About Bali

Bali Island

Imposisbly green rice terraces, pulse-pounding surf, enchanting Hindu temple ceremonies, mesmerising dance performance, ribbons of beaches, a truly charming people, there are as many images of Bali Island as there are flowers on the ubiquitous frangipani trees.

This small island (you can drive the entire coast in one day) looms large for any visit to Indonesia. No place is more visitor friendly. Hotels range from surfer dives where the fun never stop to sybraticretreats in the lush mountains. The shopping, from hackneyed baubles to designer duds will put ‘extra bag’ at the top of your list. You can dine on local foods bursting with flavours fresh from the markets or let a world class chef take you on a culinary journey around te globe. From a cold Bintang at sunset to epic night clubbing, your social whirl is limited only by your own fortitude. And when comes time to relax, you can get a cheap beach massage or lose yourself in an all day spa.

And small obviously doesn’t mean homogeneous. Manic Kuta seques into luxurious Seminyak. The artistic swirl of Ubud is a counterpoint to misty treks amid the volcanoes. Mellow beach towns like Amed, Lovina and Pemuteran are found right round the coast and just offshore is the laid back idyll of Nusa Lembongan.

Asyou stumble upon the exquisite little religious offerings tha seem to materialise everywhere as if by magic, you will see that their tiny tapestry of colours and textures is a methapor for Bali Island itself.

Bali Island, Bali Island Information, Bali General Information
Population: 4 Million
Land Area: 5632 Sq Km
Highest Peak: Gunung Agung (3142 m(

 

History

It is certain that Bali has been populated since early prehistoric times, but the oldest human artefacts found are 3000 years old stone tools and earthenware vessels from Cekik. Not much is known of Bali during the period when Indian traders brought Hinduism to the Indonesian archipelago, but the earliest written records are stones inscriptions dating from around the 9th century. By that time, rice was being grown under the complex irrigation system known as subak, and there were precursors of the religious and cultural traditions that can be traced to the present day.

Save

Save