An Insight Into Bali

An Insight Into Bali

Location: Balipadang-padang-beach
Country: Indonesia
Capital: Jakarta
Continent: Asia
Currency: Rupiah
Most spoken language: Indonesian

The island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and has an area of only 5,632 square kilometers (2,175 square miles).  A true island paradise, it has been rapidly developed in a short period of time to cope with the increasing tourist numbers which flock to Bali every year. Bali has a beautiful range of flora and fauna along with breathtaking landscapes and views and of course that pleasant year round climate.

The island is famous for its beautiful landscape. A chain of six volcanoes stretch from west to east along with lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines, picturesque rice terraces, and fertile vegetable and fruit gardens. The beaches in the South consist of white sand, in the north and west consist of grey or black volcanic sand. Padangbai the beach town in the south east consists of both.

bali-rockDespite the rise in tourists, Bali graciously retains it traditions. 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. Perhaps the ‘magic’ you feel is actually real!

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.

My contributor for this ‘An Insight Into’ is Febriola Gaby Suroto who you may know as gabybali on several social sites. Gaby is originally from Bandung-West in Java however now lives in Bali. I asked Gaby to share with us her love of Bali:

What’s your favourite thing to do in Bali
? Going to the beach, swimming or just taking a nap on a hot afternoon on the beach, sipping ice ginger lemon drinks. Also hunting for non touristy beautiful hidden beaches and not telling anyone about it!

What’s the best time of year to visit? The best time to visit is everyday! However, definitely not during High/Peak Season. Avoid July-August and Dec. Seriously!

What is the #1 must do thing? Pack up your swim suit & sunscreen!

What other places are worth visiting? Besides Bali, visit also Lombok, our beautiful neighbour island, only 30 min by plane, where its Gili Islands are waiting for you to explore. For the diving & snorkeling lover, Labuan Bajo city in Flores Island is also worthwhile to visit!

What one tip would you give someone wanting to go there? Bali is a holiday destination where you could go on a budget trip or on luxury travel. Just prepare your true holiday spirit to enjoy your time in Bali.

Anything else we should know? Yeah! Respect the locals, please

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Want to learn more about Bali? Try:
Best of Bali Travel Guide
Best of Bali by Lonely Planet

Bali & Lombok Travel Guide
Bali and Lombok Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

Indonesia Travel Guide
Indonesia Travel Guide by Lonely Planet

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About our contributor Gaby:
A javanese living in Bali & enjoying the sun, sea, surf lifestyle so much. Love telling people about how beautiful Bali is so they can not wait to get on the next flight to Bali. Freelance Event staff, Blogger, American Idol & America Next Top Model addict. Ice cream, sushi, chocolate & music lover.

Website: http://www.beeamazing.com

Social websites people you can find Gaby on:
Twitter : http://www.twitter.com/gabybali
Digg : http://digg.com/users/gabybali
DeliCious : http://www.delicious.com/gabysuroto

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