So that fast boat from Jimbaran to Banyuwangi, East Java apparently won’t be happening after all

Remember when we told you earlier this week that there would be a new fast boat service connecting Jimbaran and Banyuwangi, East Java?

Well apparently that’s all been cancelled after a little controversy in neighborhood-level politics, so no fast boat trips to East Java for you—guess you better trek all the way up to Gilimanuk, Bali for the crossing!

The fast boat was cancelled because of opposition from local residents in Kedonganan, the port area where the boat would be launching from in Jimbaran, according to Tribun Bali

Investors have pulled out because of this local opposition, Kedonganan traditional village head Ketut Puja said on Thursday. 

Puja says the fast boat service was rejected by three of the six banjars in Kedonganan. 

“Because of the miscommunication between entrepreneurs and local residents, the businessmen are desperate to pull out their investment,” Puja explained, as quoted by Tribun. 

This is a great reminder that power can exist at all levels in Bali and when you want to try something new, you better not cross the wrong people. 

Investors had prepared five fast boats with capacities of 60 passengers with tickets priced at Rp 375,000 and claimed the journey would take just one and half to two hours. 

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