Bali Photo Essay – The Island, Culture & People

Bali is great to explore! There is just so much to do on the Island and its Ocean provides so many activities for the water adventurer.  I have put together some pictures about what I saw exploring the island, how I interpreted their culture and how talented and unique their arts are.

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The Balanise have strong religious Hindu practices with thousands of Ancient Temples all over Indonesia.  They are meant to be pleasant resting places for the Gods during their stay on the island.  Each one of Bali’s temples is unique and either face towards the mountains, sea or sunrise.

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The Huge carved entrance gate is usually a split gate guarded on both sides by statues

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Every house also has its own little shrine, usually a dedication to their ancestors.

If you enjoyed Bali’s temples, check out our post about the temples in Thailand

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Balinese century old style architecture is made up of local natural materials found on the Island influenced from local Hindu traditions.

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Twice a year (during Galungan) tall tapered beautifully decorated poles (or Penjor’s) that are made from bamboo and flowers are placed outside Balinese Hindu homes. They symbolize the dominance of good over evil as well as to offer thanks to the Gods.

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From the volcano down to the tropical beaches there are deep forests, rivers and slopes of green lush crop fields and rice patties. There is also a rain forest with ancient Banyan trees, Orchids and spice fields. Bali also has natural hot springs and beautifully decorated open gardens.

Related Article: The Ultimate Bali Travel Guide For First Timers

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Bali is known for its sunsets and its beaches attract surfers and divers from all over the world.

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 While visiting Bali, check out Gili Island, these three little tropical islands are a bit of a hippie paradise! If you looking for some adventure why not try rafting down the Ayung River?

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The Balinese are incredibly talented. Their wooden carvings, paintings and textiles are shipped all over the world.

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I hope this just gave you a small insight to Bali. I was there just a little over 14 days and there was not enough time to do all the tours and sightseeing I wish I could have done.

Have you been Bali? Please comment what you enjoyed about the Island?

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Bali is great to explore, there is just so much to do on the Island and its ocean provides so many activities for the water adventurer.

* All cost for this trip was paid for by us (Soul Drifters) All opinions are our own.  Images may be used around the web as long as you credit us and link back to our website Images may not be used for advertising and commercial purposes. You are welcome to contact us for rates and terms for commercial rights. 



Liza Williams

Born in South Africa, fascinated with culture and loves wood fire pizza. “Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take but by the moments that take our breath away” Follow me on twitter: @soul_drifters

26 thoughts on “Bali Photo Essay – The Island, Culture & People

  • September 12, 2017 at 12:51 pm

    Every time I am looking at the pictures from Bali I ask myself how come that I still haven’t been there? I loved browsing through your photos. The sunset one is stunning. The volcano and spice fields are some things I would definitely want to take a closer look at. Thank you for posting.

  • September 11, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    Wow, you’ve certainly captured the beauty of the temples and landscapes in Bali in your great photographs. What a magnificent part of Indonesia. You mentioned you would stay for more than 14 days next time, but what did you feel that you missed? Thanks for the tips.

  • September 10, 2017 at 2:07 pm

    I loved your pictures…those temples are simply full of character and I think I would love to photograph them all! Best of all were your recommendations on unique accommodation on AirBNB…thanks for sharing 🙂

  • September 10, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    I smiled as I looked through every picture here. I lived in Bali for 9 months and looking through your pics has just bought back so many fond memories. Your pics made me feel like I was back there, I almost felt the humidity haha.

  • September 10, 2017 at 11:53 am

    Bali comes alive through your pictures. I love the arst and craft by the locals and the water everywhere looks so peaceful.

  • September 10, 2017 at 10:58 am

    Wow! The temples in Bali are so beautiful! They remind us a bit of those we saw in Cambodia. We’ve never been to Bali, but seeing your photos here really makes us want to visit this beautiful island. Thank you for sharing!

  • September 9, 2017 at 4:25 pm

    Your photos are absolutely stunning! Are there lots of tourists/crowds? It looked like there were lots of folks with backpacks and cameras in your pictures 🙂 Regardless, I’ve heard amazing things about Bali and your photo essay only confirms them. Thank you for sharing!

  • September 8, 2017 at 6:11 pm

    I recognize one of those temples as the absolutely beautiful deserted one I came across. Wish I could’ve seen more of Bali.

  • September 6, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Wow my friend! What an awesome write up & amazing pictures! Gorgeous. Well done my friend.

  • September 5, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    Wow thanks Lisa, brought back wonderful memories. I need to go back
    Amazing pictures!


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