Beautiful and chaotic, mesmerizing and tiring, enchanting and filthy, peaceful and noisy… yes that is Bali. It is full of contradictions.
Bali is amazing thanks to the lovely Balinese people, impressive Hindu culture, their tradition, ceremonies, art, surfing, yoga.
Bali is the only Hindu island in Indonesia and the Balinese people represent only 2% of the total Indonesian culture. The majority of the rest of Indonesia are Muslims. Interesting Balinese culture which reflects believing in karma, celebrating different milestones through a person’s life, maintaining strong community feeling is something that makes Bali one of the most popular touristic destinations.
Also, art in Bali is in the air. One can see the pieces of art everywhere, from temple statues to traditional carving on the doors of Balinese houses. Bali is a perfect place for artists from all over the world to study traditional Balinese craft.
Most of the Balinese are Hindus and religion is a very important aspect of their life. More or less everything Balinese do evolves around some sort of prayer, worship and offering to the gods. Impressive ceremonies are probably something that brings a lot of people from all around the world to Bali. These ceremonies are always filled with joy, unavoidable food and prayer. The Balinese celebrate the passage of birth, death and rebirth.
Bali is a surfer’s paradise as well. Amazing waves all year long attract many surfers to this island.
This island is also a perfect place to focus on your yoga and meditation practice. Bali is a place for a renewal in life. Some find it through surfing perfect waves or drinking a cold beer and chilling out on the beach. Others find it through practicing the ancient art of yoga and meditation.
Besides the unique culture, Bali is famous for its beautiful beaches, rice fields, volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls. Unfortunately, fast development has had a huge impact on the island’s nature. Therefore, the level of pollution has increased. On top of it, the terrible traffic is another unpleasant fact about Bali. And it has had an unfortunate influence on the natural beauty of Bali. Balinese as well as expats are trying to find solutions for keeping Bali clean and charming. However, the government has to take some serious steps regarding new constructions, development and destroying the cliffs and greenery. Unfortunately, Bali is today overwhelmed by the garbage, little of which is recycled. Tourism has done a lot to lift Bali out of poverty, but sadly, at terrible social cost. And while waiting for the government to do something Bali and its people are grateful to have outside helpers. And if you are unable to do a lot at least do what you can. Reduce using plastic, don’t throw litter everywhere, buy local products and respect local culture.
No matter of massive changes, Bali has retained much of its magic, at least those areas of Bali so far spared by mass tourism, but if nothing is done to stop fast development and destruction of beautiful landscape, it may suffer the devastating fate.