Volcanoes on Bali
Volcanoes on Bali
Cilik’s Beach Garden is located at a beach with black sand on Bali’s north coast, 11 miles east of the former Balinese capital of Singaraja. Our village is called Air Sanih because of a spring water pool right at the sea shore. Ubud is about one and a half hours away and can be reached by the Kintamani – Gunung Batur mountain road, the airport is about three and a half hours away.
Enjoy the tranquil atmosphere in our beachside garden, far away from mass tourism. The songs of the birds, the sounds of the waves and a wonderful light make you feel staying in a tropical paradise.
Here on Bali’s north coast, we get more days of sunshine than in the central and southern parts of the island. The region around Air Sanih has a much drier climate and longer periods without rain even during the rainy season.
Even outside of the resort you will rarely meet any tourist. If however, you wish to participate in local culture, that is also possible. You can experience life of a Balinese family by watching twice a day the offerings at many places in our resort and also Balinese culture in our village Air Sanih.
The Gunung Agung is with 3142 meters Bali’s highest mountain and volcano. It is a stratovolcano that erupts in long, often over a hundred years intervals and rests in the intermediate phases. Humans settle again and again far up the mountain slopes, because the fertile ashes produce ideal soils for agriculture. For the last time the Agung erupted in 1963 and caused more than a thousand deaths on its slopes. There were no efficient early warning systems at this time.
When in autumn 2017 volcanologists began to register increasing activities, this was published very quickly. Within just a few days, almost 100,000 people could be evacuated from the immediate vicinity of the mountain. Balinese village communities including our village Air Sanih received people with unprecedented solidarity. These events have also been reported in European media.
The region around Singaraja, the village of Air Sanih and our Resort Ciliks Beach Garden are not located in a danger area in the event of an Agung outbreak, firstly because they are too far away and secondly because they are shielded and protected by the Batur massif in between. So you don’t need to fear any immediate dangers in our resort.
On February 10, Marc Szeglat reports in his blog that after the continuing decline in volcanic activity of the Gunung Agung, the risk level has been officially downgraded from 4 to 3 (on the scale of 1-5). This means that most of the evacuees are allowed to return to their homesteads and villages in the Agung area. However, the climb to the crater is still forbidden and the danger of spontaneous eruptions remains. But the risk of a strong explosive outbreak has further decreased.
If you are interested in these geological topics you may read: Some general information about Balis Gunung Agung – earthquakes and volcanoes in Indonesia.
Bali and Java have a low regional risk of malaria, the major cities are considered to be free of malaria (www.crm.de). Mosquitoes are more frequent in the rainy season than in the dry season (dry season prevails in the European summer months). However, one should protect oneself against mosquito bites. Skin protection is provided by e. g. Anti-Brumm or Nobite (available in pharmacies). During the night you will sleep safely under a mosquito net. If you travel to other regions of Indonesia, you should take a standby medicine, Malarone, for example.
Check the standard vaccinations (tetanus…); possibly also to prevent hepatitis. Combined vaccination against hepatitis A and B is well tolerated. Detailed information: www.crm.de or www.fit-for-travel.de.
In recent years, medical care in Indonesia and Bali in particular has improved significantly. There is also qualified medical care in the nearby city of Singaraja.