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Bali is the western most island in the Lesser Sunda Islands of Indonesia. The island is located west of Java and east of Lombok. With a population of over 3 million with the vast majority of the island's population, 93.18%, being Hindu makes this place very different from the rest of Indonesia. Bali is one of the largest tourist destinations in Asia and the largest tourist spot in Indonesia.
The island was first settled around 2000 BC by people from Taiwan. The culture took a major shift when Hinduism was introduced from India in the 1st century AD. When the Hindu empire on Java fell in the 15th century most of the intellectuals, priests, musicians and royalty relocated to Bali. The Dutch discovered the island in 1597, although Dutch control was not solidified untill the 1890s. Even then Dutch control was loose at best. After Indonesian independence the island was hit hard during the communist crackdowns of the 1950s and 1960s with 10% of the islands population being executed. In 2002 and 2005 bombs were set off in major tourist areas, which greatly affect the tourist industry.
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The island contains of a series of steep and high volcanos with the tallest being Mount Agung at 3,142 metres (10,308 feet) on the eastern end of the island. Mount Batur, also on the island, had one of the largest volcanic events on the planet about 30,000 years ago. The southern part of the island is the alluvial plain, which has several shallow rivers that are low during the dry season and swell during the wet season. Bali is surrounded by beaches and vibrant coral reefs. The beaches in the south usually have white sand and the beaches in the northern or western parts of the island have jet black sand. The ecology of the island is stunning with over 280 birds and plenty of wild animals.
The main attractions for tourist going to Bali are the stunning beaches, amazing mountains, art work, dance, music and pumping nightlife. On top of this there is extremely clean and clear water that are filled with coral reefs, which makes for world class diving. For adventure seekers there is some of the best surfing in the world and excellent mountain climbing.
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Located 20 kilometres from Denpasar sits the amazing temple and rock formation of Tanah Lot. The temple was built in the 15th century by the famous priest Niratha, who was wondering the coast and came along some fishermen. After the fishermen gave him food and spending the night on the little island he told the fishermen to build a shrine on the rock. The temple is one of the seven seaside temples located around the coast of Bali. The temple is supposedly protected by poisonous sea snakes.
Bali Baret National Park is located in the north western part of the island. The park is roughly 10% of the land area of the island of Bali. it is bordered by the port town of Gilimanuk and the village of Goris. The park covers many different ecological zones including coral islands, savanna, mangroves and mixed-monsoon forests. There are even some ancient volcanic remains to explore.
There are some neighbouring islands near to Bali. Located around 20 kilometres away from Bali to the southeast you'll find Nusa Penida Island, Nusa Ceningan Island and Nusa Lembongan Island. Each of these islands shares their own unique tourism destination and arts. For many peoples, these three islands might not be recognized as parts of Bali’s district. Somehow, they give a great contribution to the tourism development in Bali area. Among these three islands, Nusa Penida Island is the largest one, and also well known as the best destination for scuba diving. Although the two others islands, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan are located separated, they're still administratively part of the Nusa Penida area. Administratively, the islands is a district of Klungkung regency. The Badung Strait separates the islands and Bali.
In this archipelago, specially Nusa Penida Island, you will find beautiful pure beaches and some conservation places protecting plants, birds, and also turtle. When you are diving in Nusa Penida Island, you will likely to see the large pelagic, such as Manta Ray’s (Manta Birostris) at some locations and Mola Mola (Oceanic Sunfish). If you get lucky, you will sometimes see the whale-shark too.
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Bali has a tropical climate with hot, humid conditions. Temperatures are mostly between 30 and 32 °C during the day and nights are still well above 20 °C. The mountains in the interior are cooler and see more clouds as well. The April-October period is the dry season and November-March is the rainy season, though showers are still possible during the dry season and periods of dry weather occur during the monsoon season.
Climate Zone is a good website for seeing the weather at Bali through the year.
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Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) is located in the southern part of the island, just 13 kilometres south of Denpasar. It is the third busiest airport in the country and now meets international aviation security standards. The airport has extensive international service and good domestic service, including flights to Jakarta, Surabaya, West Papua, Borneo, Sulawesi and Sumatra. Pretty much every country in the Asian and pacific region can be reached directly by flights from this airport.
Garuda Indonesia flies to/from Hong Kong, Melbourne, Nagoya, Osaka, Perth, Seoul, Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo and lowcost airlines Air Asia serves Kuala Lumpur.
Several other airlines have some more destinations, including Taipei, Amsterdam, Dili, Darwin, Brisbane, Doha, Bandar Seri Begawan, Guangzhou, Broome, Bangkok, Moscow and Adelaide.
There a car and passenger ferry connecting Bali (Gilimanuk) and east Java (Ketapang), crossing takes about an hour. There's also a car and passeger ferry between Bali (Padangbai) and Lombok (Lembar), crossing takes about 4 hours. There are now also some direct services from Bali to the Gili Islands as well, all of them either via Lombok, or continuing to Lombok after the Gili Islands:
Some long-distance services can take you all the way to Jakarta, using the ferry services described above. Jakarta is about 24 hours away, Yogyakarta about 16 hours. Lombok can be reached as well by bus. Check the Peramatour buscompany for more schedules and prices.
Most of the roads hug the coastline or the edge of the mountains. Due to the steepness of the mountains in the interior of the island there are very few roads across the island, although some take you to the central volcanos. A car with a driver is relatively cheap if you share with a few more travellers and gives you maximum flexibility regarding the route and sights.
Larger minibuses and full-size buses ply the longer routes, particularly on routes linking Denpasar, Singaraja and Gilimanuk.
There are no regular connections between places on Bali as it's faster overland, but you can rent boats to go for a day out on the sea including fishing trips.
The night life in Bali is one of the best in the world. Mainly dominated by western tourists these places can get pretty rowdy year round.
Bali has sleeping options for every kind of traveller. Therefore if your looking for a luxury resort or a hut on the island has a place to sleep for any kind traveller. Budget accommodations including travellers ratings:
|Abian Biu Residence||Br. Umalas, Jl. Umalas Kauh II - 106 / Tunon Kerobokan, Denpasar||Guesthouse||81|
|Adi Dharma Cottages||Jl. Legian 155, Kuta PO BOX 1120, Tuban, Denpasar||Hotel||82|
|Adi Dharma Hotel||Jl Benesari, Kuta PO BOX 1120, Tuban, Denpasar||Hotel||-|
|Alam Sari Hotel||Tegallalang, Ubud||Hotel||-|
|Bali Nyuh Gading Villas||Jl.Uma Alas 1 No 99 x Seminyak Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Dana Guesthouse Bali||banjar silayukti , jalan pengubugan gang kayu cend Kerobokan Kuta Bali||Hostel||76|
|Green Garden Beach Resort & Spa||Jl. Wana Segara Tuban, South Kuta Beach||Hotel||-|
|Hidden Oasis Hotel & Spa||Jalan Pantai Kuta 47B Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Miki||Jalan Dewi Sri 78 Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Inna Bali Hotel||Jl. Veteran No.3 Denpasar 80111 - P.O.Box 3003l||Hotel||-|
|Jati Home Stay and Gallery||Hanoman Street ,Padang tegal Ubud Gianyar||Hostel||88|
|Legian Guest House||Northeast corner of Legian Kuta in Jalan Nakula Ti||Guesthouse||-|
|Lumbung Damuh||Jalan Pantai Buitan Kelod Kec. Manggis, Karangasem||Hotel||86|
|Nandini Bali Jungle Resort and Spa||Br. Susut, Desa Buahan, Payangan - Ubud||Hotel||-|
|Nick's Homestay||Jl. Hanoman No. 57 Ubud||Hostel||82|
|Nick's Pension||JL. Bisma ~ Ubud Bali 80571||Guesthouse||88|
|Sri Bungalows||Monkey forest st.||Hostel||87|
|Sri Ratih Cottages||Jalan Raya Penestanan Ubud||Hostel||89|
|Sunset Residence Condotel||Jl. Dewi Sri No.11, Kuta||Apartment||-|
|Tanaya Bed & Breakfast||Jl. Raya Legian 131 Kuta||Guesthouse||88|
|The Island Bali||Jl. Padma Utara, Legian Kuta||Hostel||85|
|Prima Cottage||Jl Bumi Ayu 23 Sanur||Hotel||-|
|Febri's Hotel and Spa||Jl. Kartika Plaza Tuban||Hotel||87|
|The Tanis Villas||Tanjung Sanghyang Bay - Lembongan island - Bali||Hotel||89|
|Nick's Hidden Cottages||Jl. Bisma||Guesthouse||83|
|Green Garden Hotel||Jl. Kartika Plaza no.9 Tuban||Hotel||89|
|Ari Putri Hotel||Jl. Sanur Beach, Banjar Semawang Sanur||Hotel||92|
|Bali Sorgawi Hotel||Jalan Legian Klod, Kuta Beach, Kuta Beach||Hotel||-|
|Temple Cafe & Seaside Cottages||Jalan Raya Candidasa||Guesthouse||-|
|Puri Dewa Bharata Hotel & Villas||Jalan Nakula 11 Legian Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Vilarisi Hotel||Jalan Melasti / Lebak Bene 15X Legian||Hotel||84|
|Mastapa Garden Hotel||Jalan Legian No 139||Hotel||-|
|Bali Senia Hostel||Jalan Danau Poso 23 Sanur Denpasar||Hotel||-|
|Sayang Maha Mertha Hotel||Jl. Melasti Lebak Bene, Legian Kelod, Legian||Hotel||-|
|The Champlung Mas Hotel||Jln. Melasti Legian||Hostel||76|
|Puri Purnama Villa||Br Cucukan ds Medahan||Hotel||-|
|Taman Harum Cottages||Mas-Ubud Village||Hotel||88|
|Natura Resort & Spa||Banjar Laplapan, Ubud||Hotel||-|
|Suly Resort & Spa||Jl. Cok Rai Pudak Br. Yangloni Peliatan Ubud||Hotel||89|
|Baleka Beach Resort||Jalan Werkudara Legian||Hostel||-|
|Candi Beach Cottage||Mendira Beach, Sengkidu Candi Dasa Karangasem||Apartment||92|
|Hotel Villa Lumbung||Jl. Raya Petitenget No. 1000X Seminyak||Hotel||83|
|Nanuks Lembongan Bungalows||Jalan Tamarind Beach Nusa Penida Klungkung||Guesthouse||-|
|Villa Baladewa Empat||Umalas II, Jalan Bumbak, Gang P. Karimata, Kerobokan||Guesthouse||-|
|Jati 3 Bungalows||Monkey Forest St Ubud Bali||Guesthouse||84|
|Bali Mountain Retreat||Jalan Arjuna||Guesthouse||-|
|Pat-Mase Villas||Jl. Karang Mas Sejahtera 100 X Jimbaran||Hotel||-|
|Bali Kuta Resort||Jl. Majapahit Mo. 18 Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Swiss-Belhotel Bay View||Jalan Kebo Iwa, Taman Mumbul Nusa Dua||Hotel||-|
|Bali Lovina Beach Cottages||Lovina Beach||Apartment||-|
|Villa Serenity||Gang Dolphin, Jalan Nelayan, Banjar Canggu, Kabupaten Badung, Bali||Hotel||87|
|Puri Sawah Bungalows & Restaurant||Tirta Gangga Karangasem||Apartment||-|
|Nomad's Villa||Jalan Yudistira Gang Franjipani 5||Hotel||-|
|Mumbul Guesthouse||Gang Mumbul, Anturan||Guesthouse||78|
|POP! Hotel Denpasar Teuku Umar||Jl. Teuku Umar No. 74||Hotel||82|
|Green Villas Hotel and Spa, Bali||Dewi sartika 1 BB Tuban||Hotel||-|
|Taman Sari Cottage II||Jalan Kartika Plaza Gang Pudak Sari No.1 Kuta||Guesthouse||-|
|Taman Suci||Jl. Imam Bonjol No. 45, Denpas||Hostel||-|
|Puri Bunga Resort & Spa||Jl. Kedewatan, Ayung River Ubud, Gianyar||Hotel||-|
|Victory Shine Lembongan Bungalows & SPA||Nusa Lembongan Nusa Penida Klungkung||Hotel||-|
|BIG Pineapple Backpackers||Jalan Tirta Ening Gang 2 No's 6 SANUR Bali.||Hostel||84|
|The aromas of bali hotel & residence||Legian street 191 Kuta Bali||Hotel||-|
|Grand Avenue Bali Hotel||Jalan Bumbak No. 22 Kerobokan-Kuta||Hotel||-|
|Gosyen Hotel Bali||Dewi Sri # 9, Legian||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Bali Diary||By Pass Ngurah Rai No.524 Sanur||Hotel||-|
|Bagus Hayden Hotel - Bali||Jalan Bakungsari (Singosari) No. 14||Hotel||-|
|Bali Bukit Surf Villa||Jalan Raya Uluwatu Gang Indra No.10 Jimbaran||Guesthouse||-|
|Guess House Hostel||Petitenget Street 22 Seminyak-Kuta||Hostel||-|
|The Bali Dream villa||Jl. Saraswati III, No 108x Seminyak Bali||Hotel||-|
|Sindu Guest House||Jalan Pantai Sindu No 1 Sanur||Guesthouse||-|
|Lemon House||Gang Melanting 5 Padang Bai||Guesthouse||-|
|Warung Coco||Jalan Majapahit, Gang Soka Kuta||Guesthouse||-|
|Zen Inn||Jl Sulayakti Padang Bai||Guesthouse||-|
|Villa Jepun||jalan uluwatu jimbaran gang mecutan no 7 300 meter sebelum Gwk||Guesthouse||-|
|Bedbunkers Hostels Kuta||Jalan Dewi Sri 45 / 18F Kuta||Hostel||-|
|Indraprastha Home Stay||Hanoman street No.40 Padang Tegal tengah Ubud, Bali-Indonesia||Apartment||86|
|Kayun Hostel||JL Patih Jelantik 176 Kuta||Hostel||-|
|Warini Bungalow||Jalan Hanoman Ubud Bali Indonesia||Guesthouse||-|
|U Paasha Seminyak||Jalan Laksmana, No.77 Seminyak||Guesthouse||-|
|Bombora Surf Camp||Jl. Labuan Sait||Hotel||-|
|Puri Ganesh||Jalan Dewi Sri I No. 14 Kuta||Guesthouse||-|
|Nanuks Bungalows||Nusa Lembongan Jalan Tamarind Beach Nusa Penida,||Hotel||-|
|Villa Onga Bali||Jl: Bumbak Gg:Onga Br: Anyar Kelod Kerobokan-Umalas||Guesthouse||-|
|Komune Resort & Beach Club Bali||Jl. Pantai Keramas Keramas||Hotel||-|
|SURFING DORMS Berawa Beach||Jalan Pura Prancak No 6 Berawa Beach Canggu||Hostel||85|
|Anika Guesthouse||Jalan Elang No.3, Komplek Burung, Tuban||Guesthouse||84|
|Cafe Locca Homestay||Jl. Sudimala Sanur||Guesthouse||-|
|The Apartements Canggu||Banjar Padang linjong; Jl Batu Mejan 82||Apartment||-|
|Grannys Hostel||Jl.Pura Martasari 28||Hostel||-|
|Lavender Luxury Resort & Spa||JL. By Pass Ngurah Rai No. 7||Hotel||-|
|Bali Bamboo Paradise||Jalan Penataran Agung Padang Bai||Hotel||86|
|Villa Paradise||Jalan Jimbaran Hill No. 99||Hotel||-|
|Bali Surf Hostel||3 Gang Melati Seminyak||Hostel||-|
|POP! Hotel Kuta Beach||Jl. Kubu Bene||Hotel||81|
|Gay Villa Layang Bulan||Jalan Batu Belig Gang Daksina 10B Kerobokan, Petitenget||Guesthouse||-|
|Acarya Bungalows||Jalan Raya Amed Abang Karangasem||Guesthouse||-|
|Bayu Guest House||Monkey Forest Street Lane Mandia Bungalow No 3 Ubud, Gianyar||Guesthouse||-|
|Bluehill Resort||Tulamben, Kubu Karangasem, Bali 80853 Indonesia||Hotel||-|
|Buddha Guest Villas||Jalan. Legian, Gang Mangga #9,||GUESTHOUSE||78|
|Jolie Hostel||Jl. Astina No. 23 Desa Ungasan Kuta Selatan||Hostel||-|
|Sunhill Bungalow||Jalan Pantai Balangan Cengiling/ Ungasan||Guesthouse||-|
|Jimbaran Home Stay Bali||Jalan Bukit Hijau Kav. no. 3||Guesthouse||-|
|Matra Bali Guesthouse||Jl Pantai Berawa no 37 Br. Pelambingan, Ds Tibubeneng Kc. Kuta Utara, Kab. Badung||Guesthouse||-|
|Sunset Mansion Resort||Jl. Bidadari Raya Seminyak||Hotel||-|
|Warung Coco Poppies 2||Poppies Lane 2||Hostel||-|
|The Tirtha Inn Pondok Anyar||Jalan Kubu Anyar Gang Kingkong I no. 2 Banjar Anyar||Guesthouse||-|
|La Bali Home Stay||Jalan Pengubugan Gang Kayu nagasari no 12 Kerobokan Kuta||Guesthouse||-|
|Hitakara Bed and Breakfast||Jln Pantai Berawa no 27 Canggu||Guesthouse||-|
|The Banyumas Residence||Jl. Tukad Banyumas No. 1 Denpasar||Hostel||-|
|Bali Summer Hotel and Resort||Jalan Raya Pantai Kuta 38||Hotel||82|
|Anini Resort and Spa||Jl. Raya Tjampuhan Sanggingan Ubud||Hotel||-|
|DEMANK House||Jalan Sugriwa No.38 Padang Tegal||Guesthouse||-|
|Happy Day Hostel||Jalan Petitenget 100B Kerobokan||Hostel||-|
|De'Bharata Bali Villas Seminyak||Jl. Sunset Road Gang Baik - Baik No 11||Hotel||-|
|Graha Moding Villas||Br. Kelabang Moding Ds. Kelabang Moding||Guesthouse||-|
|Sara Residence||Jalan Nakula No.9||Hostel||-|
|Sayan Terrace Resort||Jl. Raya Sayan||Hotel||-|
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Have traveled here for 30 + years, had a business in Bali, and now work in Bali. Great country, beautiful people, great food options, and soooo affordable.
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