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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

Bali is an Indonesian island located between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Bali is one the 33 provinces in Indonesia, with the provincial capital Denpasar located south of the island. A small percentage of the population living on the island adheres to Balinese Hinduism, while the most follow the Islam. As of latest measurement Bali has a population of 3,5 million people.

Bali, also known as the Island of the Gods has a varied landscape with hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and white beaches. It’s colorful, unique and spiritual atmosphere takes serious weight in being the most popular tourist destination of Indonesia. It’s beaches are excellent for surfing and diving, while other daytime activities include cultural and historical sightseeing. The exact reason that Bali is such a popular travel destination is that backpackers as well the rich have suitable accommodations. Bali also offers highly developed arts which include; dance, painting, leather, sculpture and metalworking. Although the area is relatively small compared other favorite Indonesian destinations, such as Sumatra and Java, Bali is still the most popular tourist destination for years in row.

When traveling to Bali, most of the time you will have first stop at Jakarta’s international Soekarno-Hatta Airport. From there you will have connecting flight to Denpasar’s Ngurah Rai international airport. Despite the misleading name, the airport is roughly 30 minutes away from the city Denpasar. From there you can travel all around Bali, several popular destinations on the island include; Candidasa, Kuta, Jimbaran and Lovina.

You are required to get a visa to Indonesia. A tourist visa will allow a stay of up to 30 days. The VISA will be stamped on your passport upon arrival for 7 days (costs $10) or 30 days (costs $25). Only those from ASEAN countries are exempted. Your passport must also be valid for at least six months upon arrival.