The Jakarta Post
The picturesque white-sand beach of Gili Meno in North Lombok regency, West Nusa Tenggara. (TripAdvisor/-)
Medana Bay Marina in Medana Beach, North Lombok regency, has been declared a special tourist terminal for international yachts, in a move that opens up access to foreign tourists looking to explore West Nusa Tenggara.
According to tempo.co, the marina's management company, PT Wisata Alam Samudra, said the decision was made official through Transportation Ministerial Decree No. 567/2018 on April 3.
With the move, Medana Bay Marina is now the only seaport in West Nusa Tenggara that can handle all processes related to customs, immigration, quarantine and port masters. Previously, foreign yachts that wanted to visit the location were required to register with one of 19 ports, including those in Tual, Maluku; Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara and Benoa, Bali.
Sail Komodo participants ride a small boat after getting off their yacht in Medana Bay Marina, North Lombok, on Sept. 15, 2017. (Tempo/Supriyantho Khafid)
Additionally, North Lombok was also chosen as the country's global hub for international ships.
Medana Bay Marina was built in 2009 on 6,000 square meters of land and a reserve of 5 hectares, mostly to cater to yachts that travel to and from Australia and New Zealand. Annually, it welcomes an average of 90 yachts per year, "especially during the Sail Indonesia event," said the marina's owner and president director, Ace Robin.
In September, the management plans to add new facilities and equipment, such as a boat trailer that comes with a slipway to safely help people disembark 30-ton yachts and reach land. (kes)
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