Bali Denpasar Airport (DPS)
The Island of Peace is one of Indonesia’s premiere provinces, and includes a number of smaller islands such as Nusa Penisa. Bali is the country’s largest tourist spot, and it has a rapidly increasing population of 4.2 million people. A culturally and ecologically diverse place, Bali is situated in the heart of the Coral Triangle, making it one of the best places to go coral reef diving.
What to Do in Bali
One attraction Bali is no short supply of is temples. Ancient Hindu places of worship litter its island landscape, the most notable of which are the nine directional temples. Swimming in the ocean is a fun way to cool off in the summer heat, but nothing compares to a dip in Bali’s network of natural hot springs. Lake Batur and Air Banjar are where you will find the most popular spots. The outdoorsy types have more than their fair share of activities available, including paragliding, hiking, jungle trekking, snorkeling, and scuba diving!
Fun Facts: Bali By the Numbers
● 26% is the average % saved on airfare by traveling to Bali in November (based on 2017 data)
● $50 is the price point for an authentic cup of Kopi Luwak (coffee made from civet droppings)
● 79 F is the coldest temperature in the winter (Jan) while 82 F is the warmest in the summer (May)
● 2 is the number of active volcanoes in Bali, named Mount Agung and Mount Batur
● 6,000+ is the number of temples in Bali - many say there are more temples than houses!
Travel Tips: Saving Money, Transportation & Language
Guesthouses can be rented for as low as $7 in some places, which is trivial compared to the $1000+ prestigious hotels that line the capital. Local food on the island is some of the cheapest around ($0.50 per meal compared to the $9 per plate prices for Western dishes). For affordable travel, take a taxi or a private minivan. Bahasa Indonesia is the official language in Indonesia, although English is widely spoken and understood by Bali residents. The Rupiah is the country’s currency; you will get the best exchange rate on $100 bills.
Flights to Bali
Bali Denpasar (also known as Ngurah Rai International) is the province’s central airport, located in the capital city of the same name. It is the third busiest international airport in Indonesia after Juanda (SUB) and Soekarno-Hatta (CGK) International, which are located in Surabaya and Jakarta respectively. Denpasar transported over 14 million domestic and international passengers last year. It recently added two new terminals, bumping the airport’s traffic capacity up to 25 million, which it is estimated to receive by 2025.
Ngurah Rai International has undergone a number of expansion projects in recent years, as well as additional proposals to add a north-south runway to accommodate its growing flight traffic. Plans are currently underway to expand the main runway to a distance of 3,600 meters, which would allow aircraft as large as the Boeing 747 to takeoff without weight problems.
Despite the incorporation of more international carriers, there are currently no direct flights to Bali from the United States. Popular routes include flying from New York or Los Angeles (LAX) to Bali with 1 stop layovers in Hong Kong, Doha and other destinations. The leading foreign airliners include Korean Air, KLM, ANA, Cathay Pacific, Qatar Airways, Delta, Jetstar, and Thai Airways.
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