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ABOUT BALI ISLAND

Bali is an island and province of Indonesia. The province includes the island of Bali and a few smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa PenidaNusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan. It is located at the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands,

between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.

With a population of 3,890,757 in the 2010 census, and 4,225,000 as of January 2014, the island is home to most of Indonesia’s Hindu minority. According to the 2010 Census, 83.5% of Bali’s population adhered to Balinese Hinduism, followed by 13.4% MuslimChristianity at 2.5%, and Buddhism 0.5%.

Bali is a popular tourist destination, which has seen a significant rise in numbers since the 1980s. It is renowned for its highly developed arts, including traditional and modern dance, sculpture, painting, leather, metalworking, and music. The Indonesian International Film Festival is held every year in Bali.

Bali is part of the Coral Triangle, the area with the highest biodiversity of marine species. In this area alone over 500 reef building coral species can be found. For comparison, this is about 7 times as many as in the entire Caribbean. There is a wide range of dive sites with high quality reefs, all with their own specific attractions. Many sites can have strong currents and swell, so diving without a knowledgeable guide is inadvisable. Most recently, Bali was the host of the 2011 ASEAN Summit, 2013 APEC and Miss World 2013.

 

Bali in Stories

Bali Island it self according to the ancient inscription of Blanjong written 835 Saka or 913 century which is released by Sri Kesari Warmadewa Kingdom that Bali Island is called ‘Bali Dwipa’ where the meaning is Bali means come back, offering, sure and other words related to this meaning, meanwhile Dwipa mean island. The Bali Dwipa might be given by traditional merchants from India where the first time they arrive in Bali they met the local people full with the religious activities by using the offering (banten). Base on the event they called Bali is Bali Dwipa.

 


Bali from Other Views

 

GEOGRAPHIC

According to the geographic, Bali Island is located in the tropical area and as other islands in Indonesia that Bali Island is consisted of the mountain area, coastal and sea. Its land is very fertile and own tropical climate so that this area is very precise as agrarian area.

 

BALINESE PEOPLE

Balinese people have been well known as the agrarian and friendly people. They are holding the strong social life that are still be defended up to now and become the fortress from unfavorable external influence pressure.

 

CULTURE AND RELIGION

Most of the Balinese are Hindu while other are Moslem, Christian/catholic and Buddhist where they life in peace and love each other. We can see the religious activity ritual by Hinduism in Bali every day so that this island is more known as an island of heaven. Bali is featured by unique cultures which most adapted from the Hindu influence that are still exist in this new modern era.

 

SIMPLE ETIQUETTES

As the eaten country and part of Indonesia , living in Bali is very simple and most of them are friendly people. However Balinese it self own special etiquette that you need to know before visiting the island.

 

COMMUNITY SYSTEM

Balinese people have a strong community system and well organization. Well organization community organizes every single part of region in Bali from the small one that is called Banjar, village, district, and regency until province.

 

COSMOGONY AND TRI HITA KARANA

Balinese Hindu has a strong concept in their life that is based on the balance of nature life. This concept now has been adopted by many countries in the world to keep secure the environment from the bad influence.

 

Cosmogony and Tri Hita Karana

The Balinese Concept is fundamental from the Hindu Religion concept, which is more popular called TRI HITA KARANA where nowadays this concept is becomes the point of the hotel, restaurant and other building assessment in the world. The Balinese Traditional Architecture is not only monumentally, but also has the aspect philosophies and religious. The cosmogony is oneness of three worlds (Tri Bhuana) which is called Bhuhloka, Bhwahloka, and Swahloka. Each of this world (Loka) has habitants it self.

 


 

Tri Hita Karana Concept for Life

In addition of this three concepts cosmogony, it is also own contextual with Hindu Religion Concept, which is called Tri Hita Karana (three of the harmony, balance to create the peaceful and happiness). Tri Hita Karana word is come from Sansekerta Language that has meaning to keep the harmony and balance between human to God, human-to-human and human to environment. These three concepts is most popular in Bali spread out as follows:

  • PARHYANGAN

Parhyangan is one of the three concept related to the god. On this stage, the human is demanded to keep the harmony and balance with god. This concept has huge meaning where the Balinese discipline and full confidence to do this. It is not only including to pray at the temple, however it is cover all the activities which has a good thing in the life like build the temple, cleaning the temple, keep the religion symbols well a lot of thing we can do on this concept.

  • PAWONGAN

Pawongan in this concept is required to keep the harmony and balance between human to human and this concept has emphasized how to keep good relation with others. The simple ways to execute the implementation of this concept are to conduct three good things like to think the good thing, to speak the good thing and to conduct the good thing. By conducting three good things that is called Tri Kaya Parisuda, it is ensure we can conduct this concept.

  • PELEMAHAN

Palemahan, this word is come from lemah that is meaning the land or environment. Generally the Pelemahan in Tri Hita Karana is all aspect related to the environment. Base on this concept the Balinese has treated the environment well and they believe that the good environment will give their life better. Once example the Balinese treat the environment that on the Tumpek Uduh based on the Balinese calendar, the Balinese give the offering to the tree with the purpose that the tree has given them prosperity and a lot of thing they can do to keep the harmony and balance with the environment.

 


 

PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Date Name Type
1 Jan Wednesday New Year’s Day Public Holiday
25 Jan Saturday Chinese Lunar New Year’s Day Public Holiday
21 Feb Friday Maha Shivaratri Hindu Holiday
10 Mar Tuesday Holi Hindu Holiday
20 Mar Friday March Equinox Season
22 Mar Sunday Ascension of the Prophet Muhammad Public Holiday
25 Mar Wednesday Bali’s Day of Silence and Hindu New Year Public Holiday
10 Apr Friday Good Friday Public Holiday
12 Apr Sunday Easter Sunday Observance
1 May Friday International Labor Day Public Holiday
7 May Thursday Waisak Day (Buddha’s Anniversary) Public Holiday
21 May Thursday Ascension Day of Jesus Christ Public Holiday
22 May Friday Cuti Bersama Joint Holiday
24 May Sunday Idul Fitri Day 1 Public Holiday
25 May Monday Idul Fitri Day 2 Public Holiday
26 May Tuesday Cuti Bersama Joint Holiday
27 May Wednesday Cuti Bersama Joint Holiday
1 Jun Monday Pancasila Day National holiday
21 Jun Sunday June Solstice Season
31 Jul Friday Eid al-Adha Public Holiday
3 Aug Monday Raksha Bandhan Hindu Holiday
11 Aug Tuesday Janmashtami Hindu Holiday
17 Aug Monday Indonesian Independence Day Public Holiday
20 Aug Thursday Muharram/Islamic New Year Public Holiday
22 Aug Saturday Ganesh Chaturthi Hindu Holiday
22 Sep Tuesday September Equinox Season
17 Oct Saturday Navaratri Hindu Holiday
25 Oct Sunday Dussehra Hindu Holiday
29 Oct Thursday The Prophet Muhammad’s Birthday Public Holiday
14 Nov Saturday Diwali/Deepavali Observance
21 Dec Monday December Solstice Season
24 Dec Thursday Cuti Bersama (Christmas Eve) Joint Holiday
25 Dec Friday Christmas Day Public Holiday
31 Dec Thursday New Year’s Eve Observance

BALI CONSULATE

Bali Star Island provides complete information about Bali that is very useful for your travel information in Bali. The foreign consulate offices are listed in this site that are completed by the consulate address, contact person, consulate office address, telephone number and the opening office hour. For more information about the Foreign Consulate Office Information in Bali, you may thoroughly review the below information that all the telephone office are local. For overseas call, please do the international dial.

CONSULATE CONTACT PERSON ADDRESS OFFICE HOUR
AUSTRALIAN CONSULATE Mr. Brent Hall – Consul General,
Mr. David Chaplin
Jalan Tantular, No. 32, Renon, Denpasar, Bali. Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 241118
Fax. 62 361 221195, 241120
bali.congen@drat.gov.au
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 12.00,
12.30 – 16.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF ROYAL DANISH
NORWEGIAN
Ms. Mira Chandra -Consul of Norway & Vice Consul of Denmark C/O Mimpi Resort Hotel Jimbaran, Kawasan Bukit Permai Jimbaran, Bali
Tel. 62 361 701070 Ext. 32
Fax. 62 361 701073
mimpi@mimpi.com
Monday – Friday
09.00 – 14.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF THE CHEZH REPUBLIC Mr. Graham James – Honorary Consul Jl. Pengembak 17 Sanur Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 286465
Fax. 62 361 286408
bali@honorary.mzv.cz
Monday – Friday
08.30 – 16.00 (Bali time)
CONSULATE AGENCY FRANCE Mr. Raphael Devianne – Honorary Consul Jl. Mertasari Gang II No.8, Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 285485
Fax. 62 361 286406
consul@denpasar.centrin.net.id
Monday – Friday
14.00 – 17.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF GERMANY Mr. Reinhold Jantzen – Honorary Consul Jl. Pantai Karang 17 Sanur, P.O. Box 3100 Denpasar 80228, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 288535
Fax. 288826
dtkonsbali@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 12.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF THE REPUBLIC OF HUNGARY Ms. Gabriella Cristofoli – Honorary Consul Jl. Baypass Ngurah Rai, no. 219 Sanur, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 287701
Fax.
Same building with Marin Tour
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 12.00 (Bali time)
VICE CONSULATE ITALY Mr. Giuseppe Confessa – Honorary Vice Consul of Italy C/O Lotus Enterprise Building, Jl. By pass Ngurah Rai, Bali Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 701005
Fax. 62 361 701005
italconsbali@italconsbali.com
Monday – Friday
10.00 – 13.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF MEXICO Mr. I Gusti Bagus Yudhara, MBA – Honorary Consul Puri Astina Putra Building, Jl. Moh. Yamin 1 A, Renon Denpasar
P.O. Box 3150 Denpasar, Bali Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 223266
Fax. 62 361 244568
astina@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
Monday – Friday
08.30 – 12.00,
13.00 – 16.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF THE NETHERLANDS Mr. Al Purwa, MBA – Honorary Consul Jl. Raya Kuta 127 Kuta 80361, P.O. Box 3337 Denpasar 81001, Bali Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 761506
Fax. 62 361 752777/757586
Dutchconsulate@kcbtours.com
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 12.00
12.30 – 16.00
HONORARY CONSULATE OF SPAIN Mr. Amir Rabik – Honorary Consul Jl. Raya Sanggingan, Br. Lungsiakan Kedewatan – Ubud
P.O. Box 3237 Denpasar 80032, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 975736
Fax. 62 361 975726
rabik@indo.net.id
Monday – Friday
09.00 – 16.00 (Bali time)
HONORARY CONSULATE OF SWEDEN&  FINLAND Mr. Ida Bagus Ngurah Wijaya – Honorary Consul Jl. Segara Ayu Sanur, P.O. Box 91 Denpasar Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 288407
Fax. 62 361 287242
sweconsul@yahoo.com
Monday – Friday
09.00 – 16 (Bali time)
HONORARY AGENCY OF USA Mr. Joshua N. Finch – Consular Agent Jl. Hayam Wuruk 188 Denpasar 80235, Bali Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 233605
Fax. 62 361 265 066
amcobali@indosat.net.id
Monday – Friday
08.00 – 16.30 (Bali time)
CONSULAR OFFICE OF JAPAN Mr. Noboru Nomura – Consul Jl. Raya Puputan No. 170 Renon, P.O. Box 3432 Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 227628
Fax. 62 361 265066
konjpdps@indo.net.id
Monday – Friday
08.30 – 12.30
3.30 – 16.00
(Bali time)
BRITISH HONORARY CONSULATE Mr. Mark Wilson – Honorary Consul JI. Tirta Nadi No. 20. Sanur – Denpasar
Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 270601
Fax. 62 361 270601
bcbali@dps.centrin.net.id
Mon – Thurs
08.30 – 12.30
Friday
18.30 – 11.30
(Bali time)
CONSULATE OF SWITZERLAND& AUSTRIA Mr. Jon Zuercher – Honorary Consul C/O Swiss Restaurant, Jl. Werkudar, Legian Kaja
P.O. Box 2035 Kuta, Bali, Indonesia
Tel. 62 361 751735
Fax. 62 361 754457
swisscon@denpasar.wasantara.net.id
Monday – Friday
09.00 – 12.00
12.30 – 16.00