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Bali Hai

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The 1958 Rogers and Hammerstein movie South Pacific brought the world's attention to this emerald isle that lies just a few kilometres off the southeast corner of Java. The movie was set in wartime South Pacific when the Americans were battling the Japanese for control of the islands, but Bali is a very peaceful place today. The waters of the Sea of Bali and the Indian Ocean are warm, calm and as blue a the sky...

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The movie was actually filmed entirely in Hawaii and none of the people involved had ever visited Bali so it's not surprising that the movie scenes don't really look like Bali and the Balinese don't look like Indonesians. This is Bali today...

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Bali is a tropical paradise island and this is the incredible carved and gilded ceiling of our hotel room's patio...

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Carvings are everywhere here...

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Monkeys are another feature of the Balinese jungles and these crafty little devils will swipe anything they can from unwary tourists...

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Unfortunately, there are increasingly large numbers of tourists swamping Bali and it is already too late to appreciate the real beauty of the island and its people without falling victim to the monkeys in the hotspots like Kuta. Ubud, in the central highlands, is still a quaint place of peaceful retreats - but for how long?

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Posted by Hawkson 16:01 Archived in Indonesia

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