Bali

There’s really no place on earth like Bali. I’ve thought a lot about this as I’ve lived here for long stretches of time starting in 2007. I can’t think of another island that has the same mix of a very strong cultural identity, beautiful landscape, great local and international restaurants, world-class beaches, world-class surfing, and interesting expats all tied together by one of the cheapest regional airline networks in the world (thanks a lot to Air Asia). Bali is my home base today, and many of the photos you’ll find here are from this incredible place. Bali bagus!


Things to Do in Bali: Island Travel Photo Gallery
Consistently ranked one of the best islands in the world, Bali is the most magical place I’ve ever visited. Combining a centuries-old traditional Hindu culture framed by an epic backdrop of best surfing wave…
Best of 2013 Gallery: The Year in Photos
Ten years ago this month I was packing my bags for the adventure of a lifetime in the Philippines. That Peace Corps assignment in Dumaguete turned out to be just the beginnning of what has become my dream job…
Dawnie at Shipwrecks: Lembongan Surf Photos
I can see why a lot of surfers who come to Bali are intimidated by the breaks at nearby Nusa Lembongan. With names like Shipwrecks, Lacerations, and Racers (usually pronounced 'Razors'), it sounds like you're s…
Uluwatu Outside Corner: Bali Sunset Surf Photos
What's the quickest way for first-time surfers to get in trouble in Bali? They'll ask their taxi driver where the best wave in Bali is. The answer? Uluwatu. Yeah, technically the cabbie is right but Ulu is a lo…
Bali Day Trip to Lembongan Island
I read recently that something like 90% of the tourism in Bali happens within a ten-kilometer radius of the airport. Pretty ridiculous when you think how many amazing spots on the island are well outside that s…
Top Chef Indonesia: Will Meyrick of Mama San Bali
Indonesia 'Top Chef' judge Will Meyrick has created two of the most iconic restaurants in Asia - Sarong and Mama San in Bali. Combining the best flavors and spices of the region, Meyrick has created an array of…
Waves Get Destroyed, Everyone’s Happy
Can't remember which surf brand has the 'destroy waves, not beaches' tagline, but on this day at Bingin they should have had some product placement on Agus from Bali's Bukit. If it was Rip Curl who used that li…
Bali’s Most Dangerous Wave?
Just like most mountains have a double black diamond ski slope, Bali is home to some waves that are too dangerous for most surfers to even paddle out. This gallery includes some highlights shooting at Bali's in…
Sunset Waves at Padang Padang in Bali
The wave at Padang Padang beach on Bali's Bukit peninsula has long been known as the 'Bali pipeline', named after the epicenter of global big wave surfing on Hawaii's North Shore. During the southern hemisphere…
Low Tide Grinders at Bali’s Bingin Beach
Backlit waves on Bali's west coast give off an amazing green glow in the late afternoon sun. This gallery of surf photos covers the best shots from an early August 2012 session with Agus and the Bingin locals p…
Grey Days, Great Waves: Bali Surf Photos
Grey skies aren't my favorite lighting conditions for surf photos, but as they say, variety is the spice of life. This collection includes some of my favorite shots from an afternoon of shooting with Agus and T…
High Noon Surf on Bali’s Bukit
'You're not the only one, staring at the sun...' Yeah, I guess Bono had it right when he was writing those lyrics. Doubt he was talking about surf photography, but staring into the sun when you're trying to sho…
Bali Blue Barrels at Bingin Beach
Some days everything comes together and you know something really cool is going to happen. Give me a blue bird day at one of Bali's most beautiful beaches, a perfect swell rolling in from the west, and a crew o…
Glassy Perfection in Bali: Surf Photo Gallery
Whatever it is about waves and the camera, they always look best when they're glassy. Not jagged and sharp like a broken bottle, we're talking about the smooth, polished perfection of mirror glass. Just imagine…
The Need for Speed: Bali Surf Gallery
Slow down the shutter when a surfer is speeding by on one of Bali's best barrels and you get interesting results. This gallery covers some of the highlights from a very speedy afternoon of barrels and backlit w…
Blue Skies, Beautiful Blue Waves at Padang Padang
A nice swell at Padang Padang beach in Bali is always an event. Dinner plans are cancelled, meetings rescheduled, laundry left outside to hang for another day. You never know exactly when one is going to hit, b…
Golden Hour at Bali’s Barrel Rodeo
Perfect waves arrive at Bali's southern beaches usually about once every seven to ten days. But the swell is just one factor - you still need a good tide (which varies from surf break to surf break), you need a…
Perfect Day for the Beach at Bingin
Nothing much better than a beautiful beach in Bali and a perfect Indian Ocean swell rolling over the western horizon. This gallery covers the highlights of an amazing afternoon of shooting surf photos at Bingin…
Bali Surf Video: Perfect Barrels on the Bukit
We've just had our first big swell of 2011--last Wednesday kicked it off and things didn't get quiet until today (Tuesday). My New Year's resolution this year is to put down the surf board more often and pic…
Bali Surf Photographer Interview: Surfing In Jeans
Bali Surf Photography Interview at 'Surfing in Jeans' Last week I did a fun short interview with the guys from the 'Surfing in Jeans' website about surf photography and life in Bali. If you want to check out t…