Bali Cultural Attractions
Almost every one of the major islands making up Indonesia has its own culture, based on religious and also secular divisions, and the 27 areas of the country all celebrate different events and festivals throughout the year. The Nyepi festival on Bali is so widely observed that visitors cannot arrive, as the whole island takes a day off in contemplation.
Bali's traditional crafts of woodcarving, stone sculpture, and silversmithing are still a big part of Balinese culture and are showcased in the numerous galleries dotted around the island. However, it is Bali's dramatic dances that are at the heart of Balinese culture. Classical dancing in Bali is comparable to ballet. Each dance tells a story through music, movement and song.
Bali is also home to a number of Hindu temples, the most important of which is the Besakih Complex, or Bali's "Mother Temple", high up on the side of Mount Agung volcano. The Goa Lawah Bat Cave temple on the east coast is often used as a site for funerals thanks to its connection to the afterlife, while a popular temple from which to experience beautiful sunsets is Tanah Lot.
An excellent way to see Bali is on a guided tour. These can be booked at your hotel, or you can even arrange a tour with one of the many guides who stroll up and down Bali's beaches looking for business.