An archipelago comprising approximately 17,508 islands The Republic of Indonesia, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia and Oceania. Home to a young and dynamic work force, Indonesia is South East Asia's largest economy at USD 1-trillion and boasts an annual economic growth rate of some 6 per cent.
Indonesia is the land of opportunities and is home to rich natural resources including mining, oil and gas, plantations and agriculture.
The island of Bali is the smallest province of Indonesia. It includes several smaller neighbouring islands, notably Nusa Penida. It is located at the western-most end of the Lesser Sunda island, between Java to the west and Lombok to the east. Its capital of Denpasar is located at the southern part of the island.
Bali had a population of 3,890,757 at the 2010 census, with recent estimated putting it around 4.22 million. The island is home to most of Indonesia's Hindu minority. A tourist haven for decades, the province has seen a further surge in tourist numbers in recent years.
The island is surrounded by coral reefs. Beaches in the south tend to have white sand while those in the north and west have black volcanic sand. Bali has no major waterways, although the Ho River is navigable by small sampan boats. Black sand beaches between Pasut and Klatingdukuh are being developed for tourism, but apart from the seaside temple of Tanah Lot, they are yet to become a significant tourist attraction
Bukit is a large limestone peninsula which, bar a sliver of land just south of the airport, would be a separate island. It is rugged and dry, and was considered the real backwater of Bali before recent tourist development.
The Bukit (as it is commonly referred to) includes the famous cliff-hanging temple at Uluwatu, a number of Bali's very best beaches including Balangan, and the top surfing spots on the island. As is so often the case, it was intrepid surfers who really opened the eyes of the world to this part of the island. The two main towns with strong local communities on the Bukit are Pecatu and Ungasan.