Officials confirmed that more than 1,000 expats currently residing in Bali have gone to Gili Trawangan, Lombok to avoid the Day of Silence celebration in Bali. As a predominantly Hindu island, the people of Bali will celebrate the Day of Silence (Nyepi Day) by meditating and staying home, while the provincial government shuts down businesses and offices from operating for 24 hours of the annual celebration.
The Head of Padangbai Port’s Authority, Ni Luh Putu Eka Suyasmin confirmed that over 1,000 expats left the island and went mostly to Gili Trawangan to avoid Nyepi Day as it would prevent them from outdoor activities.
“Many people who were mostly expats left the island using fast boats from Friday to Saturday,” said Suyasmin on Saturday evening (13/3). She explained that on Friday there were three boats that departed to Gili Trawangan, and there were another three boats that departed on Saturday.
She added that it’s a common thing for people who don’t celebrate Nyepi Day to temporarily leave the island.
“We will start to close Padangbai Port from operating for 24 hours during the celebration, including the ferry services. The last ferry departure will be on Sunday at 3:00 am” Suyasmin added. Padangbai Port will begin operating normally on Monday at 9:00 am.
She also explained that prevention protocols were implemented at the port as all tourists are required to show a rapid antigen test document with negative results upon departure.
“We also provide a rapid antigen test facility at the location, in case they haven’t been tested prior to the departure” Suyasmin concluded.