tourism & Bali

Tourism in Bali has for sure been exploding over the past few years. When you look at some numbers, you clearly see that Bali has become one of the world’s best tourist destinations. In 2008, the number of foreign tourist arrivals was around 2 million, and in 2019 it was estimated to 6.3million. 

In 2019, Australians were still the most significant tourist group with around 1.24M, followed closely by Chinese tourists with 1.18M. There are, for sure, the largest crowds as they count in for almost 40% of all arrivals. But Bali is a popular destination for nearly every part of the world. For example, India, the UK and the United States come after these two groups.

But why is tourism in Bali so massive?

Bali tourism

The island of Gods is famous for its very diversified land. We love its black sand beaches, coral reefs and dolphins. But also the incredible treks you can do on Mount Batur, for example. And you can’t talk about Bali without mentioning its many temples and colorful celebrations. Bali has something to offer for every kind of traveler. 

For these reasons and many more, Bali tourism has been growing tremendously over the past few years. Some numbers mention that 80% of the Balinese economy relies heavily on tourism. 

The negative effects on the island

Unfortunately, this does not only come with positive spillovers. Of course, tourism is great as it creates jobs and gets some people richer. However, some say it has become unrecognizable. Traffic is getting congested, pollution is going up, local goods are becoming more expensive and last but not least, the landscape is being damaged. 

Many developments meant for tourism in Bali use high quantities of concrete, which destroys the natural environment. These developments are usually not up for long timeframes as the lands are often just leased for 25years (to learn more about, read our article about owning a villa in Bali).


Luckily some companies have started to challenge the status quo and have a desire to reduce their footprint. Stilt Studios is one of them as its prefab homes are following the principles of circular economy. Together with some creativity, we can develop more sustainable tourism, one conserving the beauty of the island as it was when tourism started.

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