Holiday Exodus in Bali: Long Lines at Gilimanuk Port

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The holiday exodus at Gilimanuk Port in Bali is currently experiencing a significant surge, with an astounding 30,503 individuals having departed the island since the commencement of the exodus period. This has resulted in extensive queues and congested conditions at the port.

Upon observation on Thursday, a considerable number of travellers arrived at Gilimanuk Port, many of whom were accompanied by their personal vehicles, including cars and motorcycles. In response to the heightened traffic, a strict schedule consisting of 32 ferry trips, with 8 trips per day, has been implemented.

Data supplied by PT ASDP Indonesia Ferry Branch Ketapang indicates a notable increase in outbound travellers over the past 7 days. A total of 30,503 individuals, along with 4,765 motorcycles and 2,624 private cars, have departed Bali.

I Made Ria Fran Dharma Yudha, the supervisor of the Gilimanuk Class I Ferry Port, reported that the current sailing schedule across the Bali Strait entails 8 tightly scheduled ferry trips.

“The number of travellers has surged, necessitating the operation of 32 ferry vessels today across the Bali Strait, including 2 large capacity support vessels to expedite the clearance of the queues,” elucidated Yudha to detikBali.

Priority is currently allocated to two-wheeled and four-wheeled vehicles transporting holidaymakers, with logistics vehicles not being given preferential treatment.

“We are maximising the current 8 trips with strict scheduling. We are expediting the loading and unloading process, resulting in the ferries departing fully loaded without adhering to the typical loading and unloading times,” added Yudha.

The port authorities are continuously monitoring weather conditions and collaborating with pertinent entities to guarantee the safety of sea travel.

“In the event of adverse weather conditions, we will liaise with the Ketapang region. In emergency scenarios, the captains will be contacted, and we will swiftly coordinate with other ferry vessels,” expounded Yudha.

“We are also coordinating with the Gilimanuk Shipping Management Office to determine whether there will be any sailing delays or other measures to ensure the safety of all passengers,” he concluded.

The holiday exodus is a customary occurrence in Bali, with numerous locals and tourists leaving the island to celebrate the festive season with their families or to simply indulge in a well-deserved break. The upsurge in travel activity also serves as a substantial economic stimulus for the region, resulting in heightened demand for transportation, accommodation, and assorted goods and services.

As the holiday season continues, it is imperative for travellers to remain abreast of the latest travel advisories, adhere to safety guidelines, and exercise patience throughout this busy period. Whether you are travelling for the holidays or staying put, we extend our best wishes for a safe and enjoyable holiday season to all.


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