Bali is one of the smaller islands of Indonesia that has been described by many names. The hidden paradise, The last paradise on earth, Morning of the world, Island of Gods, Island of a thousand temples, The emerald isle of Asia... Bali has attracted visitors from all over the world due to its colorful festivals and ceremonies, traditional music and dance, arts and crafts, delicious cuisine, stunning underwater world and delightful easy going people. In addition to its inner spirit, much of Bali's appeal lies in its sheer natural beauty: looming volcanoes, lush, terraced rice fields and tropical rain forests which exude peace and serenity.
Most of the coastline of Bali is fringed by beaches of some type, with the exceptions being some important areas of mangrove forest in the southeast, and certain parts of the Bukit Peninsula where high cliffs drop straight to the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean.
Unsurprisingly, given the volcanic nature of the island, black sand is the norm, but there are also some beaches in the south which have fine-grained white sand. Beaches that are especially safe for swimming include Jimbaran Bay and virtually all of the north coast.
There are many interesting scuba diving sites around Bali. Particularly popular are the wreck of USAT Liberty at Tulamben in the east, the chilled out coral bommies in Padang Bai, the serene reefs around Menjangan Island in the northwest, and dramatic drift diving off Nusa Penida in the south.