Indonesia’s 5 New Bali, Indonesia to Explore after Pandemic

Indonesia’s 5 New Bali, Indonesia to Explore after Pandemic

A couple days ago, we heard the most amazing thing in 2020 from the mouth of our beloved president, Joko Widodo: that every person of Indonesian nationality will be given a FREE Covid-19 Vaccination when the vaccines are finally ready in 2021. Knowing the pessimistic nature of his countrymen, the President announced that he would be the first to get vaccinated; hence putting all doubts and fear away. Well, hurrah for that, Mr. President! We really can’t wait for this pandemic to be over with, and to live freely like we used to be.

We know what this means, don’t we? Passports will be stamped, planes will be packed, tourist destinations will be full of people, and entertainment are no longer limited. Oh, yes. So ready for 2021! Now, though, when we finally can travel like we used to, where will you go first? Home to your country? Continue country-hopping as you go? If you don’t feel like it’s a good idea to go that far, why don’t you just go within Indonesia?

You read that right. In its newest Tourism Promotion, Indonesia announced some new tourism destinations dubbed “The New Balis,” after the tropical holiday Mecca located just to the left of Java main island. If you want to know more about these new holiday spots, keep on reading. Who knows, you might find something interesting. Here are Indonesia’s New Balis and just a bit of tips on what you definitely should do over there.

  1. Danau Toba

Lake Toba (Indonesian: Danau Toba) is a large natural lake in North Sumatra, Indonesia, occupying the caldera of a supervolcano. It is the largest lake in Indonesia and the largest volcanic lake in the world. Lake Toba is the site of a supervolcanic eruption estimated at VEI 8 that occurred 69,000 to 77,000 years ago, representing a climate-changing event. Recent advances in dating methods suggest a more accurate identification of 74,000 years ago as the date.

It is the largest-known explosive eruption on Earth in the last 25 million years. It has been accepted that the eruption of Toba led to a volcanic winter with a worldwide decrease in temperature between 3 to 5 °C (5.4 to 9.0 °F), and up to 15 °C (27 °F) in higher latitudes. Additional studies in Lake Malawi in East Africa show significant amounts of ash being deposited from the Toba eruptions, even at that great distance, but little indication of a significant climatic effect in East Africa.

  1. Bromo

Mount Bromo (Indonesian: Gunung Bromo), is an active volcano and part of the Tengger massif, in East Java, Indonesia. At 2,329 meters (7,641 ft) it is not the highest peak of the massif, but is the best known. The massif area is one of the most visited tourist attractions in East Java, Indonesia. The volcano belongs to the Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. The name of Bromo derived from Javanese pronunciation of Brahma, the Hindu creator god.

On the fourteenth day of the Hindu festival of Yadnya Kasada, the Tenggerese people of Probolinggo, East Java, travel up the mountain in order to make offerings of fruit, rice, vegetables, flowers and sacrifices of livestock to the mountain gods by throwing them into the caldera of the volcano. The origin of the ritual lies in the 15th century legend. On the sand plain, locally called Segara Wedi (lit. sand ocean), sits a Hindu temple called Pura Luhur Poten. The temple holds a significant importance to the Tenggerese scattered across the mountain villages, such as Ngadisari, Wonokitri, Ngadas, Argosari, Ranu Prani, Ledok Ombo and Wonokerso. The temple organises the annual Yadnya Kasada ceremony which lasts for about one month.

  1. Wakatobi

Wakatobi Regency is a group of ca. 150 islands forming an administrative regency located in Southeast Sulawesi, Indonesia. The capital of the regency is located on Wangi-wangi Island, has an area of 473.62 square kilometers and had a population of 92,922 at the 2010 Census.

Wakatobi is also the name of a national park established in 1996, with a total area of 1.39 million hectares that consists of marine biodiversity hotspot known as Wallacea and coral reefs, which condition and scale occupy one of the highest priorities of marine conservation in Indonesia. Wakatobi islands is a part of the Coral Triangle, which contains one of the richest marine biodiversity on earth.

Wakatobi Biosphere Reserve. Wakatobi has been designated in the World Network of Biosphere Reserves by the Man and the Biosphere Programme of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on 11 July 2012. The world’s major ecosystem types and landscapes represented in this Network are devoted to conserving biological diversity, promoting research and monitoring, as well as seeking to provide models of sustainable development in the service of humankind.

  1. Labuan Bajo

Labuan Bajo is a fishing town located at the western end of the large island of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia. It is the capital of the West Manggarai Regency (Kabupaten Manggarai Barat), one of the eight regencies which are the major administrative divisions of Flores.

Once a small fishing village, Labuan Bajo (also spelled Labuhanbajo and Labuanbajo) is now a tourist center as well as a centre of government for the surrounding region. Facilities to support tourist activities are expanding quickly although the rapid rise in the numbers of visitors is imposing some strains on the local environment.

Labuan Bajo is the gateway for trips across the nearby Komodo National Park to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, both home to the famous Komodo dragons.

There are numerous snorkling points in the islands close to Labuan Bajo. Kanawa and Seraya Islands, for example, offer good diving and snorkeling sites. Currents can be strong at some sites however so care is needed. Labuan Bajo is the gateway for trips across the nearby Komodo National Park to Komodo Island and Rinca Island, both home to the famous Komodo dragons.

There are numerous snorkling points in the islands close to Labuan Bajo. Kanawa and Seraya Islands, for example, offer good diving and snorkeling sites. Currents can be strong at some sites however so care is needed.

  1. Raja Ampat

Located off the northwest tip of Bird’s Head Peninsula on the island of New Guinea, in Indonesia’s West Papua province, Raja Ampat, or the Four Kings, is an archipelago comprising over 1,500 small islands, cays, and shoals surrounding the four main islands of Misool, Salawati, Batanta, and Waigeo, and the smaller island of Kofiau.

The Raja Ampat archipelago straddles the Equator and forms part of Coral Triangle which contains the richest marine biodiversity on earth. Raja Ampat is considered the global center of tropical marine bio-diversity and is referred to as The Crown Jewel of the Bird’s Head Seascape, which also includes Cenderawasih Bay and Triton Bay. The region contains more than 600 species of hard corals, equaling about 75 percent of known species globally, and more than 1,700 species of reef fish – including on both shallow and mesophotic reefs.

Compared to similar-sized ecosystems elsewhere in the world, this makes Raja Ampat’s biodiversity the richest in the world. Endangered and rare marine mammals such as Dugongs, whales (such as blue or/and pygmy blue, bryde’s, less known omura’s, sperm), dolphins, and orcas occur here. In northeast region of Waigeo island, local villagers have been involved in turtle conservation initiatives by protecting nests or relocating eggs of leatherback, olive ridley and hawksbill turtles. Their works are supported by local government, and NGOs.

There you are, the 5 new Balis you can explore when the travel ban is lifted next year. Will we see you there? Hopefully. Until then, take care and stay safe!

Best Tegenungan Coffee in Bali

It seems like most of the habitant of the world is separated into two big groups: one who drinks tea, and one who drinks coffee. With coffee shops filling every nooks and crannies these days, it sure is not a problem for you coffee lovers to have a cup of those dark and bitter liquid you love so much. There you go, now you got a hint of what group we belong to.

Personal preferences aside, we do understand why some people love coffee so much. The aroma you get when boiling water touches the grinded beans are, admittedly, heavenly. The taste itself, though, may not suit everybody; not without a hint of sugar, or some milk. Don’t get us start on the history. Great coffee always come with a story; that, we know. While you stay on this island, what kind of local coffee have you tried?

If you did not know, Indonesia is geographically and climatologically well-suited for coffee plantations, near the equator and with numerous interior mountainous regions on its main islands, creating well-suited microclimates for the growth and production of coffee. As one of the lands with the best soil in Indonesia, Bali produces some great coffee that we all know and love so much.

The highland region of Kintamani, between the volcanoes of Batukaru and Agung, is the main coffee-growing area on Bali. Many coffee farmers on Bali are members of a traditional farming system called Subak Abian, which is based on the Hindu philosophy of “Tri Hita Karana”. According to this philosophy, the three causes of happiness are good relations with God, other people and the environment.

This philosophy, specifically ‘happiness with the environment’ favors the production of organic coffee, or at least the use of organic fertilizers and the lack of use of agrochemicals. The Subak Abian system is ideally suited to the production of fair trade coffee production because the Subak organizes smallholders, which is often a requirement of fair trade certification.

From Kintamani we have the Kintamani Arabica and of course the most familiar one, Robusta. Generally, Balinese coffee is processed using the wet method. This results in a sweet, soft coffee with good consistency. Typical flavors include lemon and other citrus notes. If you have not tried them before, you definitely should. Better yet, try them while you sit in a cozy place surrounded (from afar) with great people and great food. Try them after you walk down and up that patch of natural Tegenungan Waterfall and feel the rich warmth of the drink wash down your tiredness. Have the ultimate Tegenungan Coffee experience.

Now, let’s get to know the place first. Tegenungan Waterfall locally known as Air Terjun Tegenungan is one the most popular and visited waterfall in Bali. It is located within a tropical jungle in the village of Kemenuh, Sukawati sub-distric, Gianyar regency, Bali, Indonesia. Tegenungan Waterfall offers a picturesque view in a hidden space of Bali. The blooming trees in the surroundings have successfully completed the beauty of this waterfall.

Especialy in the morning, the beauty of the verdant jungle will be at best as the sunlight shines peeping above. A great discharge of water falls down along a cliff full of damp plants. The nature water shower with the wide pond in the bottom. With the sunlight and good wheater the day before. The base of the pond can be seen clearly. Swimming or just dipping the feet are just some of the things to do.

As the waterfall hid in a paradisiacal jungle, the sound of nature will set visceral effect. In conjunction with the calming water sound, the sounds of birds chirp complete the solemn atmosphere. The fresh air also enhances the calmness of the place. Those two seem to get the visitors closer to nature as a place where human belongs to.

Tegenungan Waterfall Addreess: Jalan Ir. Sutami, Kemenuh, Sukawati, Kabupaten Gianyar, Bali 8058. Is roughly a 30 minute drive from Ubud and around an hour drive from Seminyak or Canggu. In addition, it is 36 km from Denpasar Ngurah Rai International Airport, and 39 km from Nusa Dua.

After the trip, hop in the car and drive on for a few kilos to find Warong Legong. You will thank us for this, we promise you. With a 5 stars rating from TripAdvisor, this restaurant is highly recommended from local and international travellers alike; each of them praising the quality of the food. We’re not here for the food, though, are we? No, we’re here for the coffee.

Have a cup of Balinese coffee to drink with the assorted Balinese desserts to clean your palette after a satisfying meal, that would be our official recommendation. It will be just the perfect way to end such a perfect day. Leave us some comments if you decided to give them a try and tell us what you think. Until then, have a great day to all of us. Stay safe, stay healthy.

Nusa Penida and Labuan Bajo Tourist Attraction to Look Up To

Find the best places to visit with our list of the top attractions in Indonesia. In this article we would like to give you a sight about the top 2 visited place that Indonesia have which are Nusa penida (which located in Bali) and Labuan Bajo. Without giving any further delay, shall we start?

Let’s start with the Island of God, Nusa Penida Bali. Nusa Penida is the biggest of the three Nusa Islands just off from mainland Bali. Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan make up the trio of islands, each with uniquely breath-taking landscapes. There are so many awesome things to do on Nusa Penida Island but let’s get started with the logistics. The ferry leaves multiple times per day from Sanur (east Bali) If you book it in advance often you can have your pick-up from the hotel included. To book it online in advance for the guaranteed lowest price you can click the link below to reserve your ticket.

There are several places that you can visit during your trip in Nusa Penida, Bali. The first one is Pura Gua Giri Putri Cave. Our first stop was unbelievable! The Pura Goa Giri Putri Cave is perched midway up the mountain, accessible by a steep winding staircase. Before being allowed up the staircase we had to rent a sarong for 50 cents. We dodged a few rogue monkeys before arriving into the middle of prayer.

With no idea what he had walked in on we were blessed with some water to the forehead before crawling through a tiny crack in the ground. Over 100 other people joined us down, crawling through the crack. Next, if you want to experience beach vibe you can visit Atuh beach. After the interesting cave experience, we headed to the coast. We drove through a collection of villages waving to the kids as we dodged chickens, dogs, and potholes on the road.

The poor road soon turned to a dirt hill so we abandoned the bikes and crossed our fingers we were in the right spot when all of a sudden we spotted an amazing view through the branches. Atuh Beach is a stunning white sand beach surrounded by the huge cliffs and remarkable rock formations. An arch sit directly out from the shore while several islets string off in the distance.

If you feel a little bit bored about the beach, calm down, Nusa Penida ready to amaze you with it waterfall called Peguyangan Waterfall. Peguyangan Waterfall is one of my favorite spots on Nusa Penida because it has a mix of everything. Up and down those steep blue stairs is a workout. Then you add in the spectacular coastal cliff views that are the trademark of the island. Finally mix that in with the tradition and culture of the sacred temple and the waterfall, which is a pilgrimage site and you have this awesome blend in one spot! The hike down takes about 20 minutes, leading you down to the pilgrimage site. The sacred temple is based on the water blessing. I spoke to one of the locals who was going through his ritual.

There are three spouts. In order, they must shower underneath each and then use the fourth main spout to finish. This is how they cleanse themselves and receive blessings. I didn’t go under the three smaller spouts but the local guys who were dressed in just a sarong or underwear for the boy invited me to shower under the main spout. Shrines and trinkets are spread throughout the sacred site, which eventually leads you down to cascading pools. These pools have the purest of water, it looks like bottled water it’s so clear! The rock pools are tiered down until they eventually flow out into the ocean. It’s a really beautiful area and has so many different things going on. As we left there was a ceremony taking place with 20 locals sat on the ground being led through a prayer.

You are reaching for the famous spot for your Instagram feed? Nusa Penida ready to offer you the most Instagram able location called Kelingking T-Rex. The Instagram famous coastal cliffscape, which truly does look like a T-rex didn’t disappoint. I still remember the moment I laid eyes on the beach below. It felt like I was a human drone. I watched the crystal clear water slowly form into a wave before crashing below us, in what seemed like slow motion.

We took a short trek down the spine of the T-Rex and took in the epic drop-offs down each side. This is definitely my favorite thing to do on Nusa Penida and is just one of those landscapes that make you feel small. It makes you feel lucky to be in its company, to be able to witness earth’s creation.

Nusa Penida has so many amazing views making it hard to pick a favorite. But when the cliffs form in the shape of a Tyrannosaurus Rex at Kelingking Secret Point Beach it is bound to be a crowd favorite. Kelingking actually translates into English meaning Pinkie a term referencing the smallest finger on the hand. Just like a pinkie promise, the land does also appear to take the form of a Kelingking or pinkie finger. However, it is the comparison to the T-Rex that has caused this location to become so popular.

You already explore Nusa Penida but still looking for another journey in Indonesia? Now we will provide you another great island that near to Nusa Penida, Bali which called Labuan Bajo. Labuan Bajo, Flores, is located in a half moon bay surrounded by hills that rise steeply from the shore. The setting is picturesque with breathtaking views at sunset. You won’t be surprised when I tell you that Labuan Bajo is one of my favourite towns in Indonesia. It’s why we started offering tours here (I’m secretly looking for an excuse to move here part of the year). We’ll start the list with the essential guide of things to do in the city, before sharing other ideas for things to do around the town with you.

Most tourists looking for things to do in Flores come to visit the island of Komodo, home to the famous Komodo dragons. To see the Komodo dragons you will have to join a Komodo Island tour with one of the rangers. There are a number of set hikes to choose from ranging from the short hikes, which take 20-30 minutes, to overnight hikes where you get to camp on the island. The best time to visit the island of Komodo is in the early afternoon when the big Komodo dragons are sitting lazily in the shade and the baby dragons are wandering through the wilderness. After seeing the most iconic animal Indonesia, you can go to Padar Island.

The island is famous for the viewpoint from where you can see the three beaches of Padar Island (one is white, one is pink and the other is a black sand beach). The best time to do the climb is in the early morning for sunrise. Be warned there are Komodo dragons on the island and they hang around in the shade of the rocks (which is where you will want to be).

After taking a lot of selfies in Padar Island, it is time to go swimming with Manta at Manta Island. Manta Point is one of the most famous sites for diving near Labuan Bajo. This is the place where I met turtles talking to manta rays… But more seriously it is one of the best Komodo Island diving sites. The reason Manta Point is so popular is the strong nutrient rich current that flows through the strait that attracts large schools of Manta Rays. Manta Point is recommended for divers who have experience with drift dives. When you are going to Labuan Bajo and thinking of getting the best picture for your social media feeds, you cannot have missed the famous pink beach in Labuan Bajo.

After seeing the Komodo dragons the next activity on most Komodo Island tours is a visit to the Pink Beach. The beach gets its name from the red grains of sand, which is created from the grains brightly coloured coral, that give the Pink Beach its distinctive colour. Alongside taking photos of the beach you can also go snorkelling through the coral reefs that are located just offshore. It’s a beautiful place to swim through and explore, but watch out for the strong offshore currents.

Those are the things that you can do in Both Island while you visiting them. Remember to enjoy every sunset that both of island have during your stay. Always to stay safe during your trip, take your usual medication with you and follow the local rules so you can travel comfortably. Enjoy your holiday, and don’t forget to snap a lot of pics!

Bali as Number One Coral Reef Destination in The World

Famous for its beautiful surf beaches, the coast of Bali has much more to offer, especially to a snorkeling enthusiast and in this read you will find the best beach for snorkeling in Bali.

Doesn’t matter if you are a new bee testing the waters or you are a seasoned snorkeler comfortable beneath the sheet of the sea level, Bali offers something for all. The best part is the diversity, you cannot possibly imagine what you could find under the sea level, it’s a whole world out there a hidden civilization.

It’s a magnificent diving destination but for the ones not that keen on carrying a tank on their back and getting deep into Scuba, Bali’s underwater will not disappoint. For the ones not much into the technicalities of the sports of snorkeling, Bali is the go to place.

Bali is considered to be in the ‘Coral Triangle’ by the scientists and that means Bali has the most amazing splendor of marine biodiversity in the whole of the world. But it’s not all turquoise blue, the waters in Bali can turn rough and you need to know your way around before you head straight. If you know exactly where to look for under the skin of the water you will find an enormous bio-diversity, the absolutely breathtaking coral reefs, crystal clear waters, baby sharks, WWII shipwreck and giant mantas and above all, the largest man-made coral reef in the world! Feeling excited already? But we think it is not completed yet if in this article we wouldn’t give you the list of place to see the coral reef. Here below, we listed not just five but ten gorgeous spot to go snorkeling and see the coral reef in Bali. Let’s get started.

  1. Wreck of The USAT Liberty, Tulamben

While you dive in, watch out for the vibrant coral reef and marine life at the Wreck of the USAT Liberty in Tulamben. It is one of the most popular spots for snorkeling in Bali among divers in Bali. Here under the water you will find the wreck of American warship, the USAT Liberty. The ship was torpedoed during WWII as it was traversing the Lombok Strait. Though the ship Liberty eventually made it as far as Bali but by then it has already taken on too much water, it was then beached off Tulamben and fin.

If you are not an advance scuba diver or a freediver it is probably a bit of a stretch for you to try and get to the bottom of the wreck located 30 m deep but the top of the wreck reaches up to 5 m underwater. When the water is clearer much of the wrecks 125 m stretch can be seen from the surface. Head here for an amazing Bali snorkeling tour.

  1. The Coral Garden, Tulamben

There is more to Tulamben than the Liberty shipwreck, in fact, the highlight for snorkeler is the flamboyant Coral garden. Its a shallow reef that is almost on the surface and you can see its wonders as soon as you get into the water. Its a mixture of man-made coral reefs and organic ones. Its a 150 reef with both soft and hard corals spreading across from 3 m down till 12 m. At different hours of the day you can see different schools of butterfly fish and damsel fish, clown fish, eels, octopus, squid, barracuda and may be even trevally. Don’t forget to look for the underwater temple which is now blossoming with colorful marine vegetation. With an amazing marine life, you can experience the best snorkeling in Bali experience.

  1. Manta Point, Nusa Penida

Manta Point is just off the coast of Nusa Penida and it is the only destination in Bali where you get to see the population of huge reef manta rays. Manta rays are funny creatures; they are the gentle giants of the seas known for their friendly approach to humans and curiosity. They emerge from deep get their skin plucked of parasites by a resident army of the cleaner fishes. These cleaner fishes stay at the coral mound just a little below the surface. You can see the amazing eco-system as you see these Manta rays continuously circling the coral mound to get their skin cleaned by the cleaner fishes, and being so close to the surface this entire episode can be witnessed by the snorkelers.

  1. Mangrove Point, Nusa Lembongan

Famous for its natural nursery for the baby fishes the reefs around Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan, often get hit by strong currents and this poses a challenge to the snorkelers at times making it even unsafe. But the main snorkeling sight is the Mangrove Point which is located on the north side of Nusa Lembongan and in this side the currents are gentler and perfect for snorkeling. As the name suggests, the sigh is popular for the mangrove population nearby serving as a shallow nursery for thousands of baby fishes before they venture out into strong currents. Considered as the best place for snorkeling in Bali during the month of May-June.

  1. Pos Dua, Menjangan Island

This one is considered to be one of the most pristine snorkeling destinations in Bali as you get to see and swim across an abyss with incredible visibility! The place offers a variety of under crowded coral reefs. And the absolute spectacle is Pos Dua which is especially popular for being unreal in its visibility with which you can see as deep as 40 m down or more at times.

  1. The Coral Garden, Menjangan Island

Here is yet another coral garden and this one at the north-west Coast of Menjangan Island. It is arguably the best spot for snorkeling for beginners and experienced divers alike. It is famous for being the ocean garden with the wild sea turtles. The exotic marine life will surprise you as much as the experience. You can only imagine the level of excitement the ocean creates while you spend some amazing time under the waters of Bali. Considered as one of the best spots for snorkeling in Bali that give an amazing level of adrenaline.

  1. Lipah Bay, Amed

It is a black sand bay and the waters are tranquil, located by the bay near the town of Amed. Amed snorkeling in Bali is pretty famous as this is the best place to snorkel in Bali. Here you can see wonderful reef with hard and soft corals. And, Lipah Bay also happens to be the last resting place for the wrecked WWII Japanese patrol boat. Its very easy to reach as the top of the wreck is just at 6 m down and the bottom is at 12 m. The entire wreck can be easily seen from the surface on a day with a good visibility. Its absolutely accessible to free divers.

  1. Jemeluk Bay, Amed

For easy snorkelers, snorkeling in Bali at the Jemeluk Bay, near the township of Amed is the best bet. This also happens to be one of the most picturesque beaches in Bali. The waters here are crystal clear and blue. Get to experience the gorgeous coral formations and fish of colors that signify the rainbow cycle. You also see green chromis, batfish shoals, sixbar weasse and a huge amount of marine life.

  1. Biorock Reefs, Pemuteran

Located off the coast of a small fishing village on the remote north east coast of Bali is the beautifully scenic Pemuteran Bay. The bay is famous for sheltering one of the largest Bio-rock artificial reef project in the world. A bio-rock is a kind of cement-like substance using which marine engineers can create structures that will eventually be the habitat for corals, clams, oysters, and other marine creatures. This way the coral reefs previously decimated by waves can be brought back to life. To add to the snorkeling fun one can also explore sea turtles, reef sharks and on their lucky days even the whale sharks.

  1. Shark Island, Serangan

To save the near extinction of the common reef sharks that once prowled the coral reef of Bali, the initiative of Bali Sharks offers a sanctuary for baby sharks and for snorkelers its double the fun, they get to swim with the sharks. The founders of this initiative, Bali Sharks have created an artificial shark island in Serangan. These beautiful black and white tip reef sharks are kept securely in large sea pens in the open ocean. The healthy once are eventually released back into the ocean. Once you see these incredible creatures up close you will never be scared of a shark again!

Explore the exotic wonders of the underwater by snorkeling in Bali today! Plan your trip to Bali with us to make it a vacation to remember the best times of your life. You can explore anything from underwater wreckage of war to ancient temples sunk by the test of nature.

Can you just anticipate the level of insane experience you are going to have? Well, imagine, explore all you want and don’t forget to share your experience in social media so all of your friends can see how beautiful Bali is! Enjoy.

BALI’S OPTIMISM WELCOMING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 2020

BALI’S OPTIMISM WELCOMING THE HOLIDAY SEASON 2020

What is up, Bali?

The long holiday at the end of October made many people from all over the country visit Bali for vacation. This had raised concerns in several circles, particularly tourism entrepreneurs and the government. The dilemma situation arose, where many people have to go back to work to meet their needs.

However, on the other hand, they could have risked their lives because they made contact with the tourists who could be the carriers of the Covid-19 virus without symptoms. What’s more, Indonesia has experienced a spike in Covid-19 after a long holiday last July. But the good news is that after a few days since the holidays ended, Bali and Indonesia have not reported a significant increase in the number of new infections. The cure rate has now exceeded the number of daily infections (new cases). All parties still have to work hard to reduce the death rate.

While Bali has shown good progress in controlling the spread of COVID-19 during the holiday season at the end of last October, nevertheless; all levels of society need to be aware of the possibility of the emergence of new Covid-19 clusters at tourist attractions. It was stated that almost all accommodation, restaurants and tourist attractions in Bali have successfully implemented the safe-travel protocol. This can be seen from the stable rate of daily new infections, deaths and cures in Bali. No need to worry too much, but of course we still have to comply with existing health protocols.

The implementation of strict health protocols plays a very important role in saving the tourism industry in Bali and Indonesia. The impeccable performance of health protocols at The Nusa Dua has been able to increase the confidence of tourists to visit during this pandemic; This can be seen from the significant development of room occupancy rates at ITDC. Several popular tourist spots in Bali also reported similar good news. Ulun Danu Bratan Temple in Bedugul, Tanah Lot Temple and Pandawa Beach recorded the highest number of visits in the past eight months. The Balinese government continues to encourage everyone to adhere to health protocols; Therefore, many officers were dispatched to guard the many checkpoints in various places. Those who are caught not wearing masks will be fined IDR 100,000 and perform push-ups or other sanctions.

And now, the Christmas and New Year holiday are now getting closer. For most Indonesians, the year end holiday of 2020 is felt to be longer than usual due to the Eid al-Fitr collective leave policy that has been moved to December due to the Covid-19 outbreak. In total there will be 11 national holidays, starting from December 24, 2020 to January 3, 2021. However, this is not certain due to the rumor that President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, advised his cabinet to study several possibilities for shortening the year-end holidays.

Meanwhile, one of the most popular Online Travel Agencies (OTA) in Indonesia Pegi-Pegi has conducted an online survey involving more than 1400 people to find out whether the public has planned a year-end vacation or not. The result is that more than 75% of respondents have plans to travel during the upcoming holidays.

Currently, the Provincial Government of Bali continues to encourage all tourism businesses to seriously implement the #safetravel campaign and register their hotels, restaurants and tourist attractions to get the new normal protocol certification. Governor Regulation Number 46 of 2020 is also still in effect, those who are caught not wearing masks in public will be subject to a fine of IDR 100,000 and business actors who violate the new normal provisions will be subject to a fine of IDR 1,000,000.

The latest data regarding Covid-19 As of Tuesday (25/11), there were 111 new infections in Bali, bringing the total cases to 13,442. The number of new recovered patients was 105, with a total of 12,260 and one death reported, bringing the total to 415. Meanwhile in Indonesia there were 4,192 new cases, bringing the total number of cases to 506,302. The number of daily cures was 2,927, for a total of 425,313. The new deaths numbered 109, for a total of 16,111.

Recently, the rumors about Indonesia opening its borders to international tourists on December 1 have also circulated in various media in recent weeks. However, no official statement has yet been made by the authorities to clarify this.

Indonesia, including Bali, is still closed to foreign tourists, but foreigners with business purposes have started to return to the Island of the Gods. But still and all, during this period of ‘hiatus’, it is better to introspect and then preparing. In a program called We Love Bali, by the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy, Bali’s revitalization is implementing a tourism with CHSE (Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environment) concept, where the visitors no need to worry about anything, in order to experience convenience while traveling.

So, we need you all guys, to support us and the world, whatever it is, to make this happen, not only in Bali, but everywhere around the world. Keep the positive vibe!