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Bali Increases Conservation Efforts To Tackle Water Scarcity Across Island

Although Bali is surrounded by water, the island is facing water scarcity that is predicted to last until 2030. Many islands in Indonesia, including Bali and Java, and Nusa Tenggara are all facing water scarcity as a result of climate change. Bali-based NGO Puri Kauhan Ubud Foundation launched a new program this week to increase …

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Bali Health Office Advises Local Hotels To Keep 20% Capacity For Covid Isolation

A new variant of Covid-19 in Bali has become a cause for concern for many communities across the island. On Friday 10th June Bali’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin announced the detection of four cases of Covid-19 Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 in Bali in late May. Although Minister Sadikin confirmed that the presence of the …

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Direct Flights From Gold Coast To Bali Announced

As demand for flights to Bali from Australia soars, travelers from the Gold Coast have a reason for celebration this week as Virgin Australia announces the first-ever Gold Coast to Bali flight schedule. Until now, travelers from the Gold Coast who wanted to visit Bali had to travel over an hour north up the coast …

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6 Year Old Girl Conquers Bali’s Highest Peak, Mount Agung

A six-year-old girl from Bali has put her determination into action and climbed to the summit of Bali’s Mount Agung. The active volcano stands at 3,031m high and is the highest point on the island of Bali. The volcano last erupted on the 13th of June 2019 and is the most strenuous hike in Bali. …

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Official Clarifies Statement On New Covid Variant In Bali And Encourages Vaccinations

On Friday 10th June 2022, Bali’s Health Minister Budi Gunadi Sadikin held a press conference to announce the news that there was a new variant of Covid-19 spreading in Bali. He said that four cases of Omicron BA.4 and BA.5 were detected in Bali for the first time in May.  He told the public ‘the …

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28-Year-Old Australian Tourist Dies At Hotel In Bali

Bali’s Badung Police Department has released a statement to confirm that an Australian national was found dead in their hotel room on Friday 10th June. Tyler Turgay Kay, 28, from Australia was found in his hotel room by the hotel’s staff. The alarm was raised when Kay did not answer his phone or the knocks …

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Tanzanian Model And Her Toddler Deported From Bali After Overstaying 2 Years

A 29-year-old Tanzania woman has been deported to Bulgaria following a complex overstay in Bali. The Tanzanian model, known to the press by her initials GPN arrived in Bali on a 30-day tourist visa on arrival in February 2020. She extended the 30-day visa for another 30 days, as is permitted. During this 30-day extension …

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Australian Tourist Questioned By Police After Climbing Sacred Tree In Bali Temple

An Australian tourist has been bought in for questioning by Bali police and immigration teams after he climbed a sacred Banyan tree in the graveyard of a Balinese temple. Samuel Lockton was caught by the temple’s pecalang team (traditional community security) as he was climbing the weeping branches of the Banyan tree. Lockton was topless …

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Bali Announces Line Up For Ubud Food Festival 2022

The 6th Ubud Food Festival will be held across venues around the Ubud area from 24th-26th June. The organizers of the Ubud Food Festival have announced the lineup for the 3-day event. The festival is returning to Bali after a 2-year break due to the pandemic. With two years to plan and prepare, organizers are …

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Ancient Meditation Cave Discovered In Bali Village Set To Be Opened To The Public

A Balinese land owner has made one of the most significant archeological discoveries on the island in years. Wayan Puja, from Banjar Dalem in Pejaten Village in Tabanan Regency, recently discovered a man-made cave complex lying beneath his farmland. The discovery is of huge cultural significance and both the Tabanan Culture Service and Wayan Puja …

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Batik Air Relaunches Bali to Melbourne Flight Route

Malaysia’s budget airline Batik Air has announced that their Bali-Melbourne flight schedule will resume as of 17th June 2022. The announcement comes just in time for the beginning of Bali’s first viable peak season since the pandemic began.  The resumption of the Melbourne to Bali route brings a reason for celebration on both sides of …

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Bali Welcomes Over 1 Million Travelers In May

Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport has released its flight data for May 2022. The airport experiences a 64% increase in passengers, welcoming over one million travelers through the terminal during the month. Ngurah Rai airport is the main port of entry for both domestic and international travelers. The official figures shared by the airport’s management team …

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