Travel to Gili Islands
Fast boats provide the most popular way for visitors to travel from Bali to Gili Islands. There are three Gili Islands to visit. These are located off the north western coast of Lombok Island in Indonesia. Until the 1970s these islands were little known and were mostly uninhabited. Now they attract the sort of people who want to relax in a secluded and peaceful environment.
The majority of people who visit these idyllic islands choose to go by sea. There are frequent fast boats to Gili from Bali, most of them seating an average of between 30 and 100 people. Each passenger is allowed to take luggage up to the weight of 25 kilograms. Fast boats to Gili fom Bali have to cover quite a long distance at sea, so it’s not possible to make the outward journey and return the same day. If you are intending to visit Gili, you must book some overnight accommodation on one of the islands before the start of your journey.
There has been a great improvement to standards of accommodation, and the quality of supporting services and facilities, since the number of visitors on boats to Gili started to increase. You may want to stay for more than one night, so you can discover the secret delights of all three islands. Swimming between the Gili Islands is not recommended, because there are many dangerously strong currents. Once you arrive on one of the boats to Gili from Bali, you can use a local boat service to visit all three islands.
Gili Trawangan is the farthest distance from Lombok and is the biggest of the islands, with approximately 15 sq km of land. Most international visitors who travel on boats to Gili from Bali choose to arrive at Gili Trawangan first. The other two islands, Gilia Air and Gili Meno, are easily accessible using a local island-hopping boat service.
Fast boats to Gili Trawangan leave Bali from several convenient departure points. Depending on the time of year, you can board a boat at Benoa Harbour, Sanur Beach, Padang Bai or Serangan Harbour. When you book travel from Bali to a Gili Island by fast boat, you should consider how much time you want to spend at sea and how far you will need to travel to your accommodation on the island of your choice.
The cost and the services aboard fast boats to Gili from Bali vary according to the operator and the time of year. Most of the fast boat operators have special price offers and package deals for tourists. The cost of travel by fast boat also depends on the Gili Island destination and the age of the passenger.
An increasing number of international visitors are now choosing to travel on fast boats to Gili from Bali. This means that island services, facilities and overnight accommodation have also become much better. Fast boat operators provide the best way for you to travel to the Gili Islands, so you can enjoy a unique experience and have a very memorable stay at a beautiful and serene island location.