Bali, is an island in Indonesia whose name is usually more well-known than the country itself. This Island of a Thousand Pura or Temples offers a vast array of biodiversity and natural paradise, from its breathtaking expanse of mountain range overlooking a terraced paddy field to its white sandy beaches adorned with sunset of unrivaled beauty. Millions of tourists, local and international, set foot in this Island of Gods each year, solidifying Bali’s reputation as one of the most famous tourist destination in the world.
This 5,800 km2 island has a total population of a little over 4 million, 85% of which adheres to Balinese Hinduism. Most developments are concentrated in the southern part of the island covering Uluwatu, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Kuta, Legian, Seminyak, Sanur, Ubud and the rapidly growing Canggu and Tabanan. Various international restaurants, 5-star hotels, cafes, bars and posh lounges are easily found in these areas along with traditional shops and preserved natural landscape. With an estimated total of 40,000 expatriates calling Bali their new home and the massive bulk of inbound tourists from all corners of the world, Bali has certainly become a melting pot of culture.
However, in contrast to the newly introduced modern lifestyle and rapid development, this island still preserves its century long religious and cultural traditions. Visitors are welcomed to witness and take part in Bali’s core cultural foundations, from the Hindu’s daily offering at the sacred temples, lavish burial procession called “Ngaben”, to the vibrant traditional “Kecak” and Fire dance rituals performed at the grand temple standing atop a sheer cliff rising two hundred feet above the Indian Ocean. With the hospitality and co-existence of modern and traditional way of life, Bali is certainly not just a unique tourist destination or an island paradise, but rather a place to call ‘home’.