An Introduction to Bali

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Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in the Indonesian archipelago. The island’s home to an ancient culture that's known for its warm hospitality. Exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops are some of its top attractions. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of local or far-flung cuisine. After sunset, famous nightspots come to life offering exciting clubbing and packed dance floors. Inland, towering volcanoes and pristine jungles greet you with plenty to see and do. Most can't stay away from the beach for long, though. Enjoy amazing beach resorts and luxury resorts in any of Bali’s famous areas. These include Kuta, Seminyak and Jimbaran where most of the great hotels and villas are right on the beach. They’re also home to most of Bali’s exciting surf spots. For tranquil seascapes and sunrises, the eastern beach resorts are your best bets. These include Sanur, Nusa Dua and the remote coast of Candida’s are your best bets. In Bali’s farther and lesser travelled East Bali and northern region, you’ll find some world-class diving spots with calm bays. They're home to pristine coral gardens teeming with colorful marine biodiversity. The island’s centre also offers plenty of reasons that it can be better than the beach. Explore the scenic central highlands of Ubud with its flowing rice fields, valleys and forested rivers. Yet Ubud's not only a place for cultural day-trippers. It also offers plenty for adventure-seekers and shopaholics. Picturesque mountain jogging tracks are within a short walk from designer boutique and chic cafe-lined streets. Sightseeing opportunities in Ubud are virtually endless. The town itself is densely dotted with a multitude of ancient temples, palaces and historical sites. There are many more off-the-beaten-track spots around this magical island worth discovering. Not convinced yet?

Bali :

Balinese: is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Located east of Java and west of Lombok, the province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighboring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism. Bali is Indonesia's main tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in tourists since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world's top destination in its Traveler’s Choice award. Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. Most recently, Bali was the host of the Miss World 2013 and 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to a unified confederation of kingdoms composed of 10 traditional royal Balinese houses, each house ruling a specific geographic area. The confederation is the successor of the Bali Kingdom. The royal houses are not recognized by the government of Indonesia; however, they originated before Dutch colonization.

Geography :

The island of Bali lies 3.2 km (2.0 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali and Java are separated by the Bali Strait. East to west, the island is approximately 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans approximately 112 km (70 mi) north to south; administratively it covers 5,780 km2 (2,230 sq mi), or 5,577 km2 (2,153 sq mi) without Nusa Penida District; its population density is roughly 750 people/km2 (1,900 people/sq mi). Bali's central mountains include several peaks over 2,000 meters (6,600 feet) in elevation and active volcanoes such as Mount Batur. The highest is Mount Agung (3,031 m, 9,944 ft.), known as the "mother mountain", which is an active volcano rated as one of the world's most likely sites for a massive eruption within the next 100 years. In late 2017 Mount Agung started erupting and large numbers of people were evacuated, temporarily closing the island's airport. Mountains range from center to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Bali's volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility and its tall mountain ranges provide the high rainfall that supports the highly productive agriculture sector. South of the mountains is a broad, steadily descending area where most of Bali's large rice crop is grown. The northern side of the mountains slopes more steeply to the sea and is the main coffee-producing area of the island, along with rice, vegetables and cattle. The longest river, Ayung River, flows approximately 75 km (47 mi) (see List of rivers of Bali).

Economy :

In 1970s, the Balinese economy was largely agriculture-based in terms of both output and employment. Tourism is now the largest single industry in terms of income, and as a result, Bali is one of Indonesia's wealthiest regions. In 2003, around 80% of Bali's economy was tourism related. By end of June 2011, non-performing loan of all banks in Bali were 2.23%, lower than the average of Indonesian banking industry non-performing loan (about 5%). The economy, however, suffered significantly as a result of the Islamists' terrorist bombings 2002 and 2005. The tourism industry has since recovered from these events.

Tourism :

In 1963 the Bali Beach Hotel in Sanur was built by Sukarno, and boosted tourism in Bali. Prior to it, there were only three hotels on the island. Construction of hotels and restaurants began to spread throughout Bali. Tourism further increased on Bali after the Ngurah Rai International Airport opened in 1970. The Buleleng regency government encouraged the tourism sector as one of the mainstays for economic progress and social welfare. The tourism industry is primarily focused in the south, while also significant in the other parts of the island. The main tourist locations are the town of Kuta (with its beach), and its outer suburbs of Legian and Seminyak (which were once independent townships), the east coast town of Sanur (once the only tourist hub), Ubud towards the center of the island, to the south of the Ngurah Rai International Airport, Jimbaran and the newer developments of Nusa Dua and Pecatu. The United States government lifted its travel warnings in 2008. The Australian government issued an advisory on Friday, 4 May 2012, with the overall level of this advisory lowered to 'Exercise a high degree of caution'. The Swedish government issued a new warning on Sunday, 10 June 2012 because of one tourist who died from methanol poisoning. Australia last issued an advisory on Monday, 5 January 2015 due to new terrorist threats. Kuta Beach is a popular tourist spot in Bali. An offshoot of tourism is the growing real estate industry. Bali's real estate has been rapidly developing in the main tourist areas of Kuta, Legian, Seminyak and Oberoi. Most recently, high-end 5-star projects are under development on the Bukit peninsula, on the south side of the island. Expensive villas are being developed along the cliff sides of south Bali, with commanding panoramic ocean views. Foreign and domestic, many Jakarta individuals and companies are fairly active, investment into other areas of the island also continues to grow. Land prices, despite the worldwide economic crisis, have remained stable.

Religion :

Unlike most of Muslim-majority Indonesia, about 83.5% 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 (13.37%), Christianity (2.47%), and Buddhism (0.5%). The general beliefs and practices of Agama Hindu Dharma are a mixture of ancient traditions and contemporary pressures placed by Indonesian laws that permit only monotheist belief under the national ideology of panca sila. Traditionally, Hinduism in Indonesia had a pantheon of deities and that tradition of belief continues in practice; further, Hinduism in Indonesia granted freedom and flexibility to Hindus as to when, how and where to pray.[98] However, officially, Indonesian government considers and advertises Indonesian Hinduism as a monotheistic religion with certain officially recognized beliefs that comply with its national ideology. Indonesian school text books describe Hinduism as having one supreme being, Hindus offering three daily mandatory prayers, and Hinduism as having certain common beliefs that in part parallel those of Islam. Scholars contest whether these Indonesian governments recognized and assigned beliefs reflect the traditional beliefs and practices of Hindus in Indonesia before Indonesia gained independence from Dutch colonial rule. Balinese Hinduism has roots in Indian Hinduism and Buddhism, that arrived through Java.[103] Hindu influences reached the Indonesian Archipelago as early as the first century. Historical evidence is unclear about the diffusion process of cultural and spiritual ideas from India. Java legends refer to Saka-era, traced to 78 AD. Stories from the Mahabharata Epic have been traced in Indonesian islands to the 1st century; however, the versions mirror those found in southeast Indian peninsular region (now Tamil Nadu and southern Karnataka Andhra Pradesh).

Package Itinerary

AWESOME BALI - ITINERARY FOR 04 NIGHTS 05 DAYS

Day 1: Arrival At Denpasar Airport

Pick Up At The Airport & Transfer To Hotel. Day Free At Leisure.

Day 2: Full Day Kintamani Volcano Tour With Mount Batur Lake

After Breakfast, Tour Starts At 09.00am, Full Day Kintamani Volcano Tour, Visit Silver Smith At Celuk Village, Visit Painting & Wood Carving At Mas Village. The Highlight Is To See Nice View Of Mount Batur & Lake Batur + Indonesian Buffet Lunch Will Be Served At The Local Restaurant, On The Way Back To Visit Holy Spring Water Temple And Spectacular Rice Terraces. Shopping Places Are Available On This Tour And You May Spend Your Time For Shopping Of Any Kind Of Balinese Handicraft Products Good For Souvenir And Or For Collection. Evening: Indian Food Set Dinner Will Be Served At Indian Restaurant (L.D)

Day 3: Taman Ayun Royal Family Temple

After Breakfast, Starts At 09.00am, Full Day Tour To Taman Ayun Royal Family Temple At Mengwi Village + Bedugul Vegetable Plantation, + Lake Beratan To See A Spectacular Hindu Temple Inside The Lake + Indonesian Buffet Lunch Will Be Served In A Local Restaurant, After Lunch Will Continue To Visit Tanah Lot To See A Nice View Of Hindu Temple Is Located Inside The Ocean Above The Rock. You May See The Stunning Sun Set Which Is Subject To The Weather Condition. (L).

Day 4: Evening Sunset Dinner Cruise By Bounty Cruise

Around 4.30pm, Private Transfer To Benoa Harbor To Join Sun Set Dinner Cruise With Bounty Cruise, Come Aboard The Bounty Dinner Cruise For A Night Of Floating Fun. Be Entertained By Traditional Balinese Dance. Modern Dance, Live Music, Trio Batakos Singers. Variety Review And Dance The Night Away With Its Onboard Dj. Enjoy An Appetizing International Buffet Dinner & Some Indian Food Items Served On The Main Deck. Boarding At 5.30pm, Bounty Cruise Dinner Operates 5.45pm Until 8.45pm. (D).

Day 5: Departure At Denpasar Airport

After Breakfast. Free Arrangement and Departure Transfer To Airport (-).

EXOTIC BALI - ITINERARY FOR 03 NIGHTS 04 DAYS

Day 1: Denpasar Airport Arrival

Pick Up At The Airport & Transfer To Hotel. Day Free At Leisure

Day 2: Full Day Kintamani Volcano Tour

After Breakfast, Tour Starts At 09.00am, Full Day Kintamani Volcano Tour, Visit Silver Smith At Celuk Village, Visit Painting & Wood Carving At Mas Village. The Highlight Is To See Nice View Of Mount Batur & Lake Batur + Indonesian Buffet Lunch Will Be Served At The Local Restaurant, On The Way Back To Visit Holy Spring Water Temple And Spectacular Rice Terraces. Shopping Places Are Available On This Tour And You May Spend Your Time For Shopping Of Any Kind Of Balinese Handicraft Products Good For Souvenir And Or For Collection. Evening: Indian Food Set Dinner Will Be Served At Indian Restaurant (L.D)

Day 3: Evening Sunset Dinner Cruise By Bounty Cruise

Around 4.30pm, Private Transfer To Benoa Harbor To Join Sun Set Dinner Cruise With Bounty Cruise, Come Aboard The Bounty Dinner Cruise For A Night Of Floating Fun. Be Entertained By Traditional Balinese Dance. Modern Dance, Live Music, Trio Batakos Singers. Variety Review And Dance The Night Away With Its Onboard Dj. Enjoy An Appetizing International Buffet Dinner & Some Indian Food Items Served On The Main Deck. Boarding At 5.30pm, Bounty Cruise Dinner Operates 5.45pm Until 8.45pm. (D).

Day 4: Departure Denpasar Airport

After Breakfast. Free Arrangement and Departure Transfer To Airport (-)..

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