Getting to Gili
Fast boats and Ferries from Bali to Gili Trawangan:
We recommend taking one of the reputable fast boat services to the Gili Islands from Bali, which is the fastest and most popular way of getting to the Gili Islands. Because of the islands' popularity there are now so many services to choose from that it is not easy to know which are the best and safest carriers.
We therefore recommend using the well established booking platform of Gilibookings.com for an overview of the most reputable regional fast boat operators and using them to book your tickets. They also offer a discount special offer at Gili Teak beach club restaurant that you can use to get 10% off your meal.
Alternatively, Gilitickets.com offers fast boat services with the best budget boat operators between Bali and the Gili Islands.
The choice of fast boat depends on where you are departing from in Bali and how long you want to spend on the water as opposed to the road. We suggest departing from Padang Bai harbour if you prefer less time at sea and are staying in east or central Bali (Ubud). Serangan, Benoa and Sanur are best for south Bali departures, while Amed is only suitable for the far north of Bali.
Flights to Lombok:
You can also fly to Lombok international airport either direct from your point of origin or from Denpasar (Bali). From the airport it takes 2hrs by car to get to Senggigi for a daily fast boat transfer to Gili Trawangan (See again Gilibookings.com). If the departure time of the fast boat doesn't suit you, then we suggest heading to Bangsal harbour in north Lombok to catch a local public boat service to the island from there. This is quite cheap and cannot be pre-booked. Simply head to the harbour office at Bangsal and do your best to avoid the many hawkers. Charters are also available. If you want to avoid Bagsal harbour we can arrange a speed boat transfer for you, any time of day, from Teluk Nare.
For the most up-to-date information on getting from Bali or Lombok to Gili or to make bookings, simply contact us and we'll be happy to be of service.