Without a doubt an island of paradise…
Bali, a tropical island in the Indonesian archipelago, is so picturesque and immaculate it could almost be a painted backdrop and considered as one of the most beautiful seaside resorts in Asia.
Bali is one of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia, the largest archipelago in the world. Bali is known for its friendly and hospitable people, beautiful warm beaches, volcanoes soaring up through the clouds, rice paddies tripping down hillsides like giant steps, tea and coffee plantations, dense tropical jungles and exotic temples and you will be amazed while exploring this magnificent nature.
The Island of Bali is rich in terms of tradition, culture and ceremony which happen all year round.
Just watching the natural kindness of the people in Bali brings you a lot of different feeling…something magic which you can’t simply describe.
The Balinese people are proud of having preserved their unique Hindu culture against the advance of Islam, the dominant religion throughout Indonesia. This is still reflected in day to day life and can be seen in the numerous ceremonies, Balinese festivals and magnificent temples and palaces.
For those more culturally inclined, Bali can offer the peace and tranquility of Ubud high in the hills; the spectacular Mother Temple at Besakih; the ancient capital of Bali, Singaraja and the floating palace at Ujung near the pretty beach area of Candi Dasa; the jungle, picturesque hillside rice terraces and the awesome magnificence of Kintamani Volcano is something not to be missed. All these scenery is nothing less than spectacular.
No wonder the island of Bali in Indonesia is year after year voted by the readers of all major travel magazines the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world.
Bali Island, a truly international destination, offers every standard of accommodation ranging from charming yet modest bungalow style hotels in lush tropical gardens for the budget minded through to arguably amongst the most exclusive and sophisticated hotels in the world!
Some of the best surfing beaches in the world can be found on the western side of the island whilst conversely the eastern side is a wonderful haven for families, with beautiful white sand beaches and gentle seas. And restaurants in Bali are extremely cosmopolitan yet inexpensive.
Bali Island is a shopper’s paradise prices are so inexpensive, you’re sure to need more room in your suitcase! Try bargaining at the street markets of Kuta, Sanur of Nusa Dua or fixed price shopping at a Denpasar department store. Bali has it all.
Even after decades of tourism development—it stands alone in its lushness and incomparable beauty with preserved ancient temples abound. These centuries-old shrines scattered across the island—are evidence of Bali’s deep, enduring spirituality. For the island’s three million, mostly Hindu residents, daily routines are punctuated by prayer, blessings, and rituals—and it’s these traditions, even more than the spectacular landscapes, that make Bali such a compelling, authentic, and utterly singular destination.
Climate in Bali
With sunshine shining throughout the year, Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius or 68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit. Rainy season starts from October to March, when the West monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity. June to September is considered the driest season, with low humidity and it can be fairly cold in the evenings, the best time for any outdoor activities.
Why visit Bali?
Balinese people are very friendly and good-hearted. They are known for welcoming the tourists warmly.
Lots to See and Do
There are number of stunning and beautiful tourist spots in this Indonesian island. You will surely get intoxicated with the scenic beauty and charming weather of Bali. Bali offers spectacular natural beauty with miles of pristine sandy beaches, towering volcanoes, lush tropical forests and picturesque rice terraces. The West coast mainly round the Kuta area offers the best surfing on the island where as the calm waters of Benoa offer more opportunities for motorised water sports in dedicated areas. Day trips to see more of the island include trips to the East and the “Mother Temple” in Besakih which is Bali’s most holy and Indonesia’s biggest Hindu temple. Shopping is plentiful in Kuta and Legian where you can buy everything from cut price DVDs to arts and crafts. Seminyak has a selection of more exclusive boutiques.
Bali has numbers of resorts, hotels and restaurants that offer international cuisine from Mediterranean, to Western to other Asian cuisines so wherever you’re from, you will find the food that will suit your taste. However, in order to get the true Bali experience, you should not miss the chance on trying out authentic Balinese cuisine. You will find many stalls, kiosks, and restaurants owned and managed by locals who operate alongside modern and posh restaurants. Authentic Balinese cuisines features a variety of spices and tastes, some bordering extremes that is not for the faint-hearted or those who are not up to unique and exotic culinary experience. You will also find a variety fusion-inspired food.
Bali has something for everyone from exclusive retreats to lively resorts. Nusa Dua in the south is where many of the 5 star hotels are located and entertainment is based mainly around the hotel with most resorts offering live entertainment each night. Kuta is the busiest and most lively area on the island. This is where the main bars and clubs located and offer a great night out for those looking from more action. Seminyak offers a more sophisticated scene with trendy bars, clubs and restaurants. This is a lively but more upmarket area than its neighbour Kuta. Jimbaran and Sanur offer more laid back evening entertainment but taxis are fairly inexpensive so a night out in Kuta or Seminyak is still accessible from other areas.
Bali is an ideal romantic getaway and perfect for honeymooners. Many hotels feature villa rooms which are ideal for couples seeking a private setting. Villa rooms are typically Balinese in style, secluded as they are surrounded by walls with a private entrance, have an indoor and outdoor living area and many feature a private pool. Bali is also a very popular destination for weddings, with some hotels featuring a chapel in the grounds, usually in a setting with breathtaking views. Bali is home to the spa, many spas throughout the world have taken inspiration from Balinese treatments. It is well worth taking the opportunity to have a couples treatment or massage. With Intimate hotels, picture postcard scenery and a true “get away from it all” experience, Bali is one of the most romantic destinations to visit.
Culture and History
A visit to Bali is not simply a holiday on a beautiful beach. Bali has a rich cultural and religious heritage that is evident in the daily lives and routines of the locals. It is also evident in the island’s architecture and arts. If you are vacationing in Bali, you should take time to visit at least one of Bali’s temples and sanctuaries. Other than India, Bali has the largest Hindu community. The holiest temple in Bali is the Besakih temple, also known as the “mother temple”. It has three main temples that are dedicated to Vishnu, Shiva, and Brahma.
Bali is known for various types of art and architecture. Many world famous paintings and arts were created by the artists of Bali. If you are an art lover, you must visit the Antonio Blanco Museum. It is a worth visiting spot. You can get overwhelmed to see the amazing art crafts and paintings in this museum.