Bali is famous for its sandy beaches, from the famous Kuta Beach to a more exclusive one in Seminyak. But there’s no harm in trying a new experience in Gili Islands in the northwest part of Lombok. The islands are famous for their exotic beaches, the clear blue water, and fresh air, also the beautiful underwater scenery. You can choose whether to have a livelier vibe in Gili Trawangan, experience a romantic escape in Gili Meno or chill out in Gili Air.Plus, there are a hundred of ways available to get to Gili Islands.
Get to Gili Islands by a direct flight from Denpasar Bali Airport to Lombok Airport
From Denpasar Bali Airport, there is a direct flight to Lombok International Airport. The flight takes only 25-30 minutes, and the ticket fare is from Rp200.000 to Rp500.000. This may be much more convenient and faster than taking boats to cross Lombok Strait.
Once landing in Lombok Airport, continue the trip by car or shuttle bus to reach beach departure point at Bangsal Ferry Terminal. There is also public airport bus provided by DAMRI to transport you to Bangsal Harbor, Senggigi, and Teluk Nare.
From Bangsal Harbour, you can either take public boats, take public fast boats, or charter a boat to get to Gili Islands. Besides departing from Bangsal Harbour, you can also depart from Teluk Nare and Teluk Kodek around Senggigi Beach using speedboat charter.
It takes 30 minutes of boat ride from Bangsal Harbor to get to Gili Trawangan. And you can use connecting island hopper boat for only 15 minutes to get to Gili Meno and 30 minutes to get to Gili Air.
Get to Gili Island by speedboats from Serangan
Many high-speed boat companies provide a direct ride from different pick-up points in Bali to Gili Islands. Pick-up point in Serangan is the closest one from Denpasar Airport. Marina Srikandi and Gili Gili offer a direct route from Serangan to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air.They usually depart from Serangan at 8.30 am and arrive at Gili Air at 11.15 am, and reachGili Trawanganat 11.30.The boat companies often provide a free pick-up from your location to Serangan, so it’s more convenient.
By public boats from Padang Bai to Lembar
For a low budget traveler, public boats from Padang Bai is available at any hour starting from 9 am for only Rp30.000-Rp40.000. But the trip will take longer time, about 4-5 hours. A minibus is available to transfer passenger from Lembar to Bangsal Harbor for 90 minutes. From Bangsal Harbor you can choose whether to take public boats, public fast boats, or charter a boat to get to Gili Islands.
Sandy beaches in Gili Islands are waiting. Go pack your bag now!