Bali is one of the most acclaimed islands in the world as home to a unique culture of rich spiritual existence and an accommodating, willing and extremely talented population at its core. Renowned for its wealth of traditional villages and colorful ceremonial life, since the 1930’s, Bali has inspired artists, writers, filmmakers and global leaders as a place of mystery, romance, sensuality and adventure first coming to the world’s attention via Hollywood with films like Andre Roosevelt‘s, GOONA GOONA (1932), which was originally released in two-color Technicolor and one of the last films released with unsynchronized sound track.
Bali was the setting for the last Hollywood produced silent film and the last to use the two-strip Technicolor process in Constance Bennet and husband Henri de la Falaise’s LEGONG: DANCE OF THE VIRGINS that was released by Paramount International in 1935.
In 1938, renowned Hollywood director Busby Berkeley included a Bali-based production number in his GOLD DIGGERS IN PARIS -- “I wanna go back to Bali, they don’t have a word for no”!
Tanah Lot Temple
These films helped launch Bali as a free loving paradise for a host of international trendsetters; Water Spies, F.W. Murnau (Nosferatu 1924), renowned playwright Noel Coward, Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton, Colette Colbert and silent screen star Charlie Chaplin who is quoted as saying, ‘If it comes to the worst, we’ll go to Bali’.
The island continues to attractive filmmakers and personalities from around the world and be represented in books, television and movies.
The country of Indonesia is the largest archipelago is the world with 17,000 islands stretching over 5,000 km and over 300 distinct cultural groups and indigenous peoples.
The national language Bahasa Indonesia is generally understood right across the archipelago.
Located just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali is a tiny, extremely fertile and dramatically mountainous island just eight degrees south of the equator and 140km by 80km wide with an area of 5632 sq km.
Ulun Danu Temple
Bali’s central mountain chain includes several peaks over 2000m and many active volcanoes. Bali’s volcanic nature has contributed to its exceptional fertility, and the high mountains provide the dependable rainfall that irrigates the island’s complex and beautiful rice terraces. South of the central range is a wide, gentle sloping area where most of Bali’s abundant rice crops are grown.
Its beaches in gold, white, or black diamond sands set amongst turquoise oceans, thousands of temples, extinct and active volcanoes, ancient and stunningly terraced rice fields, palatial ruins, royal water gardens, abundant lakes, rivers, whitewater rapids, waterfalls, ocean cliffs or stone cities, underwater coral gardens and unique flora and fauna.
Bali is a densely populated island with 3.2million inhabitants that is mostly Indonesian; 95% are of Balinese Hindu descent. The Balinese have traditional religious roles and rituals, and its own Balinese language.
Bali’s tropical climate has ideal weather conditions and abundant natural resources. The average temperature varies little over the 30 degrees with two seasons hot & dry. On average the Dry Season is April – October and Rainy Season November – March.
Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport is modernized acting as base for both Domestic and International Carriers.
Tourist Visa Fees are approximately US$60 / person. Many countries are allowed ‘free’ short term visit visas (please check to see if your country is listed). Valid Passport minimum six months.
Bali (UTC + 08.00) There are three (3) time zones in Indonesia.
Getting to Bali
Getting to Bali is simple with its Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) offering direct flights and connections from all the major airlines around the globe.
Passport must be valid 6 months to enter Indonesia.
The airport’s Domestic Terminal is located adjacent to the international terminal with easy drop off and pick up.
Areas of Bali
Bali in known world over as a place that is being relaxed and easy paced, The Balinese people make you feel welcomed and invited to their home, an island that is considered a paradise on earth. There is something for everyone on offer from spiritual retreats, family adventures, trendy clubs to world class surfing
- Kuta is southern west Bali’s popular tourist destination with accommodation options ranging in price, inexpensive shopping, a good beach and Kuta’s famous nightlife.
- Jimbaran Bay is where you’ll find most of Bali’s 5 star beach hotels and resorts. Fantastic surfing and breathtaking natural attractions.
- Tanjung Benoa is located on a southern peninsula of the island and is considered the water sports capital of Bali with restaurants, resorts and accommodations ranging from 3 – 5 stars.
- Nusa Dua is a retreat area also located on the southern peninsula. There are a large number of high end resorts and hotels and a convention center with shopping mall. The beaches off the peninsula are pristine.
- Legian & Seminyak is a more sophisticated area compared to Kuta and a bit quieter. Boutique shopping and day spas along with luxury accommodations, upscale bars and restaurants renowned for their sunsets
- Sanur is located on the east coast as the oldest luxury holiday resort area in Bali with a peaceful, laidback traditional village vibe. Select accommodations, restaurants and shopping are peppered along the beach road and a reef protected beach with bike path.
- Ubud is known for its abundance of art and crafts with artist workshops, galleries and architecture & landscapes. Variety of dining and accommodations range from losmans to five star.
- Nusa Lembongan is a tiny island the south east coast of Bali becoming a popular destination only accessible by boat for day trips to surf, dive and snorkel or at stay at the holiday accommodations.
- Denpasar - The capital of Bali, Denpasar, has been the focus of much of the island’s growth and wealth over the last 20 years. Denpasar means “next to the market” and the main market (Pasar Badung) is the biggest and busiest in Bali.
USEFUL INDONESIAN PHRASES
Quick Reference of Basic Indonesian
Hello - Salam
Excuse Me - Permisi
Goodbye - Sampai jumpa
Please (if asking for assistance) - Tolong
Thank you - Terima kasih
Can you speak English? - Apakah anda bisa berbahasa Inggris?
I (don't) understand - Saya (Tidak) mengerti
Yes - Ya
No - Tidak
Where is…? - …di mana?
How much is this? - Berapa harga ini?
What's the time? - Jam berapa?
Today - Hari ini
Tomorrow - Besok
I would like - Saya mau
Left - Kiri
Right - Kanan
Straight - Terus
Stop - Berhenti
Good morning (sunrise-10am) - Selamat pagi
Good day (10am-4pm) - Selamat siang
Good afternoon (4pm-sunset) - Selamat sore
Good evening (after dark) - Selamat malam
Good night (on retiring) - Selamat tidur