The island of Bali lies 3.2 km (2 mi) east of Java, and is approximately 8 degrees south of the equator. Bali and Java are separated by Bali Strait. The land area is 5,632 km² and it takes about 4-5 hours to drive from east to west or south to north.
The highest point is Mount Agung at 3,142 m (9,426 feet) high, an active volcano that last erupted in March 1963. Mountains range from centre to the eastern side, with Mount Agung the easternmost peak. Mount Batur (1,717 m) is also still active; an eruption 30,000 years ago was one of the largest known volcanic events on Earth. In the south the land descends to form an alluvial plain, watered by shallow, north-south flowing rivers, drier in the dry season and overflowing during periods of heavy rain. The longest of these rivers, Ayung River, flows approximately 75 km.
Bali Culture & Tradition
Most Balinese are religious Hindus who believe in the balance and harmony between humans and nature. Their everyday social, spiritual and material lives are harmonized by their arts, tradition and religion, which ultimately forge the Balinese character. Unique religious ceremony and temple blessing are held according to Balinese Caka calendar. Some of the most important ceremonies are, Nyepi (Balinese New Year), Ngaben (a cremation ceremony) Mekiyis or Melasti (beach purification ceremony), and Tawur Agung Kesanga (Great sacrificial ceremony).
Bali Best Beaches
Bali has beautiful and charming white sand beaches. Crystal clear water provide excellent snorkeling and diving sites. While some beaches allow for great surfing opportunity. Bali's beaches are best during the dry season, roughly April through October. During this period at beaches on the western coastal areas, such as Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, Canggu and Jimbaran, erosion is minimal and the lack of wind or offshore winds keep the beaches clean and relatively calm.
Bali Spa & Wellness
The mystic culture and exotic natural beauty makes Bali the leading destination for Health and Wellness retreat. Spectacular Spas in many tropical resorts in Ubud, Seminyak, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran have won international awards. As the Spa capital of Asia, Bali offers a wide range of Spa styles including Balinese, Indonesian, Thai, Swedish and Japanese Shiatsu. Whether you are looking for body wraps, polishes, scrubs including the Royal Javanese Lulur and the Balinese Boreh, or Chinese reflexology and aqua therapy, you can find them in Bali. In the Ubud area, some world’s most exclusive resorts also offer personalized detox or wellness programs.
Food is a great representation of culture and tradition of a country. Taking a cooking class is a unique way to experience the local cuisine. In this Bali cooking class, you will first visit local food market early morning led by the cooking instructor. Next, you will be taken to the rice field and shown the process of rice farming. Your last stop is at a local Balinese house where you will learn how to cook the traditional Balinese food. In a small group setting, each participant will be actively involved throughout the cooking process. All participants will sit and enjoy the delicious meals you have created together. It is a great way to meet fellow travellers from around the world and enjoy each other’s company. The class is fun, informative and open to all ages including children age 5 and up.
Bali is a golfer's paradise and there are several major courses in diverse locations over the island. Bali's most impressive course is the Nirwana Bali Golf Club which is part of an integrated 5-star resort. The championship course was designed by Greg Norman. It takes in sweeping views of the Indian Ocean, the sacred Hindu temple of Tanah Lot on the 7th hole and has lush rice terraces incorporated into the green giving a real Balinese touch. Nirwana has a Course Marshall and a team of all-female caddies that come from the local villages. Bali Golf & Country Club is another superb 18-hole course set amidst tropical palms and coconut groves, located within the Nusa Dua enclave. The hillside Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club and The Bali Beach Golf Course are the other two courses.