ZINZINO DIRECTORS TRIP 2019
Island of the Gods. The rich and diverse culture of Bali plays out at all levels of life, from the exquisite flower-petal offerings placed everywhere, to the processions of joyfully garbed locals, shutting down major roads as they march to one of the myriad temple ceremonies, to the otherworldly traditional music and dance performed island-wide. Almost everything has spiritual meaning. The middle of Bali is dominated by the dramatic volcanoes of the central mountains and hillside temples such as Pura Luhur Batukau (one of the island's estimated 10,000 temples), while the tallest peak, Gunung Agung, is the island's spiritual centre.
Bali is the most popular island holiday destination in The Indonesian Archipelago for a reason. Home to an ancient culture that's known for its warm hospitality. Exotic temples and palaces set against stunning natural backdrops are some of its top attractions. Dining in Bali presents endless choices of local or far-flung cuisine. Inland, towering volcanoes and pristine jungles greet you with plenty to see and do. Most can't stay away from the gorgeous beaches covering the coastline for long, though.
The colorful currency in Bali is the Indonesian rupiah (pronounced "rue-pee-ah"), usually abbreviated as (Rp) or less often (Rs). Prices are typically written with the abbreviation before the amount (e.g., Rp 10.000, or in some instances, Rp 10K).
The official currency code for Indonesian rupiah is IDR. Amounts in rupiah tend to be quite large because of all the zeros. Sometimes prices are given with the "thousand" implied. For example, if someone says that something costs “fifty,” that would mean 50,000 rupiah — around US $3.50.
Most Balinese are bilingual if not trilingual (Indonesian, Balinese, English). Although every Balinese speaks the language of his/her mother island, Indonesian is the most common language - particularly in the tourism sector. Most Balinese speak very good English.
With a year-round average temperature of around 27°C, the Bali weather is simply beautiful and is a great choice at almost any time of year. March is known as the changing season, as the rain cools off, and so does the humidity. The temperature starts to rise and the sun stay longer during the day. This generally a gorgeous time to enjoy Bali and bask in its beauty.