Mount Agung is keeping Bali and the world on its toes. An imminent disruption of the volcano has put the entire island on high alert, with even Ngurah Rai International Airport being closed temporarily for a few days before it was opened again. About 60,000 travellers are reported to be stranded on the island, waiting to get back home, as November onwards remains the peak season for tourism in Bali. A majority of tourists are struggling to get back to their respective countries because of suspension of air travel in Bali for more than a couple of days. In the general chaos that has ensued, a directive has been issued for evacuation within the six mile danger radius to the east of the island from the top of the Mount Agung and travellers have been advised to stay away from Mount Agung and the surrounding areas. While the major tourist hubs of Kuta, Legion and Seminyak will remain unaffected due to the development, some of the major attractions, unfortunately, fall under the danger zone and must be avoided under all circumstances.
Here are the attractions and regions that you must avoid in Bali unless advised otherwise by the authorities:
A desirable getaway from the maddening crowds of Kuta, Legion and Seminyak on regular days, the laid-back Amed Beach has come directly in line of fire due to the imminent volcanic eruption of Mount Agung. Diving, kayaking, paddling and even swimming at the beach are not recommended and tourists will be wise to stay away from the Amed coast in general.
A Hindu temple complex in the village of Besaikh right on the slopes of Mount Agung, Pura Besaikh is popular tourist attraction that is within the six mile danger radius. All 23 temples of the complex are out of reach for tourists and they are best advised to get them off their itineraries.
A small fishing village located on the north-east coast of Bali, Tulamben is one of the most popular diving sites in Bali. Because of the region’s close proximity to Mount Agung, all hotels, resorts and tourist activities in the region have been closed. Diving here at this time is a high-risk endeavour and must be avoided under all situations.
Tirta Gangga, popular for its water palace constructed during the Kingdom of Karangasem, is another renowned tourist attraction that is out of bounds for travellers because of the eruption of Mount Agung.
All Rivers and Water Bodies
Apart from the designated danger zone, the local authorities in Bali have advised people to stay away from all water bodies till the situation subsides as a volcanic eruption often leads to mudflows that combine with water bodies with harmful volcanic debris.