ali is an island and province of Indonesia. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.
With a population of 3,890,757 in the 2010 census, and currently 4,225,000 as of January 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 84.5% of Bali’s population adhered to Balinese Hinduism, 12% to Islam, and most of the remainder to Christianity.
Bali is the largest tourist destination in the country and 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. Since the late 20th century, the province has had a rise in tourism.
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 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean. There is a wide range of dive sites with high quality reefs, all with their own specific attractions. Many sites can have strong currents and swell, so diving without a knowledgeable guide is inadvisable. Most recently, Bali was the host of the 2011 ASEAN Summit, 2013 APEC and Miss World 2013.
3,890,757 (province, estimated, 2010)
WHAT TO WEAR
During the dry season (between April and September), temperatures are slightly higher than during the other months. You can always expect occasional rainfall, bringing a light rain poncho with you is a good idea.
From October to March Bali becomes more quiet, it is the rainy season. Bali’s central mountain area is much cooler and also more rainy than the lower coastal areas. Especially at night temparatures can drop to 15 degrees Celsius in certain mountainous areas. We recommend to be equipped with a long sleeve sweater.
In Bali it is possible to find local handicrafts such as clothing, traditional scarves, sculptures, paintings….
NO SMOKING, PLEASE
Smoking is forbidden in all temples, public transport, airports (they may have designated smoking areas), bus stations, indoor public places including office buildings, hospitals.
Tip is discretionary and up to you, of course gratuities for a good service are appreciated.