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In Bali, the mountains are the home of the gods and the island is divided by a range of volcanoes running almost through its centre. Shrouded in mystery and magic, they stretch skywards in splendour. Bali's main volcano is the still active Gunung Agung, which is considered sacred amongst the local people.

The Balinese are a remarkably friendly and artistic bunch who have created a dynamic society with unique arts and ceremonies. Art and culture are strongly bonded to Bali's unique form of Hinduism called Hindu Darma. Classical dance dramas are based on the old Hindu epics of the Ramayana and the Mahabarata, but also contain an element of local folklore peculiar to the island.

Every year June through September, the rains ease and the southerly trade winds roll in like clockwork making it possible to launch from the towering Batur volcano, soar the 12 kilometre coastal ridge of the Bukit peninsula, fly above resort hotels or cross country high above terraced rice paddies.

Bali is serviced by Ngurah Rai international airport, about 30 minutes from Denpasar. Accommodation is available to cater for individual needs and budgets, ranging from home stays and small bungalows to the luxurious 5 star resort hotels on the Bukit peninsula. As an alternative to paragliding, water sports are naturally popular in Bali - surfing, sailing, scuba diving and white water rafting are all on offer.

bali cinta damai

Tragic and senseless are the words that immediately spring to mind when we reflect upon the events of October 12, 2002 in Kuta, Bali. Flying Fysh were there at the time busy with a promotional paragliding video on the Bukit peninsular and although we had frequented the Legian strip, fate had us placed away from the two bombs that tragic Saturday night.

All up, Flying Fysh stayed on in Bali for a further five weeks. We witnessed the mass exodus of the foreign tourists and the overwhelming sympathy and sadness of the locals. We watched the world's knee-jerk reactions via the Indonesian and international media outlets. We walked the now deserted streets, past the now deserted shops. We dined amongst a sea of tables and chairs left waiting for guests. And even though we got great service, we were left feeling saddened. The people are suffering. So, the sentiments of the local Balinese are also ours: Please, don't let the terrorists win! Come back to Bali. Bali cinta damai! (Bali loves peace!).

We offer a moment of silence for all those who lost their lives. We offer good will to all the family that have survived them. We offer strength to all those left suffering physically and emotionally.

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI OM

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Patience... patience... patience! This is one of the most important attributes that a competent paragliding pilot can have.

"may the wicked become good, may the good obtain peace, may the peaceful be freed from bonds, may the freed set others free"

Universal prayer (for Oct. 12, 2002)

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