Ceremonies are a regular occurrence and small communities, like this one in Padang Bai, come together to celebrate their ancestors and honour the ruling deities of the temple.
Deftly walking along the raised grassy paths between the paddies, the girls sauntered through the fields as if they’d done it a hundred times before while I wondered who was going to be the first one to get wet.
Renowned for its lack of building regulations, Bali is in desperate need of more sustainable developments. Has Bloo Lagoon Ecotourism Village got it right? Sitting high on a hilltop, with panoramic views overlooking Labuhan Amuk Bay and Badung Strait, Bloo Lagoon Village in Padang Bai feels a million miles from the frenetic, hedonistic hotspot of Kuta. We stayed for five days and found a little piece of paradise.
Out on the horizon, behind the fishing boats toiling at their early morning business, was the beginnings of a sunrise. To the left was towering Mount Agung covered in morning cloud, and tropical flowers framed every view.
I can’t say I’m a massive trekking in the dark person. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good trek, but usually I like to see where I’m going. Obviously, not everyone is of the same opinion as a handful of die-hard trekkers set off, gingerly feeling their way down the path. I quietly raise an eyebrow, watch, and wait.
An eco resort, abundant wildlife and sealife, and a community keen to conserve their habitat make West Bali National Park a great green getaway.