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Bali Authorities Demolish Dozens Of Beach Huts In Canggu

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Despite over three months of warning, vendors on Canggu Beach had their beach huts demolished on Tuesday 6th September. The Badung Civil Service Police Unit (Saptol PP) coordinated the demolition operation. The semi-permeant buildings had been used by vendors as surf shacks, cold drinks stalls, and gift shops. 

Talking to reporters, the Head of the Badung Civil Service Police Unit, I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara, said the demolition came after months of warnings and conversations between the entrepreneurs and the local government.

He explained how the vendors had been given notice of the demolition back in June and clearly told that the demolitions would be going ahead as of the 1st of September. They were told to clear their businesses from the area and remove the semi-permanent structures they were operating out of since they did not have licenses or business permits, rendering their actions illegal. 

Despite the warnings, vendors did not dismantle the beach huts giving Saptol PP no option but to coordinate a demolition operation. Suryanegara shared more details of the operation with reporters. He said, ‘From us, we only watched and supervised the process. Because five days have passed [since the deadline], there was an initiative from the Canggu Village and Traditional Village to [bring] heavy equipment [to remove the buildings]’. 

Suryanegara explained that ‘On Canggu Beach, 43 businesses were using semi-permanent buildings owned by 29 entrepreneurs. So [more than] one entrepreneur has more than one place’. During his chat with the press, Suryanegara confirmed that the Badung Regency Government will manage the land after the demolition effort. There will be no more semi-permeant beach huts. However, entrepreneurs can apply for licenses to rent out beach loungers and umbrellas to visitors. 

He confirmed ‘They [vendors] will get management rights, namely to use land belonging to the Badung Regency Government. We have submitted an application which will be assisted by the PUPR Service’. This week’s demolition comes just four months after the Badung Civil Service Police Unit demotions a row of beach huts on Berawa Beach for operating without licensing. The Civil Service gave vendors fair warning, and on the 15th of May, 2022, as agreed, they moved in with bulldozers to flatten the buildings. 

A total of 30 semi-permanent beach huts were demolished in May 2022. A spokesperson for Badung Civil Service told reporters at the time that the beach huts had begun to make the beach look ‘slum-like’. The vendors formed a committee and pledged to find a way to continue to operate in the area as they needed business to bounce back from the financial losses of the pandemic. 

All this is part of a coordinated effort to ‘clean up’ Canggu. In early August, Provincial Senator I Wayan Sandra lodged a formal statement to the local government to tackle the issue of traffic congestion in Canggu.

He explained how tourism developments had rapidly outgrown road and utility infrastructure. He highlighted how tourism development has grown exponentially in the last ten years but that the streets remain the same, causing gridlock and traffic jams that are making life difficult for local people and ruining the area’s public image. 

Sandra also highlighted how infrastructure developments must be carried out on the area’s water management system. As so many properties have been built on agricultural land, typically used as rice paddies, water management systems need to be upgraded. He explained how one typical rainstorm can now cause flooding in the street. 

Sandra asked the government for more funding to improve the infrastructure of roads, drains, and other key areas in Canggu because ‘If it is not handled immediately, it is not impossible that it will be in the national spotlight because of poor infrastructure’. He was told that the committee would review funding allocations in 2023.

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Monday 12th of June 2023

Reading your article has greatly helped me, and I agree with you. But I still have some questions. Can you help me? I will pay attention to your answer. thank you.


Friday 9th of September 2022

The local people working hard to make canggu to be tourist destination, after all the investors come then goverment starting demolish what the local people has build ?. Do you think local people can buy drink or food at the luxurious beach club?.

Local people only make small money for the family Why the demolished ? They pay everymonth to banjar.

money talk to much in this area. Very bad


Thursday 8th of September 2022

The same "cleanup" was done at Berawa and shortly thereafter a huge eyesore beach club with Java owners was built on the beach with liberal use of concrete and steel.

From google reviews it is clear this new beach club is disturbing neighbours even far away with constant and loud music not to mention traffic and parking issues.

Is this the plan for Canggu as well?

Ian J

Thursday 8th of September 2022

Bali is dying a slow death!Been visiting for 30years, thank god I can remember what it was like in early's only a transit place for me on to other parts of Indonesia now.

Mango Carafino

Thursday 8th of September 2022

It is good to see the Govt clean up that place. It is never good for pirate vendors to operate illegally. All those places made the area more dirty and why should tourist have to pay to sit on the beach when those businesses are there illegally pressuring the tourist for a beach chair. Some places are nice but others are shady, it is was so stressful to arrive there and first thing the illegal operators want is money for your motorbike parking, money to sit down, money for your shadow on the sand. Wtf, you know I grew up in Hawaii and the people who were not with a lot of money had the beach for free to use. But in Bali the local is making pressure to enjoy what is also free for all the people. If the tourist have to follow the rules the local should respect the law also.


Friday 9th of September 2022

Bikes with sport exhaust (motor knalpot brong) are actually illegal and its the job of the police (anti begal unit) to catch and get these noise machines off the road.

As a start report the number plate to tourist police regarding this problem.


Friday 9th of September 2022

@Mango Carafino, you wrong. They not illegal the get permission by the canggu goverment and pay everymonth. Also the corn seller they pay to banjar.

When you compare kuta or sanur or other beach they managed well the local or investor they grow together.


Friday 9th of September 2022

Don't worry: Kuta beach is planning to charge foreigners Rp 15,000 for entry while I assume the local beach boys will enter for free. After counting the money and the word is out this concept might spread to the remaining beaches.

There is already fees to visit a lot tiny beaches, look at temples (no entry mind you), visit palaces, looking at rice terraces, visiting waterfalls, climbing mountains, driving through Kintamani, enter "beach clubs" etc.


Thursday 8th of September 2022

@Mango Carafino, yea, in Bali they want money for every step of the way, it's ridiculous.


Thursday 8th of September 2022

@Mango Carafino, what a load of rubbish. This is the stuff that is destroying Bali and has made Canggu a place I wouldn’t even bother to visit anymore. No doubt these old school warungs are making way for another ugly, oversized beach club. I love Bali but Canggu is now an overcrowded dive for tossers.