I was never going to visit Bali Island. I think I was taken by the awesomeness, or what I thought was of Java Island, specifically from Bandung City which made me realize just how much I am a city boy. That changed with a twitter conversation I had with a friend whose description of Bali made it sound like a crime being in beautiful Indonesia and not finding my way there. I did, in an unscheduled trip for less than 50 hours which ended up being the most memorable beach and tourist experience I’ve had yet.
Bali Island is one of the thousands islands constructing the Indonesian Archipelago that has long been famous as a leading tourist destination in South Pacific and the world ideally for its exotic and vibrant art and culture, natural beauties and the hospitality of the people. Bali islands covers an extent of 5,632.86 square kilometers consisted of mountain range stretches from the West tip to the East. In previous posts about Java Island’s Jakarta and Bandung, I wrote about art and the kindness of the people that side of the world. When my friend and I visited Bali, it occurred that kindness, hospitality in general are deeply entrenched in the habits and mannerisms of the people of Indonesia. For a lover of art, well, not really; but for someone who strikes a smitten chord with anything artistic and cultural, Bali took me away.
Religion & Culture
Hinduism is adhered by almost 95% of its population of more than 3 millions people, specifically blended with Buddhism and the Ancestor’s worship. It is made inseparable from everyday life and no opportunity is missed to worship Gods in an unending series of ceremony stretches from birth up to after death. The Conducive environment in Bali islands is supported by the Balinese philosophy of life, called “Tri Hita Karana”. Tri Hita Karana dictates that happiness can only be achieved if there are harmonious relationship between human and Gods; between human and their community; and between human and nature (it’s surrounding). This philosophy has become a way of life among the Balinese, and is practiced in their daily life.
Environment, Business, Travel & Tour
Bali Islands has such a mild and agreeable climate the whole Year round, with average temperature of the day in coastal areas varies from about 28C (82F) during May-July to about 30C (86F) in March-October, while the most pleasant weather is between May-September. My visit there was towards the end of October. The weather was good enough but scary is the bit where I had hang-ups visiting after the island was struck with a 6.5 magnitude earthquake. The region in general experiences earthquakes on a rather regular basis. Good to note that even with that, this particular earthquake had little damage and no one lost their life. They are that well prepared, I think.
Bali is generally a tourist destination. Business and activity revolved around culture, art and holiday makers with various destinations prime for lifetime experiences. Such can be found in island zones such as; Nusa Dua, Ubud, Sanur, Tanah lot, Menjagan, Nusa Lembogyan and Candidasa. Travel here is primarily by boat which is in itself a very awesome experience moving from one island to another. There are palm beaches, fishing beaches and general laid back inexpensive beaches for those just looking for time away, from everything I suppose. Most business here is facilitated with consulting firms that facilitate business with dwellers and visitors on the island and the rest of the islands that make Indonesia, and the world. For a nation composed of over 30, ooo little islands, it most certain is an experience doing business, living and touring.
You can board a plane from Jakarta International Airport (Soekarno-Hatta) or Husein Sastranegara International Airport, Bandung to Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport. Travel and tours details can be found in the Jakarta City guide I wrote earlier here.
Our stay here was limited to the Capital for the short time. Denpasar is the capital of Bali and has a number of cultural and historical sites. It has many community temples called “Pura”. Bali’s picturesque countryside and most of the beautiful temples are just outside the limit of Denpasar. Some of the villages worth visiting are Celuk (for its silverware), Ubud (to have a glimpse at the finest of Bali’s art-dance, music, and paintings) and Bedulu for its elephant cave. I stayed at Aston Bali Beach Hotel, which is about 20 minutes drive from the airport. Aston Hotels chain were so awesome in Jakarta and Bandung, they became a natural choice in Bali. Oh, and there was a Spa here too!!! :-) Bali, The Island of Paradise!
I have never watched ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ the movie, nor read the book. It’s noteworthy that the movie was filmed in Bali. I hope some day I’ll be lucky enough to visit again, and explore conclusively…and since I am never going to ask for Wedding Money from anyone, can y’all just send me cash for a lifetime experience. Better yet, Magical Kenya should consider me for one of their Kenyan trips, I will really have something to write home about. In the meantime, I am kazaing diab for St. Peters-burg.
Till Then, Cheers!