Video Padangbai party boat travelling towards the Gili Islands shows large crowd of foreigners leaving Bali to escape ” Silent Day ” on Friday 12/03/2021.Revelers were seen swaying and gyrating their hips next to each other in pre-Covid pandemic party mode on a boat in the harbor of Padangbai on the Indonesian island’s south-east, in an Instagram post on Friday 12/03/2021.
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The party-goers were on the way to the Gili Islands near Lombok ahead of Nyepi Day – a new year celebration also known as a ‘day of silence’ where locals stay at home and do not drive, work or use electricity. The atmosphere at Padang Bai Harbor, Karangasem,’ the caption read. Hundreds of foreigners were seen crossing to the Gili islands, Lombok ahead of Nyepi Day.’ Tourists who wearing face masks watched the commotion in disgust from another boat.
Despite the traditionally quiet public holiday, travelers in the social media video clapped and cheered as shirtless men danced around a group of jumping tourists atop the vessel. Huge amounts of foreigners party on boat arriving in Gili Islands
The figure comprised about 7,000 expatriates and 3,000 tourists. Locals flocked to the comments section to slam the travelers for being careless. It turns out that not all foreigners are smart. Covidiots,’ one Indonesian user said. The ignorance,’ another wrote. While Indonesia reported 4,714 new cases on Sunday 14/03/2021 when Bali did not record any new cases.
1.100 tourists from Bali
Every year during the Nyepi celebration, tourists from Bali choose Gili Trawangan as a place to avoid the Balinese new years celebration ” Nyepi ” . Most tourists arrived on the Gili Islands on Friday and will return on Monday.
There was an increase of 40 percent of hotels occupied on the Gili islands. This is enough to help Gili Trawangan during a pandemic says Faonza the Chairman of the Gili Hotel Association , Lalu Kusnawan, estimated that the number of tourists visiting the three islands during the Nyepi holiday would be around 1,100 people, mix of foreign and domestic tourists. 60 percent of the tourists stay on Gili Trawangan and some on Gili Air and only a few on Gili Meno.
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