Photos of South Bali

My time in South Bali wasn’t fantastic by any stretch of the imagination.  I chose Bali for a number of reasons which seemed completely relevant in my head at the time, but now seem silly.  Basically, I chose the Kuta area for the simple reason that I wanted to plop down somewhere and work for a month.  I wanted to be somewhere with good internet, a location near some attractions, and a place close enough to little escapes like Ubud, Tanah Lot, and Uluwatu,  In hindsight, choosing Bali wasn’t the mistake.  Choosing to be in the Kuta area was.

Basically, I over-paid to stay a month in the heart of a part of the island I didn’t even like.  The beach was a mess, traffic was always stuck, and there was little reprieve from the tourism side of things.  Though my apartment here in Bali was a nice place, I really should have opted to base somewhere off in Uluwatu or even across the island in North Bali.

Still, despite my mistakes, I did manage to get out and shoot some images while I was here.

Rather than write a bunch of articles about Bali, I’m just going to post two photo essays.  The articles will be split into South and North Bali, this is the southern section of the island.

Uluwatu

Uluwatu was my first travel destination in Bali.  I liked it, but coming directly from the cold in Europe I really was too hot the whole time to properly enjoy it.  Still the photos of Uluwatu came out surprisingly well.

Uluwatu, Bali

A couple monkeys hanging out in the parking lot.

Uluwatu, Bali

The view from Uluwatu Temple

Uluwatu, Bali

A woman at work.

Uluwatu, Bali

This is what they call the “secret surfer’s beach”, great spot, but not much of a secret

Uluwatu, Bali

Surfers heading out to the waves.

Uluwatu, Bali

Classic Uluwatu view

Tanah Lot

Another one of the temple day-trips from Kuta, Tanah Lot is a little bit over-rated.  However, the landscapes and scenery around Tanah Lot is really impressive.  I wish this place wasn’t so much of a tourist trap, but hey, it’s still pretty cool.

Tanah Lot, Bali

A Hindu procession was on when I was in Tanah Lot. Made for some cool photos.

Tanah Lot, Bali

The temple is on a bit of an island. You can get there dry when the tide is low.

Tanah Lot, Bali

Another shot of the procession.

Tanah Lot, Bali

Another view of the temple.

Tanah Lot, Bali

Love this bit of landscape, the natural bridge.

Tanah Lot, Bali

Tanah Lot, Bali

Enjoying the view of Tanah Lot temple

Ubud

After spending a day taking pictures in Ubud, I really regretted not staying up here instead of Kuta.  The tease of a nearby beach was too much to go against, however.  The Ubud area is very photogenic, as you’ll see.

Ubud, Bali

A monkey at the sacred monkey forest grabs the hand of a visitor

Ubud, Bali Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

Maybe the best monkey pose of all time?

Ubud, Bali

My first legit view of the rice terraces was just north of Ubud.

Ubud, Bali

Ubud, Bali

My favourite photo from Ubud

Ubud, Bali

Loved this little guy in the monkey forest!

Kuta and Seminyak

Obviously my least favourite place to photography in the south of Bali.  But that isn’t really a result of my attitude as it is the fact that flat beaches with no big landmarks behind them don’t often make for great photos.

Kuta, Bali Kuta, Bali-2 Kuta, Bali-3 Kuta, Bali-4

Stay tuned for my photos from North Bali which will be published in the next couple of weeks.


Author: Brendan van Son

Author: I am a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada. Over my years as a travel photographer, I have visited 6 of the 7 continents and more countries than I have any desire to count. If you want to improve your skills, be sure to check out my travel photography channel on Youtube . Also, check out my profile on . to learn a little bit more about me and my work.

Share This Post On

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Real Time Analytics
Shares
Want to improve your photography? Subscribe to my Travel Photography YouTube Channel! You will not regret it!

Get a Free Copy of Vagabundo Magazine

Sign up for my newsletter and get a free copy of Vagabundo Magazine. You'll also get information regarding future travel photography workshops. Right now, we're booking for PERU!