The last stop before our big boat journey to Australia is also probably the most covered in tourists. We don’t mind though as it gives us a bit of space from the local scammers, who concentrate their efforts on other non-Indonesians. The island is relaxed and covered in decoration, on every door step and at every meal table. The wet season dominates and leaves many tourists having to explain to their partners that they didn’t realise it wouldn’t be ideal beach weather until after booking their flight tickets to Bali!
Whether old or new, development here follows fairly traditional methods of building.
Our Balinese hut is beautiful, though surrounded by animals and insects that wake us every night!
Bali is a predominantly Hindu island, unlike much of Indonesia. The difference in peoples' rituals - and behaviour - is quite startling.
It rains every day, drawing us away from the coast and towards the higher, central town of Ubud, where culutural tourism flourishes.
Despite the rain we finally manage to relax in Indonesia!
Traditional Balinese dance and music at our dinner table.
A rare piece of open ground in the town where for the first time we see children who play football with footwear on.