A typically spectacular sunset blossoms over the coast of northwestern Bali.
Do not Disturb
Many resorts in remote West Bali specialise in a feeling of seclusion and romantic privacy that is hard to replicate in the more crowded centre of the island.
Balinese Rural Portrait
Paddyfields at dawn
Balinese Hindu at the clifftop sea temple of Uluwatu, one of Bali's most spiritual spots.
A girl takes a blessing with holy water at the end of her tooth-filing ceremony.
A pig is sacrificed as the centre piece for the feast at a Balinese wedding in rural West Bali.
Even relatively humble village weddings will usually be extravagant and colourful ceremonies in culture-rich Bali.
The groom undergoes ritual tooth-filing at the beginning of a wedding ceremony in rural West Bali.
Princess for a day - a Balinese bride in all her regal finery (during a relatively humble village wedding in rural West Bali).
A young girl watches a local wedding.
Balinese Rural Portrait
The elders of Sidetapa village are among the last who remember the ancient Bali Aga traditions
The Bali Aga village of Trunyan is unique in Bali for its open air mortuary where the dead are left to decompose in the highland air
Only 20 Bali white starlings exist in the wild and West Bali National Park is the only place they can be seen.
Ubud Street Scene
Dressed for the temple.
Cock-fighting remains a popular pastime in rural West Bali
West Bali duck-herder
A duck-herder marches his quacking brood homeward through the West Bali paddy fields.
At Perancak the fleet of vibrant Madurese trawlers finds shelter from the south-western breakers.
At Palasari the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church rises in an unexpectedly regal facade against the steaming jungle backdrop.
Preparations for a 'royal wedding' among the Bali Aga of Tenganan village
Elegant sambar deer (known here as menjangan) browse in the forest around The Menjangan resort.
West Bali bird-watching
“Most bird-watchers come to west Bali with one sighting in mind," says wilderness guide Putu Suardika, "of course...everybody wants to see Bali starlings.”
Wilderness guide Putu Suardika has spent six years exploring the forests around The Menjangan resort.
Menjangan, West Bali
As the sun crests the rainforested peaks it turns the rock pools into shards of burnished copper that seem to have splintered off the mirrored surface of the lagoon.
The Menjangan property is so extensive that open-topped bush shuttles are used to transport you around the forested grounds.
Macaques are common all over West Bali but, in general, they are yet to learn the talent for theft for which their eastern counterparts are so notorious.