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Gili Islands: Trip from Bali and Best Things to Do

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A trip to Bali may appear even more appealing if you also visit the Gili Islands. The Gili Islands include Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. This third island offers beautiful white-sand beaches and underwater scenery that will take your breath away.

You may fly from Bali right to the Gili Islands! There are several ways to get there. We’ll review all the steps and tips you’ll need to get from Bali to the Gili Islands quickly and comfortably.

The Transportation to Get to the Gili Islands From Bali

You should be aware that the ocean separates Bali and the Gili Islands. There is no need to be concerned because various transportation alternatives are available from Bali to the Gili Islands. A fast boat, a private fast boat, a public boat, or an airplane or helicopter are all choices.

If you select the last option, you will not travel directly to one of the Gili Islands. But first, you must fly to Lombok. The flight from Bali to Lombok takes approximately 30 minutes. Then, proceed to the harbor to catch a boat for 15-20 minutes to Gili Trawangan.

We suggest hiring a fast boat if you want it to be less stressful because you don’t need to travel from one area to another. This method is also the most popular form of transportation for other tourists visiting the Gili Islands from Bali. You can also choose the time of departure and port’s location based on the sort of fast boat service you prefer. 

It should be noted that the cost of a fast boat will be much higher than the cost of a public boat. You will, however, be more comfortable and protected on your journey. Bring what you need and prepare your energy levels before visiting the Gili Islands.

The fast boat ride will take between 1.5 and 2.5 hours, depending on the departure port and sea conditions. Another thing to remember is that most tourists would travel to Gili Trawangan by fast boat first, then to Gili Meno or Gili Air by small boat.

Serangan Harbor in South Bali, Sanur Beach, and Padang Bai Harbor are the three ports. A daily schedule of fast boats will depart for Gili Trawangan from these three places. Change the location of the nearest port to where you live in Bali.

1. Get to the Gili Islands From Padang Bai Bali

Numerous fast boat operators depart from Padang Bai Bali to Gili Trawangan. Eka Jaya Fast Boat is one of the most well-known fast boat service providers in Padang Bai for travelers heading to Gili Trawangan.

If you stay in central or eastern Bali, Padang Bai Harbor is a good option. Ubud, Amed, Tulamben, Sidemen, and Candidasa are all in central and eastern Bali. If your hotel is in southern Bali and you wish to depart from Padang Bai, you must travel for about 1 hour and 40 minutes. You should buy a fast boat ticket from Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan, which includes hotel pick-up and drop-off.

  • Opening Hour: from 08.30 AM
  • Estimated Price Ranges: IDR375,000 – IDR685,000
  • Address: Manggis, Karangasem Regency, Bali 80871 [MAPS]

2. Get to the Gili Islands From Sanur Bali

Sanur Beach, a famous fast boat crossing point from Bali, is more popular for trips to Nusa Lembongan or Nusa Penida island. There are just a few options for fast boat crossings from Sanur Beach to Gili Trawangan Island, including Scoot Fast Cruises, Starfish Fast Cruise, and Sugriwa Express. The trip from Sanur to Gili Trawangan takes about 3 hours.

  • Opening Hour: from 09.00 AM
  • Estimated Price Ranges: IDR500,000 – IDR671,000
  • Address: Jl. Matahari Terbit, Sanur Kaja, South Denpasar, Denpasar, Bali [MAPS]

3. Get to the Gili Islands From Serangan Harbor, Bali

Serangan Harbor is the third fast-boat port site from Bali to Gili Trawangan. Most tourists who seek comfort when traveling to Gili Trawangan will take a fast boat from Serangan. Fast boat tickets are, of course, more expensive.

The Serangan port is strategically situated because it is close to numerous popular tourist destinations in southern Bali, such as Kuta, Legian, Canggu, Seminyak, Jimbaran, Tanjung Benoa, Ungasan, Uluwatu, and Nusa Dua tourist attractions. 

  • Opening Hour: from 08.00 AM
  • Estimated Price Ranges: IDR550,000 – IDR837,000
  • Address: Serangan, South Denpasar, Denpasar, Bali 80229 [MAPS]

What Waits for You on the Gili Islands?

Most tourists visiting Gili Trawangan enjoy white-sand beaches, scuba diving, and nightlife. There is a beach party with live music almost every day. If you enjoy Kuta Bali, Gili Trawangan is a great place to visit.

Gili Air Island also features excellent beach views, pristine seawater, and a variety of tourist activities such as snorkeling, diving, and cycling. The island is calmer and more serene than Gili Trawangan. Suitable for those who like a more relaxing and quiet vacation.

Gili Meno has the smallest land area of the three Gili Islands. Most travelers interested in visiting Gili Meno Island are on their honeymoon. Gili Meno has a tranquil ambiance with stunning natural vistas. Parties that last until late at night, standard on Gili Trawangan, are unusual on Gili Meno.

Killing two birds with one stone! Going to Bali allows you to see many different places at once. If you have much free time and wish to make the most of your holiday time, you can visit the Gili Islands. There are plenty of enjoyable activities to do in a new setting.

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