Lying just 8 degrees beneath the equator, the island of Bali is a small Hindu enclave located in the center of the Indonesian archipelago. Despite its size, the island has a diverse landscape blessed with flourishing rice terraces, volcanic mountains and rugged coastlines. As a highly artistic race of people, the Balinese are extremely proud of their Hindu cultural heritage, and religious rituals and ceremonial rites dominate most aspects of daily life.
Modern Bali has fully embraced tourism, and the island offers a seemingly endless choice of activities - whether it's a day at the beach surfing, indulging in a traditional spa treatment, participating in a cooking class, river rafting, trekking on the back of an elephant, taking in cultural sights, or just hitting the shops. Add to this the renowned hospitality of the Balinese people, and it is little wonder why Bali is one of the world's foremost holiday destinations for tourists from all over the world.