Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, the lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colorful, deeply spiritual and unique culture , stakes a claim to be serious a paradise on earth. With world-class surfing and diving, a large number of cultural attractions, historical and archaeological sites, and a huge range of accommodations, this is one of the most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel awards. Bali has something to offer a very broad market of visitors from young backpackers right through the super-rich.
Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is located just over 2 kilometers (about 1.5 miles) from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island of Lombok. The island, home to about 4 million people, about 144 kilometers (90 miles). From east to west and 80 kilometers (50 mi.) From north to south.
The word “paradise” is used a lot in Bali and not without reason. The combination of friendly and hospitable people, a magnificently visual culture infused with spirituality and (not least) spectacular beaches, surfing and diving have made Bali Indonesia unrivaled number one tourist attraction. Eighty percent of international visitors to Indonesia visit Bali and Bali alone.
The popularity is not without its flip sides like many places in the south of the island paradise once Kuta has degenerated into a congested maze of concrete, touts and scammers extracting life of overcharging tourists. Visibility of the island has also drawn unwanted attention of terrorists in 2002 and 2005, but Bali has managed to retain its magic. Bali is a perfect destination for everyone, and even with heavy traffic, it is still easy to find some peace and quiet, if desired. Avoid the south of the island, if you want a more traditional Balinese and genuine.
One consideration is the tourist season and Bali can be very busy in August and September and over Christmas and New Year. Australians also visit during school holidays in early April, late June and late September, while domestic tourists from elsewhere in Indonesia visit during national holidays. Outside these peak seasons, Bali can be surprisingly quiet and good discounts on accommodation are often available.