Bali to Gili
Bali to Gili as recommended by The Lonely Planet. Gilibookings is the easiest place to book your fast boat tickets from Bali to Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Lombok, Nusa Lembongan, Nusa Penida and Gili Gede (South Lombok). Use the search box above to check live fast boat availability, simply select your travel dates and number of passengers, you can compare ticket costs, book and pay securely and receive fast boat e-tickets immediately. Fast boat to Gili, Bali to Lembongan, Bali to Lombok, Bali to Gili Gede with reliable and trusted fast boat operators.
How to get from Bali to the Gili Islands
Travelling from Bali to Gili, Bali to Lombok, Bali to Lembongan or Bali to Penida used to be a long and difficult journey. However with tourism growing at a rapid rate the region has now opened up, and there are a selection of Gili fast boat operators offering reliable speed boat services between these paradise islands. Full departure times, schedules and route maps can be viewed further down this page.
From South Bali
South Bali (Denpasar region) includes popular areas such as Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, Jimbaran, Uluwatu and Canggu. The main southern departure harbour for fast boat services to the Gili islands and Lombok is Serangan harbour. If you are staying in south Bali, you can also consider using Padang Bai departures as explained below. Nearby Sanur harbour and Benoa Port mainly serve Bali to Lembongan and Nusa Penida.
Best services from Serangan to Gili:
- Gili Getaway
- Blue Water Express
Note: Both companies also serve Lembongan and north Lombok. Gili Getaway additionally operates to Nusa Penida and Gili Gede (south Lombok).
Padang Bai to Gili
Padang Bai harbour is the busiest departure port for services to the Gili islands and Lombok. This is not only most suited to people coming from Ubud to Gili and eastern Bali areas of Candidasa and Padang Bai itself, but the fast boat operators leaving from here will often include complementary pickup services for travellers coming from South Bali too, making it the most popular option.
The Jetty at Padang Bai can get very hectic, so booking with one of the more reputable services is advised due to the extra care they take with well organised, safe and punctual boarding and departure procedures.
Best services from Padang Bai to Gili and Lombok:
- Blue Water Express
- Gili Gili Fastboat
Amed to Gili
If you are staying in northern areas of Bali and are looking for the best way to get to the Gili islands, the rural town of Amed in northeast Bali is recommended. Not only suitable for those staying in Amed and Tulamben areas, but also for areas further west such as Lovina.
The best rated fast boat from Amed to Gili is Freebird Express, who depart daily from Jemeluk beach in Amed.
Please do note - Amed is not suitable if you are staying in south Bali or coming from/going to Denpasar airport.
The distance by road from Bali airport to Amed can take up to 4 hours depending on traffic, and typically costs in excess of 600,000IDR.
Best Gili Island
Each island offers something slightly different, so whether you want to relax on a beach , snorkel in crystal clear water, dive with turtles and manta rays, or just enjoy a cocktail while watching the sun go down over the Bali volcano, there is something for everyone. Check out our Gili Islands Travel tips for more on which Gili island is the best for you.
- Gili Trawangan ("Gili T") is the best island for people who are looking for loads to do, a vibrant nightlife, countless dive shops and plenty of great places to eat. It is the most popular and developed of the 3 islands.
- Gili Air is a more chilled island where you can find a great balance of activities, restaurants, some bars, great diving and peace and quiet.
- Gili Meno is the least developed and therefore best island for people who want to escape other tourists and would like no nightlife or busy main strip around. The Honeymooners choice.
Boat to Gili
Our Fast Boat Partners, Blue Water Express, Gili Getaway, Freebird, Scoot Cruise, and Gili Gili Fast Boats are the leading speed boat operators in the region. Their main routes are from Bali to Gili Trawangan, and all routes from Bali to Gili Trawangan stop in Lombok and Gili Air. Scoot also provide tickets to Gili Meno, involving a smaller speed boat shuttle after arrival in Gili T. If you are looking for the best cheap tickets, use our sister site Gilitickets.com. Freebird Express depart from Amed in North Bali and stop in Gili T, Gili Air and Bangsal Harbour (Lombok). The Bali to Lombok part of the journey is only about 10 minutes shorter than the Bali to Gili Trawangan part of the journey. When it comes to experience, safety, reliability, organization and customer service, our fast boat partners are the market leaders. To check availability for fast boats to Gili Trawangan and to book your fast boat tickets just fill in the required search criteria in the box above.
We have first hand experience of our fast boat partners and over the past few years have seen a proven service record. The importance of this cannot be understated as there are many rogue operators between Bali, Lembongan, Lombok & The Gili Islands. Safety and service is compromised far too often with some boats being dangerously overloaded, and missing even the most basic safety equipment. Our fast boat partners all maintain a high level of safety and service, and have safety equipment on board that includes, life jackets for adults and children, life rafts, EPIRB, life ring, lights, GPS and VHF ship to shore radio.
Fast boat to Gili
Blue Water Express leaves from Serangan, Bali every morning. The fast boat goes from Bali to Lembongan, then continues to Gili Trawangan, Lombok (Teluk Nare) and Gili Air. A fast boat ticket from Bali to Gili Trawangan or Lombok with Blue Water Express allows for Island Hopping at Lembongan at no extra charge. Be aware that this does not mean that you may also stop at other islands - only Lembongan and your final destination is covered on the "Island Hopper" ticket type. The stopover is subject to availability so you should fix your Lembongan island hop (minimum 1 night stay) well in advance. All you need to do is purchase a Blue Water Express island hopper ticket from Bali to Gili on our website. You should then inform them of your specific itinerary by replying to the confirmation email they will send you within 24hrs after booking. A free hotel pick up/ drop off is included from most areas in South Bali.
Blue Water Express leave from Serangan harbour and from Padang Bai with direct services from Bali to the Gili Islands as well as Bali to Lembongan throughout the year. Serangan is the closest departure point to Kuta and Seminyak.
During low season the early departure from Serangan stops in Padang Bai and is then a direct speed boat to Gili Trawangan taking approx 2 1/2 hours with a brief stop in Lombok and Gili Air.
In high season the Serangan departure goes direct to the Gilis and there is a second departure from Padang Bai which goes from Bali to Gili Trawangan. Free pick-ups are included to limited areas only, for more information on hotel pick ups and drop-offs, including prices, use the search box or see the boat information page.
Scoot Cruises also offer multiple daily trips from Bali to Lembongan, departing from Sanur. Additionally, they run a daily service from Lombok (Sengiggi) to the Gili Islands, stopping at both Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. You can purchase tickets for all these routes using the search box above.
Gili Getaway leave from Serangan harbour, Bali. This is one of the fastest crossings from Serangan to Gili Trawangan with their specially designed boats and experienced, well trained crews. Their newest boat 'Getaway V' is just as fast and as comfortable as Getaway III.
The trip from Bali to Lombok and the Gilis makes a brief stop at Nusa Lembongan and Penida, but is still one of the fastest crossings from Sertangan to the Gilis. Speed boat transfers to Gili Meno can be arranged upon arrival in Gili Trawangan or pre-booked online. Free land transfers are included to and from most areas in South Bali.
NEW: Gili Getaway are now going from Bali to Gili Gede every day. Gili Gede is one of the lesser know islands located in the south west of Lombok. Trips from the Gili Islands to Gili Gede can be booked through our sister site gili-islandtransfers.com.
Freebird Express offer the shortest possible sea crossing as they depart from Amed on the north eastern coastline of Bali. Anyone staying in Tulamben or Amed region would be advised to use them for the crossing from Bali to Lombok and the Gili Islands.
Gili Gili Fast Boat started operating in 2010. During low season they depart daily from Padang Bai to the Gilis. In high season they often operate with 2 boats each day, both from Padang Bai (in east Bali). They offer very good value tickets and will drop you at Gili Air as well as going to Gili Trawangan, they also offer free hotel transfers from most popular areas in Bali, including central Ubud, Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur, etc.
For more detailed information about hotel transfers for each company please view the individual fast boat company pages.
Bounty Cruises boast a 550 seater catamaran, which was by far the largest high speed vessel sailing the Lombok Strait. Established in the late 1990's as one of the first operators servicing the Gili Islands and Lombok from Bali, Bounty Cruises were forced to suspend their Gili island route due to unexpectedly poor tourist numbers in the early 2000's. Instead, they became the best established day cruise operator to Lembongan for the last 10 years.
Having briefly resumed the Bali to Gili Trawangan service in early 2015 they have again cancelled it and now only service daily trips from Bali to Lembongan. Check availability and book your tickets using the search box located at the top of this page.
Since we launched in 2011, Gilibookings has proudly provided over 500,000 fast boat tickets to travellers between Bali, Lombok, Lembongan, Penida, Gili Gede and the Gili Islands. We are by far the most trusted online service in the region and were the first website offering online bookings for fast boats from Bali to the Gilis.
TIP: If you´re having difficulty finding a return ticket from Bali to Gili for the dates you need you may need to travel from Bali to Gili with one fast boat company but travel back from Gili to Bali with another. This is particularly useful for last minute bookings when there is limited availability on a lot of the fast boats, or when you want to depart from one location in Bali but return to another. If you cannot find availablity on our website then this means that the boats are full. In this situation we suggest you check for availability with other fast boats on www.gilitickets.com who offer cheaper tickets without the additional service or discounts that we offer.
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