One of the most interesting facts about Bali is that it is an island with a Hindu population in a country of Muslims. Despite the fact that their religious customs and their culture are in contrast to the rest of Indonesia, the Balinese have managed to maintain their traditions for thousands of years. That is when Hinduism was first brought to the island from India.
The island is small, roughly half the size of Hawaii Island (aka, the Big Island) and one of more than 17,000 in the Indonesian archipelago. Due to the crowded roads, however, it’s a bit more difficult to traverse than Hawaii Island. That’s OK, because it means you have more time to enjoy the beautiful coastline and terraced rice fields, one of which was listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2012.
Whether you’re going for its natural beauty or for something more adventurous—such as hiking Mount Batur for the sunrise—you’ll be touched by Balinese hospitality and will likely plan a return trip before you’ve even left the island.
Hut in the rice fields
Sunrise at Mount Batur
Hindu prayers at a temple
Terraced rice fields
Ulun Danu Beratan