Bali is a paradise island, well-known to the world hosting a rich culture, gorgeous sceneries and hospitable residents. It is also sitting on the famous Pacific Ring of Fire — a volcanic stretch of mountains that have been active as far as recorded history goes. The recent volcanic activity atop Mount Agung has hit the news worldwide. So where is Mount Agung and how does it affect Bali’s tourism spots?
Let’s get this one straightened out first: Bali is a BIG island. It is about 5780 square kilometers (around 2232 square miles), which means that it is a pretty sturdy and expansive land to begin with. Second, the volcanic Mount Agung is located on the northeast part of the island. It defeats the standard imagination that a volcano sits in the middle of a small land and it will melt the entire island if it erupts, doesn’t it? As the Gods of the Island of Gods intended, Mount Agung is nicely tucked in in a corner — beautiful to see from afar yet safe enough away when it gets angry.
The next question visitors may wonder is whether my itinerary in Bali can be disrupted by Mount Agung. Let’s put up the tale-of-the-tape of Mount Agung’s distance to the famous visitor’s densely-populated spots:
- To Ubud: 52 km
- To Seminyak/Kuta: ~70 km
- To Sanur: 60 km
- To Nusa Dua/Jimbaran: ~80 km
- To Lovina: 110 km
If there is an eruption, most of Bali will be safe. The island and its people are going to be fine. All the villas, restaurants, hotels, clubs and other businesses are going to be okay. The beaches in Kuta or the lush hills in Ubud will still be their usual heavenly selves. Lava and hurtled rocks are going to be in the 8-10 km radius and will not physically harm anyone in the major visitor’s spots. The main problem has been and will continue to be Bali’s airport and airline flight schedules that may get impacted by cancelation or rescheduling. You should get in constant contact with your airline during this volcanic activity period.
In the mean time, relax and enjoy Bali!