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.
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.
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.
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 (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.
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