Unfortunately Bali is in the news for all the wrong reasons more and more often of late. There’s the more typical issues that come with concreting over paradise — over-development, pollution and trash disposal and, of course, the traffic — but there are also more troubling issues such as a rise in petty crime, theft, druggings and corruption.
In the latest safety survey by airlineratings.com, Indonesian airlines share the lowest ranking with Nepali and Surinamese airlines by getting awarded just one out of a total of seven stars.
Bali’s beaches are famous for their surfing and their sheer beauty. Hundreds of thousands of tourists hit Bali specifically to swim, bodyboard or surf along these shores. Yet despite the huge demand for this destination, tourists still don’t enjoy 100% safety there: visitors are vulnerable to sunburn, treacherous undercurrents, and even the miniscule (but very real) risk of tsunamis.
You should always bring a first aid kit when you travel abroad. The specific contents of the health kit are based on destination, duration of travel, type of travel, and the traveler’s pre-existing medical conditions. If your destination is to Bali, this article might help you to assemble your own health kit.
June 23rd, my alarm went off at 5:15am, as it does most days when I’m close to Indonesian surf. My work diary for that day included: “write guidelines for Surfline on the treatment for coral cuts.” Ironically, I haven’t had a bad cut for a few years. But an hour later, I was forced to throw my hands out to protect a head-nubbing and the photo tells the result.