Bali’s Canggu beach covered in debris and litter as the island welcomes Australian tourists back
Depressing footage shows debris and plastic litter strewn across popular Bali beach just weeks after tourists returned to the holiday hotspot
- Bali’s Canggu beach covered in debris and rubbish as tourists return to the island
- Covered in debris, rubbish and plastic waste after the monsoon season
- Thousands of holidaymakers flock to the tourist hotspot, adding to the problem
- The race is on to restore beaches to pristine condition before world leaders arrive
Shocking photos of the unsightly state of one of Bali‘s best-loved beaches have emerged just weeks after the holiday island welcomed international tourists again, including flocks arriving from Down Under.
Canggu’s once-pristine coastline is littered with debris, rubbish and plastic waste after the annual monsoon season.
An influx of thousands of holidaymakers flocking to the popular tourist hotspot after two years of closed borders due to Covid-19 has compounded the problem.
Photos from Canggu this week show the beach looking more like a dump than the idyllic beach it is known for.
Tourists, locals and dogs are depicted surrounded by mountains of debris and plastic waste tossed by bathers and washed up on the shore.
Tourists walk along Bali Canggu beach strewn with debris and discarded plastic waste
This is what Canggu Beach looked like on Tuesday, six months from Bali hosting world leaders for the G20 summit
Much of the waste will end up in the ocean as Bali does not have a centralized waste management system.
Photos of the same beach taken just 18 months ago show locals and expats enjoying the pristine coastline without the influx of tourists.
Up to 60 tonnes of rubbish is collected on Bali’s beaches every day, with the problem at its worst from December to March each year, when seasonal winds and heavy rains wash the litter onto the beaches.
Kuta Beach in Bali had the same problem early last year, despite the island being off limits to international tourists.
There are growing calls for the problem to be fixed and beaches restored to their best state before Bali hosts world leaders at the G20 summit in November.
It comes less than five years after Bali declared a ‘garbage emergency’ on a 6km strip of coastline that included the popular beaches of Jimbaran, Kuta and Seminyak.
Canggu’s once pristine beach looked very different in September 2020 (pictured)
The return of travelers has been partly blamed on the litter problem on Bali’s beaches
An American expat living in Bali recently posted a video showing dirty gray water spewing onto the beach in trendy Seminyak and rubbish washing up on famous Kuta Beach.
Footage shows hundreds of discarded plastic items including straws, bag rings and an old tire on the beach.
A local river near Seminyak has also “turned red” as dyes from tourist clothing companies spilled into the water.
“Any influx of people overloads [Bali’s] an already overflowing waste infrastructure,” she told Daily Mail Australia last month.
Indonesia is the second most polluting country in the world and produces 130,000 tons of solid and liquid waste every day
Canggu beach is strewn with washed up debris and plastic cups thrown away by tourists
Canggu Beach looks more like a dump than the idyllic beach it’s known for
Local environmental group Zero Waste Center says half of the waste will end up in landfills while the rest will be burned or illegally dumped and dumped in the ocean.
“Bali’s waste problem is getting worse day by day,” the group recently posted.
“We look forward to the government’s seriousness in handling Bali’s waste problem. It will be a major challenge.
Before Covid, more than a million Australians traveled to Indonesia each year and made up more than a quarter of Bali’s tourists.
Around 1.23 million Australians visited Bali in 2019, an increase of 5.24% on 2018 figures.
Around 20,000 Australians visited Bali at any time before the pandemic before the number of foreign tourists arriving in Indonesia fell by 60% in March as the epidemic spread around the world.
Thousands of Australians have flocked to Bali since borders reopened on March 14.
The litter problem on Bali’s beaches is not new. Pictured is Kuta Beach in January 2021 during the annual monsoon season
The Zero Waste Center says Bali’s waste problem is getting worse (pictured at Kuta Beach in 2021)