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Is Bali a Country?

01/02/2020

Last updated on March 30th, 2020 at 02:20 pm

Is Bali a country? Where is Bali located? and why is it so popular?

Bali is one of Southeast Asia’s top destinations – not only is Bali one of the best places to live in Asia for anyone at ANY budget but Bali has always been a popular destination with surfers and backpackers due to its idyllic beaches, serene temples and stunning nature.

Although the Island has had its fair share of earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

In 2019 I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Bali, welcomed 5.2 million foreign tourists a 6.5 percent increase from 4.9 million visitors recorded in the same period last year.

Is Bali a country?

Bali is an island and province of the Republic of Indonesia. Indonesia is a country located in Southeast Asia, between the Indian and Pacific oceans. Not only is Indonesia the world’s largest island country, and the country has over seventeen thousand islands.

 

How big is Bali

Is Bali a Country

Bali is approximately 153 km (95 mi) wide and spans approximately 112 km (69 mi) high, with a total land area of approximately 5,780 square km (2,231 square miles). 

In comparison to some other well-known islands, in square miles (km²) – Bali is 2,231km² and;

  • Aruba:193 km²
  • Mauritius: 2,040 km²
  • Phuket: 543 km²
  • Seychelles: 459 km²
  • Tahiti: 1,045 km²

Does Bali have cities?

The largest city is the provincial capital, Denpasar is located in the southern part of the island. Bali’s second-largest city is the old colonial capital, Singaraja, which is located on the north coast. The most popular with tourists are Canggu (“home” of the expats), Kuta (Close to the airport), Seminyak, Uluwatu, and Ubud (cultural capital).

A majority of the Balinese population is Hindu (about 80%) followed by Muslims and Christians. The most common language is Bahasa.

Why is Bali so popular?

In 2020, author Elizabeth Gilbert published a book that was later adapted to a film that put the spotlight on Bali’s cultural capital Ubud. This has led to an influx of tourists and Bali has since turned into one of the most popular destinations in Asia for yoga retreats and honeymooners.

Best Travel Insurance for Bali

Use travel insurance while visiting Bali so you are covered for theft and medical expenses. There are a lot of adventurous activities to do on the Island of the Gods, and it’s best to have peace of mind while diving, hiking and trying some of the best food in the world.

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