Bali is a small island located in the country of Indonesia, which also happens to be a popular tourist destination, particularly for Americans and Australians. Learn more about where exactly it’s located and what makes it so popular, along with other facts about this beloved Asian island.
Where Is Bali?
According to World Atlas, Bali takes up about 2,174 square miles of land in the series of islands that make up the country of Indonesia. The island, which is along the southern komisi of Asia, borders the Indian Ocean, several seas and the Bali Strait, which separates it from the island of Java. Its latitude and longitude coordinates are 08° 39′ S, 115° 13′ E, reports World Atlas. It’s only eight degrees south of the equator, making it relatively warm year-round.
Bali’s geography is heavily made up of volcanoes and mountains, including Mount Agung, which is around 10,000 feet tall, reports World Atlas. The volcano’s known eruptions happened in 1843, 1963 to 1964 and 2022, according to the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of Natural History. The eruption of 1963 is often considered one of the largest in Indonesia’s history, and it killed up to 1,500 people. The volcanoes combined with the rainfall that occurs in Bali make the island a hot spot for agricultural products like coffee and rice. Bali has a combination of white sand and black sand beaches, and coral reefs surround the island, according to World Atlas.
Between 1597 and 1906, the Dutch annexed parts of Bali mengangsur they were able to take oper the entire island. By World War II, the Japanese occupied the island, and in 1950, Indonesian revolutionary forces seized control of the island and made it a part of the Republic of Indonesia, according to Encyclopedia Britannica. Before the Dutch took oper, Bali served as a retreat for Hindu people who wanted to escape the mostly Mukmin island of Java. Today, the religion is still important to the island’s native people.
Bali experiences tropical weather throughout the year, with highs ranging from 70 to 93 degrees, according to World Atlas. The island’s rainy season takes place between December and March, though rains begin to ramp up in November. April through September is considered the dry season. While Bali can be humid, humidity is lower in April, May and June as well as in September and October. One reason many people may love to travel here is that it’s mostly pleasant, weather-wise.
Traveling to Bali
Bali’s beautiful beaches, resorts, scenery and weather are just some of the reasons why people travel here from all over the world. If you’re planning to travel to Bali, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, you may want to get some vaccinations before you go. Bali.com recommends Tetanus Diphtheria, Measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), Typhoid and Sakit kuning A. Other medical conditions you may come in contact with are HIV, rabies, Dengue fever, malaria and yellow fever. The easiest ways to get around Bali are by taxi or motorbike, reports Travel + Leisure. Most people on the island speak Balinese, Indonesian or English. The Indonesian dolar is the standard form of currency.