Indonesia, situated between the Indian and Pacific oceans, is the world largest archipelago country, with more than seventeen thousand islands. Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups. Indonesia’s national motto is “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika” or Unity in Diversity, which articulates the diversity that shapes the country.
The Province of Bali is one of the 34 provinces in Indonesia. It lies between the Java Island and Lombok Island, 8° south of the equator, with a tropical climate that gives an average annual temperature of 28° C. The rich volcanic soil and healthy monsoon season make Bali Island extremely fertile with a range of crops grown. The Province of Bali is famous for its terraced rice fields and breath taking views of beaches, among the most spectacular in the world.
The majority of Balinese are Hindus, although cultural influences make them different from the Hindus in India. Religious life in Bali is almost inseparable from its cultural life: temples can be found everywhere with ceremonies literally happening every day. One of the daily rituals is presenting of offerings, which play a significant role in Balinese daily life, as they appease the spirits and bring prosperity and good health to the family.
Travellers will be mesmerised by the rich cultural tradition of music and dance, arts and crafts, colourful ceremonies and spectacular panorama offered by every inch of Bali that will leave you with a fresh and unforgettable memory. There will be no shortage of options for you to enjoy this enchanting island.
How to Reach Bali
Coming from Abroad by Plane
If you come to Bali from outside of Indonesia, several airlines offer both direct and non-direct flights from your country to International Airport of I Gusti Ngurah Rai, Denpasar (Bali’s capital city). This airport welcomes thousands of visitors each day and the increasing numbers of tourist simply add the numbers of direct flights connections between Bali and other parts of the globe.
The direct flight is available from these cities: Auckland, Port Moresby, Dili, Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Manila, Hong Kong, Osaka, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Xiamen, Zhengzhou, Dubai, Doha, Chennai, Mumbai, Tehran, Amsterdam, and Warsaw. The non-direct flights are usually through Jakarta, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Tokyo and Sydney.
Coming from within Indonesia by Plane
If you are in travelling to visit several beauty Indonesia cities, and planning to come to Bali, there are direct domestic flights from major cities within the country to Denpasar. The schedules vary and most of them are available daily. Some domestic airlines to choose include: Garuda Indonesia, Citilink, Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air and Air Asia that cater various routes within the country.
Coming from Java Island by Ferry
- If you happen to be in Java, it is easy to travel to Bali using ferries. The ships depart frequently every day. You will need to travel to East Java and go to Ketapang Port and take PELNI ferries to Gilimanuk port in Bali. Please note that these are the only ports that connect the 2 islands. It takes about 45 to 60 minutes to cross the Bali Strait. The tickets are available at the port for direct purchase.
Coming from Lombok Island by Ferry and Boat
- There are regular ferries that cross the Lombok Strait from Lembar Port (Lombok Island) to Padang Bai Port (Bali Island) all The trip takes around 4 to 5 hours and sometimes more, due to the loading-unloading time. The tickets are available at the port for direct purchase.
- You can depart from Gili Island, Lombok to Sanur Beach (arrival point in Bali Island) using speed These are privately owned services with straightforward boarding process, but they cost more than taking the regular ferries. The boats are equipped with safety features and an ample of facilities including luggage compartment, spacious seating, toilet-, etc. Be prepared to get a little wet (which most tourists consider it as part of the fun).
Weather in Bali
Bali is located near to the, equator; therefore its warm, and tropical climate makes it a huge draw for tourists. The average temperature in Bali in August is 27°C (22-31°C) with a humidity level of about 85%. Generally one can say that Bali is pleasant all year through. Even if it rains, Bali is still enjoyable. During the dry season, which is between the months of April and September, Bali receives the most visitors and the temperature is only slightly higher than the other months.
The best mode of public transport to get around Bali is taxi. Rental car and online taxi service such as Grab and Gojek are available. Blue Bird Taxi is known for their hospitality and trustworthy service.
Participants from some countries may ask for the visa-free facility as can be seen in this link https://liniseh.at/visa. For participants who require visit visa, please apply through the Indonesian Embassy at your country. [Pro1]
Please find updated exchange rate in this link https://liniseh.at/currency
Indonesia uses 220 Volt for its electricity. The electrical outlet has two round holes, similar to those in the continental Europe. You may want to bring a converter or buy it locally. Many shops sell those converters.
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