The geography of Bali.
|Bali is part of
the Republic of Indonesia, and lies only about 8 degrees south of the equator, in the
Indian Ocean, to the east of the Java and north-west of Australia.
Bali is in the Central Indonesia Standard Time zone, and is GMT plus 8 hours.
Take a look at our detailed map of Bali, thanks to Peter
Loud. (© Copyright 1996, Peter Loud).
This map shows most of Bali's major centres, and indicates many of the locations favoured
for popular holiday activities.
Tropical rainfall, consistent temperatures and the rich volcanic soil provide an ideal environment for intensive agricultural activity including rice, coffee, copra, and vegetable growing, as well as cattle herding.
Climate and weather...
Bali is located near to the equator, and has a tropical climate, with year-round maximum temperatures typically ranging from 32 to 35 degrees Celsius, but with high humidity levels during the hot wet season. Rain can be expected at any time, even during the dry season, however an overnight shower is generally refreshing, and usually washes away the dust. A cooling breeze that often springs up of an evening makes a brilliant tropical day seem perfect. The central mountainous area is typically cooler than the lower coastal regions, especially overnight.
Our Bali weather chart...
Mth Max tmp Min tmp Sun Rain Rainy Humid Season Best (Deg C) (Deg C) Hrs (mm) days (%) time Jan 32 26 5 325 16 70 Wet * Feb 32 26 5 300 15 70 Wet * Mar 32 25 5 200 14 65 Wet *** Apr 34 25 7 80 7 60 Dry ***** May 34 24 7 80 6 55 Dry ***** Jun 33 22 7 50 5 50 Dry ***** Jul 32 22 7 40 4 50 Dry ***** Aug 33 23 7 30 3 45 Dry ***** Sep 34 23 7 40 3 45 Dry **** Oct 35 24 7 100 5 50 Wet **** Nov 35 25 6 125 8 55 Wet *** Dec 33 26 6 280 15 65 Wet **
The star rating is a rough guide to indicate the best times to
Take a look at the weather
forecast in Bali this week. A newer service, Weather Post (from the Washington Post), offers current weather in in Bali, plus a four day
forecast and a current satellite image of the Southeast Asian region.
The most holy of trees, the banyan, grows to a massive size, and may have hundreds of
creepers hanging from its branches. They grow in many of the lowland rainforests, and are
a feature of most temples.
The first animal that is sighted by any visitor to Bali is invariably a dog of the local variety, usually seen carrying out one of its ritual practices of sniffing piles of rubbish, marking its territory or lying down in the centre of the footpath. These generally mangy, scabby and ugly creatures are not treated with affection by anybody in Bali, but seem to live their lives around the streets in bliss despite that.
Monkeys will be seen in most temples, demanding peanuts, as well as in several of the forests, including the famous tourist spots on the way to Tanah Lot and in Ubud. Other wild animals include bats and lizards (such as the small cream colored cecaks that seem to inhabit most the walls of rooms, and the larger and more colorful geckos, whose call of "geck-oh" is a familiar part of the evening soundscape). The evening chorus of frogs will also amaze you if you are staying anywhere near a lake or waterway
Many domestic animals are seen all over the island, including ducks fossicking in the
rice fields (a form of natural pest control), buffalo, cows, pigs (babi) and chickens
(ayam). Wild pigs may be seen in the less populated areas.
© 1994-2000 Wayne Reid. Bali: The Online Travel Guide
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