Indonesia has the 2nd longest coastline in the world. Its countless beaches are all charming, and dangerous, in their own unique ways. Never forget that having fun at the beach also means remaining aware of these dangers and staying safe. Here are a few tips to make sure your next beach trip is a good one.
Check the forecast – Most people aren’t interested in rainy, stormy beach days. Not just because it’s not much fun, but it often increases the danger level. Check the weather forecast and pay attention to everything including temperature, rain & thunderstorm predictions, wind speeds, and swell height. High levels of any of these all create their own dangers.
Know where to go – Do your research! Choosing the right beach depends on several different factors. If you plan on having lunch, there better be somewhere to eat? If the beach you're heading is heavily tide affected, like many in Indonesia, when is the best time to go? Do you want to snorkel, kayak, or SUP?
It’s always best to choose a spot close to a lifeguard, they are there for a reason! Keep your eyes open for any warning signs and/or flags that may be posted, and always listen when lifeguards give instructions.
Know your limits – Everyone can enjoy the beach, but that doesn’t mean you should jump right in, or even get close to the water, if you don’t know how to swim. Drowning is one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths worldwide. The ocean can be very unpredictable and easily catch even the strongest swimmers off-guard. If you don’t know how to swim, a life jacket will let you enjoy the water with less stress. Regardless, remain aware of your surroundings, keep an eye on the shore and any potential hazards in the water (waves, currents, etc.), and other people around you. Never swim or surf alone!
Stay covered – Sunburns are no fun, but there is a lot more to worry about other than being uncomfortable and red as a tomato for a few days. Anyone that experiences more than 5 strong sunburns in their life has double the risk of developing skin cancer. Slather on your sunscreen and make sure to reapply during extended sun exposure. Shade is your best friend, especially during the peak sun hours between 10 am and 2 pm; hats, umbrellas, and trees are great options. Better yet, a Bali Bandana?
Heat exhaustion and heat stroke are dangerous, and can creep up on you unexpectedly. Stay aware of how much sun and heat you’re getting, and make sure to stay hydrated! Know what symptoms to be aware of and what to do if you or a loved one experiences any of them.
Stay hydrated – It’s easy to get caught up in the fun, but staying hydrated is one of the most important things to remember. Your body loses a surprising amount of energy in the sun and warmer weather, 2 of our favorite reasons for a day at the beach! Make sure to drink plenty of water while limiting drinks that dehydrate you like coffee and alcohol.Yes, we know: lounging on the beach and an ice cold Bintang go together like Nasi and Sambal, but be careful not to have too many and always match any alcohol intake with extra water.