Bali’s much-loved Pandawa Beach in Uluwatu is undergoing a series of operational changes.
The iconic beach, which sits along the island’s southern coast, will be divided into different zones so that tourists of every kind can enjoy the landscape with like-minded people.
We’ve all experienced it in one way or another, visiting the beach or natural landscape with a specific intention in mind, only to find that other people in the space have a very different idea.
We may head to the beach wanting a quiet and calm retreat on the shoreline, only to have our peace disturbed by some party lovers or families playing and running around.
Similarly, sometimes we want to be loud and playful but feel the need to curb the enthusiasm in order to respect the wishes of other beachgoers.
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This was a problem that was happening all too frequently on Pandawa Beach, and so to mitigate any problems in the future, local leaders are establishing a new zone-based management system.
Speaking to reporters, the Head of the Pandawa Beach DTW Development and Planning Agency, Wayan Duartha, explained how the new system will work.
Duartha explains that Pandawa Beach will be divided into four zones, Pandawa Central, the Timbis Zone on the east side, the Gunung Payung Zone, and the Pandawa Barracks Land Zone.
In Pandawa Central zone, the beach will be managed almost as per usual; the beach will be an open, public access area for tourists and local people to enjoy.
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The Timbis Zone will be dedicated to beach club facilities, and plans are already underway to develop more venues in the area.
Pandawa Beach sits just outside of the resort area of Uluwatu and is yet to have a beach club to call its own.
Uluwatu is famous for its luxury beach clubs and entertainment venues like Sundays Beach Club, Single Fin, and Savaya.
The Pantai Gunung Payung Zone will be dedicated to the development of eco-tourism and sustainable tourism initiatives at Pandawa Beach.
The area will prioritize the development of tourism businesses and projects that promote activities that leave minimal traces.
The final zoning will be the Pandawa Barrack Land Zone, which will be an area of the beach kept especially for photoshoots, content creation, and VIP experiences.
Duartha explained, “Those who want pre-wedding or selfies and others are expected to feel comfortable, not disturbed by passing vehicles.”
This way, those who want to make the most of the stunning backdrop can do so without causing disturbance to other beachgoers or being disturbed themselves.
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Pandawa Beach is becoming increasingly popular, and these new management interventions have come at just the right moment to ensure that the beach remains a welcoming and enjoyable space for everyone.
Pandawa Beach currently welcomes 5,000 people every day, with visitors increasing to 7,000 on the weekends.
The beach is most frequently visited by domestic tourists, but thanks to a few trending videos on social media, more international tourists are learning about the (not so) secret beach.
Without a doubt, Pandawa Beach is one of the most specular beaches along the Bukit Peninsula.
The Bukit Peninsula can be easily identified on a map as the ‘jewel’ that sits at the south of the island. The peninsula is home to leading tourist resorts like Uluwatu and Nusa Dua.
As the area undergoes a period of rapid tourism development, leaders in the area are working to ensure that infrastructure is upgraded to keep up with the pressures of tourism.
Leaders across Bali are already working to mitigate the risks of over-tourism, but down on the Bukit Peninsula, leaders are thinking a few steps ahead of the game.
Conversations are already underway about improving road access in the area to reduce traffic congestion and pollution, making sure tourists’ expectations of a visit to the area are not only met but surpassed.
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