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Will The Beauty of Bali Suffer From Mass Tourism?

Bali – The pearl nestled among the Sunda Islands, and for decades a well kept secret. Today it is touted as ‘paradise,’ because of its white sandy beaches, tropical beaches, amazing temples, and local people. However, some are concerned that the Bali that everyone is drawn to, may become a thing of the past as mass tourism grows and Bali pays the price of those increasing demands.

One of the concerns is that Bali’s 3.5 million population will explode beyond recognition, as more and more people come to the island. Sure, these tourists are not permanent residents, but because so many people are travelling to Bali all year long, the island is home to a population that far exceeds the 3.5 million that call Bali home all year round. Every day 13,000 cubic meters of waste is dumped. Every year more than 700 hectares of land are turned into luxury homes for foreigners, and hotels, or to improve roads. The number of cars on the road grows by 13% leading to an increase in massive traffic jams.

Sundara Bali

Sundara Bali Sees New Beachfront Restaurant Open

If there is one thing Bali has to offer in addition to all its beauty and amazing Bali culture and villas, it is the options vacationers have in dining. Whether you are looking to enjoy local cuisine or the comfort foods of home, you won’t have any problem finding just that. But recently there’s been a lot of talk about a new beach-front restaurant that has just opened.


Sundara Bali is enjoying a beachfront restaurant at the Four Seasons Resort in Jimaran Bay, Bali. This five-star restaurant has a great beach club vibe. The menu is certainly a great mix of eclectic to international. The evening menu offers amazing steak and seafood menu options. The restaurant is open from lunch until the wee hours of the morning so come when it suits you.

You will want to try at least one of the special cocktails on the menu. Many are designed by Javier de las Muelas a mixologist from Barcelona – one of his most famous cocktails is his dry martini.

Bali Develops 10000 Medicinal Plant Species

The Bali-India Foundation in cooperation with a major international cooperative, is now developing more than 10,000 medicinal plant species with a focus on curing different diseases. Dr. Somvir, the foundation’s chair, is optimistic that they will be able to achieve their goal.

A number of medicinal plant species were imported from India and planted among hundreds of plants local to Bali. These plants have been cultivated for a few years now using organic fertilizers in an effort to maintain and replenish the fertility of the soil. It will take approximately five years before these plants will be able to cultivate these herbs and use them for medicinal purposes.

While working at cultivating the current plants the Bali India Foundation continues to seek out new medicinal plant species that can be added to the collection and later used for medicinal purposes. There are plenty of medicinal plants and what the foundation has to review is whether they will thrive in the Bali region.

The foundation hopes to eventually incorporate medicinal herbs as part of the doctor’s prescriptions and to eventually incorporate it as part of typical medical treatments. Experts have determined there are at least 3,000 medicinal plants are available to offer an enriched treatment experience in Bali.