Bali’s wild west coast: uncrowded and unspoilt, says The Guardian
Ash O’Neill, Wanderah Founder and Tour Director
Did you know that even though Bali has experienced a boom in tourism over the last 10 years, there are still vast sections of the island that are unknown to tourists and expats alike?
I often recommend a trip to the west of the island for a feel of times gone by – it’s why I include a two-day west Bali guided tour in the Wanderah Itinerary – and The Guardian agrees with me…
You can read the full article here: The Guardian: Bali’s Wild West Coast
So, why is west Bali so different from the rest of the island?
Here are a few reasons:
Taking in the beauty, before lunch by the river
1) Untouched nature
While the entire island benefits from stunningly beautiful nature, the western end of Bali is covered by uninhabited jungle, flanked by deserted black volcanic sand beaches and awash with mangroves and terraced rice fields.
“Few people on the island, even among Bali’s large expat community, ever take the time to visit this area and, since there’s only a relatively small chain of roads circling the inland forest, perhaps they imagine there’s little to see. But Bali’s “wild west” offers unexpected highlights”
2) Colourful timber boats
The cape of Perancak is home to more than 100 huge timber boats and not just any fishing boats but the most colourful fishing fleets in the world.
Painted Wooden Fishing Boats (Perahu)
3) Traditional ways of life
Much of the beauty of Bali stems from the Balinese culture and the traditional ways of life, this is even more apparent to the west of the island.
This snake fruit farmer was very excited we were trying snake fruit for the first time.