Bali’s outlying islands of Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan are some of the most popular destinations in the province right now.
The islands welcome thousands of visitors every day. Tourists from all around the world visit the islands to catch a glimpse of iconic landscapes like Kelingking Beach, Angels Billabong, and Devil Tears Viewpoint. As the area soars in popularity, many people are raising concerns over safety on the island.
Nusa Lembongan is a must-visit destination in Bali. The island sees tens of thousands of visitors arrive by fast boat or ferry from the main island of Bali every year.
It must be said the outlying islands are simply breathtakingly beautiful, but all three destinations have also been the site of dozens of tragic accidents.
Every year, in fact, every month, the Search and Rescue Teams in Nusa Penida are called out to assist tourists who have got into danger during their visit.
Tourists have been dragged out to sea by high waves and strong currents, many have fallen on the dangerous coastal pathways to the island’s most famous beaches, and many have fallen over the edge of viewpoints at famous spots like Devil Tear, Broken Beach, and Angels Billabong.
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Officials in Bali have confirmed that they are not taking the dangers posed by Nusa Lembongan’s most popular hotspots lightly.
They are committing hundreds of millions of rupiah to make the island safer for tourists.
This week, the Regent of Klungkung announced that huge investments will be made at Devil Tear to improve safety infrastructure.
Regent Suwirta has announced that IDR 708 million will be invested in constructing fences and safety gates at the Devil Tear viewpoint.
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Funds will also be used to improve parking facilities at the ever-popular lookout. Regent Suwirta says that this is all part of a bigger move to establish ‘One Gate, One Destination’ tourism management processes across the outlying islands.
In order to best keep track of tourism movements and ensure that revenue generated from ticket sales is handled transparently, teams will implement more structure at Devil Tears.
Tourists will pay for their ticket and enter the viewpoint from a single entry point, and tour through the area in a safe fashion.
This level of crowd control is essential, especially during the peak season when thousands of visitors stand around the cliff edge all at the same time.
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A visit to Devil Tears on Nusa Lembongan is a truly memorable experience. The spot gets its name from the swirling, crashing waves that roll into the rocky cliffside and get blown upwards, scattering into the sky like tears.
Many people love to visit Devil’s Tears around sunset for the most magical experience. It’s also not uncommon to see rainbows at Devil’s Tears as the light refracts off the water droplets.
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It is not only at Devil Tears on Nusa Lembongan where officials are investing in improving safety. Officials in Nusa Penida have urged tourists to exercise caution when visiting Angel’s Billabong.
The natural tidal pool is mesmerizingly beautiful. But, much like at Devil’s Tears, the waves come crashing through the rocks at an alarming rate.
Dozens of videos circulating online show tourists getting smashed by the crashing waves that roll into Angles Billabong.
What makes swimming in the tidal pool even more dangerous is that it is almost impossible to predict which waves will come rushing through and which will simply lap against the rocks on the outer edge of the cove.
Leaders in Nusa Penida, tour operators, and local guides have all spoken up about the importance of prioritizing caution when visiting sites like Angels Billabong and Broken Beach.
While more signage is being installed in these areas, and more safety infrastructure will be constructed in the near future, the authorities are calling on tourists to be aware of their surroundings and not take risks while posing for photos.
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