Balinese are warm and friendly people who go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. They love kids…get this - it is really unusual to hear a Balinese adult shout at the kids! I’m liking this place already!
Balinese and Indonesian are the most widely spoken languages in Bali, and the vast majority of Balinese people are bilingual or trilingual. The usage of different Balinese languages was traditionally determined by the Balinese caste system and by clan membership, but this tradition is diminishing. Sanskrit is also commonly used by some Hindu priests in Bali, for Hinduism literature was mostly written in Sanskrit.
The main languages of Bali are Balinese, Indonesian, and English.
It’s not very big but it is one of the most famous tourist destinations in the world. Bali is only about 5,632 sq. kilometers (approximately 2,175 sq. miles) and has a population of 3.8 million people – of course, that doesn’t count all the tourists who visit the island each year.
The island of Bali is home to six volcanoes and lies on two tectonic plates – which means the risk of earthquakes is quite real. The temperature in Bali averages 80 degrees F year round.
Bali is full of amazing wildlife such as various species of monkeys, civets, barking deer and mouse deer – and don’t forget those giant snakes!! There are 300 species of birds too.
The underwater world or marine life of Bali has been called one of the best in the world with many species of dolphin, shark and sun fish, and some smaller inhabitants like colorful coral fish, small reef fish, and moray eels, as well as crustaceans and sponges.
And all around us we have really exotic flowers and plants and lots of the giant banyan trees. But it is still the famous white sandy beaches, deep blue waters, and stunning sunsets that have helped make Bali one of the most famous tropical paradises in the world.
Bali has an estimated 20,000 puras (temples) and shrines.
Bali is known as the "Island of a Thousand Puras", or "Island of the Gods".