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Straits, To a Point

Sea Crossings from Bali to Java and Lombok to Close for 24-hours during Nyepi Observances

(3/29/2014) The ferry crossing between Bali and Jawa from Gilmanuk (Bali) to Ketapang (East Java) will close at midnight on Sunday, March 30th and remain closed until 5:50 am on Monday morning, April 1, 2014.

The closure is in keeping with the total shut down of Bali for 24 hours to mark the period of mandatory silence Nyepi - the eve before the start of Bali Hindu New Year Saka 1936.

A similar close down schedule will come into force also for inter-island ferries operating between Padang Bai (Bali) and Labuhan (Lombok).

Port authorities are warning those hoping to catch the last ferry leaving Bali for either Java or Lombok not to try to catch the last boat. Once the ports close, travelers will find themselves stranded on a silent shore in Bali for the coming 24-hour period.

Ships trying to land after the start of the curfew will have to drop anchor off shore or return to an out-of Bali port.

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