Bali is an island of incredible mystery, beauty, enchantment, culture, hospitality, variety, and serenity; who wouldn't fall under its irresistible spell?
Bali's spectacular beaches, volcanoes, lakes, temples, and terraced rice fields - combined with its deeply artistic roots and its legendary hospitality - have made it one of the most visited places on earth. The religion and culture of Bali are unique in the world, and the Balinese have preserved their traditions in spite of the island's growing tourist industry.
While many destinations offer beautiful scenery, few have the variety of Bali, and none has its unique art, culture, and natural hospitality.
Located in the Indonesian archipelago, Bali measures approximately 140 km by 80 km and has an area of 5,620 square kilometres. Its mountain range consists mostly of dormant and active volcanoes, with the highest, the active volcano Mount Gunung Agung, reaching 3,142 meters. Stretched to the south and north of these volcanoes, Bali's fertile agricultural lands produce abundant crops of rice.
The climate of most of the island is hot and humid, with an average temperature of 28 Celcius degrees, but the higher altitudes can be quite cool. The rainy season lasts from October to March, and the humidity fluctuates between 75% and 80% depending on the season. Winds tend to blow from the West during the rainy season and from the East during the 'dry' season.
Jimbaran Beach is just south of Kedonganan Beach and has very beautiful white sand suitable for recreation and relaxation. It is quieter than its neighbouring beaches, and one will find nice hotels and many seafood restaurants. Jimbaran is, in fact, known for its delicious fresh seafood.
Famous for its painter’s community, Ubud is special in more ways than one. Its beautiful surroundings and gracious way of life have drawn celebrities and artists from all over the world for decades; some have even adopted Ubud as their home. An array of boutique hotels and unique restaurants now beckon to Bali's most culturally inclined tourists.
Carved out of the landscape by tides, wind, and rain, the huge offshore sentinel rock of Tanah Lot supports a small but picturesque temple that is Bali's most photographed location. Only reachable by land during low tide, Tanah Lot Temple is the favored destination of most tourists to view the sun set as it retires behind the remarkable natural formation.