Living in Bali: Top 25 Photos from the 'Island of the Gods'

Bali Photographer: Resort Photography

What's it like to live in Bali?

Lazy travel writers use the old 'Bali is a land of contrasts' cliche, but that doesn't even come close to describing the island.

There's an incredible mix of Asian and Western cultures that really can't be found anywhere else. Centuries-old Balinese traditions dictate the pace of daily life from the jasmine incense offerings you'll smell as soon as you land at the airport to the annual Balinese Nyepi festival where the entire island (including the airport) are completely closed for 24 hours to honor the day. But against this foundation of Balinese culture, western influences like surfing and world-class international cuisine are blended, mixed, and re-invented to create one of the most eclectic travel destinations in the world.

I've been based here for several years now and I still feel like I'm only scratching the surface of what this place has to offer.

So instead of writing up a long and boring 'Land of Constrats' style travel article, I figured that showing you 25 of my favorites photos from Bali over the past three and a half years would be better. So here's the collection, hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Suffice to to say that Bali is an amazing place to visit and an even more amazing place to live. Keep an eye on this page because I'll be updating this gallery with more of my favorite shots from the 'Island of the Gods' sometime soon!

Uluwatu is one of Bali's most sacred sea temples and also a great place to catch an Indian Ocean sunset
Uluwatu is one of Bali's most sacred sea temples and also a great place to catch an Indian Ocean sunset
Bali is home to some of the best surfing waves in the world
One of the best waves to surf in the world
Not all of Bali's beaches are as crowded as Kuta
Not all of Bali's beaches are as crowded as Kuta
Chicken satay by the pool
Chicken satay by the pool
Sunset fishing at Uluwatu Beach
Sunset fishing at Uluwatu Beach
Balinese dancer at the Nyepi parade
Balinese dancer at the Nyepi parade
Rice terrace view of Mount Agung, Bali's tallest and most sacred peak
Rice terrace view of Mount Agung, Bali's tallest and most sacred peak
Sunset surfing south of Kuta beach
Sunset surfing in the Bukit
Looking for a nice wave around Canggu
Sunset drive in Canggu
Exploring the rice terraces near Ubud
Centuries-old rice terraces outside Ubud
Dreamland beach in Bali
Dreamland beach in the Bukit
Balinese cremation funeral procession
Balinese cremation funeral procession
A resort pool at Tulamben, one of Bali's best dive sites and home to a Liberty WWII shipwreck
A resort pool at Tulamben, one of Bali's best dive sites and home to a Liberty WWII shipwreck
Relaxing at a 5-star resort in Nusa Dua
Relaxing at a resort in Nusa Dua
A private villa in Seminyak, Bali
Living large in Seminyak
Frangipani flower by the pool
Frangipani flower by the pool
Nyepi Day festival parade in Pecatu
Nyepi Day festival parade in Pecatu
School of yellow tail at Tulamben
School of yellow tail at Tulamben
Uluwatu is one of the most famous surf waves in Bali (see temple in background)
Uluwatu is one of the most famous surf waves in Bali (see temple in background)
Rice farming in a field near Canggu
Rice farming the fields of Canggu
A large scool of jacks at the Liberty WWII shipwreck in Bali
A large scool of jacks at the Liberty WWII shipwreck in Bali
Sunday afternoon drive in Canggu
Sunday afternoon drive in Canggu
Balinese daily life in a small village
Balinese daily life in a small village
Centuries-old rice terraces in Bali
Centuries-old rice terraces in Bali
Big blue waves at one of Bali's best beaches south of Kuta
Big blue waves at one of Bali's best beaches in the Bukit
Hibiscus flower in Ubud, Bali
Hibiscus flower in Ubud, Bali
Nyepi Day festival 'Ogoh-Ogoh' demon statue
Nyepi Day festival 'Ogoh-Ogoh' demon statue
Clown fish on a dive in Bali
Clown fish on a dive in Bali
Jumping monkey at the Monkey Forest
Where the Monkey Forest gets its name
Uluwatu afternoon
Uluwatu afternoon
Kuta Beach is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf
Kuta Beach is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf
Bali surf road trip on a motorbike
Surf road trip near Padangbai
Ubud temple statues at the Monkey Forest Trail
Ubud temple statues at the Monkey Forest Trail
Playing guitar on a Bali beach
Beach day in the Bukit
Nyepi day festival parade in Pecatu
Nyepi day festival parade in Pecatu
Nice waves at Bingin Beach
Nice waves at Bingin Beach
Hiking the Ubud rice terraces in the afternoon
Hiking the Ubud rice terraces in the afternoon
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