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Bali's miracle: Turning wine into hand sanitizer

Apr 16, 2020 - 3:50 PM

Staff at Bali's Udayana University turn the local fermented palm wine, locally known as arak, into hand sanitizers

ARAK. This handout photo from the Bali police shows a policeman and Udayana University researcher making hand sanitizer from donated palm wine, known locally as arak, in Denpasar. Handout photo/Bali police/AFP

Magnitude 6.3 earthquake strikes south of Indonesia's Bali

Mar 19, 2020 - 1:18 PM

The temblor strikes at 1:45 am with an epicenter 255 kilometers south of the town of Nusa Dua, reports the US Geological Service

DISINFECT. A health worker sprays disinfectant as a preventive measure against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in a tourist area in Sanur on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 16, 2020. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali prays as virus hits tourism on Island of the Gods

Mar 02, 2020 - 8:20 PM

In Bali, some China-focused businesses are forced to shut down and others say they're on the brink of bankruptcy

This picture taken on February 19, 2020 shows Balinese people praying during the Galungan holiday at Jagatnata temple in Denpasar, Indonesia's resort island of Bali. - Bali's Galungan festival celebrates the triumph of good over evil, but a new enemy is threatening that cosmic balance -- coronavirus. At a temple in Bali's capital Denpasar, many faithful at the annual event hoped incense-and-flower offerings would help the Hindu island get back on its feet after a drastic slump in Chinese visitors hammered the key tourism sector. (Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP) / TO GO WITH AFP STORY CHINA-HEALTH-VIRUS-TOURISM-INDONESIA-BALI,FOCUS BY PETER BRIEGER AND AGNES ANYA

Thai drug smugglers spared from death penalty in Bali

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:26 PM

The district court in Bali's capital Denpasar says the two Thai women – a janitor and an operator of a motorcycle rental shop in Thailand – had shown remorse for their crimes and deserved leniency

This picture taken on February 26, 2020 shows Kasarin Khamkhao (C) and Sanicha Maneetes of Thailand (L) attend their trial at a Denpasar court on Indonesia's resort island of Bali. The two Thai women convicted of smuggling methamphetamines into Bali have escaped a possible death sentence after the court slapped them with a 16-year prison sentence instead. Tut PARWATA / AFP

Bali's drugged, smuggled orangutan heads back to the wild

Dec 17, 2019 - 10:04 AM

Bon Bon, the baby orangutan, prepares to move to a conservation center in Sumatra – one of just two places where the critically endangered species is found in the wild

A keeper holds orangutan Bon Bon at the Ngurah Rai International Airport near Denpasar on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on December 16, 2019. A baby orangutan that was drugged by a Russian trafficker in a failed bid to smuggle it out of Bali will be released back into the wild. SONNY TUMBELAKA / AFP

‘Welcome back mama’: Ellen Adarna spotted in Bali

Apr 25, 2019 - 3:24 PM

The actress is photographed by her friend, industrial designer Vito Selma

ELLEN ADARNA. The actress strikes a pose in Bali. Photo from

Bali shuts down for 'Day of Silence'

Mar 09, 2019 - 6:28 PM

Indonesia's holiday island Bali falls quiet for the annual 'Day of Silence' festival, halting flights, internet and closing tourist attractions to allow time for meditation and introspection

Balinese women perform during the Ogoh-Ogoh effigy parade ahead of the "Day of Silence" in Denpasar on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on March 6, 2019. The predominantly Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim-populated nation, will celebrate the "Day of Silence", locally known as Nyepi, on March 7. Sonny TUMBELAKA / AFP

'Winter is coming,' Indonesian leader warns amid economic gloom

Oct 12, 2018 - 3:08 PM

Joko Widodo's offbeat reference to the wildly popular show draw applause from the audience attending the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali

'WINTER IS COMING.' Indonesia President Joko Widodo delivers his speech at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank annual meetings in Nusa Dua, on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on October 12, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Duterte to visit Bali for October 11 meeting with ASEAN leaders

Oct 08, 2018 - 11:21 AM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in Bali, Indonesia

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Indonesia President Joko Widodo engage in a conversation prior to the signing ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on April 28, 2017 following a successful bilateral meeting. Malacañan Photo

Huge drugs haul intercepted in Bali – Indonesia police

Jul 16, 2018 - 7:23 PM

Some 600,000 pseudoephedrine tablets being sent from South Korea to Australia are found during a stopover on the Indonesian resort island. The bust, which occurred in January, is announced Monday.

DRUG BUST. An Indonesian customs officer speaks to journalists during a press conference after they seized cold relief tablets that contained a key ingredient for making illicit drugs at at Ngurah Rai International Airport on Indonesia's resort island of Bali on July 16, 2018. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali declares 'garbage emergency' amid sea of waste

Dec 28, 2017 - 1:39 PM

Often dubbed a paradise on earth, the Indonesian holiday island has become an embarrassing poster child for the country's trash problem

WASTE. This photo taken on December 19, 2017 shows rubbish collectors picking up trash on Kuta beach near Denpasar, on Indonesia's tourist island of Bali. Photo by SONNY TUMBELAKA/AFP

The week in photos: September 23-29, 2017

Sep 30, 2017 - 2:01 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

CRISIS CASUALTIES. Dead bodies of Rohingya Muslim refugees lay on the shore of Inani beach, near Cox's Bazar on September 28, 2017. Photo by Fred Dufour/AFP

Bali volcano evacuees outside danger zone told to go home

Sep 30, 2017 - 12:11 PM

Officials say the number of evacuees has grown too high, and only people who live within 9 kilometers of the crater should remain in temporary shelters or with friends and relatives further afield

Bali volcano on highest alert level, thousands flee

Sep 22, 2017 - 11:10 PM

Mount Agung, about 75 kilometers (47 miles) from the tourist hub of Kuta, has been rumbling since August and officials recommend people stay at least 9 kilometers away from the crater

EVACUATION. A boy sits behind his parents and villagers after being evacuated during the raised alert levels for the volcano on Mount Agung in Klungkung regency on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on September 22, 2017. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Japanese couple found murdered in Bali – Indonesia police

Sep 12, 2017 - 9:02 PM

Investigators are looking for more than one suspect and have interviewed 42 witnesses so far ranging from family to business associates

Plan your travel calendar: Best times to go to Iceland, Peru, South Korea

Sep 05, 2017 - 4:15 PM

Want to see the northern lights Machu Picchu Jeju Island and more? Here’s a guide on when you should go

6.2-magnitude quake felt in Bali

Dec 30, 2016 - 7:58 AM

The quake hit around 300 kilometers east of Bali at a depth of around 72 kilometers just off the island of Sumbawa at 6:30 am

Man pleads guilty to murder which ended in body stuffed in suitcase

Dec 14, 2016 - 1:47 PM

The notorious Bali murder sent shockwaves across the tropical island which welcomes millions of foreign visitors each year

This photo taken outside a police station in Nusa Dua in Bali on August 12 shows the suitcase where the body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Ex-foreign journo arrested for drug use in super strict Indonesia

Oct 10, 2016 - 7:18 PM

The Briton David Fox and Australian businessman Giuseppe Serafino are detained for allegedly possessing small quantities of hashish

Bali International Film Festival kembali digelar

Sep 06, 2016 - 3:51 PM

Menayangkan lebih dari 100 judul film dari 31 negara

Bali International Film Festival atau yang kerap disebut Balinale akan diselenggarakan pada 24-30 September di Cinemaxx, Lippo Mall Kuta, Bali. Foto dari situs resmi Balinale.

Dubes Grigson: Visa bukan faktor penghalang WNI ke Australia

Feb 05, 2016 - 11:31 AM

Masih sedikitnya turis Indonesia di Australia disebabkan kurangnya informasi mengenai tempat wisata di sana

Duta Besar Australia untuk Indonesia, Paul Grigson, ketika berdialog di kantor Rappler Indonesia pada Senin, 1 Februari 2016. Foto oleh Santi Dewi/Rappler

Bowie asked for ashes to be scattered in Bali – report

Jan 30, 2016 - 8:05 AM

His family has kept his wishes for discretion over his death and final rites saying only that loved ones would hold a private ceremony

LEGEND. Fans bring flowers at a tribute mural for late British singer David Bowie in his birthplace Brixton, London, Britain, January 12, 2016. Bowie, 69, has died on January 10, 2016 after a battle with cancer. File photo by Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA

10 hal penting tentang COP 21 di Paris

Nov 28, 2015 - 7:58 PM

Kesepakatan Paris akan menentukan masa depan manusia dan kemanusiaan Tiap inci kesepakatan menentukan keberlangsungan lingkungan dan ekosistem di dunia

PENDUKUNG PERUBAHAN IKLIM. Paus Fransiskus menunjukkan dukungan kuat atas Kesepakatan Paris. Foto oleh Johannes Eiselle/AFP.

Cathay flight diverts to Bali after wing catches fire

Sep 25, 2015 - 10:37 AM

Cathay Pacific says flight CX170 which was headed to Hong Kong landed safely in Denpasar

Indonesian uproar as gay couple weds in Bali

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:14 PM

Indonesia was awash with mixed reactions after photos of a same sex wedding in Bali spread online

LOVE WINS. Pasangan Joe Tully dan Tiko Mulya dikabarkan telah menikah diNew York, Amerika Serikat, 26 Juni 2015. Foto dari Facebook/Bailly Photography

Indonesian woman sentenced to 12 years for killing British husband

Jun 10, 2015 - 5:46 PM

Sixty year old Robert Ellis was found in a ditch with his throat slashed His wife had admitted paying three men to murder her husband

Judges on June 10 have sentenced Julaikah Noor Ellis to 12 years in prison for masterminding the murder of her British husband, Robert Ellis. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

5 objek wisata bersejarah di Kuta

May 27, 2015 - 8:00 PM

Kuta tak hanya memiliki pantai indah dan matahari terbenam Desa internasional ini juga menyimpan sejarah akulturasi beragam budaya

Warga menyebut kawasan di Banjar Segara Kuta ini dengan nama Pasih Perahu, berarti pantai perahu. Foto oleh Anton Muhajir

5 restoran ‘fine dining’ di Ubud

Apr 03, 2015 - 5:32 PM

Salah satu tren di Ubud yang belakangan ini muncul adalah restoran mewah berkonsep fine dining tentunya dengan harga bintang lima

Hujan Locale dikemas dengan konsep modern, hangat, istimewa untuk rayakan momen spesial. Foto dari Facebook

The wRap Indonesia: Feb. 17, 2015

Feb 17, 2015 - 4:05 PM

Police name anti graft agency head a suspect BoycottBali trends Miss Yogyakarta crowned Miss Indonesia 2015 and more

SUSPECT. The chairman of the anti-graft agency, Abraham Samad (center) surrounded by supporters at the KPK building on January 23, 2015. Photo by Gatta Dewabrata/Rappler

Hubungan cinta dan benci antara Indonesia-Australia

Feb 16, 2015 - 8:52 AM

Partai Seks Australia mengajak warga negeri Kanguru memboikot pariwisata di Bali tapi tak semua anggotanya setuju Lalu bagaimana love and hate relationship antara Indonesia Australia selama ini?

8 tempat makan enak di Ubud

Dec 04, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Selain memanjakan tubuh saat berlibur di Ubud lidah juga perlu dimanja

Foto oleh Johana Purba/Rappler

FBI joins US tourist suitcase killing probe in Bali

Aug 16, 2014 - 7:54 PM

An autopsy reveals that victim Sheila von Wiese Mack s neck had been broken when she was killed

This photo taken outside a police station in Nusa Dua in Bali on August 12 shows the suitcase where the body of Sheila von Wiese Mack was found. Photo by Sonny Tumbelaka/AFP

Bali to continue anti-rabies dog cull as gory video emerges

Jul 27, 2014 - 3:27 PM

Among the white sandy beaches luxury villas and temples authorities on the Indonesian island of Bali are carrying out mass culls of dogs in an anti rabies campaign

‘BRUTAL.’ This screengrab of a video posted on YouTube shows a uniformed employee smiling as she takes a photograph of a fluffy Pomeranian before the dog is injected.

Lessons in surfing, travel and humility in Bali

May 20, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Lois Yasay of We are Sole Sisters talks about the surfing culture at Bali and recalls the perfect surfing day – complete with the appearance of a friendly sea turtle

Drunk passenger triggers Bali hijack alert

Apr 25, 2014 - 4:15 PM

According to a Virgin Australia official a drunk person acted aggressively on the plane triggering a hijack alert after attempting to enter the cockpit

A MISUNDERSTANDING. A file photo dated 04 May 2011 showing Sir Richard Branson (R) and Virgin Australia CEO John Borghetti (L) waving the Australian flag out of the cockpit of a jet sporting the new logo of Virgin Australia group of airlines at Sydney Airport, Sydney, Australia, on 04 May 2011, to launch the new branding for the Virgin Australia airline. Dean Lewins/EPA

Plane lands at Bali airport in suspected hijacking

Apr 25, 2014 - 3:48 PM

A Virgin Australia plane lands in Bali following a suspected hijacking according to officials in Indonesia

India rejects WTO proposals in Bali

Dec 04, 2013 - 11:52 AM

The move casts a gloom over a high stakes conference tasked with salvaging the WTO s faltering efforts to liberalize world trade

India's Minister of Commerce and Industry, Anand Sharma (C) attends the WTO conference in Nusa Dua, on Indonesian resort island of Bali on December 4, 2013. AFP PHOTO/Sonny Tumbelaka

WTO's global role hangs in the balance at Bali summit

Dec 03, 2013 - 12:02 PM

The WTO launches a frantic drive to salvage its floundering efforts to liberalize global trade at a summit opening December 3

PUSH. WTO chief Roberto Azevedo is pushing hard  keep alive the Doha Round of talks on slashing international trade barriers.Photo by Mast Irham/EPA

Q and A: What PH can learn from global Internet debate

Oct 28, 2013 - 10:01 AM

Filipino delegates to a global Internet forum say vague laws threatened Internet freedom in the Philippines

Distrust and the post-Snowden Internet

Oct 27, 2013 - 9:58 PM

Surveillance dominates the global debate on Internet policy and erodes trust in the US other governments and companies

Bali in 2 days: Soaking up culture and history

Oct 26, 2013 - 9:49 AM

Bali the island of the gods has a little bit of everything

A FEAST FOR YOUR EYES.  Bali is home to beautiful, ancient architecture and warm people.  All photos by Alvin C. Malasig.

US, China, Google on the spot over spying

Oct 24, 2013 - 7:08 AM

THE IGF s workshop on online oppression sparks a heated debate

TOUGH QUESTIONS. Panelists at the Internet Governance Forum's workshop on Oppression Online face tough questions from delegates about surveillance. US State Department official Scott Busby (second from left) and Google's Ross Young (4th from left) was asked the most questions. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Leaders at Bali internet forum concerned over US surveillance

Oct 23, 2013 - 3:03 AM

Leaders from different sectors at the Internet Governance Forum are concerned over mass surveillance done by the US

UN forum: Snowden, Asia and the web

Oct 21, 2013 - 8:20 AM

Snowden s revelations of mass surveillance will shape the discussions in the UN Internet Governance Forum in Bali

IN PHOTOS: Miss World 2013 Megan Young victory parade

Oct 12, 2013 - 1:30 PM

Rappler photos by Jory Rivera OPMB and Mark Demayo

LOVED BY ALL. Rain did not stop Miss World 2013 Megan Young's fans from going out to see her at the victory parade in Ayala Avenue, Makati City. Photo by Mark Demayo. All photos used in the slide show by Jory Rivera/OPMB, Mark Demayo and Randy Datu

Miss World 2013 Megan Young: 'Social media can do wonders'

Oct 11, 2013 - 10:53 PM

The new Miss World vows to use social media for social change

BACK ON BOARD. Miss World 2013 Megan Young is gearing to return to social media. All photos by Jory Rivera/OPMB

Megan Young places in 3 of 5 Miss World challenges

Sep 27, 2013 - 4:52 PM

Announcement comes a day prior to the coronation: Philippine candidate makes it to the Top Model Beach Fashion and Multimedia challenges

TOP MODEL. Megan Young wins the pageant's modeling challenge wearing the creation of Indonesian Princess Ayu Mirah Suardhana. Photo from

Indonesia to host Miss World final despite Muslim anger

Sep 26, 2013 - 11:49 PM

The Miss World Coronation Night is set to push through despite expected protests

Eat, dive, love: 4 days in Bali

Aug 15, 2013 - 11:13 AM

Count me in as one of thousands of people from all over the world inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat Pray Love

MUCH-NEEDED GETAWAY. Inspired by Elizabeth Gilbert's 'Eat Pray Love,' Rachel and husband Carlos Santamaria go on a 4-day trip to Ubud. All photos courtesy of Rachel Alejandro

Siargao among CNN's best surf spots

Jul 01, 2013 - 7:36 PM

Cloud Nine in Siargao Island is the 9th best surf spot in the world according to CNN

DEATH RIDE. Cloud Nine is up on CNN's surf list. Photo from the Cloud Nine Surf Facebook page