About Island of Bali


Bali is a truly beautiful tropical Island paradise where the passage of life is measured through elaborate rituals performed by artistic and hospitable local people. The Balinese maintain a precious heritage of unique arts and a dynamic culture amidst breathtaking panoramas of cultivated rice terraces, awesome volcanoes, pristine beaches and thousands of temples, augmented by an unrivalled range of modern leisure activities.

Successfully combining business with pleasure is just one of Bali's unique attributes. Improved accessibility, technological expertise, experienced ground handling operators, reliable forwarding agents, innovative publishing consultants, well informed travel operators and first rate support services have combined to provide the enlightened 21st century even organizer with the perfect location for a successful event. Bali is more than a tropical Island paradise, it is a unique destination within Southeast Asia and any visit to its magical shores creates an enduring memory.

The Island of Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is located 8 to 9 degrees south of the equator between Java in the West and Lombok and the rest of the Lesser Sunda Islands (Sumbawa, Flores, Sumba and Timor) in the East. Flying time to Jakarta is about 1,5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2,5 and 3 hours, to Kuala Lumpur also 3 hours and to Hong Kong about 4,5 hours, and to Sydney/ Melbourne about 5,5 to 6 hours.

 

GEOGRAPHY
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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 Island and return to your hotel or villa in the evening time.

Located only two kilometers east of Java, Bali's climate, flora and fauna are quite similar to its much larger neighbor. The Island 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. The beaches in the South consist of white sand, beaches in other parts of the Island are covered with gray or black volcanic sand.

lake batur kintamaniCLIMATE

Situated completely in the tropical destination, Indonesia is known "belt of emeralds across the equator". It has warm tropical weather with mostly sunshine and intermittent rain. Dry season lasts from April throughout October, and the raining season from November throughout March. From June to September the humidity is low, and it can be quite cool in the evenings. During this time of the year, you will 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 will also need either a sweater or jacket after the sun sets. Daily temperature between 27 to 34*C.

flowerFLORA

The wide variety of tropical plants is surprising. You will see huge banyan trees in villages and temple grounds, tamarind trees in the North, clove trees in the highlands, acacia trees, flame trees, and mangroves in the South. In Bali grow a dozen species of coconut palms and even more varieties of bamboo.

And there are flowers, flowers everywhere. You will see (and smell the fragrance of) hibiscus, bougainvillea, jasmine, and water lilies. Magnolia, frangipani, and a variety of orchids are found in many front yards and gardens, along roads, and in temple grounds. Flowers are also used as decorations in temples, on statues, as offerings for the Gods, and during prayers. Dancers wear blossoms in their crowns, and even the flower behind the ear of your waitress seems natural in Bali.

jalak bali birdFAUNA

Elephants and tigers don't exist anymore in Bali since early this century. Wildlife, however, includes various species of monkeys, civets, barking deer and mouse deer, and 300 species of birds including wild fowl, dollar birds, blue kingfishers, sea eagles, sandpipers, white herons and egrets, cuckoos, wood swallows, sparrows, and starlings. You can watch schools of dolphins near Lovina, Candidasa, and Padangbai. Divers will see many colorful coral fish and small reef fish, moray eels, and plankton eating whale sharks as well as crustaceans, sponges, and colorful coral along the east coast and around Menjangan Island near Gilimanuk.

POPULATIONkecak dance

Bali's population has grown to over 3 - 4 million people the overwhelming majority of which are Hindus. However, the number of Muslims is steadily increasing through immigration of people from Java, Lombok and other areas of Indonesia who seek work in Bali.

Most people live in the coastal areas in the South, and the Island's largest town and administrative center is fast growing Denpasar with a population of now over 370,000. The villages between the town of Ubud and Denpasar, Kuta (including Jimbaran, Tuban, and Legian, Seminyak, Basangkasa, etc), Sanur, and Nusa Dua are spreading rapidly in all directions, and before long the whole area from Ubud in the North to Sanur in the East, Berawa/ Canggu in the West, and Nusa Dua in the South will be urbanized.

 

balinese old womanECONOMY

This southern part of Bali is where most jobs are to be found, either in the hotel and tourist industry, the textile and garment industry, and in many small scale and home industries producing handicrafts and souvenirs. Textiles, garments, and handicrafts have become the backbone of Bali's economy providing 300,000 jobs, and exports have been increasing by around 15% per year to over US$ 400 million. Textiles and garments contribute about 45%, and wood products including statues, furniture and other handicrafts 22% to the province's total income from exports. Silver work is ranked third (4,65%) with 5,000 workers employed. Main buyers are the US and Europe with 38% each, and Japan with 9%.

Important agricultural products besides rice are tea, coffee, tobacco, cacao, copra, vanilla, soy beans, chilies, fruit, and vegetable (there are now even vineyards near the north west coast). Bali's fishing industry and seaweed farming provide other products which are important exports. The new free trade regulations will create some problems for Bali's exporters as they do not allow to employ children. Most children here work for their parents, and this is part of the process of acquiring professional skills and kind of an informal education which has been very important in the Balinese society for centuries.

 

LANGUAGE

Indonesia has over 200 languages spoken around the country, however the language spoken is Bahasa Indonesia. English will be the official language during conference or business meeting.

 

Indonesian old moneyCURRENCY

The Indonesian currency is Rupiah (Rp), which consist of legal note denomination of 100, 500, 1,000, 5,000, 10,000, 20,000, 50,000 and 100,000 Rupiah and coins in the value of 50, 100, 500 and 1,000 Rupiah. Note : US$ 1,00 is equivalent to approximately Rp 8,950 in current exchange rate. Payment using internationally recognized credit cards are widely accepted by hotels, department stores and restaurants.

 

BUSINESS HOURS

In general, business hours are from 08:00 to 17:00 on weekdays and 08:00 to 13:00 on weekends and public holidays. Banks open only on weekdays from 08:30 to 15:00 and department stores open from 09:00 to 21:00.

 

VISA REQUIREMENTS

The Government of Indonesia undertakes to facilitate the delivery of visa to the country to all persons invited both for leisure and business. Please contact the nearest Indonesian Diplomatic or Consular Representative for further information.

 

ELECTRICITY

220 volt, 10 ohm supplied through 2 round pin plugs.

 

RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES

Bali is a playground in paradise for children of every age and the recreational options range from the sublime to the extreme. Whatever you want to do, the chances are that you will be able to enjoy the perfect day out for you, your business associates and your family in Bali.

  • Bali Golf & Country Club at Nusa Dua 
  • White Water Rafting and Ocean Kayaking
  • Surfing, Wind Surfing and Kite Surfing
  • Sailing, Fishing and Cruising
  • Diving, Snorkeling and Sea Walker
  • Cultural Tours and Traditional Dancing
  • Motorbike Tours and Mountain Biking
  • Jungle Treks and Four Wheel Drive Adventures
  • Elephant Walks and Horse Riding
  • Bird Watching and Painting, Zoo
  • Bungee Jumping and Helicopter Tours
  • Balinese Cooking Classes 
  • Waterbom
  • Sightseeing Tours such as Kintamani, Uluwatu, Tanah Lot, Bedugul etc
  • Wedding
  • Harley Davidson Adventures
  • Relaxation including Spa & Thalasso
  • Many more activities in Bali