We recommend taking one of the reputable fast boats from Bali to the Gili Islands, this is now the fastest and most popular way of getting to the Gili Islands. We only recommend the companies that have the best track record, reliability and customer service.
There are multiple departure points in Bali. Serangan harbour and Sanur harbour in the South west are perfect for anyone staying in areas like Kuta, Seminyak, Canggu, Sanur or on the south west peninsula of Bali. Padang Bai in the east is the busiest harbour and suitable if you are coming from Ubud but also suitable if you want a shorter boat trip and are staying in the south west areas listed above. Amed harbour in the north east is currently closed so Padang Bai is the closest harbour if you are based in east Bali.
Generally the best time to travel between Bali and the Gili islands is in the morning as the sea tends to be its calmest. Most of the year the sea is pretty calm but during the raining season in January and February there can be big swells which can make the crossing quite rough. Also in July and August when the wind can get strong the waves can also make for a rough crossing.
The Blue Water Express fast boat has departures from both Serangan harbour and from Padang Bai to the Gili Islands. All their boats are fully air conditioned and they operate to the highest standard of all boat companies in the region.
Hotel transfers can be added during the booking process and we recommend booking your fast boat tickets well in advance as they are regularly fully booked.
Eka Jaya are one of the best locally operated fast boat companies. They have departures from Serangan and Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan and also service Penida. They even have a direct boat from Penida to Gili Trawangan.
The trip Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan is quick and direct. They have large air conditioned and comfortable fast boats. During high season limited availability means booking in advance is a necessity.
Leaving from Serangan harbour on the south west coast of Bali and taking about 2 1/2 hours to get from Bali to Gili Trawangan. This is one of the fastest boats and it goes directly to Gili Trawangan. Note there is no air conditioning in this boat.
Gili Getaway can arrange cars to collect all passengers from most areas in South Bali to take them to the harbour (approx 30 minutes by car).
Lombok is the nearest airport to Gili T after Denpasar airport in Bali.
There are now a few airlines operating daily flights from Bali to Lombok. These are Lion Air, Wings & Garuda. Availability is rarely a problem unless it's the weekend or high season and the flight is usually very affordable when booked in advance.
There are now a few international flights going in Lombok from international hubs such as Kuala Lumpur and Singapore. One short taxi ride and boat ride and you'll be on Gili T.
We offer Lombok Airport Transfers to the Gili Islands to and from the International Airport in Lombok by private car and speed boat. A driver will meet you at the airport and take you to the harbour where a speed boat will be waiting to bring you to us.
This daily service from Kuta Bali passes through numerous pick-up points on the way to Padang Bai, this is very much the economy hardcore traveller's route and essentially lasts for a day.
Departure at 6:30 from Kuta to Padang Bai. 10:00 public ferry to Lembar Lombok arriving around 15:00, then transfer to a minibus for the 90 minute journey to Bangsal harbour, and finally a 45 minute boat ride to Gili Trawangan, arriving around sunset.