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Island Hopping Tourists Warned Of High Waves In Bali

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Tourists making plans to travel by boat over the next few days may want to check the weather conditions first.

Weather forecasts show that high waves and storms are predicted to fall over Bali this weekend and into next week. 

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An early warning was issued by the Center for Meteorology, Climatology, and Geophysics (BBMKG) Region III Denpasar regarding the potential for high waves in the Bali Strait.

The forecast shows waves with a height of up to four meters are predicted to be between March 1st and 4th, 2024.

The Head of the BBMKG for Denpasar, Cahyo Nugroho, told reporters, “The public, fishermen, and marine tourism practitioners are advised to be aware of the potential for high sea waves.”

The forecast shows high waves are predicted in Southern Bali Strait, Badung Strait, the Southern Lombok Strait, and across the southern waters of Bali. 

Weather warnings for the Bali Strait are important to note for tourists making the crossing between Gilimanuk and East Java.

However, this is not the most popular tourist ferry route. The Bali Strait is a vital crossing route that connects Gilimanuk Harbor in Bali with Ketapang Harbor in East Java.

The high waves predicted in this area in the coming days pose the most risk to small boats and traditional fishermen.

The high waves that could impact tourist travel in the coming days will be found in the Lombok Strait and the Badung Strait.

This patch of ocean is used as part of the ferry and fast boat routes from Sanur, Padangbai, and Serangan to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Ceningan, the Gili Islands, and Lombok.

Island hopping is one of the most exciting ways to see more of Bali province and even tick off an extra Indonesian province during a vacation.

The Gili Islands are part of Lombok province, and tourism leaders in Indonesia want to see more tourists visiting ‘add-on’ destinations to their Bali vacations. 

At present, all ferries and fast boats set to leave from Sanur, Padangbai, and Serangan are operating as per schedule, and captains will be managing their boats conscious of the conditions at sea.

However, boat operators reserve the right to cancel crossings if conditions are sea deemed too dangerous. 

Fast boat providers like GoBoat keep a close eye on the conditions at sea and the up-to-the-minute weather forecast to ensure that all tourists are kept safe while they travel through the province.

What’s more, if transfers are canceled due to weather, reputable providers like GoBoat will go above and beyond to ensure that tourists are well looked after. 

Aerial drone panorama taken by drone of the peaceful village of Padangbai located on the Eastern shore of Bali with the harbour being the main departure access to Lombok in Indonesia

GoBoat says they “will make every effort to operate all trips as scheduled, but we reserve the right to cancel or delay trips due to adverse weather conditions or other circumstances beyond our control.” 

“Customers will be notified as soon as possible if a trip is canceled or delayed, and a voucher will be issued and sent by email to the ticket purchaser that is valid for 12 months from the original ticket trip departure date.”


All tourists in Bali planning on visiting the beach and swimming in the sea should be extra mindful before entering the water this weekend.

While some of Bali’s most popular beaches have lifeguards on duty, this is not commonplace. 


Many of Bali’s beaches appear to have shallow shorelines that are safe for swimming. However, many of Bali’s most famous beaches are also home to unpredictable and incredibly strong undercurrents.

Tourists should check with their tour guides or the local community before entering the water to ensure they are swimming in a safe spot. 

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Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Hige waves will push the rubbish up on higher ground, so much clean up work coming for the locals. Quick before photos spread on social media.


Sunday 3rd of March 2024

Goboat cancelled my trip due to "bad weather" a couple of weeks ago, they sent voucher and helped me reschedule for a later trip the same day. Of course it sucked not to go when we planned, but they handled it very professionally. :) Been going a few times after that without any problems.