Srikandi 8 – a new fast boat offering scheduled transportation between Bali’s port of Padang Bai and Senggigi Beach in Lombok commenced operations on Tuesday, December 18, 2012.
As reported by Kompas.com, the public relations manager for the Hotel Sheraton Senggigi, Jelantik, said: “The plans are in January 2013 for the service to be increased to four times a day.” His comments were made at a launching ceremony held on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 attended 190 travel agents from Bali and Lombok who were passengers on an inaugural trip between Bali and Lombok
Jelantik describe the new ship service as offering a new, speedier connection between Bali and Lombok that that currently available by public ferry between Padang Bai (Bali) and Lembar (Lombok) or by flying between Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport and the Lombok International Airport.
Srikandi operates twice daily between Lombok and Bali. The ship has a total capacity of 138 passengers and a single passage costs Rp. 250,000 (US$26).
The boat is powered by eight outboard engines each with a power of 300 horsepower each speeding the boat at 50 knots and allowing the 62 km passing to be completed in 45 minutes.
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