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Mt. Agung Update – October 2017

Bali's highest volcano Mt Agung, seen from the black sand beach at Amed village in East Bali, Indonesia.

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All business in our region continues to operate as normal with no impact from the Mount Agung warning.

Our hotels are all more than 50 km from Mount Agung and operating as normal.

We recognize some travelers are hesitant to come to Bali as Australian insurers will currently not provide travel cover.

We will take away any concerns you have allowing you to travel to Bali with the following assurances. Continue reading

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5 Best Shopping Malls in Bali

These 5 best shopping malls in Bali comprise a selection of the island’s most notable, found in major resort areas such as Kuta, Tuban and Nusa Dua, and Bali’s provincial capital of Denpasar which caters more to locals. As a resort island destination, Bali may be lacking in high-rising buildings and wealth of glitzy shopping malls, however some in these picks are quite large complexes with plenty in the way of dining and entertainment. The Kuta Beachwalk, for instance, is a massive beachfront shopping, dining and lifestyle centre in Kuta with a design that is perhaps one of its kind in Indonesia, and with some of its tenants serving as destinations on their own. Others are home to great department stores and gift shops where you can source for quality fashion items or souvenirs, saving you the trip and the hard haggling at Bali’s major art markets. Escape the heat of the day, watch a movie, or simply go on a spree at these best shopping malls in Bali!

1. KUTA BEACHWALK

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Kuta Beachwalk broke grounds in 2012 as one of the most ambitious projects along Kuta’s main beach drive of Jalan Pantai Kuta. The shopping, dining and entertainment complex is the first and only of its kind on the island, boasting a freeform, airy and unique design that is a major departure from the typical mall. It has various luxury brand shops and boutique tenants over its three levels, with some of its venues on its topmost western edge, such as VH Bali, offering great views over Kuta’s rolling surf and sunsets. Besides standalone restaurants near its street side, there’s a major food court with a huge variety from local to international dishes, and it’s even home to one of the largest cinema chains in Indonesia, the XXI Cineplex. In all, it’s a great spot to escape to whenever you’re feeling peckish or want to escape the heat of the day while on Kuta Beach.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Pantai Kuta, Kuta
Tel: +62 (0)361 846 4 888


 

2. DISCOVERY SHOPPING MALL

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One of the longer established shopping hubs in Kuta is Discovery Shopping Mall, located right beside the Discovery Kartika Plaza hotel, and across the road from the Waterbom Bali water park. It features a great beachside location with an open-air amphitheatre right on Kuta Beach. Inside, you’ll find numerous fashion and lifestyle outlets spread well over its three levels, together with restaurants and franchise fast food outlets serving a wide range of snacks and cuisines. You can enter the mall either street side on Jalan Kartika Plaza, or up the flight of stairs from the beach. There’s also a large souvenir market on its southern side, where you can source for great handicrafts and Balinese knick-knacks without the hard bargaining.
Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Kuta
Tel: +62 (0)361 755 522


3. BALI COLLECTION SHOPPING MALL

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Following suit to its five-star resort location in Nusa Dua, The Bali Collection offers a high-end shopping experience, comprising a Sogo department store and tenants boasting famous international brands. Food and beverage outlets, spa centres, and much more are all clustered together in a hassle-free open-space shopping square. Unlike other shopping destinations on the island, you will find the Bali Collection very clean and well-maintained with trees, benches, as well as eateries conveniently laid out. Due to its exclusive feel, you may find a shopping scene with a lesser crowd compared to other malls.

Opening Hours: 09:30 – 22:00
Location: Bali Tourism Development Centre Complex, Nusa Dua
Tel: +62 (0)361 771 662
Website : www.bali-collection.com


4. MAL BALI GALERIA

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Mal Bali Galeria is one of Bali’s most well-established shopping malls, appealing to both locals and visitors. It serves as an unofficial landmark complementing the Simpang Dewaruci roundabout connecting Kuta with Nusa Dua and Sanur, therefore quite hard to miss. The mall underwent a series of upgrades and changes throughout the years, with the most recent additions being one of the largest ACE Hardware stores in Bali, a large Hypermart chain supermarket, several notable international fashion brands stores and an expanded multiple storey carpark. Embracing a ‘family mall’ concept, the Galeria comprises numerous dining outlets, regular live entertainment scheduled in its central courtyard, and there’s an adjoining Cineplex too, making it a favourite weekend destination

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 22:00
Location: Jalan Bypass Ngurah Rai, Simpang Dewa Ruci, Kuta
Tel: +62 (0)361 755 277


5. LIPPO MALL KUTA

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Part of the large chain of shopping malls under the Indonesian Lippo group of companies, Lippo Mall Kuta is the closest mall to the Ngurah Rai Airport in Tuban, and features a spacious front area with a mini food court that is easily accessible on your walks along Jalan Kartika Plaza. Inside are various fashion stores and tenants occupying its three levels, all surrounding a large central atrium that is regularly turned into a special event space. Downstairs at its basement level is a unique ‘sunken plaza’ where most of the favourite restaurants are located, such as Cosmic Diner, Bali Kobo, a Starbucks, and Batan Waru restaurant which serves local cuisine. Upstairs is a department store and an Amazing Kuta games arcade.

Opening Hours: 10:00 – 21:00
Location: Jalan Kartika Plaza, Lingkungan Segara, Kuta
Tel: +62 (0)361 846 946 5

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KUTA BEACH FESTIVAL 2017

Welcome to this fascinating event known as Kuta Karnival in Bali, Indonesia. The Kuta Karnival event will be starting from October 2017 on the glorious Kuta beach in Bali. The previous edition of this event has witnessed large number of tourists from round the globe in Bali. This years Kuta Karnival promises more fun and excitement on the beaches of Kuta, Bali. There will be series of event like opening ceremony with Kite Festival, Balinese Arts, Cartoon exhibitions, Movie Screening, Bali Food Festival, Sand Sculpture Competition and lots more.

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JENJA WEEKENDERS X CARL CRAIG

Carl Craig is described as a creative visionary, an electronic music icon, an esteemed Grammy-nominated composer, a world-class DJ and an ambassador for his native Detroit. Yet the common thread that runs through Craig’s broad musical canon and creative projects is a resounding fascination with futurism. The prolific producer has cultivated a unique path as an artist, entrepreneur, and civic leader, guided by his tendency toward forward thinking.

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Soundrenaline 2017

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Indonesia’s largest music festival with the concept of collaboration between musicians and artists eventhough Soundrenaline 2017 is known only as a reliable musical performance. In the fifteenth time, Soundrenaline will be held again two days, 9 & 10 September 2017 at Garuda Wisnu Kencana (GWK). Tickets are Rp 200,000 for a one-day pass and Rp 250,000 for a two-day pass.

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A wide range of quality musicians, both locally and abroad will be coming back to enliven Soundrenaline 2017.

The interesting part from the event Soundrenaline is an increasingly large portion for indie music. Exactly like a year ago (2016), Glass House Effect, Neonomora, Kimokal, and Barasuara performed. So for those of you who like indie music, this is an event that should not be missed.

Not to mention the appearance of Simple Plan is so mesmerizing. Then there is The Temper Trap and Bloc Party. The appearance of a complete musician from various musical genres can provide something new for the audience.

In this year, 2017 Soundrenaline will be going into the 15th times. Wow. Yes, this event has been going on since the early 2000s and continue to draw attention from music observers.

Local artists scheduled to perform this year include Kelompok Penerbang Roket, NAIF, Sheila on 7, Payung Teduh, Tulus and Elephant Kind. (tha/kes)

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Sanur Village Festival 2017

The 12th annual Sanur Village Festival 2017 (SVF 2017) held from 9-13 August 2017 will present an awakening festival by realizing, kindling and sharing the nation unity spirit with Bhinneka Tunggal Ika or Unity in Diversity values.

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SVF 2017 programs also place the spirit of state unity and nationalism in the form of symbols, images, and messages according this context. The public visiting SVF can hopefully become an integrated part in this awakening process.

In Sanur Village Festival there will be not only Indonesian music performance, but also Environmental Actions, marine Water Sport, Kite Festival, and other attractions that will entertain visitors while enjoying various snacks and drinks from the food bazaar.

Visit sanurvillagefestival.com/events for details.

Event Details
Event Name : Sanur Village Festival 2017
Date : Wed, 9 Aug 2017 – Sun, 13 Aug 2017
Venue Name : Various venues, Sanur
Ticket : Free & paid events

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BABY TURTLE RELEASE 2017

Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS) is an organization running a conservation program for endangered sea turtles.
Relocate sea turtle eggs from the beach to a central hatchery to protect the eggs and increase hatching rates.

The Kuta beach Sea Turtle Conservation Program is a non profit and non government program that aims to protect sea turtles and their habitat to raise public awareness regarding on sea turtle protection. Sea turtle nesting season on Kuta Beach is from March to September each year, while hatching season is from April to October each year. They will release the baby sea turtle the day after they hatch from the nest. The early and the late in the season of baby sea turtle release will vary, thus make sure to follow their facebook profile at Bali Sea Turtle Society (BSTS). Its a FREE a program. Collect a Token/ticket for baby turtle release from the Kuta Beach Sea Turtle Conservation Center at 4pm. The Token will entitle you to release 1 baby turtle. Its FREE, donation are welcome. Number of baby turtle are limited, make sure you come before 4pm and queue for token. Everyone is invited to come and watch the turtle release. Location : Right on Kuta Beach Time : Normally gathering at 4.30pm and release at 5:00pm Open for public but children will be prioritize to release the turtle. For more information of this program, you can support them and find more detail at www.baliseaturtle.org

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The Bali Kites Festival 2017

The Bali Kites Festival is a series of kiting events that take place annually between July and August (sometimes through October), notably at the start of the windy season. The kite festivals are one of Bali’s major provincial calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. The festival is slated for various dates, with main events customarily taking place along the eastern coast of Padanggalak, just north of Sanur. Main preliminary events are usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favourable weather, therefore planning ahead to witness the event is usually a last-minute deal. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.

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What started off as a seasonal agrarian festival thanking the heavens for abundant crops and harvests, has become a competitive ground for communal ‘banjar’ youth groups who send their ‘sekaa layangan’ kite teams to participate and win prize money from sponsors. A competition is also usually held for ‘new creation’ kites, which may include detailed three-dimensional figures and unusual designs, from Hindu gods, cars and motorbikes, to mascots and brand sponsors. A gamelan orchestra accompanies each troupe, adding to the joyous spirit of the Bali Kites Festival and the drama of take-off and landing sequences.

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The Balinese traditional kites are gigantic and have evolved into increasingly bombastic proportions over the years, measuring up to four metres in width and 10 metres in length. Some other versions, such as the ‘janggan’ type have impressive flowing ribbon tails often reaching 100 metres or more in length. Jointly built at the communal ‘banjar’ village halls all over Bali, skilled youths, supervised by elders, craft bamboo frameworks for weeks up to the major event. Lightweight fabrics are selected according to an agreed-upon colour scheme and some are fitted with intricately carved heads. The final results await transport – usually by truck and requiring special escort along small Balinese roads – towards the Bali Kites Festival flying grounds on Padanggalak Beach.

Don’t worry if you missed out on the main opening festival events in July. There are various competitions to witness throughout the second half of the year, which are also highlighted annually as part of the festivity. Following is the tentative line-up of 2017 Bali kite events, as announced earlier in the year by the Bali Kites Association or Pelangi (Persatuan Layang-Layang Indonesia, Bali chapter). Normally, dates may shift following favourable weather conditions:

  1. Pitik Kite Festival: 1-2 July, Pedungan, Denpasar
  2. Bali Kite Festival: 3-5 July (or 7-9 July), Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
  3. Dangin Peken Dhananjaya Cup Kite Festival: 22-23 July, Mertasari Beach, Sanur
  4. Belega Kite Competition: 18-20 September, Belega, Gianyar
  5. Pelangi Gianyar Kite Competition: 31 July – 2 August (or 8-9 August), Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
  6. Sanur Kite Competition (Sanur Village Festival): 3-6 (or 28-30) August, Mertasari Beach, Sanur
  7. Denpasar Kite Competition: 7-9 August, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
  8. Biaung Kite Competition: 12-13 (or 14-15) August, Padanggalak Beach, Sanur
  9. Banjar Banjaran Kite Competition: 17 August, Abiansemal, Badung
  10. Klungkung Kite Competition: 17 August, Klungkung
  11. Pelangi Denpasar Kite Competition: 19-20 August, Denpasar
  12. Tanjung Kite Competition: 21-23 (or 26-27) August, Sanur
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BALI ARTS FESTIVAL 2017

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The Bali Arts Festival is a cultural treat for lucky visitors who are in Bali until mid July. The festival traditionally starts on the second Saturday of June and runs through the month of July. It is the perfect moment to witness Bali’s wealth of performing arts together with various cultural highlights from other islands in Indonesia. As one of the main highlights in Bali’s calendar of events, the annual celebration features various artworks and cultural achievements, inviting locals and international visitors to the Taman Werdhi Budaya Arts Centre in Denpasar where most of the daily exhibitions and art performances are focused. Continue reading

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Bali Blues Festival is back in 2017!

Save your date with Blues marker on May 26th & 27th 2017, only at Peninsula Island,  Nusa Dua – Bali.

Guest stars : Gugun Blues Shelter, Sixstrings, BluesMates, Indo Guitars Hero, CrazyHorse, Sekertariat Bali Guitar Club, Indra Lesmana, SOULed OUT, SUNBURST, Jhon & Jail Story.

Get your Early Bird tickets only IDR 100.000 starts from Feb 14 – Mar 14 2017.

Ticket available on: RajaKarcis | Tokopedia | Bukalapak | KASKUS | OLX Indonesia | Eventbrite Continue reading