Tukad Unda Dam - Bali, Indonesia 

Located on one of Bali’s major rivers, the Tukad Unda Dam is a great place to meet the Balinese locals. Families from nearby towns and villages come to the river to bathe and wash their clothes. The children also enjoying playing and having water fights in the dam. Considered one of the most picturesque locations in Bali, the dams cascades also provide a great setting for photography.

INDONESIA, DENPASAR : This photo taken on April 4, 2015 show a long exposure of a partial solar eclipse seen next to a monument in Jimbaran on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali. Sky-gazers in part of the Pacific Rim enjoyed an “unusually brief” total eclipse of the Moon.   AFP PHOTO / SONNY TUMBELAKA                        

INDONESIA, DENPASAR : Balinese people puts mud on their body during mud baths tradition known as Mebuug-buugan, in Kedonganan village, near Denpasar on Indonesia’s resort island of Bali on March 10, 2016. The Mebuug-buugan is held a day after Nyepi aimed at neutralizing bad traits. / AFP / SONNY TUMBELAKA                        

INDONESIA, DENPASAR : An Indonesian scavenger collects items from a garbage dump in Denpasar on the resort island of Bali on September 16, 2014. The Indonesian economy has expanded at around six percent in recent years but it has been easing in the past 12 months due to slowing demand for commodity exports, and interest rate hikes in 2013 during emerging market turmoil. AFP PHOTO/SONNY TUMBELAKA

Lost civilization unearthed

Ancient Balinese history was not uppermost in Ida Rsi Bhujannga’s life until plans to build a septic tank at his home turned into an archaeological discovery that has scientists bewitched.

The elderly high priest says he is now fascinated by his community’s history, which the rare find of dozens of massive stones has uncovered. These meter-long stones are believed to be from a 14th century temple complex that may have been the largest ever constructed on the Island of the Gods.

“I have become very interested in archaeology since this was found, because we must know our history here in Bali. As a priest I need to know about this history so I can teach people,” said Bhujannga.

He is speaking of ruins of a Hindu temple unearthed recently during excavations into rice fields to extend his home in Penatih village, Denpasar. Read more.

Tips on Extending Your Visa-on-Arrival in Bali

As of 2010, Indonesia allows you to extend your visa-on-arrival for an additional 30 days.

Our Advice: Save yourself 3 trips to Denpasar, long waits in a crowded government building with no AC, and frantic sprints to a back-alley-hut copy machine by hiring one of the dozens of companies in Ubud (or any of the major cities) to do the visa extension for you. It is well worth the $90-100 fee.

If you decide to ignore this advice, here are a few tips for getting the extension on your own:

  • Apply for the extension at least 7 days before your visa-on-arrival expires. (Note that we applied 6 days and they let it slide, but to be safe apply earlier.)
  • Make sure to bring copies of your passport (both the photo page and the page with your initial visa-on-arrival stamp) and your ongoing plane ticket.
  • Get to the immigration office early. You have to have your application in by 3pm (strictly enforced) and the entire office breaks for lunch from noon until 1pm. The office is also closed on weekends.
  • Be prepared to come back to the immigration office 2 additional times after your application is submitted. They will give you the return date after submission (approximately 3 days later when you come back to pay, followed by another 3 day wait-and-return to pick up your passport).