With only a single paved highway snaking around the island paradise of Bali, the true traveller's gems can only be found if you venture along the innumerable unmarked dirt roads that litter the mountainous countryside.

Rent a motorbike and leave the map behind and ride to the rhythm of the local gamelan; where every corner, ditch, bump, involuntary road block and stray dog seems to paint a picture of what it means to be Balinese.  

Home to some of the world's most productive terraced farming, abundant seas, alpine lakes, active volcanoes, endless beaches and dark jungles, it's easy to understand why the Balinese believe everything has a spirit.  It would be impossible to begin to understand Bali and especially its people, without considering the importance of their relationship with their island home.  They are a people who fundamentally understand symbiosis and sustainability.  For each thing taken from the earth, one must replace and renew.  Without this cycle, life would be impossible for an island nation. 

This unique relationship has given rise to a special kind of people.  They fill Western bookshelves with images of spirituality and divineness, but in reality they are nothing more than humble, pragmatic, positive and friendly. Head off to any local market and you'll encounter families willing to open their homes and share their stories with you.  Hospitality and a healthy dose of laughter can always be expected.  


 
Local Spirit

INDONESIA. Tulamben, Bali. June 2nd, 2013. Locals gather at the market to sell a mixture of fresh fruits, vegetables, produce and items to prepare the daily spiritual offerings.
 
 
A Modest Living

INDONESIA. Tulamben, Bali. June 2nd, 2013. This local market woman makes a modest living selling fresh vegetables, fruits and spices. A stroll through the many marketplaces of Amalpura is a humbling cultural experience.

 
 
Early Morning Rush Hour 
 
INDONESIA, Ubud, Bali. June 6th, 2013. The Ubud market is a multi-storey bustling labyrinth of shops and stalls that sell everything from incense and small trinkets to saffron and durian. Early mornings are the best time to catch the market buzz, as locals arrive to buy items for their daily offerings and family meal.

 
Sunset Fishing 

INDONESIA, Amed, Bali. May 25th, 2014.  A local fisherman fishes along the coast, enjoying a nice quiet sunset off the beach. Amed lies on the north-east tip of Bali and its beach is a long stretch of coast, famous for its glistening black sand, tranquility and stunning sunset views.

 
Paddle Boarding into Sunset 

INDONESIA. Amed, Bali. July 17th, 2013. A vibrant sunset of pinks, oranges and yellows over Mount Agung, captured from Amed's lookout point.
 
 
Jukung Balinese Outriggers 

INDONESIA. Bedugul, Bali. June 5th 2013. View across Lake Bratan towards island temple of Pura Ulu Danau dedicated to Dewi Danau the goddess of the waters at sunrise.


 
Water Temple Reflections 

INDONESIA. Bedugul, Bali. June 5th, 2013. The central-north region of Bali in Bedugul is home to the famous Pura Ulun Danu Bratan water temple located on the shores of Lake Bratan. It is one of Bali's nine directional temples that protect the island from evil sprits.

 
 
Water Temple Offering

INDONESIA. Bedugul, Bali. June 4th, 2013. Inside the Pura Ulun Danu Bratan complex, this stone alter provides an offering on Lake Bratan.

 
 
Lakeside 

INDONESIA. Kintamani, Bali. June 9th, 2013. Lake Batur is the largest and widest lake in Bali and functions as an irrigation source to farmers and the local villagers. From the Penelokan village, the main road to the lake runs directly around the rim towards Kintamani.
 
 
Bali's Most Active Volcano 

INDONESIA. Kintamani, Bali. June 8th, 2013. Gunung Agung, Eastern Bali's most active volcano, dominates the horizon. It is the highest volcano on the island resting at an altitude of 3,142 meters and is the fifth highest in the whole of Indonesia.

 
Ubud Rice Terraces & Mount Agung

INDONESIA. Ubud, Bali. June 8th, 2013. The south of Mount Agung is home to most of Bali's largest lush-green rice crop being harvested. The Balinese rice terraces date back to over 2,000 years, when hard-working farmers began carving the stepped terraces out of steep hillsides. Rice has become the staple food for those living on the island.
 
 
Roots of Life 
 
INDONESIA. Ubud, Bali. June 7th, 2013. The Goa Gajah Temple is a Hindu temple, also known as the Elephant Cave that was built as a spiritual place for meditation.  Head down the stairs to enter the garden that is home to a large Banyan tree and a pond, which is believed to contain holy water and is used for traditional ceremonies.

 
 

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