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Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali
Which laws apply for flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali? We love flying our drone all over the world, and here we will let you know what to pay attention to before being airborne. Indonesia has a few major rules you need to know. The fines and punishment for flying a drone illegal are massive – up to 3 years incarceration and RP 1 billion fines. Therefore – it is quite important to know the law about flying.
Where not to operate a drone in Indonesia and Bali
The zones and airspace where drones cannot be operated are:
- Prohibited areas over land and waters with permanent restrictions which comprehensive apply to all aircraft.
- Restricted areas over land and waters with nonpermanent restrictions which can only be used for state aviation and civil aviation.
- Airport flight operations safety zones, land and waters and the airspace around airports which are used for aircraft operations to ensure aviation safety.
- Controlled airspace given to aviation traffic service in the form of air traffic control services, flight information services, and alerting services.
Flying camera drones in Indonesia and Bali
If your drone has a camera (which most have) the following apply:
- Drones with cameras are prohibit from operating within 500 m from the outer boundary of a prohibited or restricted area.
- If a drone is used for the purpose of photography, filming or making, the operator should have with them a license from the authorized institution and the local government (governor, regent, mayor or local officials)
- Every person is prohibited from making commercial use of, duplication, publishing, distributing and communication a photograph of a person done for the purpose of commercial advertising or billboards without the written consent of the individual in the picture or his/hers heirs.
- Commercial use, duplication, publication, distribution, and communication of a photograph which contains the images of 2 or more persons must have the consent of the individuals in the photo or their heirs.
Summary of Flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali
To sum it all up, you can be flying a drone in Indonesia and Bali under these circumstances:
What you need to know before going to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple
Ulun Danu Bratan, also known at The Temple in the lake, is located a little north of the middle of Bali 56 km from Denpasar on the main road towards Singaraja. The common way to go here, it to rent a private driver in a minivan, which most resorts and hotels can help you book. Expect a price between Rp 500.000 and 600.000 if you are traveling from one of the southern tourist districts like Nusa Dua or Seminyak.
If you are staying in the closer areas of Bratan, a motorbike is properly your easiest way of transportation.
There is plenty to see near the lake; Bali Botanical Gardens, Munduk and Sekumpul Waterfalls and trekking in the beautiful mountains is just some of the things you should do, combined with a Ulun Danu Bratan Temple.
See more here: Top 10 Waterfalls in Bali
The temple is open every day from 7 AM to 5 PM. There is plenty of parking spaces and the entry fee IDR 30.000 per foreigner. Tell your driver to wait in the car park. Parking is IDR 5.000 for a car and 2.000 for a motorbike.
If you would like to go fishing, there are several spots along the lakeside, close to the temple, where you can rent fishing gear and bait. You can also get a ride on the lake in one of all the local jukung outriggers.
The compound is quite small, and you will not spend the entire day here. For most tourists 2 hours will be enough for a visit to Ulun Danu Bratan Temple. Maybe even less.
The temple dates back to around 500 BC, as some of the artifacts, a stone sarcophagus, and stone boards, comes from the megalithic period. The temple layout present time is from the 17th century.
If you are arriving when the water in the lake is low, it can be a bit hard to recognize the floating images you might have seen online. But as the water level rises during the seasons, the significant illusion reveals of a Temple in the lake.
Ulun Danu Bratan is worth a visit on a day trip to the northern areas of Bali. But you need to make other stops on you way, as you are not going to spend the entire day up here. The temple is gorgeous. Have a look at their website www.ulundanuberatanbali.com to see which events you might want to join.
See more here: Tagalalang Rice Terraces – Ubud, Bali
The ultimate wedding and honeymoon resort
Remote, exclusive and extraordinary – Alila Villas Uluwatu the ultimate destination for a wedding or honeymoon resort in Bali, with outstanding services and dining.
The Alila Villas Uluwatu property is one of the most astonishing resorts in the world. The integration with nature and how the architects have optimized the views from every angle, making sure that the guests get the best out of the landscape. For the keen luxury hedonist, Alila Villas Uluwatu is the perfect destination as there have been extreme attention to every detail. Just think of the infinity pool – on the cliff – overlooking the ocean. See anything like that before?
The strict lines and materials make a resort out of the extraordinary. Sit down, relax and enjoy the sunset – and you will know what we mean.
The area near Uluwatu is not that rich in beaches, but quite close to Alila you can find some decent beaches, an example is Green Bowl Beach. But if you are looking to spend you holiday lounging in the sand and sleep the day away – you should look elsewhere on Bali.
When you are booking, aim to get as high a level as possible. 4th level is top level for one bedroom villas. Of course, this is a little further away from the main areas, but it is worth the walk, as you get a marvelous view from up here.
The layout of the villas, is open floor planning, with a big private pool and a gorgeous cabana, from where you can overlook the sea. Double showers, double vanity and for the gadget nerds, a tablet to take full control of your room. No matter what you have in mind, you can book or order it directly on the tablet. Within 60 seconds, you will have a reply. During the stay, it seemed like nothing was impossible, and the staff just enjoyed to be challenged.
The bathroom is a chapter of its own, and properly one of the best we have ever seen. Spacious, luxurious and a place of complete tranquility. Alila Villas Uluwatu provides each amenity you could think off, and the quality is marvelous. The shower is fabulous and with the massage outlets, you can get a standing jacuzzi experience in the privacy of your villa.
Beware that the monkeys are very offensive, and they try to grab every piece of bread or any of your personal belongings.
Cire and Warung serve Indonesian and Asian fusion food, which is very simple but delicious. Great taste and flawless service. Food is quite expensive, but quality has a price. Breakfast is served in Cire and seamlessly follows the high standard of other Alila Dining.
Summary-Alila Villas Uluwatu –
Alila is an architectural icon for luxury resorts in Asia. The cabanas, the stunning main pool and fantastic villas. Alila is properly one of the best luxury resorts in Bali where you can relax and recharge. The location is excellent, even though it is a bit remote. Therefore, yoga sessions, transfers to beaches, e.g., is an important feature. The service was spotless and atmosphere friendly.
In a single sentence:
The ultimate wedding and honeymoon resort.
Stunning and friendly
65 perfectly designed villas
One bedroom villa
Perfect shape and condition
Restaurants, spa, gym, concierge, chauffeur service, 24-hour clinic and much more.
South Bali 30 km from the international airport.
We would recommend this to:
If you are looking for the perfect wedding venue – this would be our choice.
Jl Belimbing Sari, Banjar Tambiyak,
Desa Pecatu 80364 Bali, Indonesia
P : +62 361 848 2166
Tanah Lot Temple Bali is a fascinating rock formation a lot the coastline about 20 km from Kuta and Denpasar. It is a lovely attraction that you should see if you are in the area. The sunset at the temple are stunning, and we visited twice during our time in Bali, to see it both in daylight and evening. Tanah Lot is very popular for photography, and there is a dance show at sunset, so come early to get a good spot to what the last light of the day.
Legend of Tanah Lot Temple Bali
We miss our gorgeous time at this hidden gem on Bali, where nature meets luxury in perfect harmony – check out this glimpse of our memories of AYANA Resort and Spa Bali
(Shot on an iPhone – sometimes less is just more)
AYANA Resort and Spa Bali is one of most beautiful located resorts in Bali, which mean you get the most fantastic views over the sea. Jimbaran area is well known for having the most amazing fish restaurants so staying at AYANA Resort and Spa Bali you have plenty of good places to go eat.
In the area of the vibrant fishing market Jimbaran, an old hotel built in the 60’s has been renovated with respect for the style and heritage, to be relaunched as a boutique resort Balquisse Heritage Boutique Hotel Bali. The owner and interior designer from Marocco has elegantly made this place a piece of times that used to be. It is like walking into a live museum.
In a single sentence:
Beautifully designed vintage heritage in Jimbaran
Friendly and helpful
We stayed in a Deluxe room
Restaurant, main pool, spa and function house
Close to the airport.
We would recommend this to:
If the vintage design is your thing, Balquisse is something you should check out.
As touristic as it might sound, there is actually a good experience in store for you, if you visit the Monkey Forest in Ubud.
“Even though it seems like the monkeys are not starved or treated bad in anyway, some tourist are teasing the poor animals with the food, which is just not necessary.”
Monkey Forest in Ubud is very much worth a visit if you are in the area. Great way to see the Macaque monkeys enjoying their life, while checking out all the tourists that come to pay them a visit. Buy a few bananas for the cute little creatures and make their day a little bit better.
The Four Seasons Bali at Sayan – the pearl of architecture and culture, is created in the valley between two small hills. We found a universe of tranquillity and the resort embraces their guests to indulge in the best luxury experience. As we started our stay by walking over the wooden bridge and descended into the reception area via the artistic staircase, we realized that Four Seasons was behind yet another piece of heaven.
The villas are well appointed and located so that you are private and not disturbed by others around you. We got the opportunity to see the unique Royal Villa with spectacular views over the Ayung River from a private pool terrace. This is a perfect fit for a big family, a couple that loves space or as the perfect wedding venue for a day.
A little bird told us, that the wonders of the villa was enjoyed by Julia Roberts and her crew during the filming of “Eat, Pray, Love”.
In a single sentence:
Ubud Up Scale Luxury
Fantastic in any way
We stayed in a One Bedroom Villa
Well kept and maintained.
Lots of offers to the guests, yoga, spa, hiking, 2 restaurants and so much more.
1 to 2 hour from the airport depending on traffic
We would recommend this to:
Want the best Bali can offer? Here you are…
Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan Sayan Ubud Bali 80571 Indonesia
Seminyak is busy and if you would like to stay a little outside the hustle, Umalas is a 15 minutes drive away. An area under development, with a selection of villa-style resorts to choose from. Lifestyle Retreats has built The Santai here, family friendly resort with vast private villas. Arriving at the area, you feel a little “in the countryside”, but as you enter the pathways between the villas, it all makes perfect sense. The Sentai is all about your privacy. Most of the villas are 2 or 3 bedroom located around a pool in the center. If you are staying as a couple, the staff will close off the empty unit.
Unlike most resorts, their therapists here makes the treatments in the privacy of your villa. When we arrived we started out with a good long massage to loosen up the tension, and the two therapists came carrying everything they needed. Combined with the in-villa breakfast and dining, you can actually create the experience of a home away from home. We liked the fact that the “home away from home” as many resorts and hotels use for branding, actually is true at the Santai. Actually the fact that you are left a little more to yourself is contributing to the feeling of being at home.
As Santai is a quite small and quite resort, of course, this is not where you find a big selection of restaurants. But Gong Restaurants is the place to dine all day if you would like to get a little out of the villa, but don’t want to go to Seminyak. Gong serves both fantastic signature dishes from Asia and the rest of the world and uses if possible locally grown ingredients to support the area. Gong is also the venue for breakfast, where you can order from the a la carte card.
If you prefer the privacy of your villa, breakfast can be served in the villa as well.
The Santai is a modern luxury resort, which offers what you need. Floats for you pool, free shuttle to Seminyak, Bicycles, airport transfers etc. It is a small and relaxing resort, perfect for some days, where you want to step away from the busy tourist areas, and just indulge for yourself. Perfect for young families that just need a pool and a villa to have the ultimate retreat.
We loved the fact that The Santai really feels like home, and the staff does their very best to make your stay good. An example was our start of the stay, where the front office in a matter of minutes arranged a spa treatment for us a the pool deck. This was a good way to get down at a slower pace, after arriving from Seminyak’s hustle and bustle.
In a single sentence:
Perfect privacy in cosy Umalas
Warm and welcoming – you can have anything in your villa.
11 pavilions in total
2 and 3 bedroom villas with private pools.
Rather well kept, there were a few places where the age is showing
Restaurant, private pool, private spa
45 – 60 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic
We would recommend this to:
The couple who wants to have a little peace and quiet for some days.
Umalas - Bali Jalan Bumbak No.88A, Banjar Kelod Anyar
Kerobokan – Umalas, Bali - Indonesia Tel: +62 361 900 26 99 or +62 828 971 900 99
Fax: +62 361 900 25 77
Here are our Top 10 Best Restaurants in Seminyak
Bali’s best restaurants are with a few exceptions, mostly located in Seminyak. You can choose between everything from five-star, international restaurants helmed by world-renowned chefs or traditional and modest, family-owned warungs serving delicious dishes made by themselves. The choice of cuisine is incredible; just name the type — from French or Italian to Japanese or Vietnamese — and you can find it in Seminyak. Here are our Top Ten places to eat in Seminyak.
– The Indonesian kitchen rethought – Bambu is the place to go for getting a top quality Balinese and Indonesian food, and we were very pleasant surprised by both the layout and the value for money. Remember to book your table good time in advance, or just walk in at wait in the bar, until there is room for you. The presentation of the food is beautiful, and the craftsmanship of the chefs is among some of the best we have tried in Bali.
– One of the popular places with different restaurants in the famous beach club. It can be very crowded so it is a good idea to book a table if you would like to spend the day hanging out at Potatohead.
– A part of Ku De Ta beach club, and a Seminyak version of high dining. The beach club is very popular, which means that you will be enjoying you 14-course dinner along with the latest house and dance tunes. Music can either enhance the dining experience or ruin it, and we think it would have worked better in quieter surroundings.
– French gastronomy with a Balinese twist, and a place you must visit in Seminyak. The food was very well prepared and in the center of the restaurant there is located a table where the staff put the finishing touches on the food, before serving it to the guests. That you get, a good view of the work of the chefs. A bit to the noisy side, due to poor acoustics.
– Dining in New York style, very well designed and you can see that there is put a lot of effort into making the experience complete. All decorations and furniture match perfectly and together with some great dishes on the menu, a dinner you will remember for quite a while.
– In one word – Tacos! Sea Circus is all about the tacos. They have a lot of other dishes on the menu, but you should not hesitate to walk down the Mexican road here. Sea Circus can also be very packed, and you will not miss it walking down the street. Colorful and full of life at all times. If they are too busy, you can drop by Bali Boat Shed while waiting, a cool shop right around the corner.
– High Dining in the perfect spot for a fantastic sunset, while hanging out in fabulously designed restaurant and bar. Moonlite is a great place to celebrate that special evening, where you want to have it all in one place., and might be one of the very best places to dine in Seminyak. But is it all about the looks and views? No – the quality of the food is of another world, and along with a broad variety of cocktails, you are in for a perfect evening here.
Cocoon Beach Club
– Another great location for spotting sunsets so grabs a cabana to relax in and enjoy good food and drinks, while chilling in the Balinese sun. Especially the service of Cocoon Beach Club is splendid, and it is a good place to relax the day away and indulge in good food night.
– Fantastic Asian and Balinese food for the soul – where you get excellent value for you money, behind the draped curtains. Sarong has become very popular, and quite a few guests keep returning each time they are in the area. That is properly the best recommendation we can give.
– Daring to be different, this is a Southern American and Spanish restaurant in a typical Asian environment. Tucked a little away, you will be in for a surprise when you walk up the stairs to this oasis. La Favela is all about the atmosphere, with a rustic and raw décor. The food quality is good, and if you want an experience to remember, this is a good choice.
Seminyak is the vibrant and pulsating side of Bali, but without being over the top touristic like Kuta or sleepy like Sanur. Seminyak is cool, like the European hipster wave. This is the place you would like to go for finding good food, small shops, beautiful beachclubs and life around the clock. But where should you stay? We had a few nights at The Kayana Seminyak, which is a great place due to the very private – having your own personal holiday home.
The service and facilities
“Good food with sunset view”
In a single sentence:
A private paradise in the heart of Seminyak
Always avalible and attentive to the details.
24 villas – quite small and cosy
We stayed in a One Bedroom Villa with plunge pool
Time is starting to show on the property, but mangement is doing their best to keep the well maintained
Restaurant, main pool, spa and most important the privacy.
35 to 50 minutes from the airport, depending on traffic
We would recommend this to:
Seminyak is the place to go – and The Kayana is the place to stay
Contact: Jalan Raya Petitenget, Kerobokan Kelod, Kuta Utara Bali, Indonesia Tel: +62 361 847 6628 ; Fax: +62 361 847 6633
Bali has a very stunning nature, and waterfalls are something we always try to find and enjoy these wonders of the planet. Like most places Bali has a lot of different attractions, that is more a matter of money than nature and some of the waterfalls in Bali is all about getting the tourist to buy handicrafts and other souvenirs. But we have some advice for the traveler, who wants to see the Top 10 Waterfalls in Bali.
We start out with the best in our opinion – Sekumpul waterfalls, which is very much a challenge to reach. The valley where the 7 waterfalls are located, is a little remote, and the walk down and up the stairs is quite a workout.
Located almost 1 km over sea level, a big waterfall at the height of 50 meters is situated. Again it has over 500 steps that you need to pass on your way to the beauty of nature.
The natural waterslide. Aling-aling is a beautiful twin waterfall close to Singaraja, that is split at the two, which leaves two streams that fall at completely different speeds.
Would you like a pool so big that you can lounge in it? Then Tegenungan is your destination for a day tour. In lush green surroundings and with a heavy water flow, this waterfall is perfect for swimming and enjoying the fresh water.
This waterfall is located on Nusa Penida, so it is of the main island of Bali. And it is not the typical big vertical drop of a waterfall, but a collection of many small waterfalls, so called water fountains cascading out over the stones, which creates nature’s answer to a spa’s water massage. Nice right?
One of the more secret waterfalls is hidden away in the Tabanan region, out in the rainforest and for the coffee addicts (like us) you may even detect a faint fragrance of coffee in the air.
Known to be one of the best waterfalls in Bali, Jembong is something you should see. It is very rarely visited as it is very overshadowed by the famous Git Git falls, but offers unspoiled beauty, and the gentle slope and regular water flow makes it ideal for spiritual healing
Translated into “flying water” this is one of the tallest waterfalls in Bali and virtually untouched nestled in serene surroundings, and as it is far away from Kuta and Ubud, a visit would be quiet and relaxing.
Well known for the pools of fresh, nice water for swimming, is actually more freshwater springs rather than a waterfall, but very much worth the visit.
Honestly, Git Git is not something for us – too much a tourist trap and too little an attraction – but as the most known waterfall in Bali – it had to be on the list. You should visit it once, at least just to be able to compare it to the other fantastic waterfalls on the island. Be aware that Git Git is quite big, and there are several different places you can visit to see all the waterfalls.
St. Regis – just taste the name – you know a stay here is going to be good, and as we transferred here for our 3rd stop in Bali, we were looking much forward to our visit at the stunning Resort. On the road, we met the Indonesian McLaren Club, as they were loading the car to the trucks, for the trip back to their origin. Our driver said that the club had been staying at St. Regis – and if we were lucky there might still be a few cars left in the lobby. You can imagine what this did to our expectations right?
As we arrived at the resort, we were quickly checked in and as our villa was just about to be ready, we had a tour of the resort. Right from the first second, everyone we met, was extremely welcoming and warm. So many smiles in a very short period of time. Tucked into our One Bedroom Lagoon Villa – we were ready to enjoy some of the finest Nusa Dua can offer.
Located right on the beach in the southern end of the lovely Nusa Dua, St. Regis Bali has a setting that is quite hard to match.
In the center of the resort the vast lagoon pool is located, with one and two bedroom villas outlining the pool. You can go directly from your villa to the lagoon. Along the beach, The Strand Villas offers the luxury right in front of the sea. Near the main building, there is a wide selection of suites along with the spa area.
No doubt that St. Regis Bali strives to make dining something out of the extraordinary – and we think the goal is archived. Not only during our stay but also afterward our memorable time, we went back and dined at Kayuputi, that might be some of the best Nusa Dua has to offer regarding fine dining. But try to get a table at in the outside terrace – the views are so good that you will almost forget about the food. But that just until you take the next bite, as the quality of the food in Kayuputi is stunning.
Another leading restaurant in Nusa Dua is Dulang that offers fabulous Indonesian cuisine. We had the traditional rijstaffel which is something you have to try in Nusa Dua.
Nusa Dua has many lovely properties to choose from, but for us St. Regis came very close to perfect, as the resort has it all. High standards of service, food and rooms, great location right on the beach, and the touch of luxury that most 5 stars try to achieve. The touch that is very hard to identify, as it is something invisible. But if you want to get to know it – St. Regis Bali is the place to go – and the first place we have ever had lobster and wagyu for breakfast.
In a single sentence
Up Scale luxury at its finest in Nusa Dua
Even as St Regis is a quite big property, the layout with paths and private villas, give an intimate experience.
We stayed in a One Bedroom Lagoon Villa – What a paradise.
Beautifully kept and decorated.
All you need and the dining is world class.
1 hour from the airport depending on traffic – remember to take the toll road.
We would recommend this to
Loving luxury – this is where to go in Nusa Dua
Contact Kawasan Pariwisata, Nusa Dua Lot S6, Nusa Dua, Bali 80363, Indonesia Phone: +62 361 8478111
Would you like to have a Half day tour to Ubud?
In October, we had the pleasure to join Asia World Indonesia for a Half day tour to Ubud, where we would visit Escape Nomade in Ubud for a relaxing day of pampering. We got picked up at our resort in Nusa Dua by our butler Noyman and the driver. The trip from Nusa Dua to Ubud is quite a long drive and during that time, our butler told us a lot about the Balinese history, royal families and much more. Fantastic service.
We arrived at the tent camp Escape Nomade in the mountains of Ubud, a camp with luxury tents, in colonial style. Here we were going to spend the afternoon. To begin with we walk down to the riverbank, to get the traditional foot wash before laying down in another tent for a relaxing massage while the sound of the river played the music of nature.
Following the massage we went back to the tents at the top of the hill, to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea along while the sun was setting over the rice fields, together with the resident dog, who was hanging out with us the entire time.
Two local girls presented traditional Balinese dances while our butler explained the history of the dance.
The lovely thing about this half day tour to Ubud with Asia World was that there was now schedule, no time we had to leave and it was all up to us.
This freedom is what we have been looking for in a lot of other tours before – and therefore, Asia World Indonesia and Escape Nomade has our warmest recommendations if you are looking for a relaxing one day trip to the tranquility of Ubud.