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Gili Cat - safe?

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Gili Cat - safe?

Hi guys,

I've read a LOT of posts re the safety (or non-safety) of the fast boats from Bali to Lombok/Gili. Is the Gili Cat in the same category as these dodgy boats? Or is it, being a Catamaran, a lot safe?

Anyone tried the Gili Cat? We're planning on making the crossing in early April.

Any other suggestions on how to get to Lombok (other than flying)?

Cheers!

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1. Re: Gili Cat - safe?

Hello miss - of the fast boats available, Gilicat in particular does have a good reputation, especially for safety. Boats are built to international standards in Australia, and are ISM (international Safety Management code) compliant, gaining certification every 6 months.

Flying is certainly cheaper and quicker, but the fast boats do provide a convenient door to door service.

Flying and by sea are the only ways to reach Lombok.

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2. Re: Gili Cat - safe?

misslcp, I doubt any of them will be what you would reasonably be expecting for an open waters sea crossing.

Some of them however are better than others, as indicated by HNB above, and they are all better than the 2 that have already sunk.

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3. Re: Gili Cat - safe?

hi took Gili cat a couple of weeks ago to and from Lombok and Gili T .

Its very safe ,very professional .Owned by an Aussie with great local crew .No problem.

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4. Re: Gili Cat - safe?

There is one other option.

The larger and slower vehicular ferry options run from Padang Bai on the east coast of Bali to Lembar in the southwest of Lombok, on the hour, 24 hours/day unless occasionally cancelled or delayed due to inclement weather.

They provide an inexpensive option linking the islands.

However getting to and from the ports at either end can be tiresome, as are the assorted travel/transport touts and various tiresome idiots and scammers often present at at each end of the trip. The sea voyage will take 4-5 hours.

You may also find this option also presents an interesting window into alternative ways of provisioning for maritime safety requirements and safe vessel operations.

Edited: 12 January 2012, 21:24
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5. Re: Gili Cat - safe?

@ padthai @ happy noodle - that's good to know. sounds like gili cat is the best option. thanks for the help.

@ hurcules - cheers for the ideas but might give the slow boat a miss, like to stay away from the scammers/interesting martime safety!

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