Pandawa Beach is the choice for local people or tourists to travel during the pandemic. Apart from being an open area, the tourist attraction located at Kutuh customary village, South Kuta subdistrict, Badung, has also undergone a new era of life order by implementing the health protocol. Hand washing facilities are provided at many points, temperature checks at the entrance gate, and the use of PeduliLindungi application. “We ensure that all visitors are ‘No Mask No Service,’” said the President Director of BUMDA Kutuh customary village as the operator of the Pandawa Beach tourist attraction, Ni Luh Hepi Wiradani, on Wednesday (Dec 1).
Pandawa Beach is a safe and comfortable place to travel. This tourist area managed by the Kutuh customary village offers various tourist attractions that can create sweet memories while on vacation on the Island of the Gods. Surfing activities are very interesting to do here. Besides, there are snorkeling, diving, canoeing, and paragliding. Meanwhile, the activities of local residents who used to work as coral reef farmers and fishermen have now switched to coral reef planting activities.
This tourist attraction does not only present a variety of marine tourist attractions, but also serves as a center for coral reef development. Once on a tour, we can see natural panoramas and cultural activities having been carried out for generations since the past. On the sides of the cliff, there is a cave where figures of the Pandavas in the Mahabharata are placed. Tourists know this white sandy beach as the secret beach because it is hidden behind the hills. From the top of the hill, tourists can see the beauty of the blue sea water. Tourists who care about the environment can participate in planting coral reefs in the middle of the sea. There is a shuttle transport, and visitors can also enjoy selected menus at Pandawa Café and culinary stalls managed by local people. “When the government implemented the Emergency Public Activity Restriction (PPKM), the Pandawa Beach tourist attraction was completely closed, and re-opened in mid-September 2021 after there was a decision from the government that tourist objects could reopen,” she said happily.
When operating during the pandemic, the services provided for visitors are of course slightly different. That’s because the operator applies strict procedures in accordance with the Cleanliness, Health, Safety, and Environmental Sustainability (CHSE) certificate from the Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy. “We have prepared a special officer in charge of the information division who always urges the visitors to be disciplined in implementing the health protocols. This is conveyed to visitors via loudspeaker every 15 minutes. Even though visitors have implemented health protocols, we still remind visitors to prevent the spread of Covid-19,” she said.
During this pandemic, the number of tourist visits has decreased by around 90 percent. Tourist visits are dominated by the locals from Bali and outside Bali, mostly from East Java. Advantages of Pandawa Beach in the eyes of visitors lie in its wide beaches coupled with the Pandavas statue and writing spots on the Pandawa Beach. It also includes the kecak a cappella show. “At year-end, the visit is estimated to increase quite a bit. Meanwhile, our special activity to be held this year end is the regular one, namely the Pandawa Festival,” added this woman. (BTN/015)