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    Bali Beaches Man-made Morass

    I spent Christmas in Bali and was very lucky that the weather was good and had sunshine everyday. It was incredibly humid though as this was during the low season, but despite that and because it was the festive period it was very busy.

    Too busy to be honest and as soon as you leave the resort the traffic is just interminable. I stayed in Seminyak which was really nice, quite classy and glad I avoided Kuta which was a low rent toilet... anyway enough said, had a great time there, but having crossed Bali off my list it's unlikely I'll return.

    As it was the off season the winds were very high and the beaches were all red flagged, very few people braving the water except for a few teenage die hard surfers.

    What was most memorable about the beaches though was the man made detritus washed ashore, an appalling sign of the impact man is having on this planet. No doubt driftwood has always been common, but logging must surely play it's part in the abundance washed ashore, but what was most disheartening was the abundance of plastic waste which must collect in colossal gyres before being cast ashore in huge quantities.

    Those on the beach tasked with the constant and thankless task of clearing up the deluge told me that debris is constantly washed ashore between November and March and only subsides when the wind turns for the summer season.

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    I was there in October on the south coast. It's a short hop from the Northern Territories, for tourists and detritus. The pollution of the oceans is bad everywhere, but especially where major oceans have a free run at windward shores. I have seen the Atlantic throw up the usual plastic bottles plus sailboat fenders, a toilet seat and a fridge door. All on the Atlantic coast of an uninhabited seabird sanctuary.

    I had a great time in Bali, with warm friendly people, locals and expats. I imagine it can be shit there with no mates.
    Heart of Gold and a Knob of butter.

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    Looks lovely Neo.

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    Reminds me of Cottesloe beach Perth,certain times of the year they have these certain tides that throws everything up on the beach.

    We used have a metal detector we found lots of stuff gold watches kitchen sinks etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    Looks lovely Neo.
    The Aussie trailer trash look quite at home..



    See that brown streak..?



    That's not oil.. or mud.. and it's not being washed onshore

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    Looks like a rip.

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    Sounds like a place for German package tours.

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    Went to Bali end of Dec 2013. Stayed in Seminyak as well. Spent half day at Kuta beach - most dreadful beach that I've been to, so far. As Neo has experienced, there were tons of plastic trash in the water and being brought ashore. I tried playing w/ the waves, but it wasn't nice w/ all that rubbish. I have a Bali thread buried somewhere here...

    Accdg to Terry, the trash is only during the monsoon season (Dec to March), as stated by the OP. I enjoyed Bali - the temples, Monkey forest, etc.. but not the beach.

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    Not surprising.....it all floats over from Jakarta and surrounds. People there are pretty ignorant about the environment.









    And more : https://petapixel.com/2013/06/28/tox...rta-indonesia/

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