Fast Boat To Gili Islands Ultimate Guide

Fast Boat To Gili Islands Ultimate Guide

Date: February 07, 2020

Just 100 kilometers away from Bali, there lies the so-called Maldives of Southeast Asia, the Gili Islands. In this article, you’ll find the Ultimate Guide to get to Gili Island by fast boat.

First, let’s get to know about the Gili Islands!

Gili Islands Fast Boat

Lies just off the coast of Lombok, Gili Islands have been a top destination for beachy vibes holiday. You can expect to enjoy beach parties, scuba diving with turtles and experience its marine biodiversity, watch the amazing sunset, and lay-back at the beach with coconut or cocktail on your hand, everything you can imagine for a memorable beach vacation. There are beaches on all sides of the islands.

Each of the three Gili Islands has each own characteristic depending on what type of vacation you expect. Here’s what you need to know about each Gili Islands before deciding your Gili vacation!

  • Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan is the most popular and the biggest compared to its two siblings. The island is best for beach party hoppers as there is a party every night on almost every side of the island. Party in Gili Trawangan could even last until morning when the sellers around the island start opening their store.

  • Gili Air

Gili Air has more local populations compared to Gili Trawangan where there are many foreign tourists living as digital nomads. Therefore, it has a more authentic vibe than Gili Trawangan. You can visit villages, blend in with the culture, or simply relaxing on traditional huts offer by locals. Buy one from many sellers of Lombok traditional Woven fabric as something that will remind your great time in Lombok when you already get home.

  • Gili Meno

This is the least touristy island among the three. On the other hand, it’s also the least developed one. There are not many bars or clubs around, but the island is the best destination for honeymoon thanks to its quietness. Choose a resort from many who offer quiet and laid-back vacation in Gili Meno.

Furthermore, Gili Meno is also best for wildlife spotting as there are no many tourists visiting and its wildlife still remains pure.

How to get to Gili Islands

Basically, there are many ways to go to the Gili Islands. It depends on your budget and type of experience you expect from your vacation. Here are the choices:

  • Public Ferry

This is the cheapest, but the slowest way to get to the Gili Islands. It’s because of the reasons that the ferry is slow and you have to take two different boats to reach the Gili Islands.

For taking the ferry, it departs almost every hour from Padang Bai to Lombok. The journey to Lombok takes around 4 hours. Once you arrive in Lombok port, you’ll have to find another ferry to take you to Gili Islands wherein you’ll spend another 4 hours journey. In total, it could take around 8 – 10 hours to arrive in Gili Islands from Bali.

  • Private Sailing Charter

If you have a lot more money to spend and want to feel a more luxurious journey to Gili Islands, then a private sailing Charter might be for you. There are many private sailing charter businesses in Bali offering from the casual boat until the most luxurious one wherein you can have your own party on the boat.

  • Private air charter

Another luxurious way is to book a private helicopter that will take you from Bali to Gili Islands. The helicopter journey would allow you to have a breathtaking experience enjoying the beauty of natures of Bali and Lombok from the top. Take some chances to shot some beautiful pictures as well. The flight from Bali to Gili Islands usually takes 45 minutes. Surely, it’s going to be 45 unforgettable minutes.

  • Fast boat to Gili Islands

Fast boat to Gili Islands is a great way to choose. It’s cheap and fast. Most fast boats to Gili Islands from Bali to Lombok depart from Padang Bai port. You can get a shuttle bus that would take you from Denpasar (Southern Bali) to Padang Bai. If you want a less risky trip, you can go to Padang Bai the night before and spend a night in a hotel near the port.

But if you prefer a much more simple way without a need to find the shuttle and still cheap way, book with us at We offer free pick up and drop off if you stay in Kuta, Legian, Central Seminyak, Sanur, Central Ubud and if you wait in Ngurah Rai International Airport. With our fast boat to Gili Islands, it only takes 1,5 hours to arrive in Gili from Bali. Bali4ride only deal with the best and trusted Fast Boat company in Bali.

The price is only 350,000 IDR for one way ticket and only 550,000 IDR for the return trip. You can choose either to arrive in Lombok or the Gili Islands.

Our daily schedule for a fast boat from Padang Bai is:

  • 09.00 AM (morning boat)
  • 13.30 PM (afternoon boat)

Book here to get the free pick up and fast boat to Lombok or the Gili Islands!


Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to inform a specific date of return if I buy the return ticket?

No, you don’t need to. We offer an open return ticket means that you just need to inform us your return request at least 1-2 days before.

  • Is there any pick-up in Gili or Lombok for the return trip?

No, there is no pick up in Lombok or Gili. The passenger needs to be ready at least one hour before the departure time.

  • What we should prepare for the trip?

We advise you to prepare sunscreen for the trip. And put your shoes in the bag, wear your sandals instead because usually, the fast boat to Gili Islands arrives on the beach!


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