Mass tourism, high prices, too much traffic, pollution and garbage even in the most remote beaches... Especially southern Bali has become a playground for rich tourists from around the world with dozens of luxury hotels, classy restaurants and shops everywhere with prices as high as in any developed country.
Well now everyone has heard about it - Bali is different now and probably forever.
My partner and I traveled all over the island, going from 5-star hotels in Nusa Dua, to Balangam, Uluwatu, Jimabaran Bay, Ubud (famous cultural town in central Bali), Beratan lake, to remote places up in the north close to Lovina beach.
There was so much traffic and pollution, especially around the main tourist centres, asides from garbage and broken bottles in almost every beach.
At our beach hotel in Nusa Dua there was even a man picking up trash- all day long - from the water and the sand, with ongoing background noise from water sports and boats.
There was also free Wi-fi available everywhere - even on holidays you can´t escape your phone and your email now!
We were lucky to be there during a beautiful celebration, when this sea temple was filled with Balinese men and women wearing their traditional colourful clothes, bringing baskets of offerings to the temple (fruit, rice, money, etc).
Balinese people have kept their lightness, friendly smiles, beautiful arts and daily rituals, so that´s probably allowing for a natural rebalance and still making Bali a worthwhile trip.
My prayers go to this beautiful island and its lovely people - may the Gods help you find your way back into harmony and sustainable balance with Nature.
Man collecting garbage at the beach at Nusa Dua (all day long!)
Altar at Balangan Beach (Jimbaran area)
Here at the lovely "The Alchemist Café", close to Balangan Beach.
Rice fields north of Ubud
Local temple and market, north of Ubud
Dragons in the Temple at Lovina Beach (north Bali)