Bali General Information
Bali is a province of Indonesia and the western most of the Lesser Sunda Islands. Located east of Java and west of Lombok, the province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. The provincial capital, Denpasar, is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second largest, after Makassar, in Eastern Indonesia. Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 83.5% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism.
Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination, with a significant rise in tourism since the 1980s. Tourism-related business makes up 80% of its economy. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali. Other international events held in Bali include the Miss World 2013 and 2018 Annual Meetings of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group. In March 2017, TripAdvisor named Bali as the world’s top destination in its Traveller’s Choice award.
Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species especially fish and turtles. In this area alone, over 500 reef-building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about seven times as many as in the entire Caribbean. Bali is the home of the Subak irrigation system, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also home to a unified confederation of kingdoms composed of 10 traditional royal Balinese houses, each house ruling a specific geographic area. The confederation is the successor of the Bali Kingdom. The royal houses are not recognised by the government of Indonesia; however, they originated before Dutch colonisation. (Wikipedia).
Bali is located very near to the equator, this means its warm, tropical climate maintains and is a huge draw for tourists. The average year-round temperature settles at around 26-27°C with a humidity level of about 85-90%. Water temperatures are always perfect.
One of the great things about Bali is you can get a visa on arrival. This mean no messing around before your trip contacting embassy’s or private companies to help you with processing. This will allow you to stay for 30 days. If you wish to stay longer you can purchase a visa when you get to immigration and pay for 30 days, the difference here is that this visa allows you to extend to another 30 days. Please check your visa status from your country before travelling.
Next is the main arrivals hall, which this is where your diver will be waiting for you if you booked one. If you haven’t, just walk out of the main entrance and turn right. You’ll see lots of taxi drivers in colourful blue shirts. You’re looking for the official taxi office desk. Tell them your destination and pay the fixed fare.
Some Australian prescription medications (including strong painkillers such as morphine and codeine, sleeping pills and medications for ADHD) are considered illegal narcotics under Indonesian law. Other medications such as paracetamol, antidiarrheal and antibiotics won’t be a problem but if you’re at all concerned about your medication, check with the Indonesian embassy.