The island of Bali lies directly north of Australia and forms part of the archipelago that is the country of Indonesia. Its luscious valleys, beautiful beaches, and serene mountains make Bali’s landscape one-of-a-kind.
Geographically small but culturally grand, Bali has fascinated and influenced visitors for centuries. Combining elements of Hinduism and Buddhism with earlier animist beliefs, Balinese religion pervades all aspects of everyday life. Every human activity, from rice growing to massive temple ceremonies, is approached with ritual and reverence. Balinese performing arts occupy a central place in the life of every village, and continue to inspire artists and students of culture around the world.