Weather and tidal flooding warnings have been issued for over a dozen of Bali’s most popular tourist beaches this weekend.
Bali’s Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) have urged the public to exercise caution while enjoying the island’s coastlines this weekend and into next week.
This weekend will see the full moon rise over Bali, which has a powerful impact on ocean tides. One meteorologist in Denpasar has spoken to reporters to share how the influence of a full moon increases the maximum sea level, causing tidal flooding in certain parts of the island.
Based on forecast data from the Bali BMKG, tidal mapping predicts tidal flooding across the whole of the southern coast. In Badung Regency, the island’s most popular tourism area, high waves, and tidal flooding is predicted at Kuta Beach, Seminyak Beach, German Beach, and Nusa Dua Beach.
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That’s not to say that the beaches will be closed or that it’s unsafe to visit at all. Data and Information Coordinator for Bali BKMG, I Nyoman Gede Wiryajaya, told reporters, “The potential for coastal flooding varies from day to day and hour to hour in each [coastal region].”
Tourists planning visits to Bali’s popular beaches in Kuta and Seminyak should check with on-duty lifeguards before entering the water.
Not all of Bali’s beaches have round-the-clock lifeguards on their posts, nor is there always a flag safety system in place.
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If there are no lifeguards on duty or a flag system in place, the next best way to know where it is and isn’t safe to enter the water is to chat with local beachside stallholders who generally have reliable first-hand knowledge of their home stretch of beach.
Ultimately, tourists are responsible for their own safety at all times when enjoying the beaches of Bali.
Other beaches in Badung Regency that have been issued with tidal flooding warnings over the full moon period include Batu Bolong Beach in Canggu and Balangan Beach.
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Tourists heading over to Nusa Penida from the main island of Bali this weekend should also keep their wits about them.
The issue of beach safety in Nusa Penida has been a source of public discussion for months. Following a rise in tourists falling from cliff tops and getting dragged out by strong ocean currents on the island, tourist stakeholders have pledged to improve safety and tourism infrastructure in the area.
It remains the case that beach-goers are not permitted to swim in the sea at the world-famous Kelingking Beach.
Though there are many other beaches in Nusa Penida that are safe to swim, over the weekend and into next week, tourists should be extra careful in the ocean.
Back over on main island Bali, tidal flooding warning extends down the coast as far as Uluwatu, famous for its rugged clifftop vistas and unforgiving tidal breaks.
Tourists planning to visit Padang-Padang Beach, Nuggalan Beach, and Pandawa Beach in Uluwatu should be extra cautious if surfing or swimming in the sea.
Uluwatu is a beach lover’s paradise, but the up-and-coming tourist destination hit headlines this week as the development of a new cliffside apartment complex is giving Bali lovers mixed feelings, to say the least.
The campaign group Stop Uluwatu Destruction is calling on local authorities to block the Cube Apartments development that is underway close to Uluwatu Beach.
The development will establish 120 apartments on the Bukit Peninsula that are said to offer investors and tourists to Bali a slice of tropical luxury.
The full list of beaches in Bali Province issued with weather and tidal flooding warnings is as follows: Soka Beach, Pasut Beach, Kelanting Beach, Yeh Gangga Beach, Kedungu Beach, Tanah Lot Beach, Sanur Beach, Sindu and Serangan Beach, Saba Beach, Masceti Beach, More Beach, Kusamba Beach, and Batu Kori Beach, in addition to the beaches listed in the article above.
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