Jessica Peterson

Ignoring any stereotypes fixed on it by Westerners, Bali maintains its enigmatic culture in all aspects of life. Its lively and friendly disposition serves as a stark contrast to the daily dread of punishing Hindu spirits. In addition, Bali is one of the most thriving artisan cultures in the world, unfazed by the Industrial Revolution or the tech boom. Add to that the natural splendor of the island and it’s easy to see why 4.6 million tourists visited in 2016.

Filmed and edited by Jessica Peterson.

MUSIC: “Barcarolle” licensed from Second track by Steve Davis (

Shot on Sony a7S. Edited in FCPX.

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Jessica Peterson

Jessica Peterson is a travel filmmaker, photographer, and journalist. She released her first documentary film about indigenous culture on Guam in 2016, after having lived nearly 7 years on the Pacific island. Jessica is currently on the Great American Roadtrip in her Airstream trailer.
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  • Hannah

    Fantastic video! Really enjoyed it 🙂

  • Amanda | Maple Alps

    This is amazing. I really would like to visit Bali- it’s definitely on my bucket list

  • Kassie- The Fly Away Life

    This is so beautiful and did such an amazing job capturing the Balinese culture and people. I fell in love with Bali when I visited and can’t wait to go back some day.

    Ps- I had to pause in the middle because I was laughing so hard at the monkey with the sunglasses! Too cute!

    • Ha ha. I’m glad the monkey entertained. I almost cut that shot because I was so far away!

  • Great video! I am going to Bali in April and have just started making travel videos too with some fantastic new gear. I am hoping mine will look as good as yours does! Really enjoyed watching this!

  • Amazing video, you’ve captured some incredible moments in Bali and the music matches perfectly! Those kids loved being part of the video! I’m looking forward to seeing more.

    • The kids are just adorable. Balinese people in general are quite friendly.

  • How wonderful! I’ve always wanted to check out Bali. It looks gorgeous.

  • This is such a lovely video! About half way through I was going to mention how cute the kids were, then the birds came along, then the monkey with the glasses, and now I can’t decide which part/group I liked best. Great way to capture true Balinese life and culture!

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    Your photography and editing skills are amazing. I loved the video!! Awesome work.

  • Shem Hooda

    I seriously enjoyed this video so much! The way the shots are panned (in, out, around) are spectacular! I loved the scenery and the kids, but my favorite shots would have to be the food-related footage around 1:20!


    Your video is very well made and captures all aspects of Bali from cultural to leisure activities (love the monkey with the sunglasses!). Good job! I hope to make it there soon – hopefully this year!

  • Sheila

    The colors and beauty of the people and scenery is breathtaking. You captured it beautifully! I’ve never been, but it is on my bucket list for sure!

    • Yes, it is easy to film Bali because it is so colorful. Thanks for watching, Sheila.

  • Marcy Quist Knopf

    As a scuba diver I am DYING to get to Bali

  • Emily

    Love the video! I love videography and am planning on starting my own YouTube channel so this video is an inspiration! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Kristine AARSHEIM

    Wow, your video is beautiful! The colors, the nature, the people, the entertainment, the animals. What an amazing presentation of Bali!

  • What an amazing travel film. I loved seeing Bali in a different light. I am getting into film making and this really inspired me.

  • Rose Mont

    What a nice video. It shows some many different elements of Bali. Places, people and food! I have never been there and maybe never will but, thank you for the peek!

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    Great video. I want to go to Bali at some point It looks just beautiful.

  • This is an amazing video. You did an amazing job capturing the culture. Bali is def on my bucklist and I’d love to see this all in person one day!

  • Divya @ Eat. Teach. Blog.

    You did a GREAT job capturing your experience. I’ve never been there but I hope to go some day in the future 🙂

  • Wow Jess stunning video! You captured my favourite place absolutely beautifully! So glad you showcased all the amazing culture, locals and traditions! xx

    • Culture is such a huge part of Balinese life. It’s rare to see a place so unaffected by tourism in that way.

  • Nicole Cochingco Escat

    What a fun experiences! I love this awesome video! Bali is one of my dream places to travel.

  • Anamika Ojha

    Loved your video! Bali is on my bucket list. Hope to visit there soon!

  • Jenni Sheldon

    wow what a cool video this is making me want to book a trip to Bali right now lol. You captured what I imagine it to look like looks amazing

  • Zenaida del Mundo

    That’s amazing! Everything about the Bali film hit all my senses and left me wanting more of Bali. Bali has me hypnotize!

  • Vania Valentina

    Fell in love with your video! Absolutely amazing and LOVE the music that goes along. Glad I found your blog and thank you for making this super cool film. Do you mind if I share your video link on my page?