Bali is an Indonesian island located at the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country's 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island.
With a population recorded as 3,151,000 in 2005, the island is home to the vast majority of Indonesia's small Hindu minority. 93.18% of Bali's population adheres to Balinese Hinduism, while most of the remainder follow Islam. It is also the largest tourist destination in the country and is renowned for its highly developed arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking and music.
The centre of Balinese painting, Ubud's Museum "Purl Lukisan" has a permanent collection of modern works of Balinese art dating from the turn of the century. There are also several art galleries and homes of famous artists here, including that of Dutchborn Hans Snel and American Antonio Blanco. The "Young artist" style now popular in Balinese painting was introduced by the Dutch painter Arie Smith. In the past, other foreign painters inspired Balinese artists to adopt western techniques but traditional Balinese paintings are still made and sold another museum called "Neka Museum" has a wide collection of paintings both by Indonesian as well as foreign artists who used to live in Bali. Ubud has several small hotels. Located on a higher altitude with a pleasant climate.
The Nusa Dua tourist resort is part of the Bukit Peninsula in southern Bali. Some of the most beautiful and luxurious hotels are found here. The resort is known for its clean white beaches and clear waters. The surf is gentle along the northern side of the peninsula, bigger along the south. The most convenient form of transportation to and from Nusa Dua is by taxi.
Whether it is bright and sunny or rainy and gloomy, the trip through the landscape of terraced rice paddies between Candidasa and Amlapura is one of remarkable scenic beauty. Allow plenty of time for photo stops.
BOAT & FERRY
The more than 13,600 islands of the Idonesian archipelago stretching over an area of 5,200 km into the Pacific ocean, present a plenty of choices to explore. Bali has three main ports:* Benoa in the south.* Padang Bai in the east.* Gilimanuk in the north west.Several major shipping lines make Padang Bai and Benoa ports of call on around the world cruises.If you would like to explore the islands near Bali you have a wide range of choices for boating expeditions with anything from a few hours in traditional jukung to day criuses or longer overnights trips on yachts or luxury cruisers.
The public transport system in Bali can virtually take you anywhere you want to go but slowly. By far the cheapest way to travel, although not the most comfortable.Buses, except the inter-island buses, and bemo’s (mini-vans) are often overcrowded and hot. There are recommended for short trips only. They do have the redeeming factor of being very cheap. Wait by the side of the road and one will inevitably pass by for you to flag down to stop. Get down where you want by loudly saying: "STOP!".Bemo’s generally cater for local traffic routes not tourist routes. Bu you can also charter empty bemo’s for a higher price.
Cycling can be a cheap and enjoyable way to get around, although you do have to be quite fit to ride around the central, hilly regions, but you will be closer to the action.Bicycles are available but bear in mind the heavy traffic in Kuta, Legian, and Denpasar. Cycling is ideal in villages, Ubud and the countryside.You can find bike rental shops in all the main tourist spots.
As with hire cars, you can find motorbikes for rent almost anywhere. A special permit available at police stations for renting a motorbike. The rental company can help you to obtain this.Like renting a car, you should always check the bike before parting with your cash.In Indonesia you have to wear a helmet by law.
CAR AND BUS
There are many models of transport to help you " jalan-jalan" your way around Bali. A varietyof excellent tour packages are available from your hotel desk or any of numerous travel agents and tour operators.Or you can find a car and driver who will also act as your guide.You can also find a car rental agency in all the major tourist areas. You will need your licence from your homecountry and an international driving licence for renting a car.Types of cars available are usually small jeeps or kijang ( a station car with capacity for 6-8 people). Although mostof the cars for rent are in decent shape, you should check thoroughly before signing any forms.Fammilies or groups can charter aprivate bus with driver. Many buses are airconditoned. Stopovers and side-trips can be planned and this is an ideal way to experienceBali at your own pace.
Driving in Bali always expect the unexpected. Always keep your eyes and your mind open on driving.It is not unusual for cars and bikes to swerve into your lane without indication. Because there are often obstacles such as parked cars ofthe ever present procession of ‘bakso’ trolleys on the side of the road, a system of "sharing lanes" has developed.
Be aware that drivers from side streets often don’t look when joining a main road and the larger vehicle is king of the road.
Remember to "hoot" your horn when going around curves on mountainous roads as it is very common to drive in the middle of the road here.
Metered taxis are readily available at very reasonable prices. There is a minimum charge of Rp. 4000flagfall and you can book by phone, with exception taxis from airport where the prices, depend on the destination, are fixed.If the driver is hesitant to put on the meter, insist or change taxi’s.
Several international airlines make regular flights to Ngurah Rai Airport Denpasar, and they include: