The Ngura Rai International Airport is the main airport on the island of Bali. It know it as Bali Depansar International Airport so when we landed, I was like.. Oh, it’s Bandar Udara Ngurah Rai Bali Airport. Most, if not all commercial and private flights land here. There was an incident of a plane missing the landing on the airport a few months ago and I can see why. It’s on the edge of the land, much like our local Boracay airport. It was also a little cloudy descending so the visibility can be poor. They’re all safe though, everyone on that flight.
We flew budget via Cebu Pacific and we were off loaded from the farthest gate so it was a very long trek from the plane to the main building or the new terminal. Not fun when you are carrying a 7 kilo luggage without wheels.
According to our driver, the new terminal was just opened a month ago. I guess they prepared well for the Miss World 2013 competition, the APEC summit and let’s not forget Tyra’s America’s Next Top Model. You would see the contrast from the old wing to the new.
I was a little wary of immigration since I can still remember a blog post I read about a Pinay’s horrible experience on her blog a couple of years back. I’m just glad that our experience was quick, no lines, no questions. As member of ASEAN, we don’t need a visa to visit Indonesia. One of the few perks of living in Southeast Asia. We enjoy the privilege of having a free 30 days tourist stay. Most nationalities can get a visa on arrival for a fee. It’s usually $25 for 30 days.
It’s huge! There are also restaurants outside if you need some food. We arranged for a pick up service prior to our arrival so we had our driver waiting for us. I’m not sure about transport from the airport into the city but what we paid from the airport going to Ubud which is a 2 hour drive was $25.
On our way back. If you’re taking the Cebu Pacific flight, it’s at 8:35 in the morning so we decided to come to the airport at 5am.
It was a maze but you will see signs along the way. You will also pass by several fast food chains like Burger King, Starbucks, Roti’O (closed at the time) and McDonalds. I wish we had just sat down in one of these restaurants and had a meal. The gates for check in opened about 6am and there are no decent places to eat at early in the morning inside the terminal. They had Circle K though if you need drinks.
The McDonalds is right in front of the gate where you go through the first security check point. Then we waited for the Cebu Pacific counter to open so we could check in. Afterwards, we proceeded upstairs. Make sure to set aside 150,000 Indonesian Rupiah (about 600 pesos) as you will need it to pay for terminal fee. Then we went through Immigration where they checked the terminal fee ticket. Once you’re inside, there were still a few stores that were open. They even had Billabong which didnt open until about 7:30am. Our gates were announced close to 8am, then that was the last security check where you had to go through xray again so you can’t take any drinks on board. We departed late, at around 9ish I think which is okay. I’m just glad we got home safe. ^.^