Tragedy and mayhem as tidal waves hit Bali
Terrifying footage has emerged of giant waves crashing into tourist hot-spots in Bali as flooding and high tides continue to damage houses and buildings in coastal areas.
The tidal waves have left popular coastal restaurant The Rock Bar at Ayana Resort deserted and damaged, while Ku De Ta, the most popular hub for Australians partying in Seminyak, was repeatedly pounded with water during one afternoon onslaught this week.
Waves splash Bali bars
Big waves causing trouble at a number of Bali bars and boats.
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Local newspaper Tribun Bali reported on Wednesday that two tourists from Hong Kong and Singapore died after being dragged out to sea at Padang Galak Beach in Sanur.
From @amystek on Instagram, tidal waves flooding a swimming pool at Seminyak Beach
Earlier this month, a Perth couple’s honeymoon turned into horror when the bride, Lestari Williams from Two Rocks, was among five people swept out to sea who didn’t make it back .
The high tides and freak waves have made conditions dangerous in all coastal areas off South Bali this week, including popular hubs like Seminyak, Kuta and Sanur, with surfers and swimmers in particular danger.
But, as the footage above shows, not even those sipping cocktails on sun lounges have been spared, with one massive wave almost wiping out Aussies kicking back at Ku De Ta, while tourists on a ship were forced to evacuate to the top level as giant waves rocked the massive vessel.
Nearly 1300 people were forced to flee Java’s Lumajang and Pekalongan cities in recent days, with tidal waves forecast for the next few days in waters off the western coast of Sumatra island and southern coast of Bali and Sumbawa.
From @zulhabrisupian on Instagram, tidal waves flooding a swimming pool at Seminyak Beach
Melbourne tourist Kate told TripAdvisor that the king tides were causing mayhem.
“Currently staying right on Kuta Beach and over the past few days at times the whole beach has been washed away,” she wrote.
“Sadly [it’s] doing a lot of damage but only happening for a few hours a day.”
Ku De Ta owner Steve Palmer has been contacted for comment.