Tourist boat explodes off Bali

  • 15/09/2016
(Reuters / file)
(Reuters / file)

Indonesian authorities say no Australians appear to have been involved in a fatal accident onboard an Indonesian ferry.

An explosion on the ferry carrying tourists between the Indonesian resort islands of Bali and Lombok has killed at least one person.

The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says it is seeking to confirm advice from Indonesia that no Australians were involved.

"Indonesian authorities have advised the Australian Consulate-General in Bali that their records do not suggest that any Australians were involved in today's incident on board a fast boat travelling from East Bali to the Gili Islands," DFAT said in a statement to AAP.

Earlier reports suggested up to three people had died in the accident but police now say one woman of unknown identity had been killed.

The boat was travelling from the port of Padangbai in eastern Bali to nearby Gili Trawangan islet with 35 people on board when its fuel tank exploded, Karangasem district police chief police chief Sugeng Sudarso said.

Initial media reports stated that the dead woman was German.

"I can't say if the dead victim was from Germany or another country. I have not obtained that information. I have never said she was from Germany," he told DPA.

The injured have been taken to a hospital for treatment, he said.

"Some of them have serious injuries so they have not been able to provide information yet," he said.

The passengers on the boat include nine British nationals, six Italians, five from France, four from Portugal, four Austrians and two Germans.

Police are questioning the boat's captain.