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Visit Bali Island, the Hindu Jewel of the Pacific

Updated: Nov 1, 2023

Bali is both an island and the name of a province of Indonisia where the island is located. Unlike the rest of Indonesia where the predominant religion is Islam, more than 90% of the Balinese are Hindus, although they practice a very particular form of Hinduism known as "Balinese Hinduism" which mixes belief in Hindu gods and doctrines with animist beliefs and the worship of Buddhist saints. This adds to the special charm of Bali, a sancturary, an outpost of Indian religion far from India.

The province of Bali includes the island of Bali, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan. It is located in the westernmost part of the Lesser Sunda Islands, along with Java to the west and Lombok to the east. The island is a popular tourist destination and is known, like Java, for its fine arts, including dance, sculpture, painting, gold and leather work, and a particular style of music, especially that played during the gamelan. Apart from being a tourist destination, it is a meeting point for wholesalers; fashion, jewellery, footwear, furniture or decoration from all over the world, which they buy on the island to later export to their countries of origin. Bali along with Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia, has hosted the Miss World 2013 pageant.

Bali has a tropical monsoon climate, with a rainy season from October to March and a dry season from June to September. During the day the average temperature is 20 to 33 °C, but the mountainous areas have cooler night temperatures due to the altitude


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