Economically and culturally, Bali is one of the most important islands of Indonesia.Idyllic Bali is both a physical paradise and a place of almost mystic spirituality. The Balinese have managed to preserve a native optimism and sense of sanctity about their rich culture -- despite the fact that this Indonesian island in the South Pacific is often overrun with travelers. But Bali is blessed with much more than a benevolent spirituality. Simply put, Bali is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It has breath-taking beaches and steep mountain slopes, terraces embroidered with green rice paddies and lush vegeta-tion.