Bali Island Information
island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia. Bali is well known as a paradise
island with thousand gods, thousand temples and a thousand dances. The geographical
location is the Pacific Ocean, just below the equatorial line on latitude 8 degree south
and longitude 115 degree east. The island is considered to be the most attractive Asian
island to visitors worldwide!
Bali measures 5,632 square
kilometers (2,175 square miles) and and is 55 miles (90 kilometers) high and about 90
miles (140 kilometers) wide. The island is famous for its beautiful landscape, featuring a
chain of six volcanoes from west to east. The volcanoes reach heights of 3,150 meters.
Lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines,
picturesque rice terraces, as well as fertile vegetable and fruit gardens dominate the
Bali's population is over 3
millions people, with Hindus being the religious majority. The number of Muslims is
steadily increasing through immigrants from Java, Lombok and other parts of Indonesia.
Most people live in the coastal areas in the South. The island's largest town and administrative center is Denpasar (population 370,000+). The villages
between the town of Ubud and Denpasar, Kuta (including Jimbaran, Tuban, and Legian,
Seminyak, Basangkasa, etc), Sanur, and Nusa Dua are spreading rapidly in all directions.
Pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius
(68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit) all year-round make Bali an ideal tropical holiday
destination. From December to March, the west monsoon can bring heavy showers and high
humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass
quickly. From June to September the humidity is low, and it is pleasantly cool in the
evenings with hardly rain in the coastal areas. However, in Ubud area, the mountains
surrounded by cloudy skies and showers throughout the year (this is the reason why the
international weather reports Bali full of showers and rain storms year-round). In higher
regions such as in Bedugul or Kintamani, either a sweater or jacket might be needed after
the sun sets.
Transportation to and from overseas is accessible directly
without having to go through other airports in Indonesia. Numerous airline service Bali's
Ngurah Rai International Airport either directly or via Jakarta. Domestic airlines operate
flight from various cities within Indonesia.
Passports must be valid for at least six months on date of
arrival. Tourist Visa is required for foreign tourists when entering into Indonesia. This
visa requirement is not applicable for holders of passport issued by countries having
reciprocal immigration treaty with Indonesia. Please consult to your authority or the
nearest Indonesia Embassy.
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Balinese people mainly live on agriculture with rice as the
staple food. Everyday life in Bali merges with social duties and religious obligations
while the art reflects an unnoticed integration of environment, religion, and community in
which individual is a part. For example, Subak, concerns the production of rice and organizes the complex irrigation system;
and Banjar, which arranges all village festivals, marriage ceremonies, and cremations.
Hindu Dharma is held by almost 95 % of the population. Its
teaching is to reach peace and harmony of life guided by the Wedas as Holy Scriptures.
They believe in One Supreme God called Ida Sanghyang Widhi Wasa, with His three
manifestations known as Trisakti that is Brahma the Creator; Wisnu the
Preserver, and Siwa the Transformer. Frequent religious festivals are plenty.
mentioned should be: The Odalan Festival (anniversary of a temple's founding), Melasti
(religious purification), Nyepi (marks the beginning of a new lunar year late March or
Galungan (celebrates the creation of our world and Bali's most significant annual event),
Kuningan (commemorates the end of the holiday season), Eka Dasa Rudra is the island's most
important festival and is originally held every hundred years (the restoration of balance
between good and evil).
Non-Religious Festivals and
Holidays: Between July and October, tourists will have the opportunity to experience the
Negara bull races. The pampered bulls are spruced up with accessories, hitched in pairs to
makeshift chariots, and steered by jockeys who combine their riding skills and tail
twisting to induce maximum performance. Balinese ceremonies are normally held during late
afternoons or evenings when the day is cooler. They also hold firm to the belief that the
island is owned by the supreme god Sanghyang Widhi, and has been handed down to the
Balinese in sacred trust. They show appreciation by waking hours with symbolic activities
and worship. The rice harvest festival is dedicated to the rice god Dewi Sri. Known as a
blessed season for the villages and the entire place will be repainted and decorated with
flags. An atmosphere of happiness pervades. Small straw rice-god dolls are placed
throughout the fields and villages as a tribute. If you see a procession of women garbed
in traditional wear, carrying small bowls or balancing towering offerings on their heads,
or a group of batik-clad men with head-cloths, just put on a shirt, get the camera ready
and mingle with the crowd - you will always be welcome.
Tel: 751011 ext 1454
Wisti Sabha bld; Ngurah Rai Int'l Airport, 2nd fl. TeI: 766931.
Sanur Beach Hotel. Tel: 288011 ext. 1789
Grand Bali Beach, Sanur. TeI: 282331.
Ngurah Rai Int'l Airport. TeI: 768388, 766940, 761608. Fax: 768383.
Australia (includes; Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea)
JI. Prof. M. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpasar / P.0, Box 243. TeI: 235092. Fax: 221990.
JI. Medasari No. 2 Sanur. TeI: 270601 Fax: 270572.
Jalan Pengembak 17, Sanur. TeI: 286465, Fax: 286408.
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, No. 35X, Sanur, TeI: 285485.
JI. Pantai Karang No. 17, Sanur. Tel: 288535. Fax: 288826.
JI. Bypass Ngurah Rai (at Lotus Asia Tour), Jimbaran. Tel/Fax: 701005.
JI. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar. TeI: 227628. Fax: 231308.
JI. Raya Kuta No. 127, Kuta,Tel: 751517. Fax: 752777.
Jl. I Gusti Ketut Jelantik No. 74, Mengwi. Tel/Fax: 811762.
Sweden & Finland
Segara Village Hotel, Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur Tel: 288407/8, 288021.
Switzerland & Austria
Swiss Restaurant, JI. Pura Bagus Teruna, Legian. TeI: 751735. Fax:754457.
JI. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar. TeI: 233605. Fax: 222426.
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