Bali, the island of the gods. A tropical primordial dream
4 December 2018
This paradise, previously lesser-known pearl of Indonesia, now is a precious spot for tourists, preserved and rich with the culture of the past. Nevertheless, in Bali, tourism is flourishing in recent years, and satisfied tourists are returning from the Indonesian island, full of stories about the mystical customs of residents, the huge ocean waves, and warm beaches.
The Indonesian province of Bali has retained relatively untouched ancient customs, original faith, and surroundings. The island filled with indigenous towns, beaches, and resorts. The inhabitants of Bali themselves are friendly and hospitable, and they treat guests of their island with friendliness and respect.
What is remarkable about the island?
First, Bali is a paradise for those who like surfing – huge waves gather young and old fans of this famous Haitian funfair. Therefore, the surfer culture is sufficiently developed, and everyone looking for a big wave will find like-minded people and hobby colleagues. Steep waves here almost all year round, so here are the tournaments, including those on an international level. Even if you do not want to ride the board, you can always see how talented surfers perform intricate stunts.
Bali, there are idyllic beaches for those who want to swim; they located right next to tropical palm trees. Tired eyes can rest – even crowded streets are full of green. If you're going to fell cultural vibe, there are unexpected cultural spots everywhere, such as native architecture and sculpture. Unlike the most Indonesian Islamic population, the Balinese people mostly devote themselves to the local version of Hinduism, so the island is filled with original and ancient temples of this religion. For example, there is an ascetic temple Pura Maospahit, assembled from bricks in the 14th century. A much younger temple – Pura Jagatnatha is built luxuriously, with walls decorated with traditional Balinese stucco. Balinese people's most important tradition also dedicated to Hinduism – it is a dance that embodies the struggle between good and evil.
In general, the Balinese are very spiritualistic and ceremonial, always busy with rituals and holidays that will be curious to the tourists. But nobody will try to enforce their religion as a tourist, so there is no religious pressure.
When to go to Bali?
There are two seasons on Bali – wet one (from November to April) and dry one (from May to October). Traditionally, the dry season and summer, in particular, are the most popular among surfers. In the summer, there are high waves on the west part of the island. The wet season is an unpopular one because of constant rains, and the waves are not so steep, but tourists still love Bali during this period because of the warm winter.
Do I need visa?
More than a year ago, Bali canceled the need for a visa for most countries in the world. Now, when you enter the island, you will be given a free stamp on which you can stay in the country for up to 30 days. In case you exceed these 30 days, each day of overstay will cost you a fine of about USD 25. Check whether your country is on the list of visa-free countries for Bali, you can check on this link https://www.topbali.com/indonesia-free-visa-entry/
If you interested in surfing, or almost untouched traditional culture, or lazy rest on the beach on the island, Bali is ideal for you. If you want to wait out the cold Eastern European winters, the island's warm climate will help you out. Bali is full of amazing things and places, so visit it to get only the best memories.