“The Island of the Gods”
A stunning tropical island bathed in beauty, mystical temples, colorful festivals, unique arts and crafts. Bali, Indonesia without a doubt is one of the most visited places around the world. A small island often referred as “The island of a thousand temples and Islands of the Gods.” Lying between Java and Lombok Bali is the largest tourists’ attraction of Indonesia.
Bali is rich in its cultures, having deeply spiritual people, beautiful Balinese Dances and magnificent landscape panorama from the top hill down to the sea.
The shoppers among you will find Bali a treasure house of handicrafts and fine works of art. The Balinese are incredibly gifted artists and craftsmen, and their material creations are imbued with the same sense of wonderment with which they regard their universe.
The silvery sandy beaches of Bali are bound to steal your heart away. One would love wandering around the small island stored with serenity and endless beauty of the nature.
When to Visit Bali
Bali enjoys a tropical climate that is usually hot and humid but the island also experiences wet and dry seasons.
The best time to visit Bali is between June and early September. That’s when you are most assured of blue, sunny skies. On the other hand, December to March can get pretty wet – that’s when the western monsoon blows in, bringing cloudy skies and heavy downpours.
BALI’S INTERESTING PLACES
UBUD is a strikingly beautiful region of Bali, situated in the mountains to the north of Kuta Beach and Denpasar. It is a traditional town surrounded by many ancient villages and attractions, such Penestanan and Peliatan, and is also home to the Balinese royal family. There is a thriving art scene in Ubud and an array of temples.
KUTA is a popular beach for surfing although currents make it less suitable for swimming. Kuta was a small village, but today you will find some of the biggest hotels, night clubs, discotheques, pubs and restaurants here and also famous for its nightlife as there often night long musical and dance performances are held here.
BESAKIH is Bali’s “Mother Temple” is a sprawling complex of shrines and pavilions set high on the slopes of sacred Mt. Agung. It owns beautiful view from the top of temple area where we can see the wide nature panorama until to the ocean so that way this temple is many visited by tourists from all over the world. Besakih Temple is located in Besakih countryside, Rendang sub district, Karangasem regency, east part of the island.
TANAH LOT is one of Bali’s most important sea temples, the temple sanctuary at Tanah Lot is built atop a huge rock which is surrounded by the sea. Legend has it that poisonous sea snakes stand guard to protect the temple from intruders and evil spirits. Visit this place late in the day to catch the temple in silhouette.
SANUR BEACH is a beautiful white sandy beach with calm and warm seawater located in east part of Denpasar Town. Sanur was Bali’s first beach resort but still retains its Balinese character and old style village ambiance. Now the resort area of Sanur has grown up around Bali’s largest traditional village and today boast excellent facilities for international visitor. Sanur is an excellent site to watch the sun rises, as you jog along the white sandy beach.
DENPASAR is the capital of Bali. Best known for its cheap food, this city is a true shopper’s paradise. Those perfect in bargaining can expect to buy great stuff from its Pasar Badung market. Denpasar also offers you to have a peep inside Bali’s rich culture and history by visiting its Bali Museum.
ULUWATU is an 11th century temple and famous not only for its unique position, also boasts one of the oldest temples in Bali.The Pura Luhur (literally ‘high temples’ or ‘ascension temples’) Uluwatu is Bali’s most spectacular temple located high on a cliff top at the edge of a plateau 70 metres above the waves of the Indian Ocean.
JATILUWIH is a place where you see lots of terraced rice paddy fields. The sights are breathtaking as you see the green terrace, meandering around you. This place is supposed to one of the few in the world that has such nice terraced paddies. Those terraces are probably cut decades ago, and now resulting in the fascinating view today.
GOA GAJAH means “elephant cave”. Found in 11th century, this cave was dug in the peaceful riverside valley in a hard sand stone. Entering the inside T-Shape cave, there are some niches used by Buddhist Monks for meditation. Among the many historical remains found around this cave is the holy Ganesh Statue (a human body with elephant head) which is believed as the God of Purification and Evil Controller. The cave can be quite claustrophobic for some people but is well worth a quick look inside.
BEDUGUL is approximately situated in 18 km North of Denpasar and 1400 meters above sea level, and is known for its excellent golf course. It’s also famous for its lakes Bratan and Buyan. Those lakes are the main water source for surrounding farmlands, rivers and springs on the plains below. Lush pine forests make for clean air.
NUSA DUA is one of the most recent tourist centers, Nusa Dua has some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels. This resort is known for its clean, white beaches and pristine waters. Nusa Dua differs from Bukit Peninsula despite being a part of it. It is sheltered by coral reefs, which makes it an ideal family beach.
WHERE IS BALI?
The island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) in the East. Flying time to Jakarta is about 1.5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2.5 and 3 hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours.
COUNTRY CODE: + 62
Balinese and Indonesian are the most widely spoken languages in Bali, and like most Indonesians, the vast majority of Balinese people are bilingual or trilingual. English is a common third language (and the primary foreign language) of many Balinese
Bali’s population has grown to over 3 million people the overwhelming majority of which are Hindus. However, the number of Muslims is steadily increasing through immigration of people from Java, Lombok and other areas of Indonesia who seek work in Bali.
Unlike most of Muslim-majority Indonesia, about 93.18% of Bali’s population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, formed as a combination of existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia. Minority religions include Islam (4.79%),Christianity (1.38%), and Buddhism (0.64%).These official statistical figures do not include immigrants from other parts of Indonesia.
Bali is a small fertile island midway along the string of islands which makes up the Indonesian archipelago, stretching from Sumatra in the north-west to Irian Jaya, on the border of Papua New Guinea, in the South-east. Bali is volcanically active and extravagantly fertile. Bali has an area of 5,620 sq km, measures approximately 140km by 90 km and is just 8 degrees south of the equator. It is dramatically mountainous especially in the western region, and the center of the island is dominated by a number of volcanic mountains.
The local currency is the Rupiah (Rp) which can be found in the following denominations: the notes come in 100, 500, 1.000, 5.000, 10.000, 20.000, 50.000, 100.000; while the coin are in 25, 50, 100, 500, 1.000 rupiah denominations.
Most major banks have branches in the main tourist centers and provincial capitals. But it would be difficult to find banks in smaller towns, and even if there were banks, the exchange rates may be woeful. Banking hours are generally from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday to Friday and until 11 a.m. on Saturdays.
Many shops, large and small, accept plastic cards with a 3-5 percent added to the bill. Cash advances can be obtained in all major tourist resorts – Denpasar, Kuta, Sanur and Ubud. Automatic Teller Machines are mushrooming all over the place, especially at shopping centers and bank branches. Most of them are connected to international banking networks, thus making it possible to look for machines that are affiliated with your own ATM network. Visa, Mastercard, and American Express are accepted by most of the bigger businesses. The amount signed for is in rupiah and the bill is then converted to your domestic currency.
Business offices are open either from 8.00am to 4.00pm or 9.00am to 5.00pm. Government office are from 8.00am to 3.00pm from Mondays to Thursdays, 8.00am to 11.30am on Fridays and 8.00am to 2.00pm on Saturdays.
Bali’s climate is tropical. Temperatures average between 21C and 33C. In the mountains, however, it can go as low as 5C at night. Humidity varies between 60% and 100%.
In general, Bali experiences two seasons: moist and wet! The rainy season is normally from November to April, during which it can rain for several hours each day. The rain tends to be intermittent, however, with plenty of sun in between.
The dry season is normally from May to October.
Bali is in the Central Indonesian Time zone, which is GMT+8 hours, similar to Malaysia, Singapore, and Hong Kong, but one hour ahead of Jakarta.
Bali is famous for many forms of art, including painting, sculpture, woodcarving, handcrafts and performing arts. Balinese gamelan music is highly developed and varied. The dances portray stories from Hindu epics such as the Ramayana. Famous Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng, barong and kecak (the monkey dance). National education programs, mass media and tourism continue to change Balinese culture. Immigration from other parts of Indonesia, especially Java, is changing the ethnic composition of Bali’s population.
Going to Bali, dress casually. Take light clothes, as the weather is warm-to-hot throughout the year. There are really only two seasons in Bali – the wet or rainy season the rest of the year. But the rains usually fall in short spells.
Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months from the date of entry into Indonesia, and you must have proof of onward passage (either return or through tickets). If you cannot fulfill both of these requirements, you may not be allowed to enter the country
Countries that do not require a Visa to enter Bali.
Hongkong Special Administrative Region,
Macao Special Administrative Region,
Countries that require and are eligible for Visa-On Arrivals – cost for these visas are US$10 for a stay of up to 3 days, US$25 for a stay of up to 30 days.
|Arab Emirates Japan
Argentina New Zealand
Canada South Africa
Denmark South Korea
Germany United Kingdom
Hungary United States America
It is important to also note the following:
- The Visa on Arrival is non-extendable and cannot be converted into a different visa.
- The Visa purchasing system will take approximately 3-5 minutes per applicant.
- There are 6 payment counters, a bank and a money changer set up to process payments
- Once you have paid for and received your visa you will need to proceed to Immigration where your visa will be processed
Citizens of countries not on the visa on arrival or visa free lists will be required to apply for a visa before entering Indonesia.
DO’S & DONT – Things to Remember
- Change money at a reputable looking location, use your own (or the hotel’s) calculator before changing!
- Put on loads of High Factor Waterproof Sun Cream (especially if you intend to spend a lot of time in the water).
- Drink a lot of bottled water and eat a lot of fresh fruit – do your body a favor.
- Be careful with your belongings at all times. Crime is on the increase and can ruin your holiday. Cases of handbag snatching have been reported, so leave important documents in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulders!
- Try not to step on offerings in the street. (walk around them)
- Respect the slow pace of processions when stuck behind one, i.e. don’t honk!
- Haggle when buying (except on price-tagged goods.)
- Buy ‘Immodium’ to relieve bouts of Bali belly.
- Have a great holiday!
- forget to take your passport (or a photocopy of your ID), with you at all times and a copy of Bali Plus!
- swim outside designated swimming areas on the beach, currents can be very strong. Swim between the red and yellow flags.
- do drugs! It can carry the death penalty, and there are enough foreigners residing in Bali courtesy of the Govt. prison service!
- touch people’s heads – it is very offensive to Hindus.
- enter a temple during menstruation. Sorry Ladies!
- forget to put salt on your food & drink water – you will probably sweat a lot.
- worry too much about the ice – it’s government-quality controlled in established bars and restaurants.
- forget to look and listen while you cross the road. Cars may stop, motorbikes may not!
- forget to reconfirm your flight 72 hours prior to flying. Airport Departure Tax is:
International = Rp. 100,000 Domestic = Rp. 20,000