BALI ISLAND OF GODS AND DEMONS.
Both magical and mythical,
this land of volcanic lakes, spectacular rice terraces, stunning tropical
beaches, ancient temples and palaces is and exotic melting pot of cultures
and peoples. Renowned of its unsurpassed architecture, traditional theatre,
dance and elaborate religious festivals, the colorful Balinese culture is
a dynamic force that is constantly synthesizing the old and the new, the traditional
and the innovative.
Bali is one of more than 18 thousands island in Indonesia. It is located between
the two islands Java & Nusa Tenggara, between 8 03 40 8 degree South latitude
and 114 25 & 115 42 40 degree East longitude.
Bali has 5.632,86 square kilometers of land. The total population is approximately
3.2 million people.
Standard time zone is UTC/GMT + 8 hours.
As a part of 30 provinces in the Republic of Indonesia, Bali is divided into
8 regencies ( Badung, Gianyar
, Tabanan , Bangli ,
Karangasem , Jembrana
, Buleleng and Klungkung,
1 municipal city (Denpasar), 51 districts and 666
Denpasar is the capital city of Bali province.
Mount Agung is used as orientation and considered North (Kaja) while the sea
is considered South (Kelod). This is the reason why "south" in Buleleng is
the opposite of "south" in Badung. In Hindu perspective, north direction (mount)
is a holy place while on the southern part is the insulted place.
In the division of area, it is analogized the anatomy of the body: head, body
and legs as utama (main), madya (medium) and nista (insult). Therefore, the
holy place is located in north edge, in the middle as a place of residence
and in the south as place of cemetery. Even, for sleeping, head is faced to
north or east and legs are directed to south or west.
The Balinese are one of the
250 ethnic groups in the Indonesian archipelago. Most of them (95%) are Hindus,
a religion which came from India, passing through Sumatera and Java. After
the fall of Majapahit empire all the Hindu aristocrats and the common people
fled to Bali, bringing along their religion, traditions, literature and arts.
Other religions like Christianity or Moslem, Buddhism are also in Bali. But
all live in peace, there is no conflict of religion or conflict of ethnics.
The population of Bali are three million people. Most of them live in the
southern part of the island. Here the tourist resorts are located such as
Sanur, Kuta and Nusa Dua. The Balinese people are very creative. They have
created and are still creating various kinds of artistic creativities such
as wood carving (statues), paintings, gold and silver smith, handicrafts,
dances and religious offerings. Nearly everyday there are religious ceremonies
in the temples spread all over the island. There are the so called "Bali Aga";
people, the original Balinese communities in several places like in Tenganan
or Trunyan. It is worthwhile to visit them there.
Bali has tropical climate all year with two different seasons namely dry season
from April to October and wet season from November to March. The average temperature
hovers around 30 degrees Celsius year-round. The average yearly rainfall between
893,4 mm till 2702,6 mm with average humidity is 79%.
Bali has 5.632,86 square kilometers of land.
The total population is approximately 3.021.247 people.
IMMIGRATION & CUSTOMS
Jl. D. I. Panjaitan, Niti Mandala, Complex Renon - Denpasar
Phone : (62 361) 238 168
Ngurah Rai Airport Complex, Tuban, Kuta
Phone : (62 361) 751 038
Customs regulations allow, per adult, a maximum of one litter of alcoholic
beverages, 200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 100 gram of tobacco and a reasonable
amount of perfume. Photographic, video and filming equipments, radio, typewriter
and car are admitted as they are recorded in you passport on entry and taken
out on departure. Narcotics, arms and ammunition TV, sets and Chinese medicines
are items that strictly prohibited while fresh fruit, plant and animals must
be passed by the Quarantine Office.
BANK & MONEY EXCHANGE
Most foreign currencies are
easily changed at banks, hotels or money changers. Banking hours are from
8.00am to 14.00 noon Mondays to Fridays, and from 8.00am to 11.00am on Saturdays.
Bank in Hotels usually stay open longer hours while Money Changers are generally
open till evening. ATM is available in many places, provides VISA, MASTER,
ALTO and more.
MEDICAL SERVICES & HOSPITAL
Hospitals and Health Centers staffed by well trained doctors and medical-assistants
are available in major tourist resort and the Provincial Capital. Public Health
Centre is also available at every Sub district unit.
Jl. Diponegoro, Denpasar
Ph. (62 361) 227 911
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 505x, Kuta
Ph. (62 361) 710 505
|Bali Medical Center
Jl. Bypass Ngurah Rai 100x, Kuta
Ph. (62 361) 761 263
Police : 110
Ambulance : 118
Fire Department : 113
SAR : 115/151/111
Bali is linked via satellite to all major countries in the world and to
make an International call can be made from any private house, business center,
hotel telephone, or "Wartel" (Telecommunication Counter). Internet is also
can be reached at many "Warnet" (Internet Counter). For local and international
phone and fax service look out for a sign like this: Int'l Direct Dialing
001 or 008 + country code + area code + local telephone number. Int'l Direct
Inquiries : 102, 101
Local Inquiries : 147
Operator Assisted : 110/104