Dave Smith

Before summer, a writer saved US$1,500 flying from Asia to Europe over 41 hours using Kiwi.com. On the return leg, he spent even less flying Scoot and had two fewer layovers.

Hopes were raised once again over Indonesia introducing a digital nomad visa this month, but whether for Bali or elsewhere, a remote work permit has failed to transpire.

Bali has nearly 40 Ibiza-style beach clubs, but there is always room for more. We look at what three newly opened clubs in Kuta, Canggu and Uluwatu have to offer, including some eye-watering drinks packages.

Hollywood movie company Paramount recently teamed up with an Indonesian firm to build the biggest theme park in Southeast Asia, but its construction is far from a sure thing.

First Canggu, then Pererenan, now Seseh: new travel hotspots on Bali’s west coast are being overrun with hotels, resorts, bars and restaurants, many built illegally, with little locals can do.

Doctors, industry insiders and eager tourists alike have criticised the current requirements – PCR tests, specified hotels and entry visa fees – for foreign travellers as being too onerous.

Official numbers suggest that only 45 foreigners have visited Bali this year, but the island is busier than at any time during the pandemic – even with Omicron.

Mandatory quarantines and restrictions will remain after Bali reopens to foreign tourists from October 14, but this could be the best time for a trip.

Foreign tourists are the key to restoring all that the pandemic has taken away, but the question of how and when they can be allowed to safely return has placed authorities in a Catch-22 situation.


American Kristen Gray and Russian Instagramer Sergei Kosenko were kicked out of Bali recently, but weak enforcement has allowed many other digital natives to get away with breaking visa rules.