Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is named in honour of Indonesian war hero, I Gusti Ngurah Rai who led a suicide mission against the Dutch during the Indonesian War of Independence. It is located 13 km south of Bali’s capital, Denpasar and therefore, also known as Denpasar International Airport.
One of the most crowded airports in Indonesia, the steady influx of visitors could perhaps be partially attributed to the Hollywood movie Eat, Pray, Love starring Julia Roberts as the heroine who eventually found true love and inner peace in Bali.
There are two terminals in the newly renovated airport - International terminal and Domestic terminal. The International terminal is located in the newer L-shaped structure that features Balinese architecture, while the Domestic terminal occupies the old building southeast of the International terminal. Both terminals are connected on level 1 by a corridor.
Public taxis are inexpensive and frequently used by tourists to get around the island. A safe and reliable choice will be Blue Bird Taxis that run on the meter, saving you the trouble of haggling. You can also opt to arrange for a transfer from the airport with your hotel. Renting a car driven by a local who can usually double up as an informal guide is also a good option. If you’re looking for an adventure, you opt to rent a scooter or bike to get around but given the chaos of Bali traffic, it is not advisable to do so if you are an inexperienced motorist.
The Indonesian island is often referred to as a paradise on earth, which is not surprising given its deeply spiritual and unique culture, amazing beaches, and picturesque landscape. The locals are generally friendly and welcoming, leaving you amazed at the warmth of Balinese hospitality.
Just 5.3 km from the airport, the Rock Bar at Ayana Resort and Spa is a top choice among travellers for watching the sunset. Perched on top of the cliffs of the Bukit peninsula, 14 meters above the Indian Ocean, throngs of people gather to sip on a cocktail while watching the sun go down. Potato Head Beach Club in Seminyak, 10 km from the airport, is another chic spot to visit and catch a sunset.
Located in the vicinity of the airport, Waterbom Bali is a good choice for travellers who are looking to soak up some fun in the sun but are short on time. It is a quick 10-minute drive from the airport depending on traffic conditions. The one-stop leisure water park is has different types of rides to ensure that no one gets left out.
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