One of the smallest, but perhaps the most extraordinary, islands, in the world !

 


It is a cluster of high volcanoes, their craters studded with serene lakes set in dark forests filled with screaming monkeys.Bali's original charm is still much in evidence, its stunning temples & spectacular festivals set off by the gorgeously lush landscape of  the interior. Bali's most famous & crowded resort is Kuta, a sweep of golden beach, with plenty of villas and nightlife. Nearby Sanur is quieter, but most backpackers prefer the beaches of the east coast.

Upon arrival to Bali, remember this is a Tropical Paradise so take care whilst in the midday sun. Protect yourself  from the intense tropical sun. Use of sun block, skin protection creams, sunglasses and a hat will help. Bali is also known as island of God and is famous for their heritage Balinese culture, arts, crafts and also its people. The island lies 3.2 km east of Java Indonesia and approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. East to west, Bali is approximately 153 km wide and 112 km north to south. In the south part the land descends to form an alluvial plain.

The highest point of Bali island is Mount Agung at 3142m high. This is an active volcano that last erupted in 1963. Mountains cover centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the eastern most peak. Mount Batur 1717m is also still active. About 30,000 years ago it experienced a catastrophic eruption, one of the largest known volcanic events on Earth. Bali's major destination is the cultural centre of Ubud, where traditional dances are staged every night of the week and the streets are full of arts-and-crafts galleries. The island is surrounded by coral reefs.

There are numerous elegant Hindu temples to visit in Bali , particularly at Tanah Lot, Batukaru and Besakih, and a good number of volcano hikes, the most popular being the route up Gunung Batur, with Gunung Agung only for the very fit. Transport to and from Bali is extremely efficient: the island is served by scores of international and domestic flights, which all land at Ngurah Rai International airport just south of Kuta resort. Local currency is Rupiah. Most of the hotels have a licensed money changer available for exchange of all major foreign currencies.