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  • The island of Bali lies in the center of the Indonesian archipelago,

  • between the islands, of Java and Lombok.

  • But to the Balinese people,

  • their island is considered the center of the spiritual universe.

  • Bali has a population of around 4 million people,

  • and is home to Indonesia's Hindu population.

  • The Balinese practice the concept of Tri Hita Karana,

  • which seeks to balance the human, natural and spirit worlds.

  • And it is this sense of harmony

  • which makes Bali more than just a physical destination,

  • but a complete state of mind.

  • Most first time visitors are drawn to the south of Bali,

  • a region blessed with incredible beaches and world class surf.

  • Kuta was discovered by the flower children and surfers of the 1960's.

  • Just a short drive from Bali's International Airport,

  • and renowned for it's nightlife and shopping,

  • it's hard to imagine this was once a sleepy fishing village.

  • Yet Kuta's crescent shaped beach still retains a magical quality,

  • casting a spell over sun worshippers from all over the world.

  • From Kuta, grab your sarong and follow the beach north,

  • to the beaches of Legian, Double Six and Seminyak,

  • where things really mellow out.

  • Step from the sand of Seminyak and into Petitenget Temple.

  • The temple was built centuries ago,

  • around a simple shrine built to appease troublesome spirits

  • who haunted the area.

  • Today, Seminyak is a tranquil place,

  • known for its great restaurants and fashion boutiques.

  • Bali has come a long way since it's days as just a backpacker destination.

  • Head south from Kuta to the Bukit Penninsula

  • where you'll find the luxury resort enclave of Nusa Dua,

  • a name synonymous with seclusion and style.

  • On the peninsula's west side is one of Bali's finest beaches, Jimbaran.

  • Towards the end of the day,

  • pull up a chair at one of the seafood restaurants,

  • and experience an incredible spectacle,

  • as Bali's gods hurl paint across the heavens

  • A little further south, and jutting out into the Java Sea

  • is the rock at lands end ~ Uluwatu.

  • Follow the cliff-top pathways to one of Bali's most important temples,

  • then grab your board and paddle out into Uluwatu's legendary swells.

  • Discovering more of Bali is a breeze.

  • Hire a van with driver for the day,

  • or if you're feeling more adventurous rent a scooter.

  • Not far from the island's capital, Denpasar,

  • is the Bali Bird Park, a sanctuary to over 1000 birds

  • from all over Indonesia and beyond.

  • Nearby at the Bali Zoo, see Bali from up high,

  • on the back of a Sumatran elephant

  • But it's even higher, in the foothills,

  • where the true spirit of Bali awaits.

  • Only an hours drive from Denpassar is Bali's cultural capital, Ubud.

  • Here the streets are lined with stalls and galleries

  • selling the works of local artisans.

  • To deepen your appreciation of Balinese art,

  • spend a few hours at The Neka Art and Puri Lukisan museums.

  • Or take a tour through the fabulous private collection of the Arma Museum.

  • Don't miss the flamboyant home of painter Antonio Blanco

  • ~ The Dali of Bali ~ who's life's work was a tribute to the female form.

  • Ubud is one of Bali's most popular tourist destinations,

  • but serenity is never more than a few steps away.

  • You'll find some of Ubud's most popular residents

  • under the cool canopy of The Sacred Monkey Forest.

  • A few kilometers away,

  • step through the mouth of a demon into the elephant caves of Goa Gajah.

  • Ubud is surrounded by Bali's rural heartland,

  • where, apart from the motor scooters, life has changed little for centuries.

  • As the altitude rises the highlands offer a cool haven.

  • It is here, among the volcanic mountain mists of Kintamani and beyond,

  • that the island's most revered gods reside

  • Down below, the rest of Bali awaits,

  • as well as nearby treasures like Lombok's, Gilli Islands.

  • Indonesia has thousands of islands to explore.

  • But few others in this archipelago,

  • or indeed the rest of the world,

  • can match the culture, natural beauty and spirit of Bali.

The island of Bali lies in the center of the Indonesian archipelago,

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    Eric Wang posted on 2017/10/14
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