Bali to Lombok Faster by Fast Boat

Marina Srikandi Fast Boat

Island hopping between two popular destinations of Bali and Lombok has just got a lot easier with a new boat from Marina Srikandi that covers the route in less than an hour.

Srikandi 8, which was launched last week, holds up to 138 passengers and travels at a speed of 50 knots, which means Padang Bai to Senggigi in Lombok in 50 minutes.

Before the arrival of the new boat, the route of was covered by fast boats can carrying up to 70 passengers with an average speed of 40 knots.

Marina Srikandi 8 runs  twice a day with a single passage costing Rp.250,000 (US$26). The schedule starts at  8:45 a.m. with the boat heading to Senggigi, while the last ship back will be at 4:00 p.m. The company plans to increase the frequency to four trips a day in January 2013.

Going from Padang Bai to Lembar port in Lombok by public ferry takes up to five hours at a much cheaper price of Rp.36,000 (US$4). (rad)