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What is Bali?

Bali (Balinese: ᬩᬮᬶ) is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. It lies east of Java and west of Lombok. The province encompasses the island of Bali itself, along with a few smaller offshore islands such as Nusa PenidaNusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan to the southeast. Here are some key facts about Bali:

  • Geography: Bali covers approximately 2,160 square miles (5,600 sq. km) and boasts a mountainous interior with lush forests and clear lakes, complemented by stunning beaches that encircle the island.
  • Capital: The provincial capital is Denpasar, which is the most populous city in the Lesser Sunda Islands and the second-largest in Eastern Indonesia after Makassar.
  • Culture: The upland town of Ubud in Greater Denpasar is considered Bali’s cultural center. The province is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leatherwork, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is also held annually in Bali.
  • Religion: Bali is the only Hindu-majority province in Indonesia, with 86.9% of the population adhering to Balinese Hinduism.
  • Tourism: Bali is Indonesia’s main tourist destination, experiencing significant growth in tourism since the 1980s. Tourism-related businesses contribute to 80% of Bali’s economy.

Whether you’re drawn to its vibrant culture, stunning landscapes, or pristine beaches, Bali offers a unique and captivating experience for visitors from around the world. 🌴🌺🌊