Kid’s Zone In Bali

Bali is an extremely welcoming place for kids of all ages, and the Indonesians themselves particularly patient, tolerant and gifted in keeping kids happy. Wherever you go on Bali (with the exception of a few resorts which keep an adult
only policy), your children will be welcomed and most certainly fussed over, picked up and even walked around by staff. There is so much to do on this island paradise, mainly outdoor activities, so remember to keep the liquids and sun-cream topped up and away you all go!

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GALUNGAN AND KUNINGAN MAY 2018

The Balinese celebrate the day of Galungan, which commemorates the triumph of Dharma over Adharma, or good against evil, this May 29 to 31. Second in significance after the Nyepi or Saka New Year, this observance comes twice a Gregorian year, as the Balinese use a 210-day calendar system known as the Pawukon that is the basis for their daily rituals, temple anniversaries and holidays. Galungan is celebrated again December 25-27.

This year the Galungan festivity starts on a Tuesday on May 29 and December 25, when bamboo poles decorated with young coconut leaf decorations line the streets all over Bali. This is a unique welcome to Bali if you happen to be on the island around this time, and usually lasts until Kuningan, another associated observance that comes 10 days after on June 9. Traditionally, Galungan day sees the slaughtering of pigs for communal feasts, as well as baking traditional rice cakes and erecting iconic ‘penjor’ bamboo poles. Continue reading

DIRECT FLIGHT FROM MELBOURNE TO BALI

Qantas will begin flying between Melbourne and Denpasar (Bali) from June 23, 2018
The daily Qantas flights will run alongside those of low-cost sibling Jetstar, which will also step up to a twice-daily service on the route .
Qantas offers a full service with business class options and benefits available for Qantas frequent flyer members.
Qantas already flies between Sydney and Bali.
“In the last five years, we have seen the number of Australians traveling to Bali more than double, with Qantas and Jetstar carrying one point six million customers between them in the last year,” remarked Qantas International CEO Alison Webster.

WEATHER ON BALI IN APRIL

In April we usually expect only a third of the rainfall of March. So…yes…the sunny days have arrived. While March was still in-between rainy season and dry season, in April things change on Bali. Clean beaches, not too windy at the coast, sunny weather and the hotels filling up slowly. Still, it can rain from time to time. Anyhow, it can rain any day in the tropics, so dry does not mean no rain at all. Easter time is high season and things can get crowded in certain areas, accommodation becomes more expensive.

BALI SPIRIT FESTIVAL 2018

11th annual running Bali Spirit Festival 2018 will held on April 2-8, once again gathering like-minded yoga instructors and practitioners of all different levels from Bali and around the world. The festival is also a celebration of east and west through world arts, dance and music through colourful concerts and performances. A packed agenda features numerous health and wellbeing workshops held in various yoga centres in Ubud and around Bali. As in its preceding years, Bali Spirit Festival 2018 anticipates over 6,000 festival-goers from various countries, who’ll descend upon the festival’s outdoor festival grounds. The festival’s concept is rooted in ‘Tri Hita Karana’, a Balinese philosophical axiom that translates to a harmonious relationship spiritually, within society and the natural environment. In all, the festival sets out to foster positive change and spread messages of love and peace toward a global impact. Continue reading

KUTA THEATER BALI – MAGIC AND CULTURAL SHOW

Kuta Theater is where you can witness a cultural show with a unique twist in Bali. The theatre features nightly stage performances, with most of its cast in dazzling Balinese dance costumes, but all of which only serve as cool diversions to the variety of modern illusions and tricks that unfold throughout the act. The theatre is a great alternative to the beach, as well as the bars and nightlife offerings in Kuta or Legian, and is simply a great place to drop by before dinner. The theatre is on the eastern side of Kuta’s Jalan Kartika Plaza, just across from the Bali Garden Beach Resort and upstairs in the second building at the Kuta Centre. The start of the show has the stage curtains opening to a simplified rendition of the Legong Dance. Then the magicians and their supporting actors and actresses take over the scene, performing sets of illusions with a touch of theatrical drama and mystery. Continue reading

Celebrating Nyepi Day in Bali 2018

Nyepi Day in Bali is a New Year celebration unlike anywhere else on the planet. Bali celebrates the Saka New Year as the Bali Day of Silence. It’s ultimately the quietest day of the year, when all of the island’s inhabitants abide by a set of local rules. These bring all routine activities to a complete halt. Roads all over Bali are void of any traffic and nobody steps outside of their home premises. Continue reading

Mount Agung Alert Downgraded – Update 2018

Indonesian authorities lowered the alert status of Bali’s Mount Agung volcano on Saturday following a significant decrease in activity and said thousands of people who have fled its slopes for government shelters may return home.

The decision to downgrade Agung’s status was made after several scientific indicators showed a drastic decrease in activity in the past month. Continue reading

THE CHINESE NEW YEAR IN BALI – FEBRUARY 2018

The Chinese New Year is celebrated world over to pay homage to the Chinese traditions, usher in the New Year and praying it brings more happiness, prosperity and sustenance. The Chinese people take the opportunity to gather and meet with their loved ones and relatives and spend time with them. Another tradition that is important is cleansing the home so that any ill-fortune is swept away making way for good fortune and prosperity.

Visiting The Chinese Temples in Bali

Vihara Dharmayana is a Chinese temple in Kuta that you can visit to witness the amazing celebrations, colours and culture. You will get to see Barongsai dance, prayers, Dragon dance and fireworks; an absolute must see part of the celebrations. A few other temples in the Singaraja region and Denpasar are worth visiting for the festivities. Be sure not to wear black or white as it is considered bad luck; wear your flashiest red or yellow instead! Shades of red, yellow and golden are the favourites for the Chinese New Year and dominates all the activities. Continue reading

Bali Ngurah Rai Airport

Bali airport (Ngurah Rai International Airport) is your main entry point to the island. The airport is in Tuban, an approximate 15 minute drive south of Kuta. Its runway stretches along Bali’s isthmus that connects the Bukit Peninsula with Bali’s mainland. It’s on the island’s south where most of the main resort areas are.

Bali airport’s code is ‘DPS’ for Denpasar, the provincial capital of Bali which is 13km northeast of the airport and just 2km from Bali Garden Beach Resort or only 5minutes by the Car. Ngurah Rai is the world’s smallest international airport, covering only 285 hectares. The airport underwent a major expansion in 2013. Now, it comprises a domestic terminal from where most travellers venture to eastern Indonesia.

 

Arrivals at Bali Airport

After your plane lands at Bali airport, you’ll head inside the arrival terminal. This houses the immigration area where you queue and present your passport and visa. There are two sections, one for Visa-on-Arrival (VoA) and non VoA. As of last update in March 2016, there are 169 nations eligible to enter Indonesia visa-free.

The process should not take longer than 15 minutes; however expect long queues when crowds of fellow passengers arrive. Once through immigration, proceed to baggage claims, and have your baggage claim tag ready. Trolleys around the baggage claim area are available, as well as porter services.

 

Getting to Bali Garden Beach Resort from Bali Airport

Airport Ngurah Rai is in the island’s southern part, where most of the main tourism areas and hotels are. Many hotels operate courtesy shuttles services, so best check with the hotel you booked. Following are several alternative transport options you may opt for.

Reserve a pickup service from the Hotel Reservation 1 day or few days before arrival in Bali. Our reservation will help you to arrange the transport by email to info@baligardenbeachresort.com or call direct to +62361 752725. It will cost you start from IDR. 70.000/car/way

Bali Airport Taxi, or ‘Taksi Ngurah Rai’, is the only taxi service available at the airport. You can find taxi counters outside both terminals. They operate on a pre-paid voucher system sold at the official taxi desk. The services are available 24 hours.

Metered taxis operate outside Bali airport’s grounds. These taxis by other operators aren’t allowed to pickup passengers within the airport. However, walking the distance to the exit, with luggage, and waving for one outside can be inconvenient.

Car rental in bali services are available. Find these at both domestic and international terminals.

Banks, ATMs and Money Changers

The first floor of the domestic terminal features ATMs of national Indonesian banks. These include Bank Mandiri, Bank EXIM, BII, BRI, CIMB and BCA. A money changer is operated by PT Dirgahayu.

Shopping and Duty Free

Bali airport’s duty free shopping offers great convenience. Tax refund is available for items you’ve purchased in Indonesia. Refunds are valid if you’ve spent no longer than two days holiday in Bali. It only applies to minimum purchases of IDR 500,000. Be sure to present the special tax invoice issued by ‘duty free’ specified stores.

Things You Should Know about Bali Airport

Bali airport porter services are available upon arrival. Their published charge is at IDR 5,000. However, it is common practice to pay more, up to IDR 50,000 for a porter’s service. It’s best to take note of the porter’s ID number in an event of an inconvenience. Avoid changing your money in the street or at unauthorized money changers. If you have no other option then always recount your money in front of the teller. Since February 2015, the airport tax or Passenger Service Charge is now included in your passenger ticket.