thejakartapost.com - Infrastructure woes slow Penida tourism – On Saturday morning, hundreds of tourists from China and other countries enjoyed the journey from Benoa cruise harbor near Denpasar to Nusa Penida and two other small islands — Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan — in Klungkung regency.
Embarking on the high-speed luxury Quicksilver cruiser, the passengers were planning to spend their weekend holiday on these beautiful three islands that are still under explored and underdeveloped tourist destinations.
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The holiday cruise package offered by Quicksilver cruise operator covers a wide range of leisure and entertainment activities, including scuba diving or snorkeling in the crystal-clear blue waters off Nusa Penida. Tourists can also enjoy banana boat rides, jet skiing and a submarine underwater experience.
Michael Septanto from Quicksilver management explained that every day they usually take around 300 tourists — domestic and foreign — to Nusa Penida and its surrounding areas.
“In addition to water sports and water leisure activities, we also organize an inland trip to Toya Pakeh village where our guests can experience the real lives of the Nusa Penida people,” Septanto said.
Most visitors were happy to learn about the traditional textile weaving done by women on the island. They also enjoyed watching cockfighting in the village.
“We charge our customers Rp 600,000 for domestic guests and US$85 for foreign guests. The 300-seat capacity cruise is always full. Our daily trip has always been an amazing and memorable journey for hundreds of our guests,” he said.
The small, remote islets of Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan have strong potential to be developed as alternative tourist destinations to the presently crowded Kuta, Nusa Dua and Sanur.
In recent years, the tourist industry has brought many changes to the islands. Thousands of visitors flock there to enjoy the natural beauty, but, the lives of so many people here are still far from an acceptable level. According to the Central Statistics Agency’s Bali office, the number of poor people in Klungkung in 2009 reached 88,000 people, which means around 70 percent of the population are still living below the poverty line.
Many of the locals work as farmers and fishermen, earning less than Rp 20,000 ($2.18) a day.
Klungkung Regent I Wayan Candra acknowledged that tourism development on the islets is being hampered by limited infrastructure. “Investors are reluctant to put their money into development projects as they can see there are not enough facilities to support them,” the regent said.
The Klungkung administration has started to develop the area by building Gunaksa ferry port connecting Nusa Penida islands with other areas on the mainland of Bali.
The construction of Gunaksa Port was made possible with support from the Bali provincial administration and the central government.
“When completed [around 2013], the port will open the door to many investors and guests and will directly improve the lives of the locals.”
Nusa Penida is actually an important spot for Balinese Hindus due to the existence of Dalem Peed, a temple believed to have particularly powerful supernatural energy, and several sacred caves.
Each year thousands of Balinese make a regular pilgrimage to the island to visit and pray at these sacred places.
Sources : http://www.thejakartapost.com/bali-daily/2012-04-24/infrastructure-woes-slow-penida-tourism.html#