Senior Travel to Bali

Sep 20th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Recently in a local Sunday newspaper there was a long article on travel to Bali. I found it very interesting and wanted to share it with you. Perhaps you will remember the song “Bali High” from South Pacific.  Wikipediahas a great description of the Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. It is one of the country’s 33 provinces with the provincial capital at Denpasar towards the south of the island.

One of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, Bali for few years awarded as the world best island by The International Travel Magazine. There, however, are still many people who do not know in depth about the uniqueness of Balinese culture. Life in Bali is always related to “Tri Hita Karana” or a tripartite concept that includes the spiritual relationship between human and God, and their environment.

There is lots to see and do in Bali.   And Bali.com will provide lots of information prior to your arrival. The Paradise Online site is also very helpful. The rapid growth of development in tourism has had a big impact and influence to Bali tradition and lifestyle. Interestingly, Balinese culture is still as what it was, growing along with globalization. It is the Balinese civilization that makes the island different from other destinations. For a map of the island check this out. Among 17,500 islands across the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is one of the 33 provinces of the Republic of Indonesia, the largest archipelagic country in the world, made up of 2,000,000 km of land with a chain of islands stretching over 500,000 km from Sumatra to Papua, and covers territorial waters of more than 5,000,000 km. Bali covers an area of 5,636 km or 0.29% of Indonesia, measuring just 90km long the north-south axis and less than about 140km from west to east.

In general, the history of Bali is divided into three different eras including the pre-historic, the Hindu-Buddhist era and the modern culture. Bali’s population of over 3,000,000 souls spread over the whole island, including those in the smaller islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan, Nusa Lembongan, Serangan and Menjangan Island. The overwhelming majority of Balinese are Hindus, with the increasing number of non-Hindu migrating from the closest neighboring islands of Java and Lombok. Bali has been the favorite destination for locals and international tourists for ages. Full of magnificent beaches, breathtaking scenery, marvellous trinkets and interesting culture, Bali is ideal for people wanting to escape from daily activities, enjoy a honeymoon, or even, have a great time with family and friends. It is known as a beautiful island with mountains, temples, palaces and visits of terraced rice fields. It is known as a place where traditions of art and culture predominate, where the village way of life based on their strong religious beliefs is still in place. But, it is also a place where modern sports such as diving, sailing, rafting and above all surfing have taken hold and are enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year.

With the increasing number of direct flight to Bali from some other parts of the world, it makes it easier to go to Bali. From Bali, flight to Jakarta is about 1.5 hours, to Singapore and Perth (Australia) 2.5 and 3 hours, to Hong Kong about 4.5 hours, and to Sydney/Melbourne about 5.5 to 6 hours, with various airlines offering their services.  Just make sure you look for “Denpasar (DPS)” instead of “Bali” in airline time tables.  More travel information is found here. Hopefully I have “struck a chord” of interest for you and your senior travels and just maybe you will check out with your travel agent all the specifics to get there. I leave you with Lonely Planet and Frommers information. That should keep you busy for a while. Do buy the guide book too.   jeb



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