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Thursday, February 19, 2009




Don't look for "Bali" in airline time tables. It's listed as "Denpasar" (DPS) which is the name of the island's capital. However, from Bali's international Ngurah Rai Airport it takes you just 15 to 30 minutes by car to Kuta, Legian, Sanur and Nusa Dua, and in about 50 to 60 minutes you can be in Ubud.

Today there is an increasing number of direct flight connections between Bali and Adelaide, Amsterdam, Auckland, Bangkok, Brunei, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Frankfurt, Fukuoka, Guam, Honolulu, Kaohsiung, Kuala Lumpur, London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, Munich, Nagoya, Osaka, Paris, Perth, Rome, Seoul, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei, Tokyo, Vienna, and Zurich.

To check the Flight Schedules of the World's Major Airlines (not only flights to Bali but wherever you want to go), please click here. You might even wish to bookmark this page for all your air travel and flight information needs.


Private Aircraft Charters, i.e. all non-scheduled commercial air transportation, is certainly not cheap but can be under certain circumstances the most economical means of travel. Look at the information for flights to Bali, check the airfares for different aircraft, and make your reservations on-line.


(In association with Books)
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Bali Handbook, by Bill Dalton. Very detailed and well researched travel information for everybody seriously interested in Bali, its people, and all things Balinese. However, not much help for those looking for fine dining or luxury accommodation. Second edition revised in 1997.

Knopf Guide Bali. Beautiful layout of photography and artworks complement short essays on everything from detailed explanations of complex Hindu ceremonies to food preparation. The information here is amazingly accurate, and well presented with cross references to basic travel information.

Bali, Island of the Gods, Periplus Editions. In our opinion the best all-round Bali travel book with up-to-date information, detailed maps, and beautiful photographs. New edition expected in August 1999.

Insight Guide Bali, 16th. edition (March 1999) of this popular coffee table book with many beautiful photographs.

Lonely Planet Guide Bali & Lombok, by Paul Greenway, James Lyon, and Tony Wheeler. 7th. edition (February 1999) of this popular guide for the budget traveller.

East of Bali: From Lombok to Timor, by Kal Muller (photographs) and David Pickell, Passport Books. This travel book covers most islands between Bali and Australia.

Fodor's Indonesia (1999), by Laura M. Kidder. Travel book covering the whole Indonesian archipelago Fodor style.

Island of Bali, by Miguel Covarrubias. An introduction to the traditional Balinese culture written in the 1930's by this Mexican painter. A Classic and a Must for serious readers.

Bali: Sekala and Niskala I, by Fred B. Eiseman. Essays on religion, ritual and art. A great guide to the elaborate rituals of the Balinese, written by an American scholar who clearly loves this island.

Bali: Sekala and Niskala II, by Fred B. Eiseman. Essays on society, tradition, and craft. Detailed descriptions of every aspect of daily life in Bali, from morning offerings to mask making.

BALI: a Paradise Created, by Adrian Vickers. Over three centuries the West has created the exotic image of a tropical paradise which even has been taken over by the Balinese themselves. This book provides insight in the history full of violence and magic, art and ritual, warring kingdoms, slavery, mass suicides, and colonization.

BALI - the Ultimate Island, by Leonard Lueras and Ian Lloyd. The "ultimate coffee table book" on the "Ultimate Island".

Bali Style, by Barbara Walker and Rio Helmi. Photographs and descriptions of some of the most beautiful private residences in Bali.

The Food of Bali, by Heinz von Holzen. Introduction to Balinese food - followed by photographs and recipes of many local delicacies.

Diving and Snorkeling Guide to Bali and the Komodo Region, by Tim Rock. The name says it all.

Diving Indonesia: a Guide to the World's Greatest Diving, by (photographer and Indonesia expert) Kal Muller. Published in June 1999 with great photographs.

Fielding's Surfing Indonesia, by Leonard Lueras, Lorca Lueras, and Kathy Knoles (editor). In-depth travel guide to boarding on the world's largest archipelago.

Indo Surf & Lingo, by Peter Neely, 20th. edition (September 1998). Describes all of Indonesia's sensational surf spots in detail including Bali's 27 incredible breaks. With photos, maps and insider info.

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