Bali is one of the thousands of islands that together form the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia. Due to its uniqueness, Bali has become a major destination for tourists from all over the world, who have chosen to travel to the tropics of Asia.
Among thousands of islands arranged beautifully from west to east in Indonesia, Bali is located peacefully in the eastern part of the tropical country. Occupying an area of 5,632 kilometers, the beauty of Bali radiates as a dramatic landscape but is overshadowed by the arrogance of an active volcano. The mountainous area of Bali divides the island into northern and southern parts.
Its exoticism lies in the beautiful silhouette of the white sand beach. Outside of the main island, Bali promotes several smaller islands within it, namely Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Ceningan & Menjangan Island which is undeniably a paradise for divers and surfers. Balinese people highly value natural elements, including mountains, seas, springs, such as lakes, rivers and other elements. They are acquainted with their physical existence while holding philosophy as the source of life. Therefore, nature and all its important elements have a special place in the hearts of Balinese people. The Balinese include them as important constituents in their spiritual and religious activities, especially for Mount Agung, the highest mountain in Bali (3,141 meters) and Pura Besakih (the mother temple) of Balinese Hindus at its feet.
Tradition and Religion
Bali has a population density of over 3.5 million people, almost Balinese Hindus. Hindus maintain the basic values that teach them balance and harmony in all aspects of life, namely Tri Hita Karana. Tri Hita Karana is a guideline on how to establish a harmonious relationship with the natural surroundings (Pawongan), others (Weakening) and with Ida Sang Hyang Widhi/God Almighty (Parahyangan).
The commitment to maintain and embody fundamental values in everyday life is what makes Bali unique in its dynamic life. Balinese Hindus celebrate Galungan and Kuningan holidays every six months and celebrate the New Year with a special ritual called NYEPI.
The Nyepi celebration begins with the implementation of Catur Brata Penyepian (four things that are prohibited from being done during the turn of the Saka Year) which include observing geni (no light), observing lelungaan (not traveling), observing auctionguan (no entertainment) and observing works. (no activity). During Nyepi, all places in Bali for 24 hours will be silent and free from activities, including airports, ports, terminals and highways.
Bali has a tropical climate all year round. The average temperature hovers around 30 degrees Celsius throughout the year. There are dry and wet seasons—dry from April to September and wet from October to March—but rain can fall at any time of year and even during the rainy season, the rains are likely to pass quickly. In general, May to August are the best months in Bali. At that time the climate tends to be cooler and the rain the lightest.
Since Bali has become one of the world’s tourist destinations, it has been famous for its rich cultural and scenic sites. Currently, cultural tourism is still one of the main activities for a holiday in Bali, with visiting temples, seeing festivals and ceremonies, including traditional dance performances is a must for travelers. With a strong artistic tradition also see shopping and bargains for paintings, batiks, sculptures, jewelry and furniture. This is also one of the destinations for travelers to visit this exotic island.
Today with a modern tourist infrastructure, there are many choices of tours and activities that are fun and interesting:
- Temple and culture tours.
- Visit cultural museums, temples and art galleries.
- Balinese cooking class.
- Water sports such as surfing, diving and snorkeling, including private surf lessons, diving cruises and snorkeling.
- World class golf.
- Spa and beauty treatments.
- Yoga and meditation classes.
- The eco tour includes visiting the West Bali National Park in the West, the Botanical Gardens in Bedugul and a guided bird watching walk in Ubud.
- Adventure tours and activities such as rafting and mountain trekking, paragliding and bungee jumping, mountain biking plus quad bike tours or even Harley Davidson tandem tours.
- Shopping tours and individual shopping at an ever-increasing array of open-air boutiques and stalls, plus visiting and purchasing art directly from local artist workshops.
- Dinner cruise at sunset.
- Family park and zoo for waterslides, elephant rides and exotic animal viewing, plus tree and rope climbing and paint balling adventures.
- Painting and dancing classes for adults and children.
- Private helicopter tour in Bali.
Dena Bali Tours will be happy to help you arrange either prior to arrival or during your stay.
Bali Travel Tips Info
The following are some tips on customs, traditions, taboos and general travel when entering and living in Bali. Attention, please:
- All travelers must have a valid passport for at least six months from the date of arrival.
- Please be sure to check your visa and health requirements for your country.
- The requirements that must be prepared by foreigners to get a Special Arrival Travel Visa at the Immigration counter are as follows: Passport that is still valid for at least six months. Round-trip ticket or one-way ticket to continue traveling abroad Other documents required in accordance with the provisions of the Covid-19 Task Force Paying the VoA Special VoA (Non-Tax State Revenue) tariff for Tourism, according to the Attachment of Government Regulation 28 of 2019, which is Rp. 500,000.
- Leaving the island for International departures will be subject to airport tax of IDR 150,000/person and Domestic departures of IDR 30,000/person.
- It is not allowed to take your passport out of the hotel unless you want to change the purpose of your trip. You should keep it in the safety box which is usually located in your suite. Please make a copy.
- Due to the announcement of Bank Indonesia regulations, we do not accept USD with CB code on it and also USD issued in 1996.
- Please ignore the TIME SHARE team that you might see them on the street, never give them information about your hotel and room number.
- Please don’t notice if you’ve been offered something by someone you don’t know on the beach, don’t leave your valuables on the beach unaccompanied.
- We strongly discourage you from walking alone on the beach after dark.
- Never buy and carry ILLEGAL DRUGS in Bali.
- Most villas run on 220V, with two prongs.
- Bali time zone is GMT +8
- Hotels and restaurants in Bali include a 10% service charge, and if not, then a tip of around 10% is appropriate.
- Beware of money changers, only trust money changers or registered banks.
- ATM machines are readily available in major centers.
- For your safety and peace of mind, we strongly recommend hiring a driver and vehicle, and not just a self-drive charter, with calm and dangerous road and traffic conditions.
- The driver must be 18 years of age or older, and an International driving license or an ASEAN driving license is required for self-driving car rentals.
- Drink only bottled water, don’t drink tap water.
- Drink fluids regularly to avoid dehydration.
- The use of a hat and sunscreen lotion is recommended.
- The use of tropical strength insect repellents is highly recommended throughout Bali.
- Many beaches in Bali have dangerous currents, only a few have lifeguards, and don’t swim beyond red flags.
- Drug use and drug trafficking are punishable by death
- Never touch the heads of Balinese people, let alone the heads of children.
- Always pick up and deliver items only with your right hand.
- Always remove your shoes before entering a private home.
- Proper manners must be observed when visiting places of worship.
- Wear a sash and sarong when visiting temples or attending ceremonies.
- Bathing naked in public is against the Law.
- You can bid on items in most places, except for department stores and stores that advertise only ‘fixed prices’.
- Bargain only when you intend to buy, and when doing so always bargain at least half of the asking price.