Badung is one of Bali’s main regencies. It covers an area of 418.52 km2 and has a population of about 579,200, and a density of 1,383.92 per square kilometer. It is divided into 6 districts; South Kuta, Kuta, North Kuta, Mengwi, Abiansemal, and Petang. It is again subdivided into subdistricts/kelurahan.
The government office of Badung is located in Raya Sempidi street, Mengwi. The official website is www.badungkab.go.id. Badung regency administration is headed by a regent and a vice regent. Currently the head of Badung is Anak Agung Gde Agung from Mengwi who was elected for the second time in 2010. The position for vice regent is still open because the former vice regent has been promoted as Deputy Governor of Bali.
Under the vice regent there is a regional secretariat which is made up of three departments. These three departments consist of: government and welfare of the people, economy and development, and general and administrative.
The northern part of the regency is relatively unpopulated and the part near the coast and west of Denpasar from Jimbaran and up to Canggu is heavily populated. Ngurah Rai International Airport is located within the regency.
Badung covers Bali's most heavy touristic regions, such as:
Kuta beach is a surfer’s paradise where many tourist needs are comfortably available. Kuta’s pubs and nightclubs stays open until 4 am. Amazingly, among the hustle and bustle of tourists, religious ritual rites and processions are not rare things to witness.
Nusa Dua which is the most exclusive and well-planned tourist resort in Bali is a place where there are a row of international chain hotels within a well-maintained resort. Before it was a tourist resort in 1970s, the spot was a quiet and dry fishing village. Besides the luxurious tourist amenities provided, the main attraction is the white sandy beach. Tanjung Benoa, further north outside of the organized Nusa Dua area, provides extensive choice of water sports.
Uluwatu which means the head of the stone is located in the southern part of Bali. It gives an impressive picturesque view especially at sunset. The three courtyards are surrounded by hard weathered white coral. The guardian gate in the middle courtyard has a similar appearance to East Javanese temple architecture. The sacred resident monkeys are smart enough to steal your belongings even from your pocket.
Jimbaran which is about 5 minutes drive from the Ngurah Rai International Airport is a village for fishermen. Here you can find many fresh seafood restaurants that usually come with fried peanuts, five types of sambal, a basket of steam rice, Balinese vegetable of plecing, and sliced fruit for dessert. Diners are given an opportunity to choose their fish, shrimp, or crab from the aquarium in front of each restaurant. Once you find a good fresh fish with a good deal then go for it.
A 73-hectare island located just 250 metres off the southeast coast of Bali is the resident of Sakenan temple (one of the most visited temple for religious purpose on the southern part). Serangan island is also known as a turtle island. According to the legend Sakenan temple was founded in the 10th century by wanderer-priest Mpu Kuturan. The island can be reached by boat from Sanur, Suwung, or Tanjung Benoa. Since a road has been built as part of an exclusive resort project on the island, it can now be accessed by car.
A lot of international events has been held in Badung, especially in Bali Tourism Development Cooperation (BTDC), Nusa Dua. These events include the 13th UNFCCC Convention, the 63rd Miss World, and the 9th WTO ministerial conference.
The National Hero, I Gusti Ngurah Rai was from Petang, Badung. He was the leader of Balinese people in the war era. One of the main streets known as By Pass I Gusti Ngurah Rai in Sanur is named after him. Bali International Airport which is known as Ngurah Rai International Airport is also named after him. You can also find his picture in a 50,000 rupiah note.