From magnificent mountains to rugged coastlines to volcanic hillsides to black sandy beaches, it's no surprise Bali is known as the Island of the Gods. Located between the Java and Lombok island, Bali (Balikapapan) boasts a rich and diverse culture that's quite peculiar. The Balinese architecture is no less prominent with the island housing thousands of Hindu temples in every nook and cranny. The predominantly Hindu culture is certainly a rare form in the Muslim dominated country of Indonesia.
It was in the late 1970s that a flock of hippies went on to explore this beautiful island, especially the beaches of Kuta that attracted many surfers. You'll be amazed to see how the city still retains its purification rituals by priests in white as well as the gracious use of natural materials like bamboo and coconut wood for architectural work and many other purposes.
You could experience about the Balinese culture and most importantly its history; not precisely from a Xerox of information compiled online or books. You would rather hear from the locals who abide by the tradition everyday. Bahasa is the language spoken in Indonesia, also Kawispoken in some parts. Not many here speak English and so my thrive to understand the local life is quite minimal.