A popular destination for Aussie and Japanese tourists, Bali also offers some fantastic coastal soaring for paraglider pilots. We passed up Kuta, and the usual hair-braiding, sarong-wearing, tacky wooden carving buying, sunburnt skin experience, for some airtime at Timbis in the very south of the Bukit Peninsula. We learnt a lot about ridge-soaring, strong-wind launches, and top-landings (landing at the same place you took off from).

We met some nice people, both locals and visiting pilots, and were pleasantly surprised to find that even though Bali is the overexploited tourist destination it is, the Balinese are still so deeply rooted in their culture and traditions, and are genuinely friendly.