Bali Travel Guide

Bali Travel Guide – (Continued)

 

Bali is magical; it offers unique combination of spectacular mountain scenery and beautiful beaches, with warm and friendly people. A trip to Bali can be filled with culture, nature, art, and shopping.

The Island – Only 2,136 square miles (5,633 square kilometers) and located eight degrees south of the equator, Bali is one of the islands of the more than 17,000 that make up the Indonesian archipelago. Bali offers a landscape of great contrasts: majestic mountains and coastal lowlands, limestone fringes and soft sand beaches. Bali’s beaches benefit from coastal winds, strong swells and warm waters year round, making them a popular destination for swimmers and surfers alike.

The People – Balinese; a gentle people renowned for their genuine smiles, warm hospitality and strong cultural identity. Most Balinese practice a form of Hinduism dating to the 7th century. These beliefs meld Hindu and Buddhist principles with a basis in pre-Hindu religious customs. Balinese society is highly structured and communal. The powerful village unit, or banjar, determines most community affairs.

The Culture – The Balinese are fastidious and sincere in their devotion. Gods, ancestors and even demons are treated as honored guests and dutifully presented with daily offerings. Religious holidays and celebrations fill the 210-day Balinese calendar plus there are marriages and cremations, tooth filings and temple festivals. The Balinese welcome visitors to these rituals and rites of passage as long as a few simple rules of dress (sarong and sash) and behavior are observed.

The Art – For the Balinese, art, music and dance are means to entertain the Gods. Virtually every Balinese man, woman and child masters some art form passed down through the generations. Authentic cultural exhibits, music and dance performances take place throughout the day and into the night at several venues throughout Bali. The Balinese ensemble known as Gamelan produces highly developed and varied indigenous music. It typically features a variety of instruments to accompany other arts, such as dance, wayang (shadow puppet performances), and rituals. Popular Balinese dances include pendet, legong, baris, topeng tua, barong and kecak.

The Balinese take pride in craftsmanship. A small knife can become a powerful tool to carve detailed masterpieces out of wood.

Things To Do in Bali

Visitors who would like to explore the great outdoors will find many options in Bali. Certified scuba diving training and tours include wreck, reef and night dives. White water rafting, kayaking, bicycle tours, hiking through the mountains, trekking through rice fields or water skiing on the waters of a volcanic lake. Nature enthusiasts can wander through game reserves, bird sanctuaries or horticultural gardens.

Those who consider shopping their sport of choice can amass treasures on any budget. Locally designed fashions decorated with intricate bead work or catwalk cool leather outfits displays in chic boutiques. Original glassware and ceramics are sold in trendy shops and factory outlets. Bespoke jewelry crafted in gold or silver will be delighting too.

Accessibility

Bali is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport, just 20 minutes away from The Ritz-Carlton, Bali. As of September 2013, Ngurah Rai Airport has expanded to cater more domestic and international flights. It is served by a number of airlines including Singapore Airlines, Cathay Pacific, KLM, Garuda Indonesia, Air Asia, Qatar Airways, etc.

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