Pandawa Beach developed as new destination
Pandawa Beach is currently being developed as a new destination, adding to the line of beautiful beaches along Bali’s southern coast.
The development project is part of the National Tourism Strategic Locations (KSPN) program under the Tourism and Creative Economy Ministry and falls in the Sanur-Kuta-Nusa Dua zone.
Putu Dana Pariawan Salain from Udayana University’s tourism research team for the project, said the plan to develop the site had been announced to stakeholders, including travel agents and tourism business associations during a recent promotional event.
“The idea [to develop Pandawa Beach] came from the local community. Working with the ministry, our team will accommodate their needs and ideas. We will improve the facilities to fulfill the standards of a safe and convenient tourist destination,” he told Bali Daily on Monday.
Some facilities would be built and improved, including toilets, showers, a parking lot, sidewalks and an entrance.
The beach has astonishing natural beauty, with hard-sand cliffs and crystal water. “We also plan to build some decks on the upper area to provide a spot for visitors to take pictures overlooking the Indian Ocean,” Salain added.
Once known as the “secret beach” due to its inaccessibility, Pandawa Beach has been welcoming an increasing number of visitors since the road heading there was repaired. In the holiday season, the number of vehicles bringing visitors could reach around 500 each day.
Located in Kutuh village, around 20 minutes’ drive from Garuda Wisnu Kencana cultural park in Jimbaran, the beach is beautifully framed by two cliffs. Hundreds of palm trees have been planted on both sides of the main road to beautify the route.
The beach was named after the five Pandawa brothers (Yudhistira, Bima, Arjuna, Nakula and Sadewa) from the famous Indian epic, Mahabharata. On one side of the cliff are several statues portraying these five brothers.
Kutuh village is known as a seaweed producing area. Before Pandawa Beach was open to visitors, it was commonly used by farmers to dry their seaweed under the sun.
“The seaweed farming still takes place during certain times, but
when locals are not farming, they usually rent facilities for visitors, while some sell food from stalls,” Salain said.
He named Pandawa as one of the areas having the most tourism potential on the island. Far from the crowded streets of Kuta, it could serve as an alternative for beach lovers searching for peace and quiet.
A number of new tourist facilities are being constructed on the way to the beach and several plots of land are already being prepared for various tourist-related projects.
According to Salain, the facilities currently being constructed were initiated independently by the local community. The project funded by the government had yet to commence.
“The government’s project will likely start next year. For this year, the detailed engineering design is still underway.”
Badung regency administration seems to be serious in promoting Pandawa as a new destination, in addition to Bangkung bridge, which is located in Petang in the northern part of the regency, and will soon issue the relevant decrees for both sites.