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Coastal erosion on the beaches of South Bali.


Beachside tourist restaurant damaged by high tides and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali


An upscale tourist restaurant damaged by unusually high tides and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

An upscale tourist restaurant damaged by unusually high tides and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali.

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The protective seawalls of an upscale tourist restaurant damaged by freak waves and coastal erosion in Canggu, South Bali

The protective seawall of an upscale tourist restaurant damaged by freak waves and coastal erosion in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

The seawall of an upscale Western restaurant damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

The seawall of an upscale Western restaurant damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.


Balinese-Hindu beach temple damaged by freak waves and coastal erosion in Canggu, South Bali

Mangrove trees help protect a beachside Hindu temple damaged by freak waves and unusually high seasonal tides in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple severely damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple severely damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple damaged by freak waves and unusually high seasonal tides in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A Balinese deity stands guard over a Hindu temple severely damaged by freak waves and coastal erosion in Canggu, South Bali.

A Balinese deity stands guard over a beachside Hindu temple damaged by freak waves and coastal erosion in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.

A Balinese deity stands guard over a Hindu temple severely damaged by freak waves and beach erosion in Canggu, South Bali.

A Balinese deity stands guard over a beachside Hindu temple damaged by freak waves and beach erosion in Canggu, South Bali.

© 2017 Ubud High.



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The Big Picture

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PORTRAITS from Bali's female side.


Balinese-Hindu Melasti Water-Purification Ceremony Before Nyepi, the Day of Silence ➨

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BEACH-SIDE water purification ceremonies in the lead-up to Nyepi, Bali's Hindu Saka New Year and Day of Silence.


Ogoh-Ogoh Parades and Festivals on the Eve of Nyepi in Bali ➨

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OGOH-OGOH PARADES of papier-mâché monsters in Ubud, Sanur, Renon and Kuta on the eve of Nyepi – Bali's Hindu Day of Silence.


'Kerauhan' – Trance and Mass Possession at a Hindu Village Temple Ceremony in Bali, Indonesia ➨

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Yoga, Dance, Music and Therapy at the Bali Spirit Festival in Ubud, Indonesia ➨

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A WEEK-LONG FESTIVAL of yoga, therapy, music and dance at Ubud's annual Bali Spirit Festival.


Coastal Beach Erosion and Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia ➨

Sandbags support the foundations of a beachside Hindu temple damaged by coastal erosion and freak waves in Canggu, South Bali

CLIMATE CHANGE and coastal erosion washes up on the shores of Bali.


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The Heads of Trunyan: West Meets East ➨

Portrait of female farm-worker, Trunyan village, Kintamani, Bali, Indonesia

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Cinema Paradiso: The Story of Indonesian Cinema on Bali ➨

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BOOBS AND POLITICAL CENSORSHIP have never been far from the Silver Screen. In Indonesia, they're its bedrock.

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The Story of Ganesha – Ganesh – Bali's Hindu Elephant God ➨

The Hindu Elephant God Ganesha guards a Balinese-Hindu home in Bali, Indonesia

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Motorbike accident victim, Ubud, Bali

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Anyone outside that flow is the one who's going to cause a road accident. Stick to an imaginary lane – and drive defensively.

Keep an eye on who's undertaking or overtaking you, and don't make any sudden moves unless you're about to hit something.

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Dead green lizard killed by Bali dogs in Ubud, Indonesia

WE ALL HAVE TO PAY for our little slice of Bali Paradise.

And this often comes in the shape of our stinging, biting, crawling, flying cousins. It's the downside of environment-sharing.

Find out what to do when you come up against a scorpion, a jumping spider, an angry Balinese hornet or an unstoppable army of hungry marching ants...