. 20% of these fines were claimed by the King as His due. Similarly, divorcesalso  incurred a fee, part of which was paid to the King.

Reports say that tradition held that the King considered the women of the kingdom as his chattel, individuals that could be sold and traded at the wish of the King.

4. Death Inheritance

During this period in North Bali's history, whenever the male head of a household died all his property, including his wife and children, automatically became the property of the King.

After the cost of burial and living expenses for the Deceased’s parents (if they were still living) was deducted from the Estate, what remained was the property of the King who was able to do what he liked with the dead man’s wife and children. If the surviving woman had talent in trading and commerce she was allowed to work in the local market, paying a portion of her income to the King. If the widow was attractive, she might be made a minor wife of the King. Women were also assigned roles as dancers or comfort woman, expected to pay a regular fee to the King.

5. Slave Trade

Criminals and men under the King’s control were often sold as slaves to the Chinese, Dutch and other foreigners visiting Bali’s north shore.

The Need for More Air Access
Indonesian Tourism Minister Wants 2 Million More Airlines Seats in 2017 in Order to Achieve 15 Million Foreign Tourists

The Jakarta Globe reports that Indonesian Tourism Minister Arief Yahya is calling on airlines flying to Indonesia to urgently increase seat capacity in order to support his target of 15 million foreign tourists for all of 2017.

In calculating the challenge of achieving this total, the Minister estimated Indonesia needs an additional 2 million airline seats before the end of 2017.

Yahya explained that 80% of foreign tourist arrivals to Indonesia are by air with the balance by boat of by traveling over land.

Recently Minister Yahya has held meeting with a number of airlines, including Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Sriwijaya Air, Lion Air, Thai Lion Air Bangkok and Jetstar Australia to personally urge added capacity to Indonesia. At the same time, he called on the State-owned operator of airports, PT Angkasa Pura and the Ministry of Transportation to facilitate any steps to increase foreign tourism arrivals.

Commenting on the need for Transportation Ministry and Angkasa Pura support, Yahya said: "There will be more seats if airlines serve new routes. On the other hand, airlines can only open new routes if there are available time slots in our airports. That is why air navigation operators must make sure of slot availability."

In the end, however, the Tourism Minister admitted that the decision to add flight frequencies to Indonesia rests with the Airlines who each have their own calculations for determining the viability of new flight routes or increasing capacity on existing routes.

To aid the process, the Ministry is weighing offering cash incentives to airlines and travel agencies that open new destinations in Indonesia.

Month-Long Celebration of the Arts in Bali
39th Bali Arts Festival Starts on Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Bali Arts Festival returns for its 39th annual month-long run starting on June 10, 2017.

Timed each year to coincide with school holidays, the “Pesta Kesenian Bali” is a month-long presentation of music, dance, drama and cultural presentation centered primarily at the Bali Arts Center in downtown Denpasar.

Saying, “We are preparing a big surprise for those who come to Bali,” the head of the provincial tourism office A.A. Gede Agung Yuniartha, promised a wide array of cultural performances and traditional rituals seldom encountered by Island visitors.

Among those on tap, according to The Jakarta Globe, are village dances, such as the Ngusaba Guling ritual from Timbrah Village in Karangasem that is expected to see hundreds of roast suckling pigs on display for the culinary enjoyment of festival visitors.

And, as in years past, foreign artists and performers from other parts of Indonesia will travel to Bali.

The Bali Arts Festival will start on Saturday, June 10, 2017, with a massive parade in Renon, Denpasar Bali. President Joko Widodo is expected to preside at the opening parade marking the start of the Festival.

No Price Mercy at the Ferry
Bali-Java Ferry Tariff Increased 12%

Before the Lebaran Holiday peak travel period, the Government has announced its intentions to raise ferry fares between Ketapang, East Java and Gilimanuk in West Bali by around 11%.

The new, higher tariff will take effect on May 15, 2017, in accordance with a regulation issued by the Minister of Transportation raising ferry tariffs nationwide. reports that on May 15th the following prices will apply:
  • Adult pedestrian increased from Rp. 6,000 to Rp. 6,500
  • A pedal bicycle increases from Rp. 7,000 to Rp. 7.5000
  • A motorcycle increases from Rp. 22,000 to Rp. 24,000
  • A large motorcycle increased from Rp. 34,000 to Rp. 37,000.
  • Private sedan increased from Rp. 138,000 to Rp. 159,000.
  • Pick up truck increased from Rp. 124,000 to Rp. 141,000.
  • Medium-sized busses increase from Rp. 262,000 to Rp. 302,000.
  • Medium-sized trucks increase from Rp. 210,000 to Rp. 242,000.
  • Large busses increase from Rp. 436,000 to Rp. 495,000.
  • Large goods trucks increase from Rp. 347,000 to Rp. 395,000.

Swimming Mammals Coming to Gianyar, Bali
Bali Safari Marine Park to Open Marine Park in Early 2018

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Bali Safar and Marine Park (BSMP) in Gianyar, Bali is planning to open a marine park in early 2018 in order to create another new tourist attraction in Bali.

The operational manager of BSMP, Ketut Suardana, said, "hopefully, in early 2018 we will open a marine park that is the largest home to sea mammals in Bali.”

The new marine park, located within the current Park, will occupy a site of one-hectare from the forty-hectare facility and will be home to sea lions, dolphins and stingrays.

BSMP management is targeting 500,000 visitors in 2017, an increase from the 450,000 who visited in 2016.

Suardana revealed that 85% of the visitors to BSMP IS comprised of international visitors.

Busted Bad Boys on Bikes
Five Young Thieves Now Under Arrest as Denpasar Police Bust Roaming Gangs Armed Thieves

Five robbers who have long been sought by the West Denpasar police precinct are now in custody after being arrested on Sunday, May 7, 2017.

The five thieves, most of whom underage, committed traumatic armed robberies of victims using knives to threaten their victims. identified the thieves as Wahyu Kambing alias MWH (17) from Tegal Wangi, Sesetan; DPD alias Dandi (16) from Pesanggaran, South Denpasar; SR alias Ipung (14) a student from Tukad Buaji, Gang Mekar Sari, South Denpasar; MOS alias Marcel (17) from Jalan Padma Utara, Legian Tengah; and MAS alias Aldi alias Adi (16) from Jimbaran, South Kuta.

Police say the five would travel around South Bali late at night on motorcycle threatening and robbing their victims, often attacking their victims as gangs.

The arrest of the five men happened after police from the South Denpasar precinct stopped a motorcycle at 1:00 am on Sunday, May 7, 2017, in front of the District Head Office (Camat) in Sesetan.

Wahyu Kambing was driving a Honda Beat motorcycle at the time that was unable to show proper registration papers. Following interrogation, the man admitted the bike was stolen and that the police plate had been falsified.

Police then raided Kambing rented room in Tegal Wangi, Sesetan where they found another stolen motorcycle.

Police discovered the motorcycles had been stolen with the help of four accomplices working the Teuku Umar area of West Denpasar.

Based on information provided by Kambing police were soon able to arrest the remaining 4 thieves who were spending the night at Pogok Field in Sesetan.

Police confiscated two more stolen motorcycles, a knife, a Japanese sword and other weapons.

The thieves and the evidence confiscated by the police are being processed by the West Denpasar Police Precinct.

Photo: Bali Post

A Guy in Search of Fun Meets a Fungi Ending
Singaporean Student Falls to His Death From a Kuta, Bali Hotel After Consuming Magic Mushrooms

A 23-year-old Singaporean fell to his death from the fifth floor of the Hotel Terrace Kuta on Jalan Benesari in Legian on Sunday, May 7, 2017, after consuming illegal magic mushrooms. said that Ong Chee Seng’s body was found outside the hotel in the spot where it landed after he leaped from the hotel’s top floor.

Ong, who was a university student in Singapore, was staying in the hotel, sharing a room with a female companion also from Singapore, Jun Yu (23). Ong and Jun had gone out earlier in the evening to purchase “magic mushrooms” that they brought back to their hotel room to consume.

Mixing the mushrooms with orange juice and chocolate, the couple became highly intoxicated, with Ong Chee spontaneously deciding to leap from the hotel’s window.

Ong’s female companion reportedly attempted unsuccessfully to dissuade him from jumping to his death in the small alleyway behind the hotel.

It is unclear if police are trying to track down the place that sold the illegal mushrooms to the visiting Singaporeans.

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More Anti-reclamation Protests
Sanur Traffic Brought to a Standstill by Anti-Reclamation Protests

Thousands of Demonstrators gathered at the Catus Pata Monument on the Bypass highway in Sanur, Bali on Sunday, May 7, 2016, to protest once again plans for a massive reclamation project in Benoa Bay under the banners of ForBALI and “Intaran Takes Action.”

The Catus Pata intersection is located in the village of Intaran with the demonstration at the location causing widespread gridlock in the Sanur area of Bali.

NusaBali said the group gathered on Sunday afternoon at 3:00 pm and commenced a long march down Jalan Danau Buyan and filling the Catus Pata Desa Adat intersection at Intaran.

The crowds carried tradition Ogoh-ogoh statues and were accompanied by belaganjur marching orchestras as they brought traffic traveling from every direction to a standstill.

The demonstrators said they were restating their opposition to the Benoa Bay reclamation project, restating the rejection of the mega-project by communities surrounding the harbor, and rejecting biased police interference in the ForBALI protest.

The traditional head of the Intaran community, AA Kompyang Raka, proclaimed an association of 19 surrounding banjars united in their opposition to the reclamation of Benoa Bay.

The Sanur protest gathering ended after two hours with a free concert featuring top local bands.

Have a Seat! Itís a Holiday!
Garuda Adds 45,000 more Seats for the Busy Lebaran Holiday Travel Period

Garuda Indonesia is preparing 45,000 additional seats to meet expected increase in demand over the coming peak travel period of Lebaran.

The additional seats, added by Garuda during the holiday period, represents a 39% increase over the additional seats supplemented by the National Carrier in 2016.

In 2017, the peak season for Lebaran travel is expected between 18 June and 3 July, 2017.

Garuda Indonesia will also establish special communication centers at major airports to assist holiday travelers over the Lebaran Period.

Bali Arrivals Up 22% in Q1 2017
Bali by the Numbers: Bali Heading to Achieve Just Under 6 Million Foreign Tourist for 2017

Foreign tourist arrivals to Bali for Q1 2017 (January-March) totaled 1,330,270 an increase of 21.99% over the 1,090,449 foreign tourists who came to Bali in Q1 2016.

Looking Ahead

If Bali maintains the current 21.99% growth rate in tourist arrivals through the end of 2017 the Island will end the year just short of 6 million foreign tourist visitors.

Q1 2017 Arrivals to Bali by Key Source Markets

Chinese tourists have surged into the top ranking as a source of tourists to Bali sending 394,360 visitors in Q1 of 2017. This represents a 29.65% market share of all foreign visitors and a year-to-date 58.59% increase over the same period in 2016.

Australians, once the top source of Bali visitors, now rank in second-place with 260,503 Australian visitors during Q1 2017. This is a 7.2% improvement over the first three months of 2016 and constitutes a 19.5% market share.

Japanese, who in the now distant past, were the biggest source of Bali visitors, now hold tentative hold on third place with 57,725 visitors in Q1 2017, a 5.2% decrease in comparison with the same period in 2016. Look for Japanese visitors to move into the #4 ranking in April when they get displaced by India.

Indian tourists to Bali are surging, improving 29.85% in Q1 2017 to 52,225 visitors and achieving 4th ranking overall. Indian visitors will supplant Japanese and move into 3rd place in April. The commencement of daily direct flights on AirAsia-X in May will further secure its coming hold on #3 ranking.

Other significant results covering Q1 foreign tourist arrivals to Bali, include:
  • #5 Britain down 1.39% in Q1 2017 (45,565)
  • #6 U.S.A. arrivals increased 16.95% in Q1 2017. At 45,458 for January-March, look for Americans to displace U.K. Visitors and move into #5 in April.
  • #7 South Korean visitors increased 10.16% in the first three months of 2017 at 39.467.
  • #8 Malaysian visitors declined 2.9% in Q1 totaling 39,335.
  • #9 Taiwanese visitors were up 15.15% in Q1 (34,845).
  • #10 Russian visitors are up strongly, increasingly 87.04% in Q1 2017 to total 32,852.
  • #11 Singaporean visitors increased 4.16% in Q1 2017 (31.507).
  • #12 German visitors increased 7.57% in Q1 2017 to 29.104.
  • #13 French tourists declined 6.16% in Q1 (24,934).
  • #14 Dutch tourists increased 3.14% in Q1 (19,143).
  • #15 Canadian tourists increased 10.84% in Q1 (16,315).
  • #16 New Zealand tourists declined 2.83 in Q1 (13,505).
  • #17 Philippine tourists increased 7.8% in Q1 (12,652).
  • #18 Swedish tourists increased 6.10% in Q1 (11,987).
  • #19 Hong Kong tourists increased dramatically by 46.16% in Q1 (9.958).
  • #20 Danish visitors increased 4.25% in Q1 2017(7.414).

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