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"WESTERN TOURISTS ON A NEW AGE RAVE dressed up as an eco-friendly fuck-on-the-beach music festival crash face on with a delicate Muslim island population.

The results are not sweet to watch.

The story of the plastic-free Air Festival rave on the Muslim island of Gili Air in Lombok.

Young white couple having public sex on the beach in Gili Air, Lombok, Indonesia

A Western tourist checks his video of a young white couple having casual morning sex on the beach during the new-age, plastic-free 'Air Festival' rave on the Muslim island of Gili Air in Lombok, Indonesia.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Excerpt: Rubber-Free? Sex on the Beach and a Wet Pussy

We take a morning walk along the pristine beach, past the new dive centres and manicured lawns where the dry jungle and coconut groves used to be. Two sun-bathing white men have made a little nest in the white sand, and one is pointing his camera steadily at the edge of the shallow sea.

There's a strange thrashing nearby in the water, like a fat fish fighting to be landed. We're twenty meters away now. A young white couple seems to be playing in the water, and they look kind of sweet in a tropical in-love kind of way. Ten steps closer and we can see the young man's naked, moon-white backside pounding into his girlfriend's barely submerged pelvis.

Ten meters away, and the boy finally looks up – an inane, animal-like grin taped across his face as his girlfriend grips his butt and grimaces at the empty blue sky. They disengage like street dogs and stare. Ketut starts shaking. In Indonesia, even a public display of affection like holding hands is seen as a disrespectful lack of self-discipline. It takes her two or three minutes before she can speak.

She stops, and turns to me.

– "You know, up until now, I've never seen two fish fuck in the sea..."

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