Bali tourism facts
Bali was first popularised by surfers
Bali is one of the most popular holiday islands in the world and boasts a compelling mix of attractions. Stylish beach resorts rub shoulders with historic Hindu temples, towering volcanoes and undulating rice terraces. The island is a visual treat for lovers of exotic culture and also knows how to have fun. There is literally something for every interest in tropical Bali.
Bali facts: Bali is located just south of the Equator sandwiched between the islands of Java and Lombok in central Indonesia. It is a relatively small island measuring just 153kms wide and 112kms from north to south. Bali’s four million strong population is the only Hindu society in Southeast Asia. It combines a unique blend of mainstream Hinduism, Buddhism and ancient animist beliefs and very different in practice from Hinduism on the Indian sub-continent.
Bali facts: The people of Bali speak a combination of three different local languages. Bahasa Indonesia is the official national language used throughout the archipelago. It is used in official documents, the media and taught as the main language in schools. Bahasa Bali is the local dialect which is used at home and is purely a spoken language with virtually no rules of grammar or official textbooks. A handful of traditional villages in rural areas still speak Kawi, an ancient Javanese dialect widely spoken in Bali prior to Dutch colonial rule. English understood even in isolated rural communities.
Bali facts: Bali is by far the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia welcoming over three million visitors each year. This accounts for almost 80 per cent of the entire inbound tourism industry in Indonesia. It has long been a popular haven for weekending Australians and especially those keen on surfing. The island is also a favoured destination for thousands of Japanese, Korean and European travellers.
Angler dummy in Ubud
Bali facts: The province of Bali also includes a trio of offshore islands to the south. The largest of these is Nusa Penida, a rugged sparsely populated island with virtually no tourism development. Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan each has a handful of beach resorts and are popular with day trippers. Nusa Lembongan also offers some of Bali’s best scuba diving and surf breaks.
Bali facts: The island is located right in the heart of the infamous ‘ring of fire’ and forms, along with neighbouring Java, the most volcanic region in the world. Bali itself is home to a dozen dormant or active volcanoes which run in an arc from east to west. The tallest of these is the sacred peak of Mount Agung which rises 3,031m above sea level.
Bali facts: In addition to tourism Bali’s major industry is rice cultivation. The fertile south and central plains are filled with lush rice terraces and offer some of the most spectacular rural scenery in Indonesia. The hilly northern coastal regions feature large coffee and palm plantations, cattle farming and spices.
Bali facts: Bali’s capital city and administrative centre is Denpasar, located in the south of the island close to the beach resorts of Kuta and Sanur. It is a bustling small city with excellent shopping but few tourist attractions. It is the hub for most island wide public transportation.
Bali facts: The artistic and musical heritage of Bali is unsurpassed in Southeast Asia and the arts play an integral part in Balinese religious life. Its enchanting dance dramas and haunting gamelan music are world famous and are a major attraction for visiting tourists. The town of Ubud is the cultural heart of Bali and features numerous fine art galleries and cultural centres. The surrounding countryside is filled with traditional stone carving, ceramic and textile producing villages such as Mas, Penestanan and Batuan.
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