How to get to Gilis
One of the main reasons nobody should miss out on a trip to the Gilis is that getting to Gili Islands from both Bali and Lombok is easy and quick!
By Plane to Lombok or Bali
Depending on where you are coming from, you can either fly into Denpasar (DPS), Bali and take a Fast Boat. Or Mataram (LOP), Lombok then make your way to Gili Islands via a short boat transfer. Flying straigt to Lombok has the advantage that you can get to the Gili islands straight away and you dont need to rely on the fast boat schedule / connection between Bali and the Gilis.
By Helicopter from Bali to Gili Trawangan
By Fast Boat from Bali, Nusa Lembongan & Lombok to the Gili Islands
The most common way to get to Gilis from Bali and Nusa Lembongan is via Fast Boat. There are many Fast Boat companies offering different packages and routes. If you are coming from Bali, there are 5 Fast Boat ports of disembarkation to choose from, though Padang Bai is the main hub.
Benoa Harbor, Serangan, Sanur, Padang Bai and Amed.
If you are coming from Lombok, there are three Fast Boat ports to choose from, though Teluk Nara / Teluk Kode seems to be the main stop for most fast boats from Bali on the way to the Gilis.
Senggigi, Teluk Kode / Teluk Nara and Bangsal.
Is a newly available fast boat service, offering safety, comfort, speed, and reliability at an affordable price. Including full comprehensive insurance cover for all passenger liability. Operated daily between Bali, the Gili Islands and Lombok. Approximately 1 hour 30 minutes cruising from Padang Bai (Bali) to Gili Islands and Teluk Nara (Lombok).
Fast Boat Companies & ports of disembarkation:
By Public Ferry from Bali to Lombok
If you are on a tight budget, there is a public ferry that departs from Padang Bai, Bali and arrives at the port of Lembar, 22km south of Mataram, Lombok. The ferry takes 4-5 hours and leaves every 90 minutes or so, 24 hours a day. Once you are in Lembar take local transport via Mataram to Bangsal, where the local boats leave to the Gilis.
Many travel agents in Bali will be able to help you with booking transport from your hotel in Bali to Padang Bai, the ferry ticket and transportation from Lembar to the Gilis. From Lembar you have to take local transport to Bangsal from There you can take a public or chartered boat to either Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno or Gili Air.
By Public Boat from Bangsal, Lombok to the Gili Islands
Public boats run from 7am till around 5pm. The boats leave once they are full, minimum 30 people. The best chances of getting a boat quickly without waiting for hours are in the morning and afternoon. If you want to speed up the departure you can also purchase the remaining seats up to 30, which is a common practice between locals and foreigners who got tired of waiting. Or you can chartering your own boat which will leave immediatly.