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April 09, 2021 3 min read

1. Bali is actually made up of 4 islands
  • While Bali is indeed an island, it is also a province that comprises a handful of smaller islands congregated off Bali island’s southeast coastline which are Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
2. Ice is government regulated
  • No need to order all your drinks neat – the ice in Bali is quality controlled by the local government. However, unfortunately the tap water is not as belly friendly, so make sure to stay hydrated with bottled water.
3. Bali is in a ‘Coral Triangle’
  • The Coral Triangle, in fact. It is formed by the waters of Indonesia, Malaysia, Mauritius and other island nations present in the region, along with Timor and Papua New Guinea. Sitting right in the middle of the world’s richest waters for corals, it is considered the ‘Amazon of the Seas’ for its marine biodiversity. Indonesian waters are home to around 3,000 species of fish! That’s double the amount of species found in the Great Barrier Reef! Good news then, as we'll be in the ocean on day 3!
4. Bali's year has 210 days
  • The official calendar of Bali (Pawukon Calendar) which has the year divided into 6 months, with each month having 35 days.
5. Bali has only 4 baby names?
  • While the whole world keeps planning on unique baby names, Bali people know their baby’s name even before they are born. First baby – Wayan, second baby – Made, third baby – Nyoman and the fourth baby – Ketut.
6. The most expensive coffee in the world is from Bali?
  • It's called Kopi Luwak and a cup can cost as much as $50! The most surprising fact isn't even the price, it's the fact it is made from poo! Civet droppings are harvested by farmers after they eat coffee beans. Bali is one of the few places you can taste true Kopi Luwak - have a try on your Ubud Day Trip!

 

7. Bali is the top tourist destination in Indonesia!
  • Indonesia welcomed more than 15 million overseas tourists in 2018 - up from around 2.2m in 1990. And around 1 in 3 of those went to Bali.
8. Bali has an official ‘Day of Silence’
  • Silent Day, locally known as ‘Nyepi’ is a Hindu celebration (Bali’s main religion) observed once every year. Everything is shut down, so for 24 hours there is no Wi-Fi, no one is allowed out in the streets and you can’t turn on any lights! It is an incredibly important day in the Balinese calendar commemorated as a day for self-reflection and to welcome in the Balinese New Year.

 

9. The Four Guardian Angels
  • It is a common Balinese belief that when a child is born, he or she brings with them four angels who are supposed to protect them from any evil spirits or harmful events until they are 4 years old. This means that the parents are not allowed to put their children on the ground and are carried everywhere for the first few months of their lives until they are 3 months old. They are considered little angels, their connection to the spirits is kept intact by not touching the earth. When the time comes that they are allowed to touch the ground, a big ceremony is held!
10. Spa Heaven!
  • Bali has the highest density of spas per kilometre in the world! There are around 1200 spas on the island, so you do not have to go far too for a relaxing massage! Influenced by Chinese and Indian traditions and characterised by long, not too firm strokes on pressure points - the Traditional Balinese massage is a must-try when you get to Bali!


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