A word on safety (Rüdiger Krechel 2017)
What about Tsunamis?
To many people our world seems to have become more unsafe today. No month, yes, no week goes without bad news, which the mass media throw almost in real time on the screens and our breakfast tables.
In addition to many other countries and regions, South East Asia also appears as a region of frequent destruction, be it the tsunami of 2004, which crossed the Indian Ocean all the way to the east coast of Africa, or several years later the typhoon Hayan, which destroyed large parts of the Philippine island of Leyte before moving to Vietnam. Even in Europe and Germany, we are witnessing an increase in natural disasters, floods, destructive storms, not to mention the fear of terrorist acts.
However, with all disastrous natural catastrophes, the island of Bali, particularly its northern coast and thus Ciliks Beach Garden, was completely spared. I remember that after the first news of the earthquake of the west coast of Sumatra and after the first reports of horrendous demolitions by the following multiple tsunamis, I nervously called Cilik in Bali from Switzerland, and Cilik calmed me down: “No, nothing has happened, nothing at all”. Yes, he had heard of it too, but he just was attending a temple ceremony with all our guests, I should not worry …
Meanwhile a Tsunami alarm system (TAS) is working in in the pacific area and in Bali too, and Pak Cilik and Jersan are connected to it via mobile. But first we have to realize, that our location on the north coast of Bali is not a high risk zone on account of the shifts within the notorious subduction area to the west of Sumatra or south of the Indonesian archipelago (see the map below). However, there have been minor tsunamis due to local seaquakes between the Philippines and Indonesia, but only over very long periods of time. Historic sources speak of such incidents. Thus we cannot exclude the possibility of such occurrences with absolute certainty. It was therefore our concern to find ways of responsibly dealing with a potential risk, however small it may be. We therefore decided to introduce certain safety measures. You will find detailed descriptions in your welcome folder upon your arrival.
And typhoons? Also in this regard, Bali is in a convenient location
Every year, typhoons form regularly in the Pacific area, but as the map shows, their tracks are located south, and especially far north. Bali is situated in a corridor between the tropical typhoons, located in the area of the trade winds, which in the months of November to April tend to blow from the northwest (rainy season), from May to October from the southeast (dry season). Especially in January/February, but also in August strong winds can occur, but in regard to destructive typhoons, Bali is safe because of its extremely favorable location.
Typhoon Tracks in Souteast-Asia (detail) – in: global tropical cyclon tracks 1980 until 2010, Wikimedia Commons
And what about terrorist threats?
Almost two decades now our world has been living in the consciousness of possible terrorist attacks. This affects everyday life all over the world, initially countries in the middle east and developing countries, especially high-traffic places such as central and market places, mosques, but also tourism destinations. Tunisia, Egypt, major luxury hotels worldwide, as well as Bali had been already targets of terrorist attacks. Meanwhile, this risk does not save the West, the USA, Europe and Germany any more, as we had painfully to experience several times. Endangered are again places with large crowds of people.
Against this background it is plausible that North Bali and our small resort at a great distance from any tourist masses, is in no danger. Spacious gardens with only a few houses, with only a few individual tourists are not “worthwhile” terrorist targets!
By the way: Despite all privacy in your area, we are always at close hand: during the day, our three gardeners who take care of the house and the garden are always within easy reach, and at night two night guards watch over your peaceful sleep. We are firmly convinced that you are much more secure in Northern Bali and in Ciliks Beach Garden, than at any other place in the world.
Finally on health:
Over the past 20 years the spread of malaria has continued to grow, especially in Africa and Asia. Bali and the large urban areas of Java as well are regarded as malaria-free and largely unaffected. However, today, in view of our high mobility, a clear regional delineation of risk areas is questioned. While malaria cases are extremely rare in Bali, the southern parts of Lombok are Malaria area. Due to the daily traffic by airplanes and ferries with hundreds of passengers between the islands, these boundaries are challenged. Malaria prophylaxis, however, is considered unnecessary for a stay in Bali, it is not recommended, especially as malaria drugs (e.g., Lariam), show serious side effects. If you want to be very careful, then take a stand-by medicament on your trip, for example Malarone.
But over the years cases of dengue fever have accumulated. This viral disease is also transmitted by mosquitoes. However, while malaria is transmitted by night-active anopheles mosquitoes, so that you are safe during the day and can protect yourself at night with mosquito nets, the carrier of the Dengue fever is day active, especially the Asian Tigermücke, which has already grown in Southern Europe due to climate warming. Here repellents (‘Antibumm’ or ‘no bite’) and appropriate clothing are indicated.
But above all: Ciliks Beach Garden, your houses, the pavilions, the gardens are located directly at the seaside and are exposed to an almost daily, regular sea breeze during the day. Mosquitoes do not like this at all. Therefore, as long as you are out in the sea breeze, you will not encounter any mosquito. In the house and on the terraces, our large fans help to produce air movement and drive mosquitoes away. In the evening you can plug in small “electromats” in your room, which displace mosquitoes for about 8 to 10 hours.
In recent years there have been numerous cases of rabies in Bali. The regional and local authorities have greatly reduced the enormous number of stray dogs and cats and carried out extensive vaccination campaigns. But anyway: Check if you are vaccinated against rabies.
In addition, check whether your tetanus protection is still active. Hepatitis infections also occur in Southeast Asia and can be excluded by vaccination.
Especially if you are traveling with children or if you are looking for the closeness to animals, you should take care of a vaccination in time. Detailed, competent and always up-to-date tropical information on Bali can be found in German language on the Internet at www.fit-for-travel.de and at www.crm.de.
In recent years, however, medical care in Indonesia and especially in Bali has improved significantly. Meanwhile there is good general medical and dental care in Bali available on a good international medical standard.