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Geography of Indonesia

Nusa Penida: paradise under siege

Nusa Penida: paradise under siege

"Patience, patience, patience," Nengah Sudipa says as we trudge through a sandy coconut grove on Nusa Penida, a limestone island lying a 45-minute boat ride east of Bali.

Tuesday, 6 November, 2012, 10:10am

Great strides: Bali

Tanjung Benoa near Nusa Dua offers some of the best running opportunities, and the half marathon and triathlon organisers know it.Photo: Troy de Haas

Welcome - or as the Indonesians say,selamat datang - to Bali. The moment you step off the plane, you will notice something special about the island. Not only is it spectacularly beautiful, it also has a wonderful spirit and amazingly warm people.

25 Sep 2012 - 10:56am

Travel review: Alila Manggis Bali

Alila Manggis offers tranquility far from the beer-fuelled mayhem of Bali's tourist traps

As an Australian, I feel ambivalent about Bali. No doubt, the "island of the gods" is beautiful and its culture is charming, plus it's difficult to dislike a place that has surf every day and an average annual temperature of 28 degrees Celsius.

7 Sep 2012 - 5:28pm

Island growth

This year will see substantial MICE business growth and openings of the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center and hotel venues, as Bali prepares to host high-level international conferences.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Ayana Resort and Spa, Bali

What is it? A Ritz-Carlton property until 2009, the Ayana Resort and Spa (right) occupies 77 hectares along the cliffs of Bali's Jimbaran Bay, where the sunsets are spectacular.

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Quality to a tee

The private residences at Apartemen Golf Pondok Indah exemplify the higher-end accommodation increasingly sought by corporate clients and expatriates in Jakarta.

8 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

Asia's boutique hotels

The world's trendiest accommodation once graced the leafy boulevards of Europe. Now, inspiring design can be found amid Asia's bustling side streets and idyllic rice paddies.

1. Hotel G

27 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Old spice

Five hundred years ago, an age-old navigational mystery was solved. The fabled Spice Islands of the faraway 'Indies' were discovered by Europeans. Little wonder they had eluded western mariners for so long; they were - as their Portuguese discoverers found - mere specks in a vast and island-studded sea. And they alone, in the entire world, supported clove and nutmeg trees.

13 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Shoot for the moon

Most visitors to Bali are not encouraged to stay in the capital, Denpasar, by fellow travellers, guide books or guides. It would be reasonable to assume the city is bereft of the exotic Hindu and Buddhist treasures that dot the rest of this Indonesian paradise, and to imagine it devoid of the ceremonial and artistic splendour associated with the luxuriant little island.

5 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Touching the void

I'm sitting in Gado Gado restaurant, in Seminyak, on Bali's once-thriving southwest coast. I'm under cover but outside a monsoonal torrent is barrelling down, gobs of rain lashing the leaves of the cottonwood trees. Puddles form in seconds. Streams spring from nowhere. It's the kind of storm you could watch for hours, if only I had someone to watch it with.

8 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Cry for freedom

The Reverend Socrates Sofyan Yoman is a soft-spoken man. But his voice turns firm when asked what is the way forward for Papua, the region where he lives and where most locals have been demanding independence for nearly four decades.

'The only way out is self-determination. We have the right to decide for ourselves,' said the chairman of the West Papuan Baptist Church.

22 Mar 2007 - 12:00am

Relief operation taking shape

Sumiarti is frantic as she runs towards the car. 'You must help my village, please,' the 36-year-old pleads. 'We have no water and food. One of my sons, he cannot move his leg, and other people have diarrhoea. We have nothing.'

31 May 2006 - 12:00am

Travellers stick to plans, but will tread with caution

Despite the terrorist blasts casting a shadow over holidaymakers' plans in Bali, some tourists, including a couple on their honeymoon, have not been deterred by the attacks.

3 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

Adventure awaits those who venture off the beaten track

INDONESIA'S No1 TOURIST spot is still Bali, which was recently named 'the world's best tourist island' by New York-based Travel+Leisure magazine, but the archipelago has much more to offer.

17 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

In-form Shum on a revenge mission

Young guns Caspar Fownes and Danny Shum Chap-shing were the stars of opening day last weekend and the trainers may well quinella the feature race again at Happy Valley tonight in the Hong Kong Country Club Challenge Cup, 1,200m.

8 Sep 2004 - 12:00am