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Although it might pass off as easy at first sight, harvesting seaweed from the plantations can be very hard work, given that a basket full of wet seaweed can be quite heavy.

This photo is part of the first episode of the Where’s Paradise? project focusing on the island of Nusa Lembongan, 20km SE of Bali. The series puts side by side the western idea of paradise that conjures images of small tropical islands with white sandy beaches and coconut groves and the actual lives of the actual people that live in these often remote places.

The first episode also features a documentary film viewable on

If you like our project and have an iPad (or a friend with an iPad), the first episode also has a dedicated app, which besides the film and photos (viewable offline) also features more of our thoughts and observations of the places and people of Nusa Lembongan and a detailed, beautifully hand-drawn, interactive map. The app is available for download on the App Store

To find out more about the project visit our website

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