Seniors Travel to Bali

Feb 7th, 2011 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

Once more I read a great short article in THE WEEK Magazine (Sept. 24, 2010, p. 38). It focused on the island of Bali. Many of us remember the song “Bali Ha’i” from the musical South Pacific [Bali Ha'i may call you, Any night, any day, In your heart, you'll hear it call you: "Come away...Come away."] Also most of us do not have any idea where Bali is located.

Bali is said to “flood the senses” according to Peter Jon Lindberg in Travel & Leisure. Among 17,500 islands across the Indonesian archipelago, Bali is one of the 33 provinces of the Republic of Indonesia. In Bali you will find many colorful costumes and traditions that have been there for decades. Bali tourism board reports that the island is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world and was awarded the world best tourist island by The International Travel Magazine. There, however, are still many seniors who do not know in depth about the uniqueness of Balinese culture.

So it is seniors, just waiting for you to discover the “Island of the Gods.” Bali’s varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides provide a picturesque backdrop to the colorful and deeply spiritual culture of Bali. To many it is the land of a thousand gods, a thousand temples and a thousand dances. Mythical and magical, this diamond shaped island (140 km by 80 km or 87 by 49 miles) abounds in spectacular volcanic mountains and lakes, enchanting rice terraces, ancient temples and palaces, surrounded by sparkling coral seas.

Many people do not know in depth about the uniqueness of Balinese culture.  The rapid growth of development in tourism has had a big impact and influences to Bali tradition and lifestyle. Interestingly, Balinese culture is growing along with globalization.  Bali enjoys tropical weather, being only a few degrees south of the equator meaning that the sun rises at 6 AM in the morning and sets at 6 PM in the afternoon, every day of the year so you can set your watch by this occurrence.

The population of Bali is nearly 3 million. 93% are Hindus. Bali’s economy is one of the most vivacious in Indonesia, fueled by constant flow of tourism dollars and supported by agricultural production and trade revenues. Balinese tourism is the most advanced in Indonesia. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of Bali’s tourism is the fact that the Balinese people retain their own cultural identity, despite the exposure and intermingling of all kinds of people and culture from all over the world. Samatha Brown’s video called Find the True Bali experience provides a nice overview of Bali.   

How to get to Bali? Information is available here. The Bali tourism board provides visitors with a good variety of information for seniors. I enjoyed their photo gallery and a good map of the island.  As usual Trip Advisor has tons of information from hotels, vacation rentals, flights, best deals, things to do and videos. VirtualTourist will keep you busy exploring. Fodor’s is always worth checking out as is Frommers. PlanetWare‘s site is stuffed with information you will appreciate. And lest we forget, Julia Robert’s role in Eat, Pray, Love was filmed in Bali and now a tour is available.

My parting suggestion, as always, would be to check with your local travel agent to fill you in on all that you will need to know to make your trip a complete and memorable experience. Bon voyage! jeb



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