No more partying on Bali’s popular beaches?
A BOUT of bad weather has befallen the Indonesian paradise island of Bali.
This means you may need to cross out water activities and even forego taking long, romantic sunset walks on the beach altogether.
According to The Jakarta Post, the southern beaches of Kuta, Seminyak, Legian, and Petitenget have been affected by the closure due to high waves, which washed piles of trash and driftwood ashore.
As such, tourists have been prohibited from entering the water along the five-kilometer coastline for activities like swimming and surfing.
“We have closed the beaches for all water activities since Tuesday morning because of bad weather and will reopen the beaches after the weather returns to normal,” The Jakarta Post quoted Badung lifeguard coordinator Ketut Ipel as saying.
To add on, lifeguards have also erected red flags along the beach to warn visitors about the safety risks so swigging cocktails while lounging on colorful beanbags and dancing on the beach till late into the night is probably out of bounds as well.
Last week, the local Bali government announced it was mulling over imposing a tourist tax of US$10.
The revenue from the tourist tax would be allocated to fund the environment and cultural preservation of the island the current state of the beaches have become a poster child for the nation’s growing trash problem.
Meanwhile, there are other beautiful, expansive spots in Bali that you could check out such as the Blue Lagoon on the eastern coast and Medewi Beach on the west side of the island.
Alternatively, you could dip your toes in one of Bali’s many shimmery black sand beaches such as Amed Beach in the northeast and Lovina Beach on the north coast.