BALI, ISLAND OF THE GODS
Bali, the famous “Island of the Gods”, is blessed with an interesting landscape of hills and mountains, long sandy beaches, turquoise seas rich in marine life, rugged coastlines, lush rice terraces, swift rivers, unique culture, colorful festivals and hospitable people, making this island a virtual paradise on earth. This is one of the world’s most popular island destinations, which has consistently won travel awards for its charm and beauty.
Most visitors come to Bali for its stunning beaches, world-class surfing and diving, white water rafting on the mighty Ayung River and the breath-taking sunset from the fabulous seaside temple of Tanah Lot. However, there is another side to Bali that is just as fascinating - its rich culture and history, spectacular ancient temples (pura) and natural wonders. There is also a wide range of accommodations to suit all budgets, from beach huts to budget hotels and luxurious resorts and villas. With so much to offer to all market segments it is no wonder that almost 80% of visitors to Indonesia holiday in Bali.
Bali is home to about four million people. Unlike the rest of Indonesia, which is predominantly Muslim, about 93% of the island’s population adheres to Hinduism as a result of the existing local beliefs and Hindu influences from mainland Southeast Asia and South Asia. The local Balinese is very friendly, adding to the islands charm.
Bali’s largest city and capital is Denpasar, located in South Bali. It is also is the seat of government in Bali and is therefore home to the provincial governor’s office and the administration of the Regency of Badung. This is a bustling, multi-cultural city filled with temples (pura), palaces and museums. There is also a big shopping centre, which will please even the most discerning shopaholic.
Bali is located in the westernmost end of Nusa Tenggara, and is between Java to the east and Lombok to the east. It is about nine degrees south of the equator with the Java Sea in the north and the Indian Ocean in the south.
The Island has a tropical climate due to its proximity to the equator with year round temperatures of between 20ºC and 31ºC. The wet season is between October to April when the West monsoon brings heavy rains and high humidity. The dry season is from May to September with low humidity and occasional rain at night or early morning. The weather in the central mountain areas is cooler than the lower coastal areas. The best months to visit Bali are from May to August as the climate is cooler and the rains are the lightest.