Beach lovers and water babies planning their trips to Bali can breathe a gentle sigh of relief; the island’s most popular beaches are becoming even safer.
As the island is preparing for the incoming high season for travelers, officials have agreed to increase the presence of search and rescue lifeguards on the island’s busiest beaches.
Bali’s beaches are steadily becoming busier week after week. The vibes are high, and tourists love spending time along the coast.
As more and more people are heading to the southern coast to enjoy some sun, sand, and sea, the Tirta Tourism Rescue Agency (known locally as Balawista) is increasing patrols of the island’s busiest beaches.
The Head of UPTD Balawista Kuta, Ketut Ipel, told reporters that not only are more officers going to be on shift, but that patrols will start earlier in the day.
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He explained, “We are more intense about these [patrols]. We are advancing the working hours of personnel who are on the morning shift. It usually starts at 07.00 WITA; I instructed yesterday to bring it forward to 06.00 WITA.”
He added, “We maximize the available energy.” In Badung Regency alone, there are 16 lifeguard posts.
These span from German Beach, in Tuban Village, all the way through Kuta District, ending at Cemagi Beach, Mengwi District. These 16 spots include Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach, Legian Beach, and the beaches around Canggu.
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Ipel shared, “We always urge the public to obey directions from officers on the ground, such as the existence of a red flag, which means it is forbidden to swim.”
It should be noted, however, that a flag system is not always in place on Bali’s popular visitor beaches. The lack of a flag does not immediately mean that it is safe to swim.
If there are no flags on a beach, it is always best to double-check with local stall holders or other beachgoers where it is and isn’t safe to swim before entering the water.
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There are strong undercurrents and hard-to-predict wave breaks across the southern coast of Bali. This is something that tourists heading to the island for a beach vacation must be aware of.
This is why many holidaymakers, especially those with young children, opt to plan a beach vacation to the shallow and gentle shores of Sanur and Nusa Dua.
The coastline from Nusa Dua through Benoa Bay and Sanur is typically gentle and great for swimming, snorkeling, and paddling in the sunshine.
As preparations for the high tourism season are in full swing, officials over in Nusa Penida have also committed to improving beach safety for tourists as a matter of urgency.
The move comes as callouts to the local search and rescue team were dramatically increasing.
There are a number of swimming bans in place on Nusa Penida’s most iconic beaches. Tourists are more than welcome to visit the world-famous Kelingking Beach, but entering the water is not advisable.
The high waves and strong currents have dragged even the strongest of swimmers far out to sea, resulting in serious injuries and even deaths.
Officials on the island have committed to improving safety protocols in the area and improving signage to tell tourists where they can safely enter the water.
Nevertheless, tourists are ultimately responsible for their own safety when exploring Bali province’s natural landscapes.
One tour guide from Nusa Penida has urged tourists heading to the islands to take their personal safety seriously.
Made Sukarya called on visitors not to take risks, especially if trying to take photos or videos for social media.
He said, “Sometimes there are even tourists who are deliberately looking for high waves. We warn them and they don’t even care. They are looking for challenging things.”
Suykara added, “There are some who really take care of their safety. But not a few also ignore their safety.”
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Thursday 25th of May 2023
Yes, southern Bali waters can be treacherous even for experienced swimmers with rip current and strong waves. How many drown every year?
Can this life saving and useful information be added to the "Dos and Don'ts" leaflet? Or will the focus be on do not wear flip flops and be considered a poor person on arrival?
Friday 26th of May 2023
@Exp, That flip flop comment by that govt official was truly stupid