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Fears of ‘worst crowds ever’ at once secret surf spot following list of ‘World’s Best Black Sand Beaches’!

Bali needs more modern development, right?

With the current onslaught of tourists with no quarantine required here on the Island of the Gods comes yet another controversy.

And that directly affects the surf and sunset beer crowd.

After opening its borders to countries as rich in tourists as Tunisia, Cambodia and Belgium, “the powers that be” deemed it necessary at this jubilant crossroads to put ice on the pants of seaside businesses, both modest and luxurious.

It is said to be in an effort to save these prime properties for more lucrative investors.

After all, Bali needs more modern development, right?

Why keep the charm of the place when you can bury it under a mountain of money and cement in the form of overseas investors?

So here’s the rub: it all started with a fire that burned down this semi-secret luxury beach club near Balangan in Bukit (voted as one of the world’s 50 best beach bars near a benevolent left-wing surf loved by all) .

During the reconstruction, an access road was hastily built to fight against possible future fires. This drew attention to the prime location and a case of alleged misappropriation of a plot of public beachfront land was slapped on the owners.

Now traditional villagers and the restaurant owners they’ve had a good deal with are trapped in a maze of legal locks with ‘the powers that be’.

And everyone knows how it will turn out.

Special fees, fees and more fees.

So, in the wake of this success, “the powers that be” have now turned their attention to the 30 or so illegal businesses “uncovered” near Berawa Beach, Canggu’s latest hotspot for the surf and beach crowd. sunset cocktails (if you plan to visit you might want to brush up on your Russian skills).

No word yet on the scrutiny of nearby Echo Beach, Old Man’s and its extraordinary longboard piers.

Anyway, it seems that these illegal “buildings” in Berawa were built by local residents who then rent them out to “outside interests” who, clever enough, offer the village incentives such as guarantees of employment and high rents for the right to use these prime locations otherwise off limits to private use.

Says a disgruntled investor with a thick Russian accent: “You have to realize that the villagers consider this land by the sea to be part of their ancestral heritage and can be disposed of as they wish. And we like that”.

In contrast, provincial officials insist that all “public land” is owned forever by all Indonesians and that regional laws take precedence.

In other words, a total shit fight with a heavily favored side.

The final provisions in these cases can have far-reaching surf effects in Bali, where so many surfside warungs have broken every building code in the book.