But even tourists who stay within ten to twenty miles of Kuta, Legian, and Seminyak can rest easy if they know their Bali hotel has taken special precautions to take care of guests in the unlikely event of a tsunami hitting the area.
Getting “Tsunami Ready”
Enter “Tsunami Ready” (tsunamiready.com) – a response by the Bali tourism industry to the challenge posed by the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.
Knowing that Bali was particularly vulnerable to the threat of tsunami (the very same faultline that triggered the 2004 tsunami runs right under the island of Bali itself!), the Bali Hotels Association (BHA, balihotelsassociation.com) worked with industry partners like the Indonesian Ministry of Culture and Tourism (BUDPAR, budpar.go.id) to draw up evacuation procedures and recognize member resorts that were able to implement them efficiently.
Member hotels undergo a period of training, after which an on-site audit is conducted by “Tsunami Ready” staff. If the hotel passes the test, they are permitted to use the “Tsunami Ready” logo in their marketing materials and announce their status to the world.
What to Expect from a “Tsunami Ready” Hotel
A “Tsunami Ready” hotel provides its guests with the following services:
- Pertinent tsunami information. Guests can find tsunami information material – particularly material explaining the hotel’s tsunami evacuation procedures – in their own rooms.
- Clear signs. Guests will find clear tsunami evacuation signs on the premises; the signs will efficiently guide guests to the nearest evacuation spot.
- Proper staff training. In the event of a tsunami, a competent evacuation team equipped with whistles, flashlights and conspicuous signal vests will guide guests to the safe zones.
While the Bali Hotels Association has over 100 members all over the island, less than twenty Bali hotels have actually received Tsunami Ready certification. In the following lists, we’ll note which hotels have been certified, as opposed to hotels that are mentioned mainly as vertical evacuation centers (but have not received Tsunami Ready certification at present).
Tsunami-Ready Hotels & Evacuation Centers in Kuta & Legian
The following Kuta hotels have received Tsunami Ready certification, meaning their staff is prepared to assist guests in the slim chance of a tsunami affecting Kuta. The Pullman Nirwana Bali in particular is designated as a vertical evacuation center for guests/residents who cannot evacuate the red zone in time.
Hard Rock Hotel and Discovery Shopping Mall (discoveryshoppingmall.com, read about shopping malls in South Bali) have also been designated as vertical evacuation centers for people in Kuta and Legian who do not have time to evacuate to higher ground.
Kuta’s red zones, yellow zones, and other Kuta-specific tsunami information here: Official Tsunami Evacuation Map Kuta - TsunamiReady.com (offsite, PDF)
Tsunami-Ready Hotels & Evacuation Centers in Sanur
The following Sanur hotels have received Tsunami Ready certification. They also serve as vertical evacuation centers for guests/residents who cannot evacuate the red zone in time.
The following hotels do not have Tsunami Ready certification at present, but their buildings have been deemed to be of sufficient height to serve as vertical evacuation centers in case of tsunami.
Sanur’s red zones, yellow zones, and other Sanur-specific tsunami information can be read here: Official Tsunami Evacuation Map Sanur - TsunamiReady.com (offsite, PDF)
Tsunami-Ready Hotels in Jimbaran
The following Jimbaran hotels have received Tsunami Ready certification.
Tsunami-Ready Hotels in Seminyak
The following hotels in Seminyak have received Tsunami Ready certification.
North of Seminyak, the Alila Soori is the only resort in Tabanan that has Tsunami Ready certification.
Tsunami-Ready Hotels in Nusa Dua
The following Nusa Dua hotels and resorts have received Tsunami Ready certification: in the event of a tsunami affecting their section of Bali, the staff is trained to efficiently evacuate guests to safer ground.
Two of the resorts listed here have their own procedures to supplement the Tsunami Ready training they’ve received. In the event of a tsunami, the Nikko Bali Resort & Spa's staff will beat traditional wooden drums called “kul kul”, which are strategically placed around the resort for maximum audibility.
And the St. Regis Bali Resort's staff are trained to know the warning signs of a tsunami – in such an event, staffers will push a “panic button” located at the beach bar, sending the alarm and starting the evacuation of guests.
Tsunami-Ready Hotels & Evacuation Centers in Tanjung Benoa
The peninsula of Tanjung Benoa is particularly vulnerable to tsunami, more than most parts of Bali - as the peninsula’s topography is mostly low, flat, sandy and surrounded by sea, “high ground” is practically nonexistent, and Jalan Pratama (the main artery leading out of Tanjung Benoa) is too narrow to facilitate efficient evacuation out of the area.
So for guests staying at any of Tanjung Benoa’s resorts and hotels, their only viable escape option is vertical evacuation into the area’s tall buildings.
The following Tanjung Benoa hotels have received Tsunami Ready certification.
Several Tanjung Benoa hotels are designated by local authorities as vertical evacuation centers when a tsunami strikes this part of Bali, though these hotels are not presently certified as Tsunami Ready: