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.

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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!

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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 W

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

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

  • November 8, 2017 at 10:39 pm

    I still remember those beautiful sunsets! And it is a nice island to explore 🙂

  • November 8, 2017 at 9:10 pm

    Bali is one of the most photogenic places I have ever been. From the greenery to the rice paddies to the amazing wood work…it’s all beautiful! What an amazing place to visit and capture through a lens!

  • November 8, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    What beautiful pictures! I absolutely love Bali and hope to visit the island again soon. The temples there are amazing and you captured them perfectly.

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:27 pm

    This is such a beautiful collection! When I went to Bali I was overwhelmed with how to capture it’s beauty! Some of my favorite shots are with the surf boards, I never saw surfing there… I guess I have to go back! 🙂 Thanks for letting me relive my memories!

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:20 pm

    I haven’t been to Bali, but it looks wonderful! I love all the temples, especially the floating ones!

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    Loved the pictures! Looks like I really need to plan a trip to Bali soon

  • November 8, 2017 at 3:06 pm

    Love Bali. Also described my love in a post on Bali recently and your post made me even more nostalgic and made me want to go back so badly. Bali definitely has something for everyone.

  • November 8, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    Love this! Brought back some memories of our trip at the start of the year! Wish we had better weather as you have some much better pictures than we were able to take!

  • November 8, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Amazing pics. Bali is so beautiful. Very clean and green. Great blog!

  • September 12, 2017 at 7:29 pm

    Bali is one of my favorite places that I have been. I just couldn’t get enough of this place. Your photos are lovely, and made me nostalgic. I was there during Galungan where the homes and streets look pretty, decorated with bamboos.


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