Budgeting for your trip to Gili

Go relax, get a tan, and enjoy!

There are so many factors that can determine the price of a trip to Gili, some of which would be: What time of year are you going? What kind of place do you want to stay at? Are you willing to do less touristy things to save money?

Here are some general guidelines of what you can expect plus what to budget for when you’re planning your trip.

Transportation

Fast Boat to Gili
The quickest way to get there is by fast boat. The boats leave from a few different areas in Bali and depending on which company you choose, can take you straight to Gili Islands.
How long does it take? Depending on where you leave from, it’s about a 2.5 hour trip from port. And you need to take into consideration the time it takes to get to the port from where you’re staying in Bali.

Price: Around $35/person – one way (400,000 IDR)

Rent A Bike
It’s a great way to get around and see as much as you can of the island. Bike rentals (motorised scooters) are usually available everywhere, although it’s better to get help and rent directly from your island stay to get a reasonable price. Generally, the price is dependent on the type of bike chosen.

Price : Around $3 – $5/day (35,000 IDR – 60,000 IDR)

Accommodation

This is likely to be the biggest cost variable of your trip. In Gili, you can go cheap, middle of the road, or downright lavish.
Cheap hotels and guesthouses on the islands, with prices starting at about $14/night (150,000 IDR/night) in the low season.
In the mid price range, $50 – $100/night (500,000 IDR – 1,500,000 IDR/night) you’ll be able to start finding rooms at a lot of nice beach resorts.
Gili also has some of the most luxurious hotels and villas you might be interested in. Prices range from approx $150 – $250/night (1,500,000 IDR – 2,500,000 IDR/night)

Food and Drink

This is another category where you can spend as much or as little as you want. The nice thing about Gili is that there are sooooo many places to eat that you’ll always be able to find something to suit your tastes and budget.
Most meals are between $3 – $7 (30,000 IDR – 70,000 IDR). A meal at a mid-range restaurant will cost around $8 (85,000 IDR). And while a nice seafood dinner will be around $13 (140,000 IDR)

Activities

How much you spend on things to do in Gili is entirely up to you. If you’re a true beach bum, you won’t find better free entertainment. The awesome thing about Gili is there’s so much nature to explore. And most of the activities on the island revolve around the beach and ocean.

Diving
The Gili Islands offer a range of 20 different dive sites, each of them carrying a strong personality offering you a unique experience. Diving is around $70 (700,000 IDR) for a fun dive, but can cost less if you get a discount or bring your own equipment.

Snorkeling
Swimming with turtles and discovering underwater sculptures is what you should expect! Snorkel rentals are just $3 (30,000 IDR) for the day. Or you may book a snorkeling trip. It will cost you around $12/person (120,000 IDR) for a shared boat.

Pick and choose your favorites or go all out! Since there’s so much competition for tourist dollars on the islands, they probably won’t cost as much as you might think.

You can absolutely have a blast even with a small budget when visiting Gili Islands. The prices in this article may vary because of seasonal reasons or simply because things are getting more expensive. Also, the calculations between values may vary. All prices should be verified individually.

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