BaliBali is an Indonesian island located in the westernmost end of the Lesser Sunda Islands, lying between Java to the west and Lombok to the east.
Bali is Indonesia's favorite tourist destination, known for its natural attractions, perfect climate and relaxed atmosphere. This island of flowers, temples and friendly people is considered a real gem by travelers worldwide.
In addition to spas and archaeological attractions, surfing and scuba diving in Bali remain a principle interest for water sport enthusiasts around the world.
From the tranquil reefs of Padang Bai in the northwest, to the breathtaking drift diving off Nusa Penida in the south, Bali is teeming with reputable dive centers.
A smiling Balinese woman; so typical.
Bali is colorful in so many ways.
A colorful, heavy load.
"If a Triathlon was easy they would call it Soccer." That's what is printed on the t-shirt.
Bali is a friendly island, and the Balinese smile more than any other people I've met in my travels. While driving through the foothills of Mt. Agung we ran across this litle guy and six of his friends. Cautious at first, they posed for pictures and each left with $1.00. This is him waving goodbye as we drove off. A real happy camper.
On this beautiful island, even the cows smile
Perhaps this photograph best displays the look of eastern Bali; green fields, palm trees and quiet tranquility.
In the eastern uplands of Bali locals roads are quite narrow, so slow driving is a must. Note the huge ten-meter bamboo poles (Penjors) that hang over the road, creating a pictorial archway of sorts. Details on Page 2.
This local delivery truck was loaded to the max, but the driver was still tying empty fruit crates to the top.
The roads of Bali are crammed with scooters, and for most Balinese, a scooter is their primary means of transportation.
The shadows and colors of Bali grab your attention at every turn of the head.
A balanced load....
A well-dressed Balinese police officer.
Scooter petrol for sale along the road.
Rural view in Bali.
Bali has black sand beaches on its north and western shorelines. I am not a big fan of them as they're hard on barefeet. In addition, the sand is quite hot on sunny days. Regardless, they're nice to look at.
This traditional outrigger boat (or Perahu) is common on the various islands of Indonesia, including Bali.
Walk through a village on Bali and you'll see vibrantly colored fighting roosters in woven cages. Bali, like many other nations, has banned cock fighting as a cruel sport, but local men still enjoy the qualities of their proud and elegant birds and keep some of them painted in very bright colors.
Tirta Gangga is a palace in eastern Bali, one noted of a maze of pools and fountains surrounded by a lush garden and stone carvings and statues. The complex was built in 1946 by the late King of Karangsem but was destroyed almost entirely by the eruption of nearby Mount Agung in 1963. Happily it has been lovingly re-built and restored.
One of the statues decorating the grounds of the Tirta Gangga Palace,
Galungan is a Balinese Hindus holiday and rural streets come alive with color and festive decorations and huge ten-meter bamboo poles (Penjors) that hang over the roads making a pictorial archway and a beautiful welcome homecoming for the Gods. Penjors are not only for religious functionality like Galungan, but they are also used as adornments for weddings, hotel displays, art performances and special occasions when a guest of honor is in attendance at a function
A typical roadside shop in rural Bali, most selling basic supplies and handmade crafts. By the way, Djarum Black is a kretek (or clove cigarette).
Remember that happy litle boy at the top of the first Bali photo page. Well, these were his 6 friends, all giving me the suspicious, evil-eye when I first approached them. Well, it didn't take log to break the ice as they loved seeing their photos on my camera, and all of them left with a dollar.