Culture, unique arts and ceremonies, gentle friendly people and scenic beauty have maintained Bali as the top tourist destination in Asia for the past 10 years. Located just 8 degrees south of the equator in the heart of the Indonesian archipelago, Bali enjoys a perfect tropical climate. The island of Bali is a photographic delight with two volcanoes, reaching 3,014 meters high. There are lush tropical forests, pristine crater lakes, fast flowing rivers and deep ravines, terraced rice fields, and fertile fruit and vegetable plantations. The white sand beaches in the South and the black volcanic sand beaches in other parts of the island are enjoyed by visitors and locals alike. Bali is renowned for its traditions & customs which are influenced by the religion. With a completely different lifestyle from the rest of Indonesia, the Balinese have managed to preserve their culture despite the overwhelming foreign influence brought by the increasing number of tourists. Their artistic abilities are known worldwide and include dance, painting, sculpture, leather, metal working and music. Dancing and music are highly stylized forms of art and the classical dance drama is based on ancient Hindu epics and local folklore. Balinese and Bahasa Indonesia are the most widely spoken languages in Bali, but because of the international tourism English is also very common.