Island of the Gods and 1000 temples
There is so much we could tell you about Bali, but here we just want to give you the most important information and a
brief idea of this island paradise. If you want to find out more about this unique culture we’d advise you to get an
up-to-date travel guide for Bali.
With a total surface area of some 5,600 m², Bali is one of the smaller spice islands of Indonesia, the world’s largest
archipelago. Following a struggle for independence, the former Dutch colony has been part of the Republic of Indonesia
since 1945. A hero of the freedom army from those days, Ngurah Rai, is still greatly admired, and the airport in Bali’s
capital city Denpasar is named after him.
Before Bali’s attraction for tourism was discovered, the population lived almost exclusively from fishing, cultivation
of rice, coffee, tobacco and spices. The fertility of the soil means that even today up to three harvests a year are possible.
TOURISTIC COASTAL REGION
Nowadays Bali’s coastal regions are fairly touristy, with a highly developed infrastructure particularly in the south of
the island. Cinemas, restaurants, internet cafés, shopping malls and hospitals with western standards have been established
around the hotspots Kuta, Denpasar and Nusa Dua.
However, large stretches of the interior around the volcanoes and the North and East coast still boasts an unspoiled nature.
And here traditional Balinese village life – Kampung – is still very much alive.
The breathtaking scenery with its luxuriant, tropical vegetation and the famous rice terraces is the setting for ancient
ceremonies and worship. The mystical atmosphere is still evident.
TRADITION AND FRIENDLINESS
90% of the some three million inhabitants of Bali are Hindu, and have, despite the increasing impact of western tourism,
managed to keep up their traditional beliefs and religious lifestyle. So it’s still quite normal for the Balinese to make
offerings to their gods three times a day, and take part in these daily rituals within the family. Even in the midst of
the more than turbulent Kuta, where totally different cultures collide in shopping, clubbing, eating etc., you’re still
likely to come across small offerings and feel the mystic flair of the islands of the gods. And wherever you go, you’ll
always be met with the legendary Balinese smile.
On Bali, if you’re open for new experiences, you will get to know many captivating people, discover an unbelievable beauty
of nature and maybe even manage to take some of this peace and serenity home with you.
You really have to experience the wonderful island of Bali yourself, with all your senses and sound out and appreciate its
wealth of culture, nature and mysticism – and of course its perfect waves. Keep your eyes peeled and always be ready for a
new experience. Then you’ll see that Bali really is a paradise and you’ll understand why we have come to call it home.