Kite flying is a favorite sport in Indonesia, and especially in Bali where man-made structures are low, by law, and the beaches are wide, especially from Sanur to Padang Galak, presenting no obstacles to flight.
The Bali Kites Festival is a series of kiting events that take place annually between July and August (sometimes through October), notably at the start of the windy season. The kite festivals are one of Bali’s major provincial calendar highlights presenting unique cultural scenes on par with the preceding the Bali Arts Festival. The festival is slated for various dates, with main events customarily taking place along the eastern coast. Main preliminary events are usually held near the end of June and confirmed following favorable weather, therefore planning ahead to witness the event is usually a last-minute deal. Hundreds of competing kite troupes gather from all over the island to pilot their traditional kites, alongside international teams with modern kites in various shapes and sizes.
The following photos are from Mertasari Beach, at the west end of Sanur–a site where many traditional festivals and ceremonies are held.