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Upgrade of Nusa Penida Port Connection Underway

Rp. 51 Billion To Improve Mentigi Port on Nusa Penida.

(5/1/2004) Work is now underway on a significant upgrade of port facilities at Mentigi on Nusa Penida's north shore.

The project started in October 2003 and slated to require two years to complete will cost Rp. 51 billion (approximately US$ 6 million). Once inaugurated it will allow ships of up to 600 gross registered tones (GWT) to land at the island, just 16 kilometers from the port of Kusamba in the Gianyar Regency.

The project is part of an overall plan to enhance the depressed economy of Nusa Penida by opening the island to tourism development. Making the island accessible to larger ships and small ferries will have a significant impact on the island currently only connected to Bali by small local sailing boats.