flora include majestic, holy Banyan trees, swaying palms, the versatile
bamboo, acacia trees and flowers, flowers, flowers! Flowers can be seen
everywhere; Balinese love beauty and their gardens, roads and temple grounds
are delightfully adorned with all kinds of blooms imaginable. Hibiscus,
bougainvillea, poinsettia, oleander, jasmine, water lily, roses, begonias,
magnolias, orchids and hydrangeas can be found and enjoyed throughout
Bali. Ubiquitous frangipani flowers with their exotic perfume blend well
into the picturesque scenery.
flourish in Bali. Inquisitive monkeys with outstretched hands forever
beseeching a treat, lizards living harmoniously with humans and it is
purported to be a fortuitous omen if one hears the lizard call seven times.
The elusive Balinese tigers still roam the remote northwest part of the
island but a sighting is indeed rare. Bats, squirrels, iguanas, civets,
barking deer, mouse deer and more than 300 species of birds share Bali's
lush greenery. You will also see schools of dolphins near Lovina, Candidasa
and Padangbai, and there are colorful coral and small reef fish, moray
eels, crustaceans, sponges and plankton-eating whale sharks along the
east coast of Menjangan island, near Gilimanuk. Of course, we must not
ignore our domestic friends, who wake us up in the morn or bark at night.
Roosters, chickens, ducks, pigs, buffaloes and cows form the complete
picture of a Balinese farm life.