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Bali is located at the western end of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It is a province and an island which also includes several smaller neighbouring islands. Java is to its west while Lombok is to its east. The name Bali Island, or Bali dwipa, can be found in various ancient inscriptions
Early inhabitants in Bali can be dated back to around 2000 BC by people from Southeast Asia and Oceania. In 1343, the Majapahit Empire founded a Balinese colony and Bali was independent up until 1906 when the Dutch intervention in Bali started. Rather than surrendering to the Dutch, Bali resisted. Its resistance ended in 1908 when the Raja of Klungkung and some 200 of his followers committed suicide in front of Dutch forces. Later during World War II, the Japanese Empire occupied Bali until 1945. When Indonesia proclaimed independence in 1949, Bali was included in the Republic. The first governor was appointed in 1958 when Bali became a province.
The province has a total area of 5,780 square kilometres with a total population of over 4.2 million. Bali was colonized by Hindu invaders in the 9th century, and Bali’s culture was strongly influenced by Indian and Chinese cultures. A majority of the population are Balinese Hindus.
The capital of Bali is Denpasar which is near the southern coast. Other important cities in the province are Singaraja, Kuta and Ubud. Bali has several volcanic mountains with it main one Mount Agung believed to be the sacred abode of gods and goddesses. The island is blessed with beautiful beaches and lush forests thanks to the fertile volcanic soil. Hence, it is a perfect venue for a honeymoon. The province is also home to rich coral reefs and several popular diving spots.
Bali’s location close to the equator means that the province has a fairly even climate year-round. Temperatures on average are about 30°C. Monsoon season is usually from October to April where heavy rain is expected.
The easiest way to reach Bali from Singapore is to take a direct flight to the island. There is only one airport in Bali which is the Ngurah Rai International Airport, also called Denpasar Airport or just simply Bali Airport. A return flight from Singapore to Bali can start on average around SGD150. Since Bali is a top holiday destination, flight prices do vary depending on the holiday season, monsoon seasons, etc.
Once on the island, you can get around using taxis, public or private bus or even rental car. A rental car may include a packaged deal that includes a driver who will drive you to where you want to go. Alternatively, you can even rent motorcycles and scooters to navigate around the island. There are also tourist shuttle bus services that take you to popular destinations. These buses may even have WiFi and voiceover guides.
Bali is a top island destination in Indonesia. It has a rich culture and stunning natural wonders. The many Hindu temples are set against beautiful natural backdrops while the sunsets here are breathtaking. You can surf, do yoga, hike, swim, snorkel, and scuba dive and do water sports at the beaches. At night, clubs and pubs offer another exciting aspect of Bali for you to enjoy.
Tanah Lot Temple
One of Bali’s most important landmarks, it is an ancient Hindu shrine built on top of a rock formation offshore. The temple is in Tabanan, about 20 kilometres from the capital. This attraction is famous due to its unique location amidst the crashing waves. The backdrop of Tanah Lot makes for beautiful photographs, especially during sunsets. To reach the temple, you must go through a path lined with souvenir-shops down to the sea. Although visitors are not allowed to set foot onto the temple itself, the base of the temple is only accessible during low tide.
The Uluwatu Temple is one of six key temples in Bali, as Balinese Hindus believe that Brahma, Vishnu and Siva became one here. It is located on a steep cliff about 70 meters above the Indian Ocean. Besides its beautiful panoramic views, the temple is well known as the location of the Kecak dance, which is performed every day at 6pm. It is best to come here before sunset, that way you can enjoy the view and the performance as well. Before going in, visitors must wear a sarong and sash, which is available for hire at the entrance.
Tegallalang Rice Terraces
This picturesque setting is located about nine kilometres from Ubud centre and is famous for its beautiful rice paddies which are planted on the slopes in a valley. The terraces incorporate a Balinese traditional irrigation system. There is a small village called Pakudui here where locals crafts sculptures and other handmade items that you can buy as souvenirs. The best time to visit the terraces is early in the morning or later afternoon as it can get hot especially around midday. You can join tours there or walk around without one. Don’t forget to take plenty of Insta-worthy photos!
Ubud Art Market
A great shopping place for all your Balinese handicrafts and souvenirs, the Ubud Art Market, or Pasar Seni Ubud, is open daily. Located opposite the Puri Saren Royal Ubud Palace, you can get t-shirts, beautiful silk scarves, woven baskets, handmade bags, carved statues, kites and many more. A lot of these handcrafted items are produced by neighbouring villages of Tegallalang, Pengosekan, Payangan and Peliatan. The market is open from 8am to 6 pm every day. A visit to Bali is incomplete if you don’t get anything from this market. Remember to haggle and bargain before paying for an item.
This water park has 17 exciting slides and rides which makes it a perfect place for a whole day of fun with family and friends. The park is located on the southern section of Kuta Beach and it covers an area of 3.8 hectares. There are adrenaline pumping rides like the ‘Smashdown 2.0’; a slide that releases you from a capsule through a trapdoor down a 25.9-meter high slide. Or go for a slow and steady ride down the lazy river. And there’s even a swim-up bar where you can get tropical drinks. The park has plenty of dining outlets, lockers, gazebos and even spa services. Keep in mind though some services are not included in the ticket price.
Bali is one of the producers in Indonesia that produces Kopi Luwak. It is considered to be one of the most expensive coffees in the world due to the process of how the coffee beans are collected. Luwak is the name of local Asian palm civets that feed on the coffee berries. The civets’ digestive systems ferment the beans and are then excreted in clumps. Farmers collect these clumps and proceed to clean, process and roast the beans. Those who have tried the drink describe it as earthy and smooth with less bitterness than regular coffee. Some kopi luwak farm provides tours with coffee testing sessions. Or you can try the coffee at local cafés like Kopi Bali House where you can have some light snacks with your kopi luwak.
Babi guling is a whole roasted pig roasted over a fire and is one of the most widely known Balinese dishes among tourist. Recipes vary according to each individual but the pig is usually stuffed and infused with spices such as turmeric, coriander seeds, garlic, black pepper, lemongrass and such before it spits roasted. Once cooked, it is chopped and carved into thin slices served with rice and some side dishes. A favourite restaurant to get babi guling is at Ibu Oka. This restaurant is very popular among tourists and is always packed during lunchtime, so get there early for a taste of Ibu Oka’s babi guling.
Bebek is the Indonesian word for duck. Bebek goreng, or fried duck, is where the duck is seasoned then either steamed or boiled before it is deep fried. The meat will be crispy and will flake off the bone. Bebek goreng is usually served with rice with local vegetables as sides and a healthy portion of sambals. If you cannot tolerate hot and spicy food, better to avoid the sambal. Try bebek goreng either at Bebek Bengil in Ubud or Warong Eropa in Kuta.
To travel to Lombok, take a ferry and head on over to Lombok island. There is a public ferry departing every hour from Bali to Lombok. About 1.5 hours from Kuta is Padang Bai, where a ferry will take you to Lembar in the southwest of Lombok. The journey will take about four to five hours. Once you are at Lombok, you can climb up to the peak of Mount Rinjani, scuba dive at Gili Island, hike up to Sendang Gile Waterfall, visit the Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery or watch the sunrise at Tanjung Ringgit.
Meru Betiri National Park
The Meru Betiri National Park is less than 200 kilometres away from Denpasar, Bali. You can get there using the ferry at Gilimanuk Harbour Port. Head up to Teluk Love, a lookout with a view of the heart-shaped bay, visit Sukmade turtle beach or chill out at Green Bay. Turtle watching is a night time activity and it is better to join tours instead of going alone.
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