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Outrage As Construction Starts At World Famous Bali Beach Clifftop

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Bali lovers have been sharing their outright dismay as footage that has been published online shows construction work underway on the clifftops above Kelingking Beach.

The iconic viewpoint, cliffside hiking trail, and white sand beach are the leading tourist attractions on the island of Nusa Penida. 

View of Kelkingking Beach in Nusa Penida.jpg

Drone footage shows that a round of land clearing and foundation setting has taken place on the cliffs above Kelingking Beach. While the iconic lookout point currently remains unaffected, the buildings that will eventually be built at the site will obscure the view of the ‘untouched’ coastal panorama, 

The footage shows that the first layer of vegetation and soil has been removed, exposing flatted and landscaped limestone foundation blocks.

The outrage online and IRL has been palpable, with both local Balinese residents, Indonesian citizens, and international Bali lovers sharing their fears that the stunning white cliffside is about to be destroyed forever. 

The Head of Nusa Penida Subdistrict, Kadek Yoga Kesuma, has confirmed to the press that the project is housing, though little more has been revealed at this point.

Kesuma obtained this information from the Klungkung Environment and Land Service (DLHP) when processing documents for Environmental Management Efforts and Environmental Monitoring Efforts (UKL/UPL). The request for this project is said to have been made in 2019. 

This is the first project at Nusa Penida’s Kelingking Beach that has had construction undertaken. In 2023, a huge tourism project was announced, a 182m glass elevator and viewing platforms on the side of the cliff directly above Kelingking Beach.

The project was viewed positively by many local leaders, who cited the employment opportunities and revenue generated by the tourism attraction as a method of growth for the island. However, the vast majority of people were of the view that the project would destroy the coastal viewpoint and potentially the cliffside.

Though the first stone was laid by the community of Banjar Adat Karang Dawa, a Chinese investment company, and PT Bina Nusa Properti, no more public updates have been shared by the development teams. 

The footage of the land clearing and construction at Kelingking Beach for the housing project has understandably sparked huge concerns for Bali lovers, especially in light of recent events. The viral video of the Kelingking Beach clifftop comes just weeks after the construction landslide at Pantai Pemutih Pecatu in Uluwatu. 

At the construction site for the new luxury residence and apartment complex, branded as Amali Luxury Residence by Mirah Development Group, its set between the famous Bingin Beach and Impossibles Beach in the booming resort of Uluwatu on the Bukit Peninsula.


Footage of the construction landslide quickly went viral in Bali and across Indonesia, the event catching the attention of government ministers.

An investigation was immediately launched to discover if there were any licensing or construction permit issues at the site.

Although construction was halted, officials found no permitting issues, and it is believed that construction on Amali Luxury Residence will resume once the debris from the construction landslide has been cleared and the Pemutih Pecatu Beach restored.

Horizontal closeup photo of two men working in a dug out area of land on a building construction site with machinery in a street in Ubud, Bali on a sunny day in Summer.

In a statement released in the days that followed the cliff collapse, Mirah Development Group wrote “we will conduct an immediate clean-up to restore the affected areas.”

“We will conduct a full restoration of the beach within 28 days, if not sooner, once optimal methods have been identified. We are also reinforcing the cliff to prevent erosion.”


They added, “We are committed to learning from this event and reflecting on our practices which have allowed this to occur. We understand the concerns of the local community and of the stakeholders, and we strive to enhance our safety measures to protect our workers and the community.”

“We are looking for ways in which we can improve our development planning with better considerations for the surrounding environment.”

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Pk. Gibrahil

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

This destruction of nature's values at Kelingking Beach is due to corruption.

I suggest that interested citizens will follow up all the permits and licensing procedures all the way to Jakarta, check every single document. Don't let them escape this.


Tuesday 11th of June 2024

As seen, all these projects are approved by the governments. Boycott the country, only then they might consider their actions.

Paul Morris

Tuesday 11th of June 2024

What a bunch of morons destroying pristine areas for the almighty $, shame on you all involved in this destruction.


Tuesday 11th of June 2024

Link below is for the land owner behind the damage done to cliff face near Kelingking beach. They have also started similar damage to other (now previous) beauty spots like Atuh beach and Manta Point on Nusa Penida. Looks like they target all the best spots on Nusa Penida.

They purposely advertise land at the edge of the cliff face for sale. So this is not happening by accident.

LINK I do not know who are the owners, but as everything happen by stealth I suspect locals are in the driving seat, like this one at Atuh beach:



Sunday 16th of June 2024

@Exp, this is a translation by Google of their company statement.

PT. Capri Nusa Satu Properti TBK, one of the leading property developers that focuses on innovation and design that is adapted to local cultural values Known for its unique, innovative and luxurious architectural designs, CNSP inspires every individual to enjoy the combination of innovation, lifestyle, artistic and cultural values ​​to create memorable and personal experiences for all Indonesian people.

Founded on October 5 2011 in Jakarta and fronted by professionals who have more than 20 years of experience in the fields of property development, hotels, retail, banking and have one vision, namely "To become a leading property and resort developer by preserving local heritage and culture". PT. Capri Nusa Satu Properti TBK (CNSP) is a development company in Indonesia that focuses on developing office buildings, conference halls and resorts targeting unique market segments by highlighting local wisdom, customs, art and local culture.


Monday 10th of June 2024

Vandalization above Kelingking beach is clearly visible on google map. Outrageous does not cover what is going on. Beautiful resorts could have been built integrated into the terrain well away from the cliff face. But no.

LINK Bali is taking in a new breed of unscrupulous investors and developers. Combined with greed among the local investors and leaders this is leading to irreversible damages to the environment. The leaders will have to live with the shame in eternity.


Friday 14th of June 2024

@JoKer, so true balines can not feel shame, that feeling is blocked by corruption and greed


Wednesday 12th of June 2024

@Exp, Unfortunately, they will have no shame when they look at their bank accounts.