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.Filed under: Editorial