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Indonesia: Bali’s Dark Side May Tarnish Peaceful, Spiritual Image

Date: July 31st, 2012 | No Comments

Along with Bali’s increase in spiritual tourism, the famous paradise island is contending with a number of reports that could tarnish its peaceful, relaxing image, tourism officials fear. A recent surge in drug trafficking incidents, prostitution and reported HIV infections indicate that not all is well here. In addition to the negative headlines, many visitors [read more]

Indonesia: Mount Lokon Erupts

Date: July 25th, 2011 | No Comments

Sulawesi’s Mount Lokon ended years of dormancy with a major eruption July 17. The blast sent ash and smoke thousands of feet into the air, panicking many of the surrounding villagers who had returned to the mountainside after warnings of a possible large eruption. Airlines with flights traveling within 10 miles of the peak were [read more]

Indonesia: Tsunami and Volcanic Eruption Come within Hours

Date: October 27th, 2010 | No Comments

The seismic “Ring of Fire” that encircles the Pacific and includes the Indonesian archipelago rumbled with an undersea earthquake and volcanic eruption 800 miles and just a few hours apart this week. Scientists had been predicting a major eruption of Java’s Mt. Merapi and warned that its biggest eruption in years could still occur in [read more]

Indonesia: Women-Only Rail Cars Rolling in Jakarta

Date: August 25th, 2010 | No Comments

Authorities for the state-run train system have established women-only rail cars in Jakarta in an attempt to prevent sexual harassment on crowded trains. So far two new carriages have been added to the busy commuter line between Jakarta and Bogor, and more will be added if the trial is effective. Women have complained that men [read more]

Indonesia: Dogs, Rabies Rampant in Bali

Date: August 4th, 2010 | No Comments

No tourists have been infected, but the island of Bali is experiencing a rabies outbreak that has caused 78 reported deaths the past two years. Rabies is endemic on the island and is spread via bites by infected dogs. In the first half of this year some 30,000 dog bites were reported and 20,000 dogs [read more]

Indonesia: “Child of Krakatoa” Ready to Erupt

Date: October 8th, 2011 | No Comments

Tourists and fishermen have been warned to stay away from the “Child of Krakatoa,” a volcano created by the same tectonic forces that led to the 1883 Krakatoa, one of history’s great cataclysms that killed tens of thousands of people. “Child” is currently smoking, and daily volcanic tremors have soared from 200 to 7,200. The [read more]

Indonesia: Mount Bromo Erupts, Forces Airport Closure

Date: December 1st, 2010 | No Comments

Mount Bromo, an active volcano on the island of Java that is a popular tourist attraction, erupted recently after lying dormant for a year. The blast caused no reported injuries or major damage but prompted a five-day shutdown of the airport in Malang, 15 miles away. Officials warned that a bigger eruption may [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Dogs to Get Rabies Vaccine

Date: September 29th, 2010 | No Comments

An outbreak of rabies has killed 93 people on the island of Bali since 2008, so authorities launched a campaign to vaccinate 400,000 dogs against the disease. Previously the government had been culling stray dogs to control the disease, but now under the auspices of the World Society for the Protection of Animals they are [read more]

Indonesia: Arrests Could Lead to Demonstrations

Date: August 10th, 2010 | No Comments

The U.S. Embassy in Jakarta advised Americans to be aware of possible demonstrations following the arrest by Indonesian authorities of militant cleric Abubakar Ba’asyir—who was jailed for two years for his links to the deadly Bali bombing in 2002—and five others believed to be planning a major terrorist attack, possibly on Aug. 17, the country’s [read more]

Indonesia: Bali Police Chief Urges Foreigners to Watch for Crime

Date: April 7th, 2010 | No Comments

Bali’s police chief advised foreign tourists to remain vigilant against crime, citing statistics showing that the rate of crimes targeting foreigners has increased in recent years. Such statistics are relative, however, as the number of reported crimes against tourists in 2009 was 293, up from 205 the previous year. Police have increased security at popular [read more]

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