This small island is the last stronghold of ancient Hindu beliefs in Indonesia, is one of the smallest yet most visited of Indonesia’s thousands of islands – the jewel in the crown of Indonesian tourism.
Bali, however, does not give up its secrets easily and for the most fascinating aspects of its distinctive and magnificent civilization the visitor must travel beyond the developed southern districts.
This is not a daunting task as all the major points of interest on this 90 kilometres long by 150 kilometres wide island are accessible within just a few hour’s journey from Kuta, Nusa Dua, Sanur, Denpasar or Ubud.
Most people along the tourist routes speak at least some English and you can get by quite adequately without any knowledge of Indonesian, though a few words or phrases will both delight and surprise your hosts.