However, if you have left it until the eleventh hour to find a gift or souvenir, there are a plethora of locally run shops in both terminals, which sell a wide range of arts and handicrafts. What should you buy? Well, popular buys include wood and stone carvings, masks, woven and dyed ‘batik’ fabrics, Balinese coffee, seashells and delicately crafted silver and gold jewellery.
One of the larger gift retailers with a colourful line in batik shirts, t-shirts, as well as some beautiful fabrics and handicrafts is Batik Keris, which has outlets in both terminals. Take a look at the company’s website, http://www.batikkerisindonesia.com/Batik_Keris/Home.html
, to see for yourself.
As for duty-free in the L-shaped international terminal, there are several rival retailers at Denpasar international vying for tourists’ hard-earned cash. Plaza Bali is one of the larger retailers doing business there and the company also has a large store downtown, where customers are able to buy goods and collect them later at the airport location.
At the airport Plaza Bali stocks a wide range of fragrances and cosmetics from the likes of Chanel, Estée Lauder, Christian Dior, Yves St. Laurent, Clarins, DKNY, as well as operating Hermes, Burberry and Fendi fashion boutiques. Liquor, tobacco, watches, jewellery and souvenirs complete the round up. Take a look at www.plazabali.com
for more details.
Sadly, arrival duty-free shopping is not available at Denpasar. In fact, it was scrapped at all the country’s international airports back in 2009 in an effort to crack down on illegal liquor smuggling. However, if you are bringing in duty-free items from elsewhere, be aware the allowances are modest (just 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars, and 1-litre of alcohol).
When people reminisce about their once-in-a-lifetime trip to Bali, Denpasar airport is unlikely to figure in their reveries. Hopefully, the imminent expansion and modernisation of the airport should improve things greatly.