21 December 2012

New ferry service between Bali and Lombok

The opening of a new fast boat route for travelers crossing from Bali to Lombok is making travel between the two islands easier.

The Marina Heroine 8 set sail for its inaugural run on the route early on Tuesday.

Marina Heroine 8 has a capacity of 100 seats, is air-conditioned, and uses eight 300HP engines to travel at 50 knots cruising speed. This means that the 65 kilometers from Padangbai to Senggigi can be covered in just 40 minutes. The ship is also equipped with TV screens that will show passengers videos on safety information, and uses satellite navigation and a global positioning system (GPS) to determine the boat’s position and provide updates on weather conditions.

Starting on Wednesday, Marina Heroine begins running from Padangbai to Senggigi twice per day, and in January of 2013, service will be increased to four times per day. Shuttle service to Denpasar, Sanur, Nusa Dua, Kuta, and Ubud will be provided as part of the boat’s ticket price of Rp 250,000.

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