The island of Bali located in Indonesia is voted year after year by the readers of all major magazines as 'the most enchanting travel and holiday destination in the whole world. Bali is a beautiful and lovely island in the Indonesian archipelago. The island of Bali boasts of a wide variety of attractions. The sheer physical beauty of the island coupled with pleasant climate year round makes Bali a preferred tourist destination.
The island of Bali is a part of the Republic of Indonesia. It is one of the 17,000 islands of Indonesia. The island of Bali has an area of only 5632 square kilometers. You can take a flight from Singapore, Sydney, Hong Kong or Tokyo. There are direct connecting flights from Europe, North and South America and Africa to Bali islands.
The island is gifted with lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines, fertile vegetables and fruit gardens, picturesque rice terraces and white sandy beaches in the south and gray and volcanic sand covered beaches.
The wide variety of tropical plants in the island surprises the tourist. Huge banyan trees in villages, tamarind and clove trees in highlands, acacia trees, flame trees, and mangroves in the South abound in the island. Bali is also well known for different species of coconut palms and varieties of bamboo. The fragrance of flowers can be found almost everywhere on this island. Hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, water lilies, magnolia, frangipani and a variety of orchids can be found in the gardens, along roads and in temple grounds.
Wildlife in Bali includes various species of monkeys, barking deer, civets, mouse deer, wild fowl, dollar birds, blue kingfishers, sea eagles, sand pipers, white herons, egrets, cuckoos, wood swallows, sparrows and starlings. Dolphins can be found near Lovina, Candi Dasa and Padangbai. Coral fish, small reef fish, moray eels, whale sharks, sponges and colorful corals can be seen along the east coast and around the islands of Menjangan and Gilinamuk. The North Bali Lovina area is rural in nature with fishing, farming and rice fields, plantations, mountains, rivers, lakes and waterfalls.
Bali islands enjoy pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius year round. The west monsoon brings heavy showers and high humidity during December to March months. Usually the days are sunny but night has rains. Bali has cool evenings between June and September months. In the hilly regions of Bali, cloudy skies and showers can be expected throughout the year.
There are beautiful privately owned villas in Bali ranging from two to seven bedrooms. In house spa therapists are also available. Balinese massage, a body scrub, a flower bath or a manicure and spa and beauty treatments can be arranged at the villa for nominal cost. Private Balinese dance performances, tennis lessons, cooking classes 'Bali wine club' lunches are all arranged in the mountain top villas.
Balian leisure cruises
The tourists of Bali can enrich their experience by sea safaris and cruises that help catch a glimpse of pre-historic times taking them to a journey into regions of Indonesia little known to the rest of the world. The cruises offer new experiences and unforgettable impressions to every tourist traveling to Asia. There are plenty of scheduled regular cruises and leisurely chartered boats available that take the tourists to remote areas of the islands of Bali.
Bali by air
Shopping in Bali
Bali is often called the 'shopper's dreamland'. The main tourist roads are lined with stores, shops and stalls selling all types of crafts. Some of the popular shopping items are:
Balinese souvenirs: Widest collections of souvenirs can be found in Legian in Kuta, Ubud and the Sukawati Markets.
Balinese carvings: Mas and Kemenuh are the main spots for polished wood carvings. Tilem gallery in Mas Batuan is famous for wooden panels. Painted carvings and giant statues can be bought from Ubud, Pujung and Sebatu. Masks are sold at Mas, Singapadua and Batuan. The traditional Balinese stone carvings are made from volcanic pumice called paras in Batubulan.
Balinese textiles: The Batik woven by Balinese is found everywhere in Java. The batik is hand drawn or stamped employing traditional designs. Balinese batik is lighter and brighter, much of it on cool crinkled cotton.