Bali is home to a unique culture of rich spiritual existence and extremely talented population renowned for its wealth of traditional arts and colorful ceremonial life.

Since the 1930's, the island has been a magnet for global trendsetters inspiring the likes of artist Walter Spies, pioneering anthropologists Margaret Mead, Gregory Bateson and Jane Belo, musicologist Colin McPhee, theatre revolutionary Antonin Artaud, renowned playwright Noel Coward, artist Miguel Covarrubias, heiress Barbara Hutton and silent screen star Charlie Chaplin who exemplify early enthusiasm of Balinese culture.

Bali first came to the world’s attention via Hollywood with Andre Roosevelt‘s, ‘Goona Goona’ (1932). Bali was also the setting for the last Hollywood produced silent film in Henri de la Falaise’s ‘Legong: Dance of the Virgins’ (1935) featuring an ‘all native cast’. In ‘Gold Diggers in Paris’ (1938), Busby Berkeley included an extravagant musical number 'I wanna go back to Bali, they don’t have a word for no'!  After ‘Road to Bali’ (1952) starring Bob Hope, Bing Crosby, and Dorothy Lamour hit the big screen, European travel companies promoted Bali tours (although the film was shot entirely in Hollywood).

These films helped launch Bali as a place of mystery, romance, and adventure that continues to draw the world's creatives of today.

Landscape

Bali is an extremely fertile and dramatically mountainous island just eight degrees south of the equator, 140km by 80km wide and an area of 5,632 sq km. Its mountain chain includes several peaks over 2,000m and many active volcanoes contributing to its exceptional fertility, and provide the dependable rainfall that irrigates the island's complex and ancient rice terraces. The island is set amongst turquoise oceans, white, gold and black diamond sand beaches, coral gardens, numerous temples and lush forests that house a unique variety of flora and fauna.

Population

Bali is a densely populated island with 3.2million inhabitants that are mostly of Balinese Hindu descent. Balinese have traditional religious roles and rituals, and their own language and calendar. The national language Bahasa Indonesia is generally understood right across the archipelago with English as its second language. Bali is also home to a diverse mix of nationalities from around the world.

Weather

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.

Timezone

Bali (UTC + 08.00) There are three (3) time zones in Indonesia.

Getting to Bali

Bali's Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) offers direct flights to/from all major cities around the globe. Please check here for visa regulations. Note: Passports must be valid 6 months to enter Indonesia. The airport is also a hub for domestic airline carriers for traveling throughout Indonesia.

 

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USEFUL INDONESIAN PHRASES

Indonesia is a relatively conservative country where religious, family and social values are highly respected. Be mindful of local customs and standards of dress.

Hello - Halo

Excuse Me - Permisi

Goodbye - Sampai jumpa

Please (if asking for assistance) - Tolong

Thank you - Terima kasih

Yes - Iya

No - Tidak

 

 

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 night (before bed) - Selamat tidur

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 (before bed) - Selamat Tidur