What are the Gili Islands and How to get from Bali to Gili
Gili Islands (also known as the Gillis) are three micro-islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Our website Duckferries.com will help you to get to the Gili Islands quickly and comfortably. Our excellent business partnerships make DuckFerries the best place to book your fast boat ticket from Bali to the Gili Islands. It has been already more than 10.000 happy customers that took a fast boat from Bali to Gili or Bali to Nusa Islands with us. We make sure everyone gets professional, fast boat service and that is why we have a 4.5* review rating on Facebook. We are the best choice 😊, go Gili Gili fast boat with us!
How to get from Bali to Gilis, Lombok or Nusa islands.
There is an easy way via fast boat that takes from 1 to 2.5 hours depending from which harbor you depart. If you ask anyone how to get to the Gili islands from Bali, everyone will say, “With a speed boat”, even though there is an alternative. There is a public ferry to Gili Islands. But it is a trip for the whole day as you go slowly to the Lombok first and then from Lombok again, very slowly to the Gili Islands. There is also fast ferry going directly to Gili Trawangan, then to Gili Meno and Gili Air. It usually has more than six powerful engines that can compete with speed boats that do the same distance from Bali to Gili Islands. The advantage of the fast speed ferry is that it is usually a little bit cheaper and more comfortable in weather with big waves. It is also recommended to take this fast ferry when you are traveling from Bali to Gili with a baby. Preferably make the morning trip from Padang Bai to Gili Islands because this time the sea is calmer. The fast boat often goes up to 40 knots (65km/h) which means you travel from Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan in less than 1 hour. A typical scenario for most of the fast boats is to go from Bali to Gili Trawangan. The next stop follows either directly Gili Air or first to Lombok, to hand in the passenger's information. Only some operators go from Bali to Gili Meno. The other scenario is when the boat goes back from Gili Trawangan to Bali. The boat continues to Lombok or still to Gili Air. So, the traveling time from Gili Trawangan to Padang Bai is about 2 hours unlike the route from Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan which is only 1.5 hours. If you want to take a speed boat from the south of Bali to Gili, it is more expensive but less stressful than getting to Padang Bai in the Bali traffic. Many boat companies do stop on Nusa Lembongan and Padang Bai before they continue to Gili Islands. So, in the end, the traveling time is very similar for traveling from the south of Bali (Serangan, Sanu, Benoa harbor) or if you take the shuttle bus to Padang Bai. The difference is you spend more time on the boat enjoying the view than in the jam-packed shuttle bus stuck in traffic. Since the transport to Padang Bai with a car is longer, the boat companies save extra time to combat the traffic situation. So, you can be asked to be ready for the pickup from your hotel even 3 hours before the departure of your boat.
To sum up the traveling from Serangan, Sanur or Benoa to Gili Islands is a little bit faster and more comfortable than from Padang Bai but also more expensive. If you travel from Ubud to Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno or Lombok there is no dilemma, take a fast boat from Padang Bai. It is cheap and fast. If you look for a speed boat from Bali To Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan, then it is fast and cheaper to go from the south of Bali. If you are in north Bali, your best option is to go From Amed to Gili Islands with FreeBird express. Then the ride to Gili is super short, approximately 1 hour. To find out if you can afford to travel from the south of Bali with the premium companies check the cost of living in Bai here.
Most fast boat operators will pick you up in popular tourist areas like Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur or Ubud. Our smart booking system allows you to add your address to the booking app. And you can see immediately if the location of your hotel or villa in Bali is in the free transfer area or if you need to pay extra for the pickup. In the case when are outside of the main touristy areas, the fast boat company will send a private car to pick you up, which is for little extra money, of course. Alternatively, check where is the nearest free pick-up point on our map and wait there. Check our booking system and buy a ticket from Bali to Gili with us in just one minute. We are professionals and are always fair to our customers. There are no hidden fees, and what you pay at the checkout is a final price.
Sometimes fast boats can’t cross the sea to Gili Islands due to bad weather which happens roughly ten days in a year. In this case, a slow public ferry from Bali To Gili is the only option. It takes approximately 6 hours to get from Bali to Gili Island, mostly because of the speed of the ship plus sometimes you need to change between two boats as well.
If you are uncomfortable or you easily get sick at sea, you may try to solve a question: How to get from Bali to Gili Islands without taking a fast boat. The answer is to take a flight from Bali to Lombok and then take a small boat to Gili Trawangan or Gili Air (it is just 20 minutes on at sea). Lastly, there is also helicopter service running for arriving in style.
Our boat service from Bali to Gili and from Bali to Nusa Island
We work only with reputable and reliable boat companies such as Eka Jaya, Fast Scoot, Gili Getaway, Wahana, or Bluewater. Their main routes are from Bali to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air and also from Bali to Lombok and from Bali to Nusa Penida or Nusa Lembongan. There is a possibility to get to Gili Meno, with a stopover at Gili Trawangan and then taking a small boat to Gili Meno. All of those companies are offering free shuttle service and they will pick you up at your hotel in any busy touristy areas.
We have been partners for several years now and seen a proven track record of good cooperation. There are also many fast boat operators with poor reputation and safety standards and we do not recommend to use their services. The standards for the quality of services and the level of your safety may differ according to the touristy area.
If you are in north Bali, your best option is to go to Amed, where FreeBird express is operating. Then the ride from Bali to Gili Trawangan is super short, approximately 1 hour.
Bali to Gili Trawangan
When arriving at the Gili Trawangan, you will arrive at the beach with a huge sign which reads Gili Trawangan. There are no motorcycles or cars on Gili Trawangan neither is there an included drop off service. Drop off service which you can see in the booking app is for the return trip to Bali. The beach where the fast boat from Bali to Gili Trawangan finally docks is common for all the other fast boat companies. They all have their spot on that one beach. When going back from Gili to Bali, there is a free shuttle service taking you to your hotel or villa. Departure times for most of the fast boats from Gili Trawangan to Bali are similar. Most fast boats leave every day between 10:00 and 11:00 in the morning. The afternoon trips are usually between 15:00 and 16:00. Although there may be some other connections. You can check the current schedule for tomorrow here.
Bali to Gili Air
How to get from Bali to Gili Air? It is the same as getting to Gili Trawangan. Because most of the speed boats from Bali to Gili Trawangan continue to Gili Air. It only takes a little bit longer because of the quick stop on Gili Trawangan. The ride from Padang Bai to Gili Air is about 2 hours. The ride with Blue Water Express from Serangan to Gili Air in only 3 hours long. To see all the options, check the current schedule here.
Bali to Gili Meno
Getting to Gili Meno from Bali can be little trickier. Especially the companies with larger boats cannot dock right by the island. When you go with Eka Jaya from Bali to Gili Meno, you will be asked to switch by the shore of Gili Meno to a smaller boat which takes you to the island. Be advised that Eka Jaya requires an extra fee 25k IDR/person for the smaller boat transfer. However, you may be curious about the Gili Trawangan nightlife. Then you should go first from Bali to Gili Trawangan and stay there over one night. Then take the public boat service between the islands the next day. It is one night longer trip from Bali to Gili Meno, but you get to see Gili Trawangan too. The sail from Gili Trawangan to Gili Meno takes only 3-5 minutes because they are so close to each other.
The pickup at your Hotel or Villa in Bali
When you are staying in Kuta, Seminyak, Sanur or Central Ubud, the free shuttle service will most likely include your address. If you are staying in Canggu or any other “disconnected” areas, you can either catch the shuttle bus at the pick-up point that is nearby or order a private car. For more details and all the pick-up points, see our booking app. The shuttle bus picks you up roughly 2.5 - 3 hours before the departure time of your Gili fast boat leaving from Padang Bai. If you leaving from South of Bali, it is about 1 - 2 hours before the departure. All the details about getting the lift and the boat ride from Bali to Gili are evident in the booking process.
When traveling from Bali to Gili, you can choose not only what company you want to go with (budget or premium) but also from which port you wish to depart. The most frequented port is in Padang Bai. It connects all the nearby islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Lombok as well as Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan. Padang Bai is in the middle part of Bali on the east side. Traveling time by the shuttle from Kuta and Seminyak to Padang Bai is about 2 hours.
On the south of Bali, there are a couple of essential harbors too – Serangan, Benoa, and Sanur; these are great for connecting to Nusa Islands: Nusa Penida, Nusa Ceningan and Nusa Lembongan. These harbors are in the city. It means a shorter ride by shuttle bus, but longer sail on a boat if you are going to the Gili Islands. It is approximately plus 1 hour at sea. If you stay in Amed, there is also harbor where Free Bird Express is operating, which is proven, great fast boat operator. It is only one hour from Amed to Gili Islands.
Fast Boat to Gili, Fast Boat to Nusa and Fast Boat to Lombok.
The boats servicing the connection from Bali to Gili Trawangan, Bali to Lembongan or Bali to Lombok are either small high-speed crafts with outboard engines or larger fast boats with internal engines. The high-speed boat BlueWater Express III can take a maximum of 70 passengers, is powered by six engines of 250hp, all together 1500hp. These are the examples of the fastest speed boats that are crossing the Bali Sea with an average traveling speed of 30 knots (50km/h). Gili Getaway III is a shorter launch style boat with 4x Suzuki engines at 250hp. It has the capacity of only 36 passengers, and it gets sold out quickly. Super Scoot is another Gili fast boat that keeps the average traveling speed 30 knots (50km/h). It can take up to 50 passengers from Bali to Nusa Lembongan as well as from Bali to Gili Trawangan. Wahana Gili Ocean III is an example of a bit bigger craft that can take 116 passengers. There are even bigger fast boats with slower average traveling speed 25knots (40km/h). It is the Wahana Gili Ocean V with a capacity of 180 passengers as well as the EKA JAYA 25 with the same number of seats and with four 750 HP VOLVO engines.
The quality of the training for a crew as well as operational standards and safety equipment may vary between companies. The local standards may be below the expectations of foreign visitors; that is why we monitor the current services of individual companies. We cooperate only with the companies with the required safety features as well as a proven track record of quality service.
FAQ: Do you do pick up at the airport?
Eka Jaya, Bluewater or Wahana do Airport pickups, so choose them if you want to go straight from Denpasar international airport DPS. Be sure to put your phone number and also the flight information to the pickup field. You should have enough time after your plane lands. Consider time spend in customs, duty-free zones or while getting your visa. Let's say you will land at 8:00 AM, your pick up at the airport would be at 10:00 AM and your boat's departure at noon. So, you should add 4 hours to your flight arrival time to DPS when looking for a boat. That would be your boat's departure time. Please note that we are not responsible for any possible delays for the provided transport and also for any missed flights. That is the responsibility of the company you chose in a booking process.
FAQ: Can I get a discount?
You can have a discount if you book a return ticket for 4 or more travelers, ping us on Facebook and we will give you a 10% discount promo code.
FAQ: What is the luggage allowance when booking with you?
Anything up to 30 kilos is allowed per person. Big suitcases or surfboards included. The boats have luggage compartments, so your luggage stays safe and secure during the boat ride.