Part of Lombok, Bali, the beautiful Gili Islands are frequently visited by travellers visiting Bali. It’s a great destination you should add to your Bali itinerary. There are some tips we would like to add and you should know so to plan the best trip to the Gili Islands. How to get to the Gili Islands from Bali? Here below we give you some suggestions about getting a fast boat from Bali to the Gili Islands and some tips about each island.
How to get to the Gili Islands from Bali?
One of the best ways to reach the Gili Islands from Bali is by fast boat. A fast boat to Gili will take about 2,5 hours from port to port. Please also take into consideration the time it takes to the port from where you are staying in Bali. It’s better you consider a half a day trip so you make sure you have enough time in your Bali Itinerary so as to have enough time to explore the Gili Islands.
Traveling from Bali to Gili, Bali to Lombok and other location used to be a long and challenging journey. With the demand growing and the increasing number of travellers, the region has now expanded the selection of the fast boat operators, offering reliable speed boat services among these paradise islands.
For the shortest crossing to Gili is with Freebird Express. This service departs from Amed (North-East Bali). However you should consider the journey from where you stay to Amed, it can easily take 3 hours from most of the popular tourist areas in the South of Bali. If you are staying in the northern areas of Bali including Tulamben areas and Lovina, this is the best port where to take the boat to the Gili Islands.
When taking a fast boat to Gili, you can bring around 25kg of baggage even though this is often not checked.
If you are staying in the South Bali area including popular areas such as Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Kuta and Uluwatu, the main departure harbour for fast boasts is Serangan. You can also consider using Padang Bai departures. You can reach Lembongan and Nusa Penida departing from nearby Sanur harbour and Benoa Port.
If you are coming from Ubud, Padang Bay harbour is the most convenient departure port for services to the Gili Islands and Lombok. This departure point is also the best one if you are staying in the eastern Bali areas of Candidasa and Padang Bai itself.
Which is the Best Gili Island to visit?
Each island has its own beauty.
Also considered the party island, it’s the largest island and most developed. If you like diving this is considered the safest place where to learn to dive with many dive schools to choose from. Another great highlight of this island is the sunset. From one of the many beachfront cafes and bars, you can enjoy the most beautiful sunset. You can actually see the great Mount Agung from some spots on the island.
It’s the smallest island and the most romantic escape. It offers the best white sand beaches scattered with squat trees, fringed with crystal clear water. We believe this is the best place where to plan your honeymoon. You will feel that romantic atmosphere as soon as you step off the boat.
Gili Air is the island that combines the party atmosphere of Gili Trawangan and the romantic setting of Gili Meno. You can find good restaurants and diving schools but in a peaceful setting as Gili Meno. It is a popular yoga destination. From Gili Air, you can enjoy the most spectacular views of the mountainous northern coast of Lombok.