Not as remote as it may feel...
The beauty of the Gilis is, that in just a short trip from Bali or Lombok, you can be throwing out your beach towel, sipping on a cocktail and getting prepared for your diving adventure with Blue Marlin. Here's the lowdown on how to reach us. Please be aware that this information is subject to change, due to weather conditions, so do check locally or contact us directly for assistance with bookings.
Several speedboat companies are operating from various ports in Bali. (Amed, Padang Bai, Sanur, Serangan and Benoa) Most of them offer a free transfer from your hotel to the pier. There are usually two departures per day - around 9am and 1pm. The crossing time depends on weather and sea conditions and typically takes between 1.5 – 3 hours. You can also get one of these speedboats from Bangsal Harbour in Lombok
The ferry leaves Padang Bali, at 8am and arrives in Lembar, Lombok, 5 to 6 hours later. From Lembar, you can arrange a taxi or shuttle bus to get to Bangsal (another 2 hours) and then hop on a local boat to the Gilis (20min).
You can arrange flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or Perth to Lombok Praya international airport. From there catch a taxi to Bangsal port (roughly 1,5 hours), and from there is just 10 minutes by local boat to Gili Air. It is also possible to fly in Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. From there, you can get a speedboat from multiple ports in Bali. If you are doing this, it is advisable to fly in as early as possible.
As mentioned above, there is a local boat leaving from Bangsal, Lombok to the Gilis. Make sure you purchase your ticket in the harbour office to avoid local touts charging you extra. The ticket office is open from 8am to 5pm. The last boat of the day departs from Bangsal at 5pm.
Should you miss the last local boat you can also charter a private boat in Bangsal. At around USD20-30 this is relatively cheap, especially if a group of you get together and share the cost.
Yes you read that right...Air Bali offers to fly you directly to Gili Trawangan. The heliport is based in the south of Bali, at the port town of Benoa and Air Bali offer a pick-up service from your hotel. The flight takes roughly 45 minutes. From Gili T. you can get a speedboat to Gili Air, which leaves every hour, or catch the twice daily local boat. Please contact Air Bali directly for up to date information on prices and departure times.
There are local boats cruising between the islands, referred to here as the "Island hopper". Here's the rough timetable:Gili Air 8:30
to Gili Meno: 8:45
to Gili Trawangan: 9:00 and back.
Gili Trawangan: 9:30
to Gili Meno: 9:45
to Gili Air: 10:00.
Gili Air: 15:00
to Gili Meno: 15:15
to Gili Trawangan: 15:30 and back.
Gili Trawangan: 16:00
to Gili Meno: 16:15
to Gili Air: 16:30.
Please don't attempt to swim between the islands, no matter your skill level. The islands are exposed to the open ocean and sometimes strong currents run between and around them.