Five Reasons to Visit Eastern Bali

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A swimmer swims toward Gunung Agung on the eastern part of Bali, Indonesia

There are few destinations where the term paradise lost cuts deeper than Bali's overdeveloped west coast. But in the island's eastern highlands and on its eastern seaboard, the knockout natural beauty the Indonesian province has been renowned for remains largely intact.

The deep religiosity of the Balinese — Hinduism blended with Buddhism, ancestor worship and a sprinkle of white magic — continues to thrive in the east too. See it in all its glory from Aug. 29 to Sept. 7, when islanders travel en masse to their ancestral villages for Galungan,...

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