Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged
coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop
to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. With world-class
surfing and diving, a large number of cultural, historical and archaeological attractions, and an enormous range of
accommodations, this is one of the world's most popular island destinations and one which consistently wins travel
awards. Bali has something to offer a very Broadway market of visitors from young back-packers right through to the
Unlike any other island in largely Muslim Indonesia, Bali is a pocket of Hindu religion and culture.
Every aspect of Balinese life is suffused with religion, but the most visible signs are the tiny offerings
(canang sari, or sesajen) found in every Balinese house, work place, restaurant, souvenir stall and airport check-in desk.
Bali is one of more than 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago and is
located just over 2 kilometers (almost 1.5 miles) from the eastern tip of the island of Java and west of the island
of Lombok. The island, home to about 4 million people, is approximately 144 kilometres (90 mi.) from east to west and
80 kilometres (50 mi.) north to south.