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Bali Island Information

The 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 scenery.

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 Balinese womanadministrative 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 Festival in Balithe 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 early April),
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.


Airlines

Airport information
Tel: 751011 ext 1454

Cathay Pacific
Wisti Sabha bld; Ngurah Rai Int'l Airport, 2nd fl. TeI: 766931.

Garuda Indonesia
Sanur Beach Hotel. Tel: 288011 ext. 1789

Qantas
Grand Bali Beach, Sanur. TeI: 282331.

Singapore Airlines
Ngurah Rai Int'l Airport. TeI: 768388, 766940, 761608. Fax: 768383.

Consulates

Australia (includes; Canada, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea)
JI. Prof. M. Yamin No. 4, Renon, Denpasar / P.0, Box 243. TeI: 235092. Fax: 221990.

British Consul
JI. Medasari No. 2 Sanur. TeI: 270601 Fax: 270572.

Czech Republic
Jalan Pengembak 17, Sanur. TeI: 286465, Fax: 286408.

France
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai, No. 35X, Sanur, TeI: 285485.

Germany
JI. Pantai Karang No. 17, Sanur. Tel: 288535. Fax: 288826.

Italy
JI. Bypass Ngurah Rai (at Lotus Asia Tour), Jimbaran. Tel/Fax: 701005.

Japan
JI. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar. TeI: 227628. Fax: 231308.

Netherlands
JI. Raya Kuta No. 127, Kuta,Tel: 751517. Fax: 752777.

Norway
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.

U.S.A
JI. Hayam Wuruk 188, Denpasar. TeI: 233605. Fax: 222426.
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