An inland town teeming with tourists, hawkers and vehicles, Central Ubud can at times be a little overwhelming. If buying a penis shaped bottle opener or toad kite isn’t your thing I would suggest hiring a scooter and exploring Ubud’s surrounds. A mere five minutes from the city and you will be amongst lush rainforest, terraced rice fields and historic temples. A much more authentic experience awaits…
The purifying springs of Tirta Empul Tempul built in 926 AD
Our beautiful hotel swimming pool at Puri Sunia
More Macaque monkeys at the Ubud Monkey forest
Local villager splitting bamboo shoots to sell as thatch
Lush rice terraces around Ubud
Balinese rice terrace worker
The Balinese woman often carry any number of items on their heads
…and in their arms
The infamous Luwak Coffee – The Luwak digests the beans and excretes them ready to roast!
Local villager working amongst the rainforest
This is the second part of a recent trip to Bali. After the bustling streets and hectic night life of Kuta, it was a nice change to arrive on the chilled Nusa Lembongan island. The next five days would be a mix of surfing, snorkeling, scootering, eating and relaxing…
The picturesque Nusa Lembongan Island
My Dad, Brother and girlfriend enjoying the relaxed pace
My beautiful partner Sophie ready for here awaiting limousine aka the 50cc scooter!
The welcoming locals
The local petrol station! The jungle juice bottles filled with fuel cost $2 and fill the scooter.
Hungry little guy
Rugged but beautiful coast of Nusa Ceningan
My favourite spot, Nusa Ceningan Point where we celebrated my 30th birthday
Nusa Lembongan by moonlight
From beautiful beaches to tropical rainforests, massive nightclubs to ancient temples, crowded streets to deserted rice terraces, Bali really is a place of contrasts. These contrasts and extremes all add to it’s attraction and make it a photographers dream.
I recently visited Bali with some family and friends and we all had an amazing experience. Whether you are into, surfing, shopping, diving, hiking, yoga, religion or just relaxing there is something for everyone. We only had two weeks there but really got a taste of what Bali is all about. I have plenty of photos from the trip and this is just part one of three! Enjoy : )
Arriving in Bali we were bombarded by hundreds of porters holding signs the question was where is ours!?
Although my partner thought our Villa may be a hoax due to its price, we arrived to find it was in fact real!
Hard to beat sunset drinks on Seminyak beach
Chilling on Seminyak
Lots of quirky alleyways weave their way amongst the main roads
Our local grocer
The picture perfect Dreamland beach, with some heavy surf
My brother making friends with the locals
Keep an eye out for our next stop, the surf Island of Nusa Lembongan