It all starts east of the Philippines where the constant blowing of the tradewinds and the ocean currents forces huge masses of water up against the Philippines, where it is trapped and forced southwards.
Photographic evidence has been posted on Facebook showing that names have been carved into coral at Crystal Bay, Nusa Penida, and it has enraged social media users.
What’s wrong with some people? Seriously, do they need to scratch their name on this beautiful coral. Unbelievable!
It is thought that tourists are responsible. The Bali Sun stated that one post observed “how can you be so stupid?”
Rarely do you come across someone who has a negative opinion about Bali. More often than not, you will find previous visitors raving about Bali as magical, some suggest it is spiritual, and others find it relaxing, or even full of adventure. It is a place I have come to love and enjoy returning too often.
Bali, Indonesia’s Island of the Gods, is celebrated for its ethereal beauty, rich Hindu culture, diverse cuisine and friendly people. Each year, Bali’s laid back atmosphere lures thousands of tourists from around the globe who visit to climb one of the island’s ancient volcanoes, wander around spectacular terraced rice fields, watch a traditional Ramayana Ballet, shop, explore or simply relax in one of the island’s many amazing resorts. The sheer spectacular nature of Bali doesn’t end at the high tide mark.
Standing on the beach staring out at the deep blue water, it’s hard to imagine a world so vibrant and full of life lying just a few meters away from our feet. My dive group and I shuffle slowly into the water, careful not to slip on the smooth black stones beneath our boots. With all our gear in place and a quick press of our deflators, we descend down into this beautiful wonderland hidden just below the surface.
Usually a colour associated with dull. Not here. The dark lava sand creates a perfect neutral backdrop to make all the colours of corals and critters stand out beautifully. It also dampens the often harsh and bleaching tropical sunlight into something of a less eye-squinting exercise to enjoy.
Bali. It’s a name synonymous with a tropical island paradise, conjuring up images of emerald rice terraces, an exotic, vibrant culture and friendly people. This jewel of the Indonesian Archipelago is also a magnet for scuba divers, drawn by a bevy of attractions ranging from to tiny jewel-like nudibranchs to enormous mola molas. Once you’ve been, you’re hooked!
We have reported on the plight of the sea turtles before. We have reported how they were being butchered by the thousands. And we have asked for your support and signatures on a petition to stop the slaughter of these ancient ocean citizens.
It is now time to report back that your support has made a real difference. But the fight is not quite over yet...
The cages and slaughterhouses in Tanjung Benoa are now all empty and no more turtles are being traded in public places. While it is still possible to find some animals on the black market but they are now hard to find. The number of killed and traded animals have dropped around 90 percent since the onset of the campaign!
There were reasons to be proud. After an eight year battle against the Turtle mafia we seem to have won the war.
Yet the issue is now rising its ugly head again.