Bali’s status as a relaxed, sunny tourist destination with lovely beaches and great accommodations is well known. See how many of these other intriguing facts you were aware of:
Bali’s status as a sunny tourist destination with lovely beaches and laid back life have been renowned for ages, see how many of these intriguing facts you were aware of:
Wayan, Made, Nyoman and Ketut – The most common Balinese Names
These names are used to identify. First, second, third, and fourth born respectively, so don’t be surprised if you meet people with the same names! Other most common names are Putu, Kadek, and Komang, which can also be for first, second, and third borns.
Bali Is Known As The “Island of the Gods,” With An Estimated 20,000 Temples and Shrines
With such a large amount of temples, it is not a new thing to note that Balinese Hinduism permeates most facets of traditional life, with rituals and ceremonies regularly seen across the Island
Bali is a Predominantly Hindu Island, in a Predominantly Muslim Country.
Around 93% of Bali’s inhabitants are Hindu, with about 5% being Muslim. This is the reverse of Indonesia overall, where 86% of the population is Muslim, and only about 3% Hindu. Bali became a Hindu refuge centuries ago, as Islam gained influence in Java.
Dolphins, dolphins everywhere
In the north of Bali, Lovina is situated where a wide variety of Dolphins is found. Even though it is hard to believe that Dolphins can be found in a place like Indonesia. Yet no less than five types of Dolphins coexist in these waters
Bali Has Been Colonised by the Dutch and the Japanese.
The Netherlands’ control over Bali from the 19th century continued until Imperial Japan occupied it during World War II. The Netherlands subsequently regained control until 1949 when they recognized Indonesian independence, including the territory of Bali.
Bali’s Fauna is Representative of the Indomalayan Ecozone, Whereas Nearby Lombok, Just to the East of Bali, Has Fauna More Similar to that of Australasia.
Bali is the southernmost island of note in Asia to display very few environmental influences from the South Pacific. One of the most notable fauna to Bali is called Bali Starling or Bali Myna. Classified as critically endangered, a massive effort in conservation and breeding the little birds have been enforced since the early 80s
Bali Counts Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites Within Its Shores
These are the archaeologically and historically significant Pakerisan Valley in Central Bali, the Pura Taman Ayun temple, built-in 1634, and the Jatiluwih Rice Terraces in the Tabanan area.
The World’s Most Expensive, And Most Unique Coffee Can Be Found in Bali – Kopi Luwak.
It is made from the beans of coffee berries which have been eaten by the Asian Palm Civet and other related civets, then passed through its digestive tract, yielding a unique coffee with no bitterness. A cup of this coffee has retailed for as much as US$100 overseas, but a “relative” bargain may be available locally.
Many Balinese are Trilingual, speaking Balinese, Indonesian, and English.
Balinese is the local tongue, Indonesian the unifying national language, and English the language to serve you, the tourist.
Babi Guling, a Local Version of Suckling Pig, is a Balinese Specialty.
This delicious dish can often be found outside the main tourist areas, so keep a lookout along the road for signs with a pictured pig!