The #stuckinBali hastag has accidentally become a brilliant, viral tourism campaign as travelers stranded by volcanic ash share snippets of their tropical, glamorous ordeals.
While the ash cloud that began one week ago from Mount Rinjani has not dissipated, wind conditions mean that when it blows away from the airport, some flights can arrive and depart from Denpasar Airport, taking some lucky passengers home, including The Bachelor winner Anna Heinrich.
As for those still stranded, many are praying to the volcano gods to let them stay longer.
Traveler Carmen Denton told The Huffington Post Australia being stuck in Bali had its upsides.
"I am so lucky here, I am here with my mum and sister and all though I see them at home, we rarely spend this much time just hanging out, talking, killing time together," Denton told HuffPost Australia.
"It's always just lunch or dinner here and there or family event but being stuck in Bali has forced us to stop, relax and just be in each other's company without any other place to be.
"We can't control what's going on, it's no ones fault. Just get on with it and make the best of it."
On HuffPost Australia's Facebook page, hundreds of readers are celebrating the fact that last time this volcano became active, it remained that way for 18 months.
"Hi Mum, see you in 18 months," said Caitlyn Smith while Kathleen Friedrich said: "So glad we have arrived today looking forward to 18months here hahaha" and Cameron Wheeler said: "What a pity such a horrible place to be stuck in LOL".
What do you do when you're stuck in Bali. Go to Sea Circus 💃🏻😛 pic.twitter.com/i37CdIlG6S— Kathleen Kalaw (@megkalaw) November 10, 2015
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