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Bali High

Article by Samantha Brown 06.27.2016 Photographed by Petrina Tinslay

Despite the arrival of Western artists to Bali in the 1920s, then the rush of surfers, hippies, backpackers and, these days, luxury travelers, the island’s traditions remain an ever-present backdrop. From stunning temples and Hindu rituals to thrilling flora and fauna, the island’s highlights always make way for the unexpected. 

Sea views from Uluwatu, one of Bali’s most famous temples, which clings to the soaring limestone cliffs of the island’s southern coast, the Indian Ocean thundering below. Uluwatu is one of Bali’s seven sea temples; the chain scallops along the southwest coast, each temple said to be visible from the next.

Seaweed fishermen at Pandawa Beach

Local seaweed fishermen take a break from the midday sun at Pandawa Beach, a short drive from Nusa Dua.

A dancer in the Balinese art of kecak, which dates to the 1930s and includes over 100 performers dancing and chanting to depict scenes from the Ramayana, one of the great Hindu epic stories.

Monkey climbing on wall in Bali

Monkeys, like this long-tailed macaque, leap and play at Uluwatu Temple.

Visitors must rise early to experience the colors and bustle of central Ubud’s produce market, which opens at dawn and closes at 9 a.m. Here, market flowers will be used as temple offerings.

Traditional Javanese fishing boats on the beach at Jimbaran Bay.

Just south of Nusa Dua, Suluban Beach offers world-class surfing — and outstanding vistas.

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