Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The island of Bali lies 3.2 km east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighboring islands, notably Nusa Penida. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.The island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority.
Since the late 20th century, the province has had a rise in tourism. Bali is now the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. It is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the super-rich.
Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone over 500 reefs building coral species can be found. There is a wide range of dive sites with high quality reefs, all with their own specific attractions. To conclude, Bali is a living postcard, an Indonesian paradise that feels like a fantasy.
Climate and weather
The Island has a tropical wet and dry season with pleasant temperature year round, varying between 20-33⁰ C. From December to March, the west monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity. From June to September, the humidity is low and it can be quite cool in the evenings. At this time of the year there is hardly any rain in the lowland coastal areas.
Bali’s public bus has several stations in central and eastern parts. There is no fixed price and it charges according to journey length. Taking a taxi is the island's most efficient and convenient means of transport. You can find five kinds of taxis on the Island namely, green, orange, white, and black taxi. Blue taxi has the best reputation among them all. They charge in accordance to the meter. In addition, there are also ferry connections to other islands of Indonesia such as Island of Java and Lombok Island.
Balinese cuisine is a cuisine tradition of Balinese people from the volcanic island of Bali. Balinese Cuisine is one of the most complex cuisines in the world. Using an incredible variety of spices, blended with the fresh vegetables, meat and fish, Indonesian fried rice, Indonesian fried noodles, and pork ribs cannot be missed when you are visiting Bali. In addition, the spicy chicken with rice is always the locals’ favorite and now it is getting the tourists’ attention too. If you want to experience the exotic flavor Indonesia, you should pay attention to the following dish. The Dirty Duck with rice is the traditional dishes. People love its crispy texture and taste.
Seminyak area is recognized as the best shopping district by international travelers. There are many unique styles of clothing stores, furniture boutiques, restaurants and etc. Many shop owners are foreign designers, artists or cooks who have fallen in love with and settled down in Bali. Thus, that makes this area with an elegant atmosphere.
To see all kinds of Balinese temples is a very important part when one is visiting Bali such as the famous Tanah Lot temple. Tanah Lot is a rock formation off the Indonesian island of Bali. It is home to the pilgrimage temple Pura Tanah Lot, a popular tourist and cultural icon for photography and general exoticism. The Tanah Lot temple is one of seven sea temples around the Balinese coast. Each of the sea temples was established within eyesight of the next to form a chain along the south-western coast. In addition to Balinese mythology, the temple was significantly influenced by Hinduism.
Sanur is also home to a growing number of popular villa resorts, such as The Zen Villas. The southernmost Nusa Dua and Jimbaran Bay are where you can find most of the luxurious five-star hotel resorts where can meet the needs of people seeking for a quality holiday. Nusa Dua is one of the most luxurious resorts. The hotel’s private beach is divided into different sections and visitors can enjoy the cleanest beaches in Bali. The sea is very clear for underwater photography, waterproof mobile phone can be prepared before diving sets or camera case ; around there in a number of large shopping malls and duty free shops .
Ever more popular, Balian Beach is a rolling area of dunes and knolls overlooking pounding surf. Balian Beach is right at the mouth of the wide Sungai Balian . It is 800m south of the town of Lalang-Linggah, which is on the main road 10km west of Antosari. It attracts surfers and those looking to escape the bustle of south Bali. It is the best place to go for travelers who enjoy tranquility and want to have a relaxing time. It is loved by a great number of tourists because of its stunning ocean views and breathtaking sunset.