Bali Intro

November 11, 2016

The Place

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller islands such as Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.

The capital, Denpasar, is located in the southern part of the island.

Weather

Bali has a fairly even climate year round. Average year-round temperature stands at around 30° C with a humidity level of about 85%.

Day time temperatures at low elevations vary between 20-33⁰ C (68-91⁰ F), although it can be much cooler than that in the mountains. The west monsoon is in place from approximately October to April, and this can bring significant rain, particularly from December to March. Outside of the monsoon period, humidity is relatively low and any rain is unlikely in lowland areas.

The high season in Bali is during the “dry season” in July and August, as well as during the Easter and Christmas holidays, when the weather is very unpredictable.

But anytime in Bali is fabulous 🙂

The People

Bali is home to the most friendly and welcoming people you will find anywhere in the world. Nothing is too much trouble or too hard.

The Balinese have a  strong sense of spirituality and go out of their way to make visitors feel welcome and at home.

The smiles are the brightest and warmest you will get anywhere in the world. They are smiles that just hug you.

The Culture

Bali culture is unique and famous for its rich and vibrant arts. Various forms of dance and music have made Bali’s arts and culture scenes one of the most diverse in the world.

Hinduisim is the main religion and has a major influence behind its development.

Music, drama, dance and costumes are a shift to the senses during temple festivities.

Rites of passage at Balinese family households can almost be seen daily, celebrating the cycle of birth, death and rebirth. Special cultural dates and highlights also mark the calendar, through annual art festivals and local festivities.

If you are there at a time of celebration it is a must for any barefoot traveller to witness

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Stay tuned for next installment of the Bali Beachcomber.

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