This beautiful island is one of the world's favorite holiday destinations, where you can climb a volcano, walk through beautiful terraced rice fields and jungles, swim and surf some of the worlds most famous beaches, visit magnificent temples and traditional villages and meet some of the world's most culturally rich and fascinating people.
Bali's culture is based on a form of Hinduism called "Hindu Darma" which is believed to have arrived on the island during the 11th century. This religion plays a heavy part in the family customs and community lifestyle. Its influence expands into the arts, which gives Bali's art its individuality from the rest of Indonesia. The Balinese have managed to preserve their culture despite the increasing number of tourists to the island. It is certainly difficult to distinguish religion, culture and art, as all of them are integrated into a unity. Everywhere you look, every single day, you will see ceremony, ritual and sacred offerings.
Another aspect of religious life in Bali is the belief that the gods and the goddesses appreciate the mundane pleasures as much as the mere mortals. Feasts and festivals color everyday life as they function to please the people as much as they please the gods. From the fertile and arable land in Bali, the Balinese also practice their creativity with the food and offerings presented in these feasts. Dances, music, and performances will of course be present.


Sanur, located only twenty minutes from Ngurah Rai International Airport, is Bali's oldest upscale resort area and is a mature beach-side town. Despite the abundance of restaurants and accommodation, it has a quiet and relaxed feel to it. Sanur tends to appeal most to middle-aged and older families, especially Europeans. The Sanur area is sandwiched between the main Jalan Ngurah Rai bypass and the beach. One main route called Jalan Danau Tamblingan runs north to south through the town and is lined with shops and restaurants.