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Bali Island
by: Editorial Team

By far the most popular tourist destination in Indonesia, Bali has remained almost unreal in today’s changing world. The island is divided by a string of impressive volcanoes running almost through the center of the island which locals believe to be the home of the gods. Shrouded in mystery and magic, they stretch skyward in majestic splendor and can be seen from almost every point on the island. The Hindu Bali religion pervades the everyday lives of the people. Shrines and temples as well as terraced rice fields dominate the landscape.

The Balinese are amicable people who have managed to preserve their culture despite overwhelming foreign influences brought to the region by an ever increasing number of tourists. Bali’s international airport, Ngurah Rai, in the south of the island, is the nation’s Eastern Gateway and is served by numerous international airlines and charters. In order to keep up with the growing number of visitors and the need for their comfort, more hotels have been built, ranging from small bungalows in the highlands to the luxurious Nusa Dua tourist resort area, near the airport, on the southern tip of the island.

Water sports have also gained in popularity and Bali can boast of superb surfing, windsurfing, sailing, scuba diving and white water rafting.

For many years, the island of Lombok, just to the east of Bali has existed in the shadow of its more famous neighbor but is now becoming a popular destination in its own right. The mighty volcano of Rinjani dominates the island and provides magnificent panoramas for hundreds of miles. Undisturbed white virgin beaches are typical in Lombok, where the motto is “you can see Bali in Lombok, but not Lombok in Bali”. The island of Sumbawa to the east of Lombok is also dominated by a massive volcano, called Tambora, which last erupted in 1815 killing an estimated 92,000 people.

Further east, lie the islands of East Nusa Tenggara, shaped by the power and force of an enormous chain of mountains and volcanoes which begins in the north of Sumatra and stretches east across Java. The province consists of over 550 islands, but is dominated by the three main islands of Flores, Sumba, and Timor.

Occupying a unique position across the Wallace Line, it is one of the world’s most dynamic and exotic marine environments with nearly every species of coral and tropical fish represented. In contrast, the arid landscape of eastern and southeastern Nusa Tenggara is the result of hot, dry winds blowing in from the Australian continent and in fact, in many coastal areas not a drop of rain falls during most of the year.

Struck by the Flores’s incredible beauty, the Portuguese called it “Flower” island. The island is crowded with volcanoes and mountains including Mount Kelimutu and its three colored crater lakes.

The island of Komodo is home to the world’s only pre-historic “Dragon”. These giant lizards are the area’s major attraction. The Sandalwood island of Sumba is now famous for its horses and a unique style of ikat or cloth weaving. Spirits, both ancestral and natural are worshipped and although some exist in East Sumba, it is in the West that there are a number of enormous megalithic tombs and traditional thatched and peaked huts raised on stilts.

Timor, however, is the principal island in the province in terms of population and it is here that the Provincial capital of Kupang is located. The island is rich in culture, beautiful scenery, and magnificent wildlife. Composed of mainly dry, rocky land protecting isolated communities, an assortment of architectural styles has evolved. Unlike other parts of East Nusa Tenggara, the roads in Timor are generally good and public transportation is relatively well developed. Kupang, in fact, is being developed as the Gateway to Nusa Tenggara with regular, direct flights to and from Darwin in Australia as well as with the rest of the archipelago.

About The Author

Editorial Team, Editor

This article is written by Streetdirectory Editorial team. Robert J Steiner manages Streetdirectory.co.id & FlowerAdvisor.co.id, well known for for online Flowers & Gifts in Indonesia.

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