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Bali’s Volcanic Eruption: What You Need To Know

Everything you Need to Know About Bali’s Volcanic Eruption

Bali is one of our favourite travel destinations – a wonderful place with incredible scenery, a rich culture and friendly locals. Following recent volcanic activity in Mt Agung and the evacuation of the surrounding area, here’s everything you need to know about how Bali’s volcanic eruption may affect your trip.

UPDATES  01/12/17:

* As of 1st December, Denpasar airport has been reopened

* Certain airlines still have restrictions on flights, so we advise travellers to check with their airline

So What’s the Deal with Mt Agung?

Mt Agung, Bali’s highest volcano, has been rearing it’s ugly head over the last couple of months – with its eventual eruption occurring today. The local authorities have set up an exclusion zone of 8-10km around Mt Agung itself to ensure the safety of the Balinese residents. Denpasar airport has been closed since 8:00am on Monday 27 November, and will remain so until 28 November at 7:00am. We are expecting another statement from the airport late this afternoon.

What you need to know:

  • Denpasar airport has been closed and all flights in and out have been cancelled until 28th November
  • There has been a 8-10km exclusion zone set up around Mt Agung. Ultimate Bali locations aren’t  affected
  • There is only one potential change to Ultimate Bali’s itinerary (see below)
  • The safety of our groups is our top priority

How Does this Affect My Travel to Bali?

Bali’s volcanic eruption has led officials to close the airport for 24 hours, and this could be further extended depending on the volcano’s activity. Individual airlines may still suspend flights even after the airport reopens. If you’re travelling to Bali and your flight has been cancelled, we recommend contacting your airline directly to discuss your options. Further to that, we suggest checking your travel insurance details should you need to make a claim. The volcanic eruption is ongoing, though we are hopeful that it will be short lived – and the airlines will resume their flight schedules as normal.

Is Bali Still Safe?

It’s important to remember that Bali is a large island, and the majority of the island is not affected by the volcano and its exclusion zone. The areas that we visit on our Ultimate Bali tour aren’t affected by Mt Agung’s activity – so our 10 day trip will be going ahead as planned.

The only potential change to our itinerary, is on day 6 where we climb Mt Batur. Whilst Mt Batur isn’t close to the exclusion zone, our team on the ground will make an informed decision on the day, as to whether the climb will go ahead. Our alternative activity is a relaxing yoga and massage session which will take place in Ubud, one of our fave stops on the tour – not a bad alternative hey?! 😉



There is no reason to panic or worry – our team on the ground is keeping a close eye on all the activity surrounding Mt Agung and will ensure that everything in running safely. You’re in good hands!

If you’re planning a trip to Bali, we recommend that you don’t to let this affect your decision to travel. There are plenty of beautiful locations in Bali that are extremely unlikely to be affected by these events.

Check out our 10-day Ultimate Bali tour – we hope to see you in Bali soon! 

 

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