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