Bali, an island streaming with holy water.
Sacred lakes and mountain springs shed life-giving water in
all directions through narrow, deep river gorges
into fertile plains.
For over a thousand years, the Balinese
have practiced an unique and ingenious
system of irrigation called "Subak"
and terracing that has allowed them to
grow an abundance of rice and support an
unusually dense population, and this in turn has
given rise to a culture of extraordinary richness and intensity.
WHAT MAKES BALI SO SPECIAL
There is the combination of the friendly people, the natural attractions, the great variety of things to see and do, the year-round pleasant climate, and the absence of security problems. And then there is Bali 's special "magic", which is difficult to explain.
As soon as you step off the plane you might sense the difference. In the villages you'll notice the quietness and wisdom in old people's faces, and the interest and respect in the young's. Old men sit at the road side caressing their fighting cocks. Beautifully dressed women walk proudly through rice fields and forests carrying offerings on their heads to the next temple. There is the smell of flowers, and in the distance you hear the sound of gamelan music.
Gods and spirits have been an important part of Bali 's daily life for hundreds of years. Gunung Agung – Bali 's holy mountain – is internationally regarded as one of the eight "Chakra" points of the world. This may be more than an coincident. Watch out, the moment you feel the magic of this island, you're addicted for the rest of your life.
The island of Bali has an area of only 5,632 square kilometers (2,175 square miles) and measures just 55 miles (90 kilometers) along the north-south axis and less than about 90 miles (140 kilometers) from East to West. Because of this it's no problem to explore the Bali on day tours. You can go wherever you want on the island and return to your hotel or villa in the evening.
Located only two kilometers east of Jawa, Bali 's climate, flora and fauna are quite similar to its much larger neighbour. Bali is famous for its beautiful landscape. A chain of six volcanoes, between 1,350 meters and 3,014 meters high, stretches from west to east. There are lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines, picturesque rice terraces, and fertile vegetable and fruit gardens. Beaches in the South consist of white sand, beaches in other parts of the island are covered with gray or black volcanic sand.
You can expect pleasant day temperatures between 20 to 33 degrees Celsius or 68 to 93 degrees Fahrenheit year-round. From December to March, the West monsoon can bring heavy showers and high humidity, but usually days are sunny and the rains start during the night and pass quickly. From June to September the humidity is low, and it can be quite cool in the evenings. During this time of the year, you'll have hardly any rain in the coastal areas.
Even when it rains in most parts of Bali you can often enjoy sunny days on the "Bukit", the hill south of Jimbaran Beach . On the other hand, in Ubud and the mountains you must expect cloudy skies and showers throughout the year (this is why the international weather reports for "Denpasar" or " Bali " mention showers and rain storms during all times of the year). In higher regions such as in Bedugul or Kintamani you'll also need either a sweater or jacket after the sun sets.
50Hz at either 110 or 220 volts.
Most government offices are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. On Fridays, they close at 11.30 p.m. On Saturdays, they are open until 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. Business offices open from 8 a.m. or 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or 5 p.m. Some work half-day on Saturdays. Banks open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. Foreign banks are closed on Saturdays.
Immigration Head Office
Jalan D.I. Panjaitan, Niti Mandala,
Tel. 227 828
Ngurah Rai International Airport
Jalan Ngurah Rai, Tuban
Tel. 751 038
(Including Canada, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Papua New Guinea)
Jl. Prof. Moh. Yamin #4, Renon, Denpasar.
Tel. 235 092 Fax. 231 990
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai #35X, Sanur
Tel. 285 485
Jl. Pantai Karang #17, Sanur
PO.Box 158, Denpasar
Tel. 288 353 Fax. 288 826
Jl. By Pass Ngurah Rai #126G, Sanur
Tel. 411 562 Fax. 289 743
Jl. Raya Puputan, Renon, Denpasar
Tel. 227 628 Fax. 231 308
Jl. Imam Bonjol #599, PO.Box 377 , Kuta
Tel. 751 517 Fax. 752 777
NORWAY & DENMARK
Jl. Jaya Giri VIII #10, Renon, Denpasar
Tel. 235 098 Fax. 234 834
SWEDEN & FINLAND
Segara Village Hotel
Jl. Segara Ayu, Sanur 80228
Tel. 288407 Fax. 288 021
SWITZERLAND & AUSTRIA
U S A
Jl. Pura Bagus Taruna, Legian Kaja
Tel. 751 735 Fax. 754 457
Jl. Hayam Wuruk #188, Denpasar
Tel. 233 605 fax. 224 426
Bali Tourist Information
Jalan Benasari 7, Century Plaza , Legian - Kuta
Tel. 754 090
Kuta Tourist Information
Jalan Legian 37, Legian - Kuta
Tel. 755 424
Bali Tourism Office
Jalan S. Parman, Renon - Denpasar
Tel. 222 387
Bina Wisata Ubud
Next to the Village's head office of Ubud
Tel. 973 285
Buleleng Government Tourist Office
Jalan Veteran 23, Singaraja
Tel. 0362 25 141
Jembrana Government Tourist Office
Jalan Dr. Setia Budi 1, Negara
Tel. 41 060