Bali Issues Weather Alert For Tourists Amid High Waves Following 2 Fatal Accidents

Bali Issues Weather Alert For Tourists Amid High Waves Following 2 Fatal Accidents

The Denpasar Center for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BBMKG) has issued an early warning for extreme weather across most areas of Bali.

The alert covers all nine regencies, including popular tourist destinations such as Denpasar, Badung, and Gianyar. Cahyo Nugroho, a spokesperson for BBMKG, stated “The general public, fishermen, and those involved in marine tourism activities should be aware of the potential for high sea waves which could reach 2 meters or more in the waters south of Bali.”

Tragic Incidents Highlight Dangers

The warnings come in the wake of two tragic incidents involving tourists in Indonesia’s oceans.

A 61-year-old Indonesian grandfather lost his life after being swept out to sea from Seminyak’s Double Six Beach, while renowned surfer Gunther Kitzler died during a surf trip in East Java.

These events underscore the importance of heeding weather warnings and exercising caution when engaging in water activities.

Bali Aims for Record-Breaking Tourist Numbers Despite Challenges

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Despite the extreme weather alerts, Bali remains optimistic about achieving its goal of attracting 7 million foreign tourists in 2024, as part of Indonesia’s overall target of 14 million visitors. Tjok Bagus Pemayun, Head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, emphasized that “Bali remains a favorite destination for foreign tourists” and hopes for an even greater increase in tourist visits in 2024, with a focus on quality tourism.

However, Bali faces challenges such as overtourism and potential geopolitical instability. In response, the province has implemented measures like a tourist tax and a “do’s and don’ts” list to manage unruly behavior and promote sustainable tourism.

Tips for Travelers

Tourists planning trips to Bali are advised to stay informed about weather conditions and exercise caution when engaging in water activities. Those planning boat trips, diving excursions, or island hopping should check with their providers to ensure that schedules are operating as usual.

As Nugroho advised, “The public is advised to remain alert and careful about the impacts of disasters that can occur, such as strong winds, fallen trees, lightning, floods, puddles of water, and landslides.” He also added, “People who need the latest information about the weather can access the 24-hour weather information service via the official BBMKG Region III Denpasar social media account,”. By staying informed and prioritizing safety, tourists can still enjoy the beauty and culture of Bali while minimizing risks associated with extreme weather conditions.