About Bali

Overview of Bali

Year after year, Bali - a part of the Republic of Indonesia, the world's largest archipelago with over 18,000 islands - is ranked as "The World's Best Island" destination by the readership of international travel magazines such as Travel & Leisure.

The combination of friendly, hospitable people, the physical beauty of the island, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality, spectacular beaches with great surfing and diving, and the year-round pleasant climate all contribute to Bali's unparalleled designation as the world's best island.

SmartTravelAsia.com voted Bali its favorite Asian holiday destination by saying, "It's an island that has retained its disarmingly honest and simple charm, a peaceful ritual-minded Hindu enclave in a bustling Muslim country."

Activities in Bali

Bali offers travelers of all ages a wide variety of leisure activities to enjoy - regardless of your interests and budget. Whether you want to throw yourself from high altitudes, hurtle down frothing rapids, explore the wonders of the deep or just lie back and take it easy, Bali is the place.

Being an island, the beach is a major factor in any holiday. Bali has a coastline which offers every possible water activity, including surfing some of the best waves in the world, swimming with dolphins, cruises, snorkeling, diving, sailing, bungee jumping and paragliding.

Non-beach related outdoor activities include river rafting, mountain cycling, observing local artisans create their arts and crafts, and visiting museums and zoos. Waterfalls with spectacular drops as high as 100m, and often pools suitable for swimming at the bottom can be found all over Bali. You can relax in either hot or cool natural springs to cleanse your mind and soothe away any aches and pain you may have brought with you to Bali.

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Balinesse Culture

Bali culture is totally unique and permeates every aspect of Balinese life. The influence of Hinduism as the main religion is evident in the music, drama, art, costumes and festivals which take place daily and celebrate the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

Many of Bali's temples are many hundreds of years old and located in beautiful locations. Many have stories to tell which are of interest to people of all faiths. Dance is the medium which stories have been told in Bali for generations, the costumes are as elaborate as the moves - some of which take much training and agility to perfect. You can watch many of the traditional dances which are performed several times weekly.

Bali has many colourful festivals throughout the year, the most important of which is Galungan. Most festival dates are based on Bali's two unique calendars which have systems that are alien to the roman calendar so the dates change each year.

Climate in Bali

Bali has a tropical climate appropriate to its proximity to the equator. Year round temperatures averaging 31 degrees Celsius.

High humidity can be expected during the Wet Season between the months of October - April when there is often daily rain and quiet overcast days. The rainiest times are between December and February and the days are hot and steamy - truly tropical. Some people just love Bali in the wet season as there are fewer tourists and the monsoonal weather adds to the sense of exotic escape.

The Dry Season falls between the months of May - September. The air feels cooler in the dry season because it's less humid - so many people consider this the best time to visit Bali. Occasionally rainfall can also be expected during the dry season but usually at night or very early morning. In the months of June - August there is usually a very refreshing cool breeze all day long. The central mountain area is typically cooler than the lower coastal areas mainly, especially at night.