Bedugul Temple, BaliBali’s beauty lies not only in the stunning variety of breathtaking landscapes and ocean panoramas. Bali is also an important center for culture, heritage and religion in Indonesia. Bali is perhaps the most famous travel destination in the Indonesian archipelago which is composed of 17,508 islands. Majority of international tourists who visit Bali and return every now and then) do not visit other Indonesian islands or cities, being fully satisfied with what “The sland of the Gods” has to offer. Bali is home to four million hospitable, friendly and vibrant people who tirelessly welcome visitors from around the world all year round.

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE

The island has plenty of spectacular topographical features: mountains, terraced hills and active volcanoes. There are, of course, the famous fine sand beaches, and stretches of rugged coastlines for the more adventurous. Sunbathing, swimming, diving, surfing and other water sports, are some of the typical activities for visitors. Since Bali also has attractions further inland, tourists who prefer hiking and exploration of  historical and archeological sites and ancient temples will have plenty to explore out of the water.

Bali lies just below the equator and within the tropical latitudes. Even during monsoon season in the southern hemisphere from December  to March, Bali still receives a generous amount of sun. The mountainous center of the island receives the most rains. The rainy season in  Bali extends from October to April while the dry season is from May until September. Bukit Peninsula receives the most amount of sun  throughout the year.

BALINESE MAGIC

Unlike the rest of Indonesia that practices Islam, the religion of majority of Balinese year-round residents is Hinduism, which is infused in their daily lives. Offerings (canang sari) placed on leaf trays are found not just in altars in private residences but in restaurants, offices,  stores, and even at the airport checkin desk. Visitors ought to take care not to step on incense sticks placed on the ground because this is perceived as bad luck by the Balinese.

TRAVELER’S PARADISE

Known as a prime vacation destination, accommodations in Bali range from affordable quarters for tourists on a budget and backpackers to luxury hotels and extravagant homes fit for the richest in the world. It has some of the best spas and is an attractive location for weddings.

The months of August and September comprise the yearly peak season at Bali. April and June typically see an influx of visitors from Australia. A deluge of tourists is also expected during national holidays in Indonesia, at Christmas and in the New Year. Travelers who wish to enjoy Bali in a less frantic atmosphere must schedule their vacation in paradise during off-peak months.

GETTING AROUND

Tourists in Bali hop from one island attraction to another in cabs, hotel shuttles services, tour drivers, or hired vehicles (hint: vans rented out by local drivers are the best means of island transportation). Here are a few essential stops. Mount Batur is an active volcano that  visitors can visit and marvel at. On the way to the volcano is the town of Ubud, a center for dance and art, where Balinese craftsmen offer  their wares to tourists. Ulluwatu, a temple built on top of a cliff, provides a great sunset view as well as Ramayana performances. For  visitors who want to participate in Bali’s nightlife, shop and enjoy modern conveniences, Kuta, the most developed area in the island, is the place to be. People in search of more peaceful, sheltered, and rustic shores can opt to explore Padang Bai, Jimbaran, Sanur, Lovina or  Candidasa.

 

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