Many Australians look to Bali as an adventurous holiday jaunt. Now, due to the over abundance of tourists, vacationers are being asked to look elsewhere in Indonesia for fun and relaxation.
In fact, this week, a travel fair will attempt to persuade tourists to seek out other destinations other than the trendy shorelines of Kuta and Seminyak.
Specialist Nyoman Sukma Arida, of Udayana University, cautions, Bali is beyond the tourist saturation point and has taken its toll on the environment. He also says he’s been advising the Bali government of this ecosystem break-down for the past 10 years.
“I’ve written that Bali should be used as a hub, as the distributor of tourists all over Indonesia… When I went to Perth recently, I saw that people there still see Bali as their only option. It’s just that their knowledge of other places in Indonesia is very limited… I Ketut Ardana of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Agencies disagrees the sector is growing unsustainably… I don’t agree with using Bali only as a hub, but I agree that other tourist destinations in Indonesia should be selling in Bali,” Professor Sukma Arida said to AAP.
Australian vacationers would be major contenders to take in other sites in Indonesia, the Professor says, because their standard duration in Bali is 10 to 14 days, up against four to five days for Asian vacationers and seven days for European tourists.
Other vacation destinations near Bali include:
Yogyakarta: Deep in its history of art, food and culture, central Java, the focal point, is a 1-hour flight from Bali. This location is best known for its 18th century Buddhist temple ‘Borobodur,’ which has also been deemed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Komodo: Native to the infamous Komodo dragon, this isle is a great aquatic hub for sailing, kayaking and diving. A 90-minute flight from Bali, Access is by means of a ferry from Labuan Bajo, Flores.
Banyuwangi: Located along the far east end of Java, a ferry can be taken from Bali to access this destination. The picturesque vistas on display include incredible volcanic landscape and well recognized surfing at G-Land and the secluded Alas Purwo National Park.