My Bali Vacation? Rubbish.

It is shameful and saddening that the authorities can’t seem to get their act together to protect the basics of tourism. One stretch of Beach alone, from Double Six to Kuta, more resembles a rubbish tip than a pristine stretch of sand tourists from all over the world come to enjoy. The ocean that laps onto the beach has so much garbage in it that it is like swimming in soup.

This has been going on for months now, and while the authorities blame its occurrence on the annual rainy season – washed up by storm-powered waves, brought in by overflowing rivers carrying waste from gutters – that is not enough. It’s an excuse and does nothing to address the problem.

How easy it would seem to have a sanitation team patrol and clean up our beaches. But the task is left to the handful of vendors who sell trinkets on the beach, as well as the sunchair-and-surf board rental outfits, to do the job, in part return for granting them a license to sell. And it does not work, because the vendors make a half-hearted effort to sweep up small areas each day.

The job of protecting Bali’s beaches should not be passed off on vendors. Instead it is up to the government. Why Bali is currently engaged in a multimillion-dollar, foreign government-funded restoration of its beaches only to then turn its back on them is a mystery.

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3 Responses to “My Bali Vacation? Rubbish.”

  1. nomad4ever Says:

    This seems to be a recurring event. Every year during rainy season, the waters around the west coast are full of plastic garbage.

    As long as that doesn’t change, there is only one way – go the east coast. Here is some more info about it.

    All the best!

  2. Paul Weaver Says:

    Maybe there is a need for a ‘Keep Bali Beautiful’ campaign like the successful and ongoing ‘Keep Australia Beautiful’ operation where many conscientious citizens unite to make an effort to clean up, and thus provide a good example for others.

  3. Bill Gossett Says:

    I spent last Friday, 6 March, at Blue Lagoon near Padang Bai and have never seen so much trash in the water during my past 9 years of visits here. The coastal area along Candi Dasa is likewise full of trash. The accepted practice of throwing anything and everything into local streams, to be washed into the sea during periods of high rains, needs to be addressed. Bali beaches, once the talk of the globe, are quickly becoming as polluted as those of Southern California. If people cannot find clean beaches here, they will go elsewhere!