Getting to Gili Trawangan:
By boat from Bali:
Most visitors travel to the Gilis by fast-boat services from Bali.
Several new boat services have begun operating across the Lombok strait. In peak season, these boats tend to be filled
beyond capacity so it is difficult for us to recommend as we firmly
believe in safety at sea!
Among the more experienced boat operators:
Gili Cat operates directly to Gili
Trawangan from Padang Bai in East Bali. They operate 2 boats with a
capacity of 17- 32 passengers. Cruise time is less than 2 hours. Cost is
Rp 660,000 one-way. More on: www.gilicat.com
A local car ferry also operates from Padang Bai several times per day to Lembar Harbour on
Lombok which takes 5-6 hours.
This is a very local experience. Lembar
is approx 1 hour south of Senggigi beach by car and it is another one hour
drive north to Bangsal
or Teluk Nara harbour where you can cross over to the Gilis.
|By air to Lombok:
The new International Airport opened in October 2011-located near Praya,
-Daily flights operate from Bali. 30 minute flight with:
air service is also available from Jakarta and Surabaya.
-Silk Air, the regional airline of Singapore Airlines, flies nonstop from
Singapore 3x weekly: www.silkair.com
-Air Asia also flies directly to Lombok from Kuala Lumpur:
-Visa on arrival facility is available at Lombok airport.
Click on News and Links for more info.
Travelers can make their own way to Bangsal- approx 2.5 hours from
the airport or one hour from Sengiggi.
Public boats depart from Bangsal for the Gilis regularly once they are
Vendors at Bangsal can be a challenge! so for convenience, we recommend a
private transfer enjoying the
scenic coastal road of Lombok. Our staff at Cafe Wayan on
Batubolong Beach, south of Sengiggi can assist.
arranged by Alam Gili:
Drive to Teluk Nara- a quieter bay south of Bangsal, with no
Our own outrigger boat will bring you directly to Alam Gili.
If low tide, the boat will land on the east
of the island where the staff
will assist with luggage and
transport by cidomo (horsecart) to Alam Gili.
Cost of one-way private transfer from Lombok airport including
car and boat:
Rp 850,000 for 1-2 persons
Rp 900,000 for max. 4 persons.
Driving time between Teluk Nara and the airport is
approx 2.5 hours.
Rp 600,000 additional car charge if need from airport to Teluk
Nara ( up to 4 persons)
For private boat only from/to Teluk Nara: Rp 450,000 for
1-4 persons. Additional per person: Rp 100,000.
No charge for
child under 12 years.
There may be an extra charge for horsecart to/from the harbour in case
boat lands there due to low tide.
The Lombok Strait and the
Lombok strait is very scenic with the dramatic backdrop of Bali’s Mt.
However, the seas can be very choppy here. This 24km narrow and deep
strait separating Bali and Lombok is a biological boundary between Asia
and Australasia, known as The Wallace Line.
Alfred Russel Wallace conducted research from 1854-1862 for his book
The Malay Archipelago and developed his own theory of evolution by
natural distribution recognizing a pattern of differences between island
fauna across Indonesia.
Good sea currents of course also keep marine life healthy! Indonesia has
3500 species of fish- more than anywhere else in the world. The drop-offs
and plateaus off the Gilis provide a great insight to the marine life of
Weather around the Gilis
Crossing the Wallace Line also means entering a drier climate. Rains on
the Gilis are even far less frequent than on mainland Lombok so you can
be pretty much guaranteed lots of sun all year round. Official rainy
season begins around December and lasts until March which can mean some
overcast over the Gilis. Winds tend to pick up during the month of
February with chance of higher sea swells.
Links to reputable
PADI dive operators on the island:
The below sites provide some excellent information.
For any dive bookings, please contact them directly.
Blue Marlin Dive
Scuba divers bringing own BCD and regulators, note domestic flight
allowance is 20kg per person.
You will responsible for any excess
We look forward to making your stay on Gili
Trawangan a relaxing and memorable experience.
Direct phone to Alam Gili:
contact: Alam Indah Bali