Sitting just 8 degrees south of the equator, Bali is mainly a tropical island. The variety of topography is quite surprising. Vast sweeping beaches- white sand, black sand, and stone beaches- grace Bali’s entire coastline along the ever-present ocean. Tropical trees, bushes and flowers smother the island. Terraced rice fields on mountainsides and flat rice paddies along the coasts present more green rural beauty. Several volcanoes (considered sacred by the Balinese) peak their graceful heads out of the clouds randomly, adding an amazing backdrop to most coastal areas. Enjoy these 36 images from stunning Bali island.