Renowned for its rich cultural traditions, verdant landscapes, and mouthwatering cuisine, the Indonesian island of Bali is probably best known for stunning beaches like this one in Seminyak on the island's west coast.
A Balinese kecak dance performed in Uluwatu, Bali. A blend of music, dance, and theater, the kecak dance tells part of the story of the Hindu epic myth, The Ramayana. The high drama and intricate costumes of the dance exemplify Bali's distinctly rich artistic heritage as well as the Hindu traditions of its people. Though Indonesia is predominantly Muslim, more than 90 percent of Balinese are Hindu.
For centuries a center of the global spice trade, Indonesia boasts a complex and varied cuisine that sings with the intense flavors of local spices and is enriched by culinary influences as far flung as India, the Middle East, and China.
The beach in Kuta. Still a haven for surfers, Kuta was one of Bali's first heavily touristed resort towns and is now subject to a limit on tourist development aimed at preserving Balinese culture and the local ecology.