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Bali Visitor Update For Travelers

Om Swastiastu …

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Violent winds and rains swept through Denpasar and Sanur on Friday, January 13th almost washing Bali Update’s editorial office away and leaving at least 6 trees down in close proximity to our office.. But, we’re still here, albeit a bit soggy.

Bali’s Governor declares the Island is in the midst of a narcotics emergency with at least 2% of the population suspected of being active users of illicit drugs.

In other news: An Australian surfer has reportedly suffered a non-fatal shark attack off the coast of West Bali. Transportation drivers in Bali threaten more demonstrations if the Province does not block online transportation applications. The violent attack on a Ukrainian tourist by the staff of the La Favela Bar in Seminyak has resulted in the arrest of three men and a warning from the police in Bali for Kuta businesses to stop employing members of private gangs as security.

A Bali legislator is urging the Bali Toll Road operators to abandon plans to erect a huge rest area in Benoa Bay.

Bali’s Governor is exploring ways of eradicating rabies with Japanese veterinarians.

Theft and chicanery are in the news. A Russian was caught last week trying to smuggle protected coral and sea life out of Indonesia. An employee of a Kuta hotel has been caught stealing money from a Japanese guests room. And, a French tourist was caught shoplifting from a shop at Bali’s airport.

Five poachers killing deer in the West Bali National Park escaped arrest by Park Rangers, leaving their car, guns, and dead game behind.

Hotel News: Mövenpick Resort & Spa Jimbaran Bali formally opens for business. Colliers International Tracks 18 new hotels and 8 brand changes among hotel in Bali in 2016.

Aviation News: Tigerair Australia has halted flights to Bali after being caught in violation of charter and traffic right agreements. Tigerair has also ceased selling tickets to Bali until March 25, 2017. Lion Air has halted the delivery of 30 new planes in 2016 in order to consolidate and rationalize their troubled operations. Bali’s airport announces plans for facility improvements in 2017. And, Garuda Indonesia will add more charter flights to China to handle increased passenger numbers over the Lunar New Year period.

Lombok Mount Rinjani Park records more than 91,412 visitors in 2016.

Hungry for steak? Read our recommendation on where to find the best steak value in Bali.

Upcoming Bali events:
* Mostly Jazz at the Griya Santrian Hotel in Sanur on January 22, 2017.
* Australia Day Golf Tournament, Thursday, January 26, 2017.
* Begawan Foundation ‘Starling Night’ Art Exhibition and Silent Auction Friday, February 10, 2017.
* World Ocean Summit in Bali February 22-24, 2017.

World Ocean Summit Comes to Bali February 22-24, 2017

From Sea to Shining Sea
World Ocean Summit Comes to Bali February 22-24, 2017

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(12/11/2016) The 4th World Ocean Summit, supported by The Economist Magazine, will take place in Bali February 22-24, 2017.

The stated goals of the Summit are to “bring a critical eye to the vital issue on how to finance a sustainable ocean economy.” Participants will discuss how to mobilize capital to drive scalable, sustainable investment in the oceans.

Organizers foretell that the conventional economy of the past is moving to a “blue” or sustainable economy that opens new economic and investment opportunities.

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This transition must be undertaken with great care because the world’s oceans are under great environment pressure. While much is being made of environmentally sustainable enterprises involving the oceans, critical efforts are needed to ensure word and deeds match the stated goals of creating a “green” or, in this case, a “blue” world.

The conference will exchange ideas, publicize best “blue” economy practice and identify sources of capital for worthy businesses.

World Ocean Summit 2017 Website

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Bali Music and Activities January 2017

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Sunday Night Music in Sanur
Griya Santrian in Sanur Continues Series of “Mostly Jazz” Events.

(12/4/2016) The Griya Santrian Hotel on Sanur Beach in Bali will continue its line-up of exciting “Mostly Jazz” evenings in December 2016 and January 2017.

Performances are held once every two weeks on Sunday evenings.
The music start at 7:00 pm on the beach in front of the Wantilan Restaurant.

Admission is Rp. 250,000 per person and includes the show, dinner, and one drink.

Advance bookings can be made by Email or by telephoning +62-(0)361-288181.

Indra Lesmana – an Indonesian Jazz legend in his own right who now resides in Bali, coordinates the performances.

Here’s the exciting array of coming musical events at “Mostly Jazz” at The Griya Santrian:

Sunday, December 18, 2016 – Calvin Jeremy Sihombing

Calvin Jeremy Sihombing, born in Jakarta in 1991, is a well-known Indonesian singer and songwriter. Commencing his musical career in 2010 with the launch of a number of successful singles including “Dua Cinta Satu Hati”, “Ada Untukmu”, and “Nostalgia”.

His first album “Selamanya” was released in 2010 by Universal Music Indonesia with arrangements by senior jazz musician, Dian Pramana Poetra.

Calvin’s distinctive husky and falsetto vocals are inspired, to some degree, by his musical idol John Mayer. In July 2011, Calvin Jeremy collaborated with the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, creating the video clip “Wanita Tak Biasa”, shot in Bali and Komodo that was used to promote national tourism.

Sunday, January 8, 2017 – Endah and Rhesa

Endah N Rhesa is a musical project featuring acoustic guitar, bass and vocal. Performing in the genre of folk, jazz, blues, rock and roll, and ballads – Endah Widiastuti (vocal, guitar) and Rhesa Aditya (bass) began their collaboration in 2003.

Endah and Rhesa first began performing at campus events in September 2015,

Endah N Rhesa released their first album “Seluas Harapan” – a collection of songs written in 2008-2015.

Sunday, January 22, 2017 – Angga Maliq

Ksatria Graha Puradiredja – also known as Angga Puradiredja or Angga Maliq & D’Essentials – was born in Jakarta in February 1980.

Angga Maliq has appeared as a lead vocalist for Maliq & D’Essentials.

In 2002, he set up Maliq & D’Essentials. Angga, together with his brother Widi, conceptualize, produce, compose, arrange and compose musical hits.

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Bali Update January 9, 2017

In what many hope signals the “beginning of the end” to the polemic over the reclamation of Benoa Bay, the Government is ordering a complete and independent review of the project tp be conducted by Bali’s Udayana University and The World Bank.

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Leading the news this week: Ary Setya, a well-known Event Organizer in Bali, has died in a domestic dispute in Denpasar. Police are classifying the fall of a Central Javanese tourist into the ocean at the Uluwatu Temple Complex a suicide. And, 36 families of traditional fishermen on Serangan Island are now homeless after Bali police execute an eviction notice.

Street Justice in the news: One purse thief was injured and another killed when they were set upon by an angry crowd. In a separate but related item, Police in West Denpasar are asking people to turn captured thieves over to police after two teenage boys stealing food were humiliated and beaten on New Year’s Eve.

Travel professions express shock at a 20% drop in length-of-stay for visiting tourists that has largely rendered recent increases in tourist numbers a “zero sum game.”

Weather remains in the news. Rain is blamed for dramatic increases in the price of chilies island-wide and for failing grape crops in North Bali.

We have an update on continuing efforts to capture crocodiles roaming the metropolitan river delta in South Denpasar.

Police are now looking into possible criminal violations in connection with the construction and operation of the Level 21 Mall and Cinema XXI complex in downtown Denpasar.

Cruise News: The North Bali port of Celukan Bawang lacks proper infrastructure to handle the growing number of cruise ship visits. While at the Island’s South, the Port of Benoa experienced a decline in cruise passenger visits in 2016.

We have news this week of the death of two foreign nationals who made a difference in Bali: Bamboo campaigner Linda Garland and musicologist Richard Kaal.

Police Inspector General Petrus Golose has assumed top command of the Bali Police.

Officials in the Regency of Gianyar have set targets and goals for 2017 to improve the visitor experience in Ubud.

In hotel news, an unruly Englishman has been shown the door at least one hotel in Bali.

Aviation News: The Citilink Pilot who was off-loaded from a flight in Surabaya for exhibiting bizarre behavior has been fired and had his pilot’s license revoked. And, the newly renovated Blimbingsari Banyuwangi Airport will offer direct flight connections from Jakarta starting in April 2017.

Bali Beaches: A Professional Shares Her Pictures and Stories About Travel To Bali

POSTCARDS FROM BALI: THE BEACHES


Our first sighting of a Balinese beach was on our first morning here on the island.
We were up and ready early. As you do in Australia to catch the best of the beach conditions.
Turns out that that doesn’t happen in Bali. Despite the UV rating being off the charts, no-one was on the beach. Except for a handful of hawkers hoping to catch unsuspecting first-time tourists.
Umm, that would be us.
And as we stood on Legian Beach, watching the onshore winds throw a churned up, murky sea on to the shore, we really did look like Bali newbies.
So we did what newbies do and packed in the whole beach idea and went shopping.
Yesterday was different.
We asked our driver, Dewa, to take us in search of some nice beaches.
First stop Nusa Dua.
This was an eye-opener – this area is home to some stunning white coral beaches but it is also an enclave for the many of the 5 star hotels on the island.
So much so you have to be staying at one of these hotels to use most sections of the beach.
On the eve of Australia Day, I have to say, Australians have it good in this respect. Our beaches are free and open to all.
At Nusa Dua, there is one public beach section and we immediately availed ourselves of the facilities. That entailed buying our way into the beach club, pool and lounges with the purchase of a few drinks.
Mr SY hired a board for $15 and paddled out to the break while we lolled around like jellyfish in the lagoon.

Number one son and I were asked by students of an international school if they could practise their English on us. Happily we did.

Decided that this was nowhere near enough beach beauty for one day and declared we needed another stunning view for lunch.
This view from Single Fin, Uluwatu, worked back nicely with fish tacos and a couple of mojitos. Thank-you very much.

Next up, a visit to what used to be a deserted beach. Then along came the Eat Pray Love film crew and a certain night beach scene … And well, every man and his dog visits Padang Padang for a swim.

Well, every man and his dog except Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem …