NUSA LEMBONGAN

Nusa Lembongan is a small island off the southeast coast of the main island of Bali. Quickly becoming one of Bali’s most popular attractions, this island paradise is a world away from the hassle and hectic pace of South Bali. Neither hawkers nor traffic mar the magnificent scenery; this is a fine place to just put your feet up and relax. Main activities include surfing, diving and snorkeling. The water is some of the clearest you will find anywhere, and a vivid aqua blue in colour

Nusa Dua Bali light Festival

Nusa Dua Light Festival is the first event to be held in Peninsula Island Nusa Dua Bali. It will be held on 17 June – 30 July 2017 and will be open from 05:00 – 10:00 pm. Various shapes of lanterns will be displayed with a performance of music and there is also food and beverages stands. You can enjoy the different atmosphere in every hapes of lanterns

Nusa Penida Island – Bali

For a Spiritual journey and extraordinary holiday, you need to go to an extraordinary destination. So if you’re looking to step into a world of awe-inspiring beauty and discover experiences found nowhere else on earth, you’ve come to the right place

There are some neighboring islands near to Bali. There are 3 most famous, located around 20 km away from Bali to the south-east known as Nusa Penida Island, Nusa Ceningan Island and Nusa Lembongan Island. Each of these Islands shares their own unique tourism destination and arts. For many peoples, these three Islands might not be recognized as parts of Bali’s district. Somehow, they give a great contribution to the tourism development in Bali area. Among these three islands, Nusa Penida Island is the largest one, and also well known as the best destination for scuba diving. Although the two others islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan is located separated, they’re still administratively belong to the Nusa Penida area. Administratively, the islands is a district of Klungkung regency. The Badung Strait separates the islands and Bali.

In this archipelago, specially Nusa Penida Island, you will find beautiful pure beaches and some conservation places protecting plants, birds, and also turtle. When you are diving in Nusa Penida Island, you will likely to see the large pelagic, such as Manta Ray’s (Manta Birostris) at some locations and Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish). If you get lucky, you will sometimes see the whale-shark too.

Bali Today

Om Swastiastu …

I’m traveling to Singapore later today to speak at a conference organized by the Ministry of Tourism at the Bugis Village Hotel on February 16th. If you’re a reader in Singapore – particularly if I can provide information on travel to Bali – I’d love to hear from you!

Leading the news this week: An earthquake on Friday in West Sumba was felt in both Bali and Lombok. A South African tourist has died in a motorcycle accident in North Kuta. A Chinese tourist has drowned at Nusa Lembongan. The body of a dead infant has been found on Kuta Beach. And, a Swedish woman claims she was raped by a motorcycle jockey in the Seminyak area.

The trial of Bali-born former Minister Jero Wacik has ended in a guilty verdict and a very light sentence. Prosecutors say they will appeal and seek a stiffer punishment.

Aviation News: Garuda Indonesia and Lion Air are reported to have been in a “near miss” flight situation over West Bali last week. The government has mandated a 5% reduction in the top economy fare that can be charged by Indonesian domestic air carriers. In response, INACA issues a statement disagreeing with the move to reduce the ceiling price on air tickets. Last week, a Lion Air Boeing 747 was forced to “return to base” in Bali after being refused overflight rights in Hong Kong. Garuda reveals plans to increase revenues by 10% in 2016 and secure a 50% market share of all domestic air travel. And, Bali’s deputy governor announces a traffic underpass will be built at the entrance to the Island’s airport.

We have two articles on investing in Bali. Bali has had a record year for foreign and domestic investment in 2015. Last week, investment rules were redrafted allowing more and greater involvement by foreign investors in the Indonesian economy.

The Bali Consumer Protection Agency criticizes PT Telkom for poor infrastructure and abysmal customer service.

Efforts to remove illegal cigarette advertising from main roads in Bali run into opposition and trickery from well-connected tobacco companies.

Blaming high taxes and exchange rates, Harley Davidson closes all its Indonesian dealerships.

Read about a special birthday party for a girl from the jungles of Sumatra held on Valentines Day at the Bali Safari and Marine Park

Bali Mice Guide

Om Swastiastu …

If you’re involved in planning corporate and meeting travel and will be in Jakarta this Thursday, consider dropping us an email to join the Launch Party for the 8th edition of the Bali MICE Guide.

In a world besieged by terror threats, Bali is maintaining a high state of security. We have coverage of the high-profile police presence in leading tourist areas of the Island; complaints that foreign visitors are not getting properly scrutinized at the Gilimanuk Port when entering Bali; and assurances from the Provincial Chief of Tourism that Bali remains a safe tourist destination.

Other leading news this week: North Bali police continue to investigate a written bomb threat delivered to a government office in Buleleng. A Bali police officer may have done irretrievable damage to his law enforcement career by joking about a bomb while waiting for a flight in Makassar. The disgraced former head of the Kuta Police precinct, removed from his post for involvement in extorting money from a group of Australian tourists, has received a one-year demotion. Tourists complain that visitors to the Sekumpul Waterfall in North Bali are subjected to repeated illegal fees demanded by local villagers.

On Saturday, a bridge on the road between Denpasar and Gilimanuk collapsed and is now causing significant traffic disruptions up and down the entire west coast of Bali.

Last week, Bali performed its first successful kidney transplant, signifying another important step in ongoing efforts to bring world-class medical care to the people of Bali.

Responding to the fast-growing travel market from India, Garuda Indonesia has declared its intent to commence flying between Mumbai and Denpasar in 2016.

The Department of Transportation, responding to protests from local taxi drivers, has banned UBER from operating in Bali with immediate effect.

Statistically speaking: The Tanah Lot Complex welcomed 3.17 million visitors in 2016. Meanwhile, Bali tentatively sets a target of 12 million foreign and domestic tourist visitors for 2016.

In the ongoing trial of the Bali-born former Minister of Tourism, Jero Wacik, prosecutors have demanded 9 years in prison and damages amounting to Rp. 18.97 billion payable to the State.

Mount Barujari Volcano in Lombok has been declared “back to normal.” Meanwhile, the lake surrounding the Mount Batur volcano in Bali is declared to be under severe environmental threat.

In other news: Bali’s Governor calls for a shift away from mass tourism to quality tourism. The Bali Agung Show at the Bali Safari and Marine Park has raised the curtain on its 1,500th performance. Immigration makes it easier to apply for a student visa or temporary stay permit by putting the process online. The traffic police have changed the rules for those applying for a motorcycle or car license.

We also have two stories to share of the triumph of the human spirit. Read about a woman on Nusa Penida who runs her own shop despite being born without arms or legs. Equally inspiring is the story of a young man who has built a technically advanced robotic arm to overcome paralysis in his left arm.

Gambuh is Feared to Frail

Various attempts were made to develop and preserve the arts of Bali, but some ancient dances are feared to extinct because there is no next generation who inherit it. “Art of gambuh for example, in addition to the artists that has been very rare, the play is also less attractive for younger generation today,” said the lecturer of Indonesian Arts Institute (ISI) Denpasar, I Nyoman Carita SST, MFA in Denpasar.
Master Degree of Field Study of Choreography University Of California Los Angeles (UCLA), the United States said his party is trying to revitalize gambuh dance along a prominent artist in his village, Singapadu, Gianyar.
Gambuh dance as an inspiration and a source of Balinese dance movement through the revitalization process along a prominent local artist I Ketut Muji (64), is expected to get around to collaborate with other art elements.
The effort is expected to create qualified dance movements, while still holding traditional values ??in Balinese arts.
Gambuh art, the source of all motion and dance, with the new packaging in the dance drama performances as a result of revitalization is expected to attract young people, as well as address concerns about the extinction of that ancient dance.
The revitalization results remain in the pack which is loaded with art and culture of Bali, but the performance is more attractive for audience, including tourists and international community

Limited Bali flights resume after volcanic ash eases

Some Jetstar flights between Australia and Bali have resumed after the volcanic ash cloud over the island began to retract.

Mount Rinjani on the neighbouring island of Lombok started erupting earlier this week, causing major disruptions to air travel.

The airline is only operating flights to and from Bali in daylight hours.

Some flights are still cancelled while others have been rescheduled.

“Following assessment of the latest forecast from the Volcanic Ash Advisory Centre this morning, our senior pilots and expert operational team have determined that the improved flying conditions around Denpasar Airport mean that we can resume limited daytime flights from Bali today,” the airline said on its website.

Virgin Australia has again cancelled its morning services and will make an announcement later today about its afternoon flights.

Passengers are being urged to check the airlines’ websites for updated flight inform

LUWAK COFFEE

We welcome you to experience our delightful FREE RANGE Kopi Luwak coffee. We are one of the first U.S importers to provide you with “Authentic Kopi Luwak” direct from the Island of Indonesia. We only offer 100% top quality Kopi Luwak and NOT a blend!
Kopi Luwak coffee is an exotic gourmet coffee, which comes from the ripest coffee berries that have been eaten and passed through the digestive tract of the Asian palm civet. The Luwak then deposits them in the jungle where the local coffee farmers carefully collect them. This process takes place in the islands of Sumatra, Java, Sulawesi and Bali. Kopi Luwak Coffee is known as the most expensive and rarest coffee in the world and only 500 to 700 Kg. is available per year. The beans are meticulously washed out and are roasted medium/light to keep its complex flavors that develop this desirable coffee
Kopi Luwak began showing up in North America during the 1990s due to the Starbucks-inspired gourmet coffee craze. This coffee is well known in Europe and Asia. It has been sold in the U.S. for up to $595 per pound and can cost as much as $30 for a single brewed cup in some parts of the world. Coffee connoisseurs agree Kopi Luwak is worth every last drop. Its quoted that Kopi Luwak has “Rich and strong aroma, and the coffee is incredibly full bodied, almost syrupy. It’s thick with a hint of chocolate, and lingers on the tongue with a long, clean aftertaste”.
Kopi Luwak Arabica is only grown in the highland elevation between 800 to 2000 meters in Sumatra Indonesia. Kopi Luwak Arabica requires subtropical climates, rich soil, shade and humidity. This coffee is less concentrated in caffeine and holds a sweeter taste.
Kopi Luwak Robusta beans are hardier plants capable of growing well at low altitudes of 200-800 meters in Sumatra Indonesia. Kopi Luwak Robusta is well known worldwide for its mass production. Kopi Luwak Robusta is stronger in caffeine and has a bold earthly taste to it.

Pandawa Beach Bali

Pandawa Beach is a beautiful white sandy beach situated in the valley of white stone cliff, Kutuh Village, south part of Bali Island. The beach is very beautiful with clear water apposite to Indian Ocean offering the exotic panorama, fresh sea breeze and peaceful atmosphere. Bali has much proud as a tourist destination and a new comer of Pandawa Beach is one of the beautiful places to visit on your holiday to this island of paradise. It pamper every visitor to come and visit the beach with the exotic view, the clean beach for swimming, canoeing, surfing and relaxation under rental umbrella or food stalls spread out along the beach
Local Creativity
Formerly, Pendawa Beach is a hidden and secret beach that was very difficult to access due to located in the deep valley and surrounded by the white stone cliff. We must go through a small step down on the cliff with dangerous valley underneath and the only local people can access the beach since they were own daily job as fishermen and seaweed farmer. But today, the old story was changed. Since local people have the great inspiration to build their village, they work together to break the cliff and make the good road and can be accessed by any vehicles. Since the access is created, many visitors from foreign country either domestic visit this beach every day.
A Complimentary of Amazing Panoramic View
When we pass through the new access to Pandawa Beach, we will be provided a complimentary amazing view of white sandy beach with Indian Ocean just in front of it. On the way down to the beach, we will discover several caves with beautiful ornament of white stone statue taking the inspiration of Panca Pandawa (5 big brothers from Mahabaratha epoch). The statues are beautiful craved with Balinese ornaments and to be one of spot for photo taking when visiting this sight.
Pandawa Beach Story
The Pandawa Beach’s name is taken from the name of 5 big brothers at Mahabaratha epoch consisted of Yudistira, Bima, Arjuna, Sahadewa and Nakula. This story had inspired the Balinese Hindu social life those are reflecting their cultures. There are many places, buildings, people’s name, street’s name and plenty firm of items in particular statues, puppets and much more taking from this story and Pandawa Beach is one of them.

When you travel to Bali, Pandawa Beach is a perfect place to visit for relaxation while enjoy this beautiful white sandy beach.

Human Roots’ – Organic Sculptures by Mickael Obrenovitch a Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Through December 4, 2015

“Human Roots” – Mickael Obrenovitch’s exploration into man’s relationship with nature via intricate organic sculptures is underway at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort through December 4, 2015.

After travelling across the ocean and taking part in a successful exhibition at Le French May in Macau, Mickael Obrenovitch’s fascinating ancient teak tree sculptures are returning to their “roots” in Indonesia at the Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua Beach Resort.

Sponsored by the Indonesian French Chamber of Commerce and Industry (IFCCI), the mesmerizing “Human Roots” exhibition will run until the 4th of December and feature 15 organic sculptures fashioned from 200-year-old teak tree roots from the island of Java.

These centuries-old roots are the last vestiges of a rainforest colony abandoned in the ground for scores of years and weathered by the elements and time.

Symbols of nature’s fragility and wisdom, they seem to be gestating and waiting for the sculptor to breathe a second life into them. This collection also aims to confront man with his roots and true nature and highlight the relationship between nature and civilization.

Mickael Obrenovitch is a French contemporary sculptor who is passionate about wood adopting aged roots as the medium of his art. The ensuing process is spiritual and coincides with his perpetual mission to understand the world and our place within the universe. He experiments with the raw materials using fluid lines to embellish and enhance the natural contours, and in doing so attempts to pass on his personal vision of the meaning of life.

Proceeds from the sale of works at “Human Roots” will be used to raise awareness of the preservation of Indonesian rainforests, which are the lungs of Southeast Asia.
“Human Roots”
An Exhibition of Organic Sculptures
By Mickael Obrenovitch

Sofitel Bali Nusa Dua
September 4 – December 4, 2015
Open Daily