Bali is an island in the province of Indonesia, which is located between the islands of Java and Lombok. Bali also has many names. This place is known as the Island of a Thousand Temples or the Island of the Gods.
The island was settled before BC by Austronesian peoples who migrated from Taiwan through Maritime Southeast Asia. Thus, the Balinese are culturally and linguistically closely related to the peoples of the Indonesian archipelago, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Oceania.
History of the island
The capital of Bali is the city of Denpasar, located in the south of the island. Bali is known to the world as a separate tourist destination with unique art and culture. Bali Island is the best place to relax in a world-class environment.
The best time to visit the island
Bali has only two seasons: the rainy season from October to April and the dry season from May to September. The high tourist season on the island is considered to be the period from May to July and from December to early January. To calculate in what period it is better to visit Bali, it is worth deciding on the type of tourism. For example, the period from May to October is suitable for surfers, when you can catch the “right” wave on the island. As for prices, you will be able to save money in the period from April to May and in September.
The divine beaches of the island
Any tourist, going to a seaside resort, wonders about the availability and quality of beaches. On the Bali Islands, for example, the beaches of the capital are always crowded with tourists. It will be almost impossible to see the divine beauty of the sunset on the beaches of such places as Denpasar, Seminyak, and even the most remote Legian due to a large number of people.
To feel a calmer and slightly wild atmosphere on the beach, it is worth going to the northwest of the islands. For those who like to diversify their pastime on the beach, Changu will be a great place. The beaches here are filled with tourists who have arrived for yoga classes, as well as vegetarian cuisine prevails on this part of the islands. Do not forget about the beaches of Bukit. It is a semi-lonely environment, and the territory is saturated with flora and fauna.
There is a corner on the islands, the beaches, and the terrain which will fill the rest with peace, beauty, and a complete absence of fuss. This place is called Bukit. Bukit is a small hill rising above the water. The beaches of this wonderful place are indescribable. The view of the sea and the islands is striking in its beauty, beautiful nature, and, most importantly, almost complete isolation from the outside world. The disadvantage of this place is the presence of rocky beaches, but this is only the western part of Bukit. This place is suitable for tourists who came to the island with their families or for those who decided to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and change the rhythm of life.
Sanur is a more accessible beach, but you need to swim at the exact time of the day, at high tide. The rest of the beach is shallow and rocky, like many other beaches in Bali. On the southern beaches, such as Kuta, and Seminyak, there are large waves that are more suitable for surfers, not for swimming. These waves can knock you down.
The beaches themselves still suffer from serious garbage problems throughout the year. The worst is during the rainy season when rain washes debris from the rest of the island into the ocean, and the tidal flow keeps it on shore.
Rainy season in Bali. What happens on the island during the rainy season?
Tourists who decide to go to Bali should take into account the rainy season since it is better to be absent from the island at this time. The rainy season begins, as scheduled, in early November and lasts until March. The rainy season in Bali is problematic for travelers for several reasons. During a trip to Ubud and other areas in the center of the island during the rainy season, staying there can be unbearable. The rain may continue for several days in a row. Massive flooding, and mold – are the problems that the rains bring. The most important problem during this period is mold. Mold catches up with everything and in places where it is not expected at all. Another global problem of this period is garbage. There is no waste management solution in Bali.
Recycling garbage is still a rarity here. Most of the garbage is burned. Plastic is the biggest problem. During the rainy season, the rain carries all the plastic and garbage from the center of the island into the water. Then the currents carry all this plastic back to the beach. And this happens every day. In Bali beach hotels, they try to clean up and contain garbage, but it’s insanely difficult. This problem is the biggest problem for tourists who come to Bali during the rainy season, especially to the southwestern beaches such as Kuta, Seminyak, and Kanggu.
Bali Attractions and Tourism
Heading to cities such as Ubud, Legian, Sanur, or Kuta, it is difficult to see anything supernatural on the island that would distinguish Bali from other resorts. Circle K convenience stores rule alongside tourist-oriented restaurants. The best marketers live on the island. On the streets of Bali, tourists are trying to sell anything, describing their product like no other. There is also a huge number and variety of modes of transport on the island, which are used as taxis.
In Sanur, for example, walking down the street is a full-contact sport. In this city, tourists are waiting for a quest called “How to get to the beach, passing through a crowd of taxi drivers and sellers. Local businessmen are very persistent, it will be difficult for an unprepared person to refuse all one hundred percent of offers. Being on the island, the right decision for any tourist will be to rent a motorcycle. There will be no problems with renting this particular type of transport. Even at the old international airport, tourists are pursued by souvenir sellers, restaurant promoters, massage room administrators, and taxi drivers.
In recent years, the depletion of infrastructure has also become a problem. Problems with water, garbage collection, and cleanliness of streets and neighborhoods are practically not solved. Problems of this nature arose due to the large number of emigrants who arrived here to stay here to live. Due to the increase in the number of tourists and emigrants, the roads have become too narrow to serve the numerous giant tourist buses that ply the island every day.
Why Bali is definitely worth a visit
Despite all the changes that the islands have undergone, there is still something to see here. The main religion of these places is Balinese Hinduism. Here, every particle of the traditions of this religion has remained unchanged. Clothing, temples, ceremonies, incense, and, most importantly, the attitude of residents to religion remains at the same level as before. Currently, Bali is not particularly different from other tropical resorts, but it is here that you can see true faith and reverence for traditions. Ceremonies, offerings, and rituals are held every day. The atmosphere on the islands is also supported by residents, who, even though it is the XXI century, still prefer to wear traditional clothes. It is these little things that support the flavor that has always distinguished Bali from all similar islands.
All tourists who come on vacation, regardless of age and religion, should visit at least one Balinese temple. For example, about an hour’s walk north of Ubud is one of the most beautiful temples in this area, called Tampak Syring. The most popular temple for tourists is Pura Tanah Lot, located near the center of the capital.