By now most are familiar with South Bali’s traffic congestion and other development issues. Andre Pradiktha an Indonesian architect based in Bali suggests a logical solution – re-develop Pulau Serangan, an abandoned resort project from a different era in the country’s history. I’m not sure whether you’d consider this ‘sustainable tourism’ but its certainly a way to continue tourism development with less encroachment into the Bali interior. Pulau Serangan is about 580 hectares including areas sea-walled. Assuming 50% land use efficiency and an average of 10 hectares per hotel parcel that’s easily 30 large hotels you can put on the island.
BIM (Bali International Marina), is an reclaimed island from the island of Serangan and existing abandoned Serangan resort complex that support program of BST (Bali Sustainable Tourism). In first attempt, reason of this project is because the southern Bali rapid development force tourism to be centralized to avoid unhandled tourism facility development is necessary in the area. The project intention is to steer Bali future tourism development to more public and international way and it is not held by privates or capital companies. The claim of the island Serangan masterplan project is to turn the island into BIM.
The island of Serangan southern area is abandoned since the new order era, where the success of Nusa Dua resort complex has pushed and turn the island to another luxury resort complex. Since this land abandoned and become useless while in the mainland there are rapid developments that suck up all Denpasar green area, turning the city into dense and sporadically congested.
This is one of many other ways to achieve sustainable tourism, if not acted this way, the tourism market in the mid-southern Bali will be bubbled out.