Ni Komang Erviani , Contributor , The Jakarta Post, Jembrana | Fri, 10/03/2008 11:34 AM | Bali
Always a favorite vacation destination, Bali has recently been inundated by domestic tourists during the current Idul Fitri holidays. Thousands of motorcycles and cars (see photo) have signed up to enter Bali via Gilimanuk port, Bali’s westernmost gateway located in Jembrana regency.
Operational manager of Gilimanuk Port Ospar Silabam said Tuesday the peak of domestic arrivals in Bali from Java through the port was recorded Sept. 27 and 28, with the number of ferry travelers reaching tens of thousands per day.
“They mostly came by motorcycle and car,” Ospar said, adding that they were from various cities in Java such as Surabaya, Malang and Yogyakarta.
At the same time masses of domestic tourists were entering Bali through Gilimanuk, Ospar said, thousands of Balinese residents of Javanese descent were departing from Bali to join up with relatives to celebrate Idul Fitri in Java.
The peak of the egress from Bali through Gilimanuk took place Sept. 27 with a total number of motorcycles reaching 11,000 and 4,500 cars on the day.
Ospar predicted the high traffic of holiday travelers making day visits through tomorrow (Oct. 4).
“As Sunday will be the last holiday, we predict the peak in visitors will take place Saturday,” he said. One tourist from Surabaya, Andi, said he intentionally goes to Bali by car to economize. “I drive because then the whole family can come along,” said the father of three.