|Posted by jirikoo on February 11, 2012 at 12:40 PM|
Back in 2010, upon the establishment of this website, I had expressed fears for the low-key tourism along with pristine environment of Pualu Banyak turning into one of those commercial places that are swamped and run down by people who do not seek to keep it that way.
It can't have kept escaping attention of investors for so long. Now, there is a real threat to Pualu Banyak's authenticity and seclusion. According to various sources http://www.sumatraecotourism.com/pulaubanyak/index.html or http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thorntree/thread.jspa?threadID=2161033, a group of investors is going to build a surf resort on Pula Bangkaru, where the Turtle Conservation Center, organization for preservation sea turtles and their nesting sites, is based. As a result, this island and partly also Pulau Tuangku are closed for tourists. This measure is purely political and will affect the eco-tourism and the local communities in the whole area. Those who are planning to visit these two islands will be most likely prohibited from entering. I will keep you informed about further development.