Gili Island is one of the most common itineraries after Bali Island. The island is famous for the splendid view of beaches and scenery. This little heavenly place has been included in most tourists’ bucket list and continuously attracts more tourists from time to time. Gili Island is one out of three islands on the coast of Lombok which are Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Air. In the local language, ‘Gili’ means island and those three main islands are famous for the stunning view of beaches.
Most tourists visit Gili Island right after they visit Bali because the distance is quite close. Getting to the islands is not that difficult because there are lots of options of transportation. The option of transportation from Bali to Gili Island trip ranges from the slow public ferry to an exclusive private fast boat or air charter. If you are still unsure what transportation to take to Gili Island from Bali, here are the common options.
Fast Boat From Amed
If you happen to be around Amed, then you can take a fast boat straight from Amed to Lombok Island. It will only take 45 minutes by fast boat. But if you are around Denpasar, you will need at least a three-hour drive to get to Amed. This route should be the fastest to get to Gili Island compared to other routes. Plus, this route is not as crowded as other routes because not many travel agents actively promote this splendid port in Kuta. Thus not many people prefer to travel for three hours to get to Amed and take a speed boat to Gili Island. The fast boat departs from Amed operates twice a day which is at 9 pm and 4 pm and it stops on the three islands.
Fast Boat From Padang Bai
If you are looking for a shorter route, Padang Bai is commonplace to look for fast boasts to Gili Island. Compared to Amed, Padang Bai is much easier to reach from Kuta by shuttle busses. This should be easier and much affordable for tourists on a budget. Even though it is easier, but you need to be prepared for a longer travel time of 1.5 hours. However, you do not need to worry about fast boat options because there are more boats on Padang Bai and most have longer operation times.
If you are looking for the cheapest transportation options, you can consider taking the public ferry to Gili Island. You can find a public ferry in Padang Bai and it departs every hour. Even though it is cheaper than most of fast boats but public ferry can take up to five hours of travel time to Lombok only. From Lombok, you will need to take another public ferry to Gili Island that takes up to two hours of travel time. Sure it is a long and tough journey, but if the price is your most consideration then do not hesitate to take the public ferry.
Private sailing may not be the most practical transportation option, but if you want to travel in style, then this is for you. It is indeed a stylish way of vacation and surely not the affordable one. Charter private sailing for a day, you will not only be able to reach Gilis Island but also visit 23 other Islands in the area. There is some sailing fleet you can hire from Bali ranging from speed boat to luxurious yacht.
Private Air Charter
Private air charter is getting more and more popular these days. Not only it allows you to travel in style but also hassle-free. Hiring a private air charter provides the chance to see a splendid aerial view of the islands. Private air charter does not operate daily, so you need to book your seat in advance. One helicopter of private air charter can accommodate up to 5 people. It will take only 45 minutes to Gili Island by private air charter.
Bali Gili Fast Boat probably is the most convenient transportation option. It is the quickest route for commuting. You can take a fast boat from Padang Bai or Amed with different travel times. The travel time may vary depending on the weather, so make sure you have arranged the vacation carefully and have enough time to explore Gili Island.