Balinese Surfers Against Benoa Project Reclamation

Canggu surfing communtiy showed their strenght in peaceful protest againts the controversial tourist project that threatens the area of Benoa Bay, on the southern island of Bali, Indonesia.

Photo source: Bali Tolak Reklamasi Facebook Page

It is one of the projects is on schedule to Bali that threatens the beauty of this place, the nature and the quality of life of the local people.

Hundreds of surfers paddling their boards in Batu Bolong Beach, Canggu last Tuesday (21/06). The ambiance of resistance was already visible when entering the beach with lots of flag and banners to reject the reclamation.

Some foreign surfers also join together in paddling action as a form support for the preservation of nature and culture of the land of Bali.

Although Bali is a serene place with sparkling sunrises, picturesque beaches, and a spiritually enlightened culture, the ‘island of a thousand temples’ currently has a storm brewing. The Benoa Bay reclamation project is the source of an increasingly polarized public in Bali.

Photo source: Bali Tolak Reklamasi Facebook Page

Benoa Bay, which sits next to the Ngurah Rai International Airport, has long been honoured as a symbol of mangrove conservation zone in 2011. The zone also touches key parts of urban areas in Denpasar, Badung, Gianyar, and Tabanan.

A developer is proposing a $3 billion project to create artificial islands in the middle of Benoa Bay for a massive tourist destination with luxury villas and a theme park. This proposed reclamation of 700 hectares of water has spawned one of the largest environmental movements in Indonesia’s history.


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