The island of Bali is one of the 17,000 islands that are part of the Republic of Indonesia. Bali lies just south of the equator in the Indian Ocean. The islands are small enough that visitors can make various day trips around the island and still get back to their hotel room nightly. The majority of the population lives in the coastal areas of the south.
The geography of the island ranges from rice paddies and terraces, to fast flowing rivers, lush tropical forests, mountain ranges and rugged coastline and sandy beaches. Visitors are enchanted by the wide variety of tropical plants that give the island its lush appearance.
Denpasar is the capital of Bali and the center of government and business. Despite the modern center, the unique Balinese character can be experienced through its gardens, temples and the Museum Negeri Propinsi Bali filled with Balinese antiquities and cultural objects.
Located in the mountains, the town of Ubud is known for art. The rich culture and history of Bali is represented through the many museums and art galleries there. The town is also the home to traditional Balinese dancing as the royal family used to bring the most talented dancers, musicians and actors to Ubud to entertain the king. Traditional dances, including the lion dance, the monkey dance and the fire dance are still performed nightly in the area. Travelers will enjoy browsing for Balinese handicrafts including woodcarvings, textiles and jewelry as the town, and surrounding area, is considered a handicraft center. A zoo and bird park are both located in the vicinity of Ubud.
Nusa Dua is a world class resort area located in the southern part of Bali. Soft white sand and crystal blue waters attract guests in search of beautiful scenery and relaxation. Those who want to be more active can enjoy a round of golf or participate in a snorkeling or diving trip.
The surfs always up in Kuta, the most popular beach in Bali. The town is also the home to a thriving nightlife scene where visitors enjoy the energy at local dance clubs and pubs.
Most visited cities: Denpasar, Ubud, Kuta