Welcome to the island of smiles! Bali is one of the smaller islands of the Indonesian archipelago. It is 5623 km2 and has 3.5 million inhabitants.
The tropical climate is known for the sunny and warm weather all year round. The temperature remains fairly constant between 25 and 30 degrees.
The northern part of Bali is the driest part of the island and even during the rainy season there are only a few rainy days what makes it suitable for a wonderful holiday.
The smiles of the residents, the vast landscapes, the thousands of temples and rich culture make of this island one of the most fascinating destinations on our planet.
The daily life of the Balinese is steeped in religion. Ritual sacrifices, holy dancing, life in the villages and the ceremonies in the temples ... all in the name of Hinduism.
To explore the real wealth of the island, you will have to leave the touristical southern part behind.
Some practical tips for trips:
The nearest town is Singaraja, Bali's capital city during the Dutch occupation. You will find temples, moskene, markets and orderly streets. It is a lively town and a pleasant place to walk around. You can go shopping in the Hardy's supermarket.
In Lovina you can find nice restaurants and shops. There are several scuba diving schools located and you can do dolphin watching.
If you are a scuba dive fan, you can experience one of the most beautiful underwater havens in the world ... just an hour's drive from our villa on the island of Menjagan! You will see a lot of coral and thousands of colorful fish in all shapes and sizes.
East Bali is dominated by the mighty Gunung Agung volcano, with on its slope the important Besakih temple complex. In the west you can find the Gunung Batur with its own temples and a crater lake.
The artistic village of Ubud hill is the cultural and literal center of the island. You can stroll along the many galleries and in the numerous restaurants you often hear gamelan music. There are several interesting buildings. The rice fields and the ridges around the village are excellent hiking areas.
You can go Golfing at the Bali Handara Kosaido Country Club (18 holes) in the mountain area of Bedugul at the Bratanmeer. It is one of the top 5 golf locations in Asia. You can golf here at temperatures of 16 to 20 degrees. The course was designed by the renowned architect Peter Thompson and is the only course in the whole world located in a volcano.
This is just a few of the many opportunities for exploring Bali. Here you will also find the Gitgit waterfalls, the hot springs at Banjar and the many temples to visit in the surrounding area. Just too much to mention. In the villa there is sufficient documentation and a number of guidebooks available for even more ideas.
To thoroughly explore the island, take your time, go to the rural villages and rice fields, and smile to the people. Undoubtedly, you will fall in love with this piece of paradise!