Bali Map

Bali is part of the INDONESIAN ARCHIPELAGO. It’s basically the only dominantly Hindu island in all of Indonesia. The Javanese Hindus migrated to Bali a thousand years ago and shaped this unique culture that survived only here.

 

Bali is a tropical island located between the Indonesian Islands of Java and Lombok. Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia is in West Java and more than a 1000km away. The size of Indonesia is mindblowing and its total area has the size of entire Europe. More than 13,000 islands. Hundreds of languages. More than 130 volcanoes, many of them active. Indonesia is fertile, green, lush and its populationof more than 260 million people eager to rise and shine.

 

 

 

Bali – Handling Money, Cash and Payments

CASH

In Bali, Cash is in many ways still king. The indonesian Rupiah (IDR) is a “Many-zeros-currency” which will challenge your brain cells a little bit, but most get used to being a millionaire right away quite quickly.

  • IDR 10,000 are roughly 1 AUD, which makes it fairly easy to calculate
  • IDR 16,000 ca 1 Euro
  • IDR 14,500 ca i USD

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Even though in Indonesia there are coins, there are rarely used for paying. You receive them when you pay in grocery stores which is more a pain than anything else, since they are clearly not much worth. Many ravelers leave them in the hotel rooms or gve them to a cab driver as tip.

The Bank of Indonesia issues following bills:

  • IDR 100,000 (the largest bill) – RED
  • IDR 50,000 – BLUE
  • IDR 20,000 – GREEN
  • IDR 10,000 – Purple
  • IDR 5,000 – BROWNISH
  • IDR 2,000 – GREYISH
  • IDR 1,000 – getting more rare – BLUE-PINK

So if you change 100 AUD you get roughly a million.

The best bill to carry around is the 50,000 – not too big and not too small.

In Bali businesses prefer cash – clearly. You will have to PAY in IDR, paying in USD is not possible anymore. You would have to go to a money changer first. Even though some prices are published in USD like hotel rooms, you will still have to pay in IDR. That’s a law.

 


 

ATM

ATM machines are almost everywhere in Bali. If you don’t have a card that does not charge you for international withdraw, then expect to pay ca. 3-5USD per transaction. That’s why it is advisable to pull a bigger amount of money once,insetad of going often pulling smaller amounts.

 

The machines come in two kinds:

100,000 bills and 50,000 bills. The max amount therefore varied between IDR 1,250,000 and IDR 3,000,000 per transaction. Each ATM machine has a sticker with either 100,000 or 50,000 indicating the bills you will receive.

Pulling money from the machine is a smart thing to do. The fees are not too high and you usually get a good exchange rate from the bank. If you go to a money changer, then usually the rate is 2-4% worse, than what the interbank exchange rate is. So it’s up to you what you prefer. Either way, you will pay a little bit down the road, directl or indirectly.

There is some ATM fraud Bali. The latest scams have been carried out by Russians and Romanians – not the Indonesians. So always check the machine, and observe if you notice something dodgy.

 


 

Credit Cards

Credit Cards are gaining ground, and the shops and restaurants usually accept your credit cards. Since the shop needs a working landline connection, sometimes it might not work, but usually it’s ok.

 

DOn’t expect smaller restaurants or shops to accept cards, since they are simply not equipped for it.

VERY OFTEN in Bali you will be charged a 2-3% surcharge if you pay by credit card. That’s because the vendor has to pay a fee to the credit card companies (1.5-3%) and the vendor is therefore asking you to cover that fee. IN a way this is “illegal” and against the terms and conditions of the credit card companies. But there is little they can do or are willing to do against this practice.

 


Dodgy Money Changers

Avoid hole-in-the-wall operators by all means, and always ask about any commission imposed before the exchange, as many money changers are advertising better rates and then simply charge a commission. Count the money you receive carefully and never ever hand it back to the money changer after you counted it!

Some of these guys are real magicians, and the million you just counted suddenly is less than 900,000 Rupiah after the seller touched the bank notes again! And they will blame you and say you took it. No fun. At times you might even have a nicely printed worthless piece of paper within the stack of bills and you wonder a few hours later, what really happened.

Bali Visa and Immigration – Indonesia

Key Facts about Visa regulations

Visa for Bali

  • Visa Regulations are based on your passport / nationality
  • 140 nationalities need no Visa (FREE ENTRY; see list below, max. stay 30 days)
  • Free Entry Stamp CANNOT be extended
  • Passport must always be valid 6 months (for social visa 12 months) from day of arrival. No exceptions.
  • Keep a page on passport empty for stamp or visa sticker!
  • Day of arrival counts as day one, day of departure counts as full day
  • Penalty fee for overstaying IDR 300,000 per day
  • Don’t bring more than IDR 100mio in cash (ca. AUD 10,000)
  • In need of sponsor letters, KITAS, Visa extensions, etc working with a reliable agent is strongly recommended

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Bali Weather

Best Time to visit Bali

Best time to visit Bali depends mainly on the weather and on high and low season. High season is during the months of July and August, during Easter Holidays, and Christmas / New Year (December till 1st week of January). This is the time Bali is the busiest. The rest of the year is called low or mid season.

For many reasons, best time to come to Bali is April, May, June and September, just before and just after high season. It’s still dry season, it’s slightly less humid, and room prices and villa rentals can be 30-50% cheaper than during high season. Many shops offer sales and promotions, restaurants are less crowded in those mid-season months, and in general Bali is a bit more relaxed. October is not too bad either, still much less rain than November (usually, check the rainfall chart).

Those months are also the best time for water sport activities such as scuba diving, surfing, snorkeling, etc. Waters are clear, crowd not too bad etc. Also major activities and attractions such as the family parks and fun things to do (Bali Zoo, Bali Bird Park, Marine & Safari Park, Waterbom, White Water Rafting, Monkey Forest, etc) have less visitors which can make the experience far more enjoyable. If you wish to explore the island and visit the main sightseeing spots, temples and go for a day trip and tour, then those months are also perfect.

And not to forget, in general the traffic and hustle bustle on the roads is more bearable. Especially in Kuta, Legian and sometimes even Seminyak the narrow streets are packed during certain times in the day with cars and motorcycles. Some tourists love it that way and could not imagine a holiday otherwise, but if you like it more quiet, then Kuta and Legian during high season might not be the best choice.

 

The Seasons in Bali

Rainy Season

  • Mid October to March

Dry Season

  • April – October

 

More on Bali Weather, Rainfall and Climate. Click here!

Traveling to Bali

Coming from Abroad by plane

If you come to Bali from outside Indonesia, several airlines offer non-stop flights from and to Denpasar (Bali’s capital city). International Ngurah Rai Airport welcomes thousands of visitors each day and the increasing numbers of tourist simply add the numbers of direct flights connections between Bali and other parts of the globe including Perth, Melbourne, Sydney, Hongkong, Bangkok, Brunei, Fukuoka, Honolulu, Kuala lumpur, Singapore, Tokyo, and more.

Major carriers include the state’s airlines: Garuda Indonesia and Citi Link; and privately owned airlines: Batik Air, Lion Air and, Air Asia. For a low cost fare, you can rely on Air Asia as many people use it to travel throughout South East Asia, including Bali for sure. The cheap flights, professional services and the simple procedure allow you to book online with no painful process.

As for tourists coming from major cities in the region, namely Kuala Lumpur, Singapore and Bangkok; you can expect daily flight schedules from and to Denpasar.

Travel from European countries

Unfortunately, for now, there is no direct flight from European countries to Bali.
You can either choose between these options:
– Make a short stop in Singapore if you take KLM Royal Dutch airline; or
– Make a short stop in Kuala Lumpur and transfer flights to Denpasar
– Travel to Bangkok with China Airlines, and change flight to Denpasar with Thai Airways
– Make a transit to Hongkong and continue to Denpasar
– Make a transit to Dubai, and continue to Denpasar

These days Qatar Airways and Emirates offer quite decent connections and sometimes hard to beat prices, dependingon your departure airport. Singapore Airlines also connects well now with DPS. All of those airlines don’t have long stop-overs, which makes things easy.

Coming from within Indonesia by plane

If you are on tour to visit Indonesia and planning to come to Bali, there are direct flights from major cities within the country using domestic flights. The schedules vary and most of them are available daily. Some domestic airlines to choose include: Sriwijaya Air,  Garuda and Citi Link or international airline such as Air Asia that caters various routes within the country.

Coming by boat from Java

If you happen to be in a slender island of Java, it is easy to travel to Bali using ferries. The ships depart daily and in frequent times of the day. You will need to travel to East Java and go to Ketapang Port and take PELNI ferries to Gilimanuk port in Bali. Please note that this is the only port that connects the 2 islands. It takes about 30 to 45 minutes to cross the water but during public holidays, the queues can be tiring.

PELNI is the state’s shipping company that operates across Indonesia. These ferries are relatively safe transportation but don’t imagine a beautiful cruising ship as most of them have poor sanitation and rusty seats. Not to mention, the unreliable schedules due the weather condition and many other factors.
Coming by boat from Lombok or Gili island

Ferries
There are regular ferries that cross Padang Bai (bali) to Lembar (Lombok) – 24 hours a day. The trip takes around 4 to 5 hours and sometimes more, because loading-unloading takes time.The tickets are available at the port for direct purchase.

Fast boats
You can depart from Gili Island to Sanur beach (arrival point in Bali) using fast boats. These are privately owned services with straightforward boarding process but cost more expensive than taking the ferries. The boats are equipped with safety features and an ample of facilities including luggage compartment, spacious seating, toilet and more. Be prepared to get a little wet (which most tourists consider it as part of the fun).

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How to get around in Bali

Bali Transportation

Car Rental with Driver & Motorbike / Scooter Rental

Although public transportation in Bali is almost non-existent, it is quite easy to get around in Bali comfortably and safely – if you know how. Most Bali visitors will not stay in hotels or villas that are located in short walking distance to the beaches or preferred restaurants (even if it looks like that on the google map). So one needs to find a way to getting around in Bali, get to the beach, the restaurants, temples, activities, shopping streets and shopping malls.

Here are our suggestions for Bali, that allow you to explore the island easily, and safely.

Bali Car Rental with Driver

If you are traveling with a small group, or family with kids, then this is perfect for full-day and half-day trips. Explore the island with your own car and driver and go to the places that interest you most.

Renting a car is a wonderful way to organize your own individual tour program when it comes to exploring the Island of Gods. Usually visitors rent a car on Bali with a driver – and do not attempt to drive on their own, for good reasons. We also would advise you to do the same. Traffic conditions on Bali can be quite challenging. And if you drive on your own, you will of course be fully responsible for any damages on the car, accidents, problems with the police etc…and that can end up becoming very costly – at best.

If you are looking for a reliable driver for a day or half a day, we usually suggest to be a bit picky these days. We feel most comfortable with companies that do their homework well. This means: cars are in good condition, drivers are trained, employed and paid fair wages, reliable service and punctuality. Proper insurances, licenses and permits should be in place.


Book your car and driver online!

Car Rental with Driver Half Day – 5 h

Book your Toyota Avanza, Ertiga or Innova for up to 4 guests directly online. All cars are in top condition, drivers trained and reliable, vehicles insured. All included. Don’t settle for less.
Prices start at USD30, all included.

Prices & Options

 


Car Rental with Driver Half Day – 10 h

Book your Toyota Avanza, Ertiga or Innova for up to 4 guests directly online. Usually 10h is the perfect duration for a day trip filled with a good mixture of sightseeing spots, temples and natural attractions. All cars are in top condition, drivers trained and reliable, vehicles insured. Travel safely and hassle-free. Prices start at USD55, all included.

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Bali Motorbike Rental

You can Rent a scooter or a small motor bike for a day or even your entire stay in Bali.

If you are familiar with driving a scooter or motorbike AND if you can adapt to the different “driving style”, then this is the easiest way to get around. Particularly for short distances.

To rent a scooter with one of the countless scooter rental shops on Bali is easy and will allow you to go anywhere quickly. You simply park the motorbike or scooter in front of your villa or hotel during the night. However, most bikes will “not be in good condition”, not have the proper document nor insurance. Helmets are run down, smelly and often broken. That’s why the prices are s cheap.

SAFETY should be your main concern when you rent a motorbike or scooter in Bali; and this starts with choosing the right rental shop, a good bike, with an insurance, wear a helmet, have a license. Go to a trustworthy and professional shop. If it feels dodgy, it most likely is. Some tricksters in this business try to blame you for old damages and then make you pay. it does not happen often, but it does happen. So, if the scooter rental shop does not look good, or the people there look not trustworthy, follow your intuition and go somewhere else. If the price is too cheap? Think twice too.

Prices

You can get a cheap scooter for ca. 4-10US$, depending on condition, included services, helmets, etc. However, do NOT try to save money by compromising on safety, quality and professional service. It is simply not worth it when you run into trouble.

Here you can find a comparison sheet about the 6 main Bali motorbike rentals


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Bad accidents do happen daily with tourists who drive around with half-broken bikes. And the potential hassle you can run into when having even a minor accident, is too much of a risk. Particularly in Kuta, be super critical from whom you rent. Again: If it feels dodgy…it most probably is.
DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE – EVER.
Adapt to the traffic in Bali. And don’t get too confident. Don’t speed. Here are some tips on handling traffic. We have fatal accidents very often, because tourists were drunk, under the influence of drugs or simply too confident, driving without a helmet and speeding.

Uber, Go-Car (Go-Jek) and Grab

App-driven transportation services o exist in Bali and work to a certain extend. In Bali all companies are active and you will find cars and motor bikes (GoJek) that take you from A to B. However, there is trouble in the air. A huge movement coming form the local drivers that usually line the streets of Bali offering their transportation service, are VERY much against those services. Because they are afraid, that drivers who do not belong to their local community, will steal their business, there are areas in Bali, where these services are banned from operating.

Prices are really cheap, roughly 30-50% off the official taxi fares. Also, because the Uber and Grab drivers don’t have all the costs when running an official transportation business (taxes, insurances, licenses, etc).

Taxi in Bali

There are plenty, and prices are reasonable. Just due to traffic, particularly in Seminyak, Kuta, Legian it makes sometimes more sense to get a GoJek scooter or even walk!
If you choose a cap, choose BLUEBIRD. The drivers of the other taxi companies are often rude, don’t switch on the meter, drive an extra mile; we received too many complaints over the years. Not all of them are bad, but if you see a BLUEBIRD, take it.

Bali After Dark – Nightlife

Party Seekers

Bali’s Nightlife is legendary. People from all over Asia come here to party and to go clubbing. It’s quite a dynamic scene where places pop-up and go within a year. Others have made i through time like Skygarden or Bounty in Kuta.

All through the year, but particularly during high season and November (during Australia’s Spring Break), there are tons of parties organised by clubs, bars, hotel discos featuring some of the best DJs in Asia, if not in the world.

 

There are several “scenes” so to speak:

KUTA

For one there is Kuta, where there are mostly young people from Australia hitting the bars and restaurants in Jl Raya Kuta. Nightlife is wild here, uncontrolled and there are a lot of drugs that circle around. Eben though we are confident to say that Bali is a very safe place to travel, uncontrolled drinking and popping some colorful pills or having a joint get get you into serious trouble.

The booze and the beers are cheap here, and particularly in November the streets are filled with “schoolies” who go for their version of spring break. But, having said that, Kuta still attracts people from all walks of life and is definitely something one can experience once in a lifetime at least 😉

SEMINYAK, Kerobokan

Seminyak is more upscale, this is where the clubs and bars are, where you dress up a bit more nicely. It’s also more expensive, more controlled overall, and less chaotic. La Favela, Red Carpet are always happening.

DENPASAR

The capital has not much to offer for tourists, but nevertheless some things re really interesting out there, beside the local shopping malls, phone shops, and tons of restaurants. Some Karaoke places and clubs draw also international visitors.

CANGGU

Canggu is getting more popular every year. Restaurants and hotels open almost daily. Finns Beach Club and Old Man’s are the places to go, while beach club “The Lawn” also is happening at times. These places close usually around 12 during weekdays and open a bit longer during week-end. Canggu is also a residential area and the people there have severe problems with illegal beach bars like the Sand Bar and a few other places next to it. Run by some local mafia guys, they have no license to operate, litter the beach, play music so loud till 4 or 5 in the night, so that locals and tourists can’t sleep at night. Lots of motorbike accidents (sometimes fatal), because there is no affordable transportation out there, so the people use the scooters (tragic).

We suggest you stay away from these places, in Canggu or anywhere else. Sometimes the alcohol is punched.

SANUR, UBUD and all other places in Bali

…are much more quiet and laid back. The local population made sure early on, that the nightclubs and discos stay out of town, since they do bring quite a bit of trouble with them. Restaurants close around 10 and the bars feature live bands but no real discos or clubs are around.

 

List of places to go

 

Prostitution

Prostitution in Bali is widespread, nevertheless it’s illegal. Tons of massage places offer Massage + or ++ which comes with the extra service. Karaoke places, all clubs and discos are pick up places of girls AND boys who offer their services. While some locals just fool around and want to have a good time and do not expect any particular payment, some smiles you will get, will come with the intention to make some money on you.

Illegal, uncontrolled, AIDS is widespread – you make up your mind.

 

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Bali Weddings – Getting Married in Bali

A dream Come True

A magical Event in Bali

How to get Married in Bali?

Below you will find some basic information about getting married in Bali. And to organise it on your own can become quite difficult, since some rues and regulations sometimes change, and INdonesia, ist still Indonesia. Means it’s a country were bureaucracy is not always clear even to the Indonesians.

 

There are definitely hundreds of weddings,if not thousands every year in Bali. It’s its own industry, which is a good thing because it means there are companies and services available, that are specialised in assisting you, to have your dream day not turning into a nightmare.

They organise everything for you, from accommodation, transportation, event space, decoration up to the priest who will perform the wedding and the legal obligations.

If you plan to get married in Bali, then it#s best to hook up with one of thee services.

You can speak to Karina Bonnano who is an expert in tis field and has successfully organised hundreds of weddings over the years.


 

LAWS, LICENSES AND CERTIFICATES

Bali is part of the Republic of Indonesia and is subject to Indonesian Laws. Every couple considering getting married in Bali must comply with these Laws.

In accordance with Law No. 1 of 1974 concerning marriages in Indonesia (Article 2 (1): “a marriage is legitimate if it has been performed according to the laws of the respective religious beliefs of the parties concerned.”

All couples who marry in Indonesia must declare a religion. Agnosticism and Atheism are not recognized. The Civil Registry Office can record marriages of persons of Islam, Hindu, Buddhist, Christian-Protestant and Christian-Catholic faiths. Marriage partners must have the same religion, otherwise one partner must make a written declaration of change of religion.

The Religious Marriage under Islam is performed by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) in a ceremony at a mosque, the home, a restaurant, or any other place chosen by the couple and is legal immediately after the ceremony.

A Christian, Hindu or Buddhist marriage is usually performed first in a church or temple ceremony. After the religious ceremony, every non-Islamic marriage must be recorded with the Civil Registry (Kantor Catatan Sipil). Without the registration by the Civil Registry these marriages are not legal. Recording by Civil Registry officials can be performed directly at the religious ceremony for an additional fee.

Persons of non-Islamic faith are required to file with the Civil Registry Office in the Regency where they are staying first a ‘Notice of Intention to Marry’ as well as a ‘Letter of No Impediment’ obtained from their consular representatives.

For the issue of the Letter of No Impediment to Marriage by your Consular Representative you will need to present for youself and your fiance(e) your Passport(s) valid for more than 6 months and Certified Divorce Decrees (absolute/final) and/or Death Certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages. Please contact the Consular Representative of your country for details well before your intended date of marriage.

For the Notice of Intention to Marry you have to submit the following documents for both partners to the Civil Registry Office (show the original and present a photocopy):

Certificate of the religious marriage;

Passport for foreign citizens, or KTP (Identity card) for Indonesian citizens;
Certified birth certificate;
Certified divorce decree (absolute) or death certificates regarding the termination of all previous marriages;
Four 4×6 cm photos, both partners side by side;

Foreign citizens:
‘Letter of No Impediment to Marriage’ issued by your Consular Representative for Bali or Indonesia;

Indonesian citizens:

Never married: letter Surat Keterangan Belum Kawin from Kepala Desa or Lurah (mayor);
Men aged 18-21 and women aged 16-21: parental letter of consent, signed across the materai/tax stamp Rupiah 2,000.

Before the marriage, you and your fiance(e) also may wish to file with the Civil Registry a prenuptial Property Agreement (Surat Pernyataan Harta) which must be signed before a local Notary Public. This contract is necessary if you wish to hold property separately during the marriage. In the absence of such a document, Indonesian marriage law assumes joint ownership of property, and subsequent property acquisitions by the Indonesian partner will be regulated according to the laws restricting foreign property ownership.

Two witnesses over the age of 18 are required. They must show the originals and present photocopies of their passports if they are foreign citizens or KTP (identity cards) if they are Indonesian citizens. Civil Registry employees can act as witnesses.

The Civil Registry office has a Mandatory Waiting Period of 10 working days from the date of filing. This waiting period may be waived for tourists presenting a guest registration form (Form A).

Islamic Marriage Certificates (Buku Nikah) issued by the Office of Religious Affairs (Kantor Urusan Agama) are legally valid in Indonesia and do not require registration with any other agency if you are going to live in Indonesia. However, if you might move somewhere else in the future (and who knows?), get a marriage certificate issued by the Civil Registry and an officially certified translation right away (see below).

All other Marriage Certificates will be issued by the Civil Registry usually on the same or next day. A sworn English translation of the marriage certificate should be obtained for use abroad. It is not necessary for the marriage certificate or translation to be registered by your Consular Agency. However, to have the sworn translation of the marriage certificate verified or a special translation made by the Consulate of your home country or the Consulate of your country of residence might prove useful.

 

Cost of Traveling in Bali

Bali is affordable, even cheap

VALUE FOR MONEY

Bali is still part of the developing world, labor cost are low, the workforce is young and motivated, and education levels are rising continuously. These and a few other factors make Bali a rather cheap and affordable travel destination. If you pay in Europe, States, or Australia a two star hotel, in Bali you will most likely get a 4 star for that amount.

 

In this article we will give you a quick overview and rough estimate of the Cost of Traveling in Bali

Accommodation, Resorts and Hotels, costs per night, Double room (of course, location is a price driving factor).

  • Budget / Backpacking, USD10-20 (Guest Houses, Losmen, non-star rated hotels)
  • Mid Range USD 30-60USD, up to 3 star hotels
  • Comfort and Affordable Luxury USD 70-150, 3 to 4 start hotels, could also be lowest category in a 5 star hotel
  • Luxury USD 150-350, 5 star+, here the sky can be the limit, particularly in the hotels featuring private villas such as the Samaya

Private Villas, they usually start within what we call affordable luxury

  • USD 100-200/night 1-2bedroom
  • USD 200-400 2-4 bedroom
  • USD 400-3000, all that you can imagine, from luxurious 1 bedroom villas to 8 bedroom estates with tennis court, butler, chef, and car.

Food & Drink

  • Budget Restaurant, Street Food, Warung, USD 1.5-2.5 per meal
  • Mid Range Restaurant (most restaurants, Pizzeria, etc) USD 3.5-6 per meal
  • Upper Class USD 10-20 per meal
  • Fine Dining USD 30-50 per meal

Transportation

 

A more comprehensive article about the travel costs in Bali can be found here.

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Geography, Fauna and Flora of Bali

Landscape, Plants and Animals

As a part of Indonesian archipelago, Bali stretches 3.2 km east of Java. The island is quite small compared to other parts of the country with only a land of 5,630 square km. Bali has diverse landscape with its highest peak is Gunung Agung, 10,308 feet above the sea level and its lowest is the exotic paradise beaches that welcome tourists every day. Between the tallest mountain and the sea-sand areas, there are deep forests, flowing rivers, alluvial slopes and green rugs of crop fields.
On the south area of Bali, the area is a cultivated plain. There are terraces of paddy fields, carpets of gardens that grow coffee, onion, and other spices. At the highland, Bali is streamed with rain forests, ancient banyan trees, leeches, butterflies, pines, orchids and other tropical lush. At the western part, you will discover the ‘virgin‘ marine life and wild forest preserved in West Bali National Park.
Moving to north, Bali consists of coastal areas such as Singaraja. The north’s low lands are dry and unsuitable for crops cultivation. However, the grasses and clusters of palm trees give that distinct savannah landscape.
Not all of the Bali beaches are white sands. Fortunately, the white sandy beaches can be seen in tourist spots like Kuta, Sanur, Nusa Dua and Tanjung Benoa. These coastlines are surprisingly made up only 8% of all the coastal areas in the island. The unique beauty of Bali can be seen by how the mangrove and coast are set next to each other. For instance, the mangrove forest makes a beautiful background for Sanur beach.
Bali is a region rich of wild animals and fauna, some are the indigenous species that you may only find in Indonesia. It’s kind of a place where creatures find a comfort!

Flora

As a tropical island, Bali is blessed with varieties of plants. Starting from the huge and tall banyan trees that you can sight almost anywhere in the villages; to the abundant tamarind, a herbal plant often stocked in local’s kitchen for drink or cooking. Dozens of coconut and fig trees can also be easily found in the island.
Flame tree and acacia can be sighted along the coastlines of Bali’s southern area. The tangled roots mangrove is also Bali’s native plant that becomes an eco-tourism destination. Cacao and coffee beans are among many other exported goods from the land. The gardens of Balinese botanic features dragon fruit and chilli peppers plus some local herbs and spices including turmeric, ginger, etc.
The floral families are just as varied as the plants. There are some visually appealing flowers that are not only good for medicines but they’re also edible! Ferns and aroids are quite common in the island. other various types of flowers include the behonias and corylines.
Bougenville and water lilies can be seen floating in ponds. Jasmine and frangipani are two among fabulous flowers that become the aroma of Bali. You will also see these flowers‘ extracts in oil essentials or aromatherapy candles.
Orchids can be seen along the roads, in the garden or just outside a house. The lush presence of these beautiful blossoms is also the reason why temples, offerings and statues are always decorated with flowers. During ceremonial events, you will also see flowers are worn behind the ear of the females. Pretty!

Fauna

No, not just the monkeys! In fact, Bali has an impressive array of animals that occupy the land!
Bali’s birds are impressive. Some names you will be familiar with include: the cuckoos, sea eagles, fowl, sparrows and sandpipers.
Out in the forests, monkeys are everywhere swinging on trees and barking deers may not be visible on sight if you’re not getting deep into the jungle.
Lizards can also be seen on rooftops (the rooftops of anything!) that it seems to live harmoniously with humans. Beetles and insects could be the annoying native animals that bother you if you don’t put on your mosquito repellent.
On the rather remote areas, Balinese tigers are still found roaming although sighting one may be rare. Other native animals of Bali include civets and squirrels. In Gua Lawah, there lies a mystical bat cave where these colonies of bats become the main point of interest besides the temple itself.
In the rural areas and rice fields, you will notice various animals for livestock including pigs, ducks, cows and buffaloes – which complete the postcard picturesque of farm life in Bali. For tourists, be ready to hear roosters that give morning call. The sound can be pretty loud.
Macaque – the long-tail monkeys can be seen in Ubud forest as it is their secure home to keep them away from the forest development. There are more Macaque troops that live in the wild forest and have little contacts with humans.
Bali underwater is also one of the best marine life in the world. Dolphins, sharks and sun fish are just some of the fauna found in Bali seas. As you go diving, expect to see small reef fishes, sea turtles corals and crustaceans (some of which are likely to be in the seafood market at Jimbaran).

Bali remains rich in wildlife however, 15% of these animals are the refuges inside Bali National Park. These are a few names of Bali native animals enlisted as endangered species:
– Bali tigers – almost extinct due to uncontrollable animal pouching. It is the pride of Bali and this majestic cat species have smaller size than Siberian tiger.
– Bali startling, bird species popularly known as Jalak Bali. It has lovely white feathers with its tail in black color. It is easy to recognize Jalak Bali as the color is very distinctive. Jalak Bali is almost extinct due to the illegal poaching.

– Kuskus – hairy marsupial that swings on trees besides the monkeys. Kuskus has claws and powerful tail. Apart from its appeal, Kuskus eats flowers.