Bali, the most beautiful island in Indonesia and for most foreigners often the only Indonesian island they see, offers something for everybody. From beaches, to mountains, shopping centers and clubs Bali has it all. Bali, or the Island of Gods, is always busy by many visitors both domestic and international. Most of its citizens work in the tourism sector. And although it's a hugely popular destination for foreigners, Bali cherishes its traditions and there are many traditional events you can see while in Bali.
It is believed the first population in Bali was immigrant from Asia coming to the island around 3000-2500 BC. Stone tools found in Cekik village point to this. Since the Hindu religion and Indian culture came to Bali, the pre-historical era of Bali is mostly gone. After the 1st century Balinese culture has been developing rapidly. Read more Bali History
Things to see
Beaches are of course were Bali is famous for, Kuta Beach especially. Be sure to see the beautiful sunset here. At Lovina Beach you can see hundreds of friendly and cute dolphins. And you can visit the Safari Park to see lots of animals in their habitat.
Things to do
Bali is one of the few places in the world were it is difficult to be bored. There are so many things you can do the list is pretty much endless. At Nusa Dua or Tanjung Benoa on the southern side of Bali you rent a jetski, banana boat, go parasailing, snorkeling, scuba diving etc. Clubbing and drinking in Kuta. Diving at Amed (east Bali), National Parks to explore and mountains to hike, Bali has it all.
Things to eat
Authentic Balinese food is often spicy. For example Ayam or Bebek Betutu, which is made of chicken (ayam) or duck (bebek) filled with spices and roasted in a hole in the ground on burning husks. Preparing Betutu takes a full day and you have to order it in advance. If you have the chance, be sure to try it.
Another spicy dish is Jenggo Rice. Jenggo rice is pretty much like Kucing rice in Yogyakarta with different side dishes like fried noodle and chicken breast. The last but not least is Sate Lilit which is made of grilled meat, chicken or duck, mixed with various spices.
Getting to Bali
Flying to Bali: Bali is served by Ngurah Rai International Airport. Ngurah Rai International Airport is located about 15 km south from Bali. A taxi into the city from Ngurah Rai International Airport would cost IDR 150.000. Read more about Ngurah Rai International Airport or look for flights to Bali