GETTING HERE

BY SEA (from Bali)

Island Getaway

The Narooma drops guests here on the beach on Gili Air. With daily departures from Benoa, near Sanur, the crossing takes around 2 hours to Gili Air. Telephone or fax (+62) 361 762604, or email info@island-getaway.com
Price is rp660.000 on way.

Gili Cat

The Gili Cat, is a fast catamaran which crosses from Padang Bai to Teluk Kode on Lombok. The Cat takes 1 hour 20 minutes to cross to Teluk Kode and costs rp660.000 per person one way. Teluk Kode is a beautiful sandy bay and from here you can easily charter a local outrigger boat for the short hop over to Gili Air.  The charter price is rp175.000 which you could share with any other guests traveling to Gili Air.  The crossing to Gili Air takes 15 minutes. Contact www.gilicat.com

Blue Water Safaris

Blue Water Safaris departs daily from Benoa harbour near Sanur and transfer time is 2 hours to Gili Air and costs rp695.000 per person one way. www.bwsbali.com

The Others FAST BOAT TO GILI AIR

–         MARINA SRIKANDI www.bluebeachexpress.com

–         GILI-GILI FASTBOAT www.giligilifastboat.com

–         OCEAN STAR www.oceanstarexpress.com

–         SCOOT  (0361-285522 BALI)            (0370-623433 LOMBOK)

  

Perama Express

Daily departure from Padang Bai at 1pm, crosses directly to the Gilis. Takes about 6 hours to Gili Air.
Book in advance at any Perama office around Bali to include bus transfers to Padang Bai. Contact www.peramatours.com

Public Ferry – Shuttle bus route

The cheapest way to get to the Gilis! The ferry leaves from Padang Bai and crosses to Lembar harbour on Lombok every two hours, 24/7 and takes 4 hours. You can buy inclusive bus/ferrry tickets from travel agents around Bali. The price from Kuta Bali is around rp175.000 all the way to Gili Air. You must catch the 9am ferry from Padang Bai to get you here by 4.30pm, if you catch a later ferry you will have to stay one night on Lombok as Bangsal harbour closes around 5pm.

BY AIR   


From Depasar airport in Bali, flights take 25 mins to Mataram airport on Lombok and there are several airlines flying daily. Prices vary but one way tickets cost around rp400.000 per person. Once on Lombok the transfer time from the airport to Gili Air is 1hour 15 minutes. We can organize your transfer from Mataram airport to ORONG VILLAGES – please ask for details, also to arrange your return to MATARA,ORONG VILLAGES will be happy to arrange it.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Bangsal

This can be a strange and confusing harbour for the independent traveler as there are many touts selling the same tickets at various prices. The best option is to head straight to the boat ticket office which is situated right on the beach to the left of the harbour. A one way ticket to Gili Air on the public boat costs Rp8.000. There is no timetable for the public boat. It will depart when there are 25 passengers’ names on the list. Put your name on the list at the ticket office and await the announcement of the departure time over the loudspeaker.

Shuttle Boat

This is the boat that transfers the guests arriving by shuttle bus from around Lombok and Bali. It leaves around 10am and again around 4pm. This is a good option if you are in the harbour when it is due to leave so always ask about it if there are only a couple of names on the public boat list. A one way ticket on the shuttle boat costs Rp29.000.

Porters and horsecart drivers in Bangsal work independently and this is their sole income. If you would like the porters to take your bags, or if you want to take the horsecart up to the terminal on your return journey, then have the money ready for them to see as often there can be a communication problem. I would recommend paying the porters Rp 5.000 per bag and the horsecart drivers Rp10.000 per person to the terminal.

Once on Gili Air a horsecart to ORONG VILLAGES should cost Rp 50.000 for two people with luggage. Make sure you agree the price before you get on!

Airline and Shuttle bus tickets, Komodo Boat Trips, Rinjani Treks and day trips around Lombok can all be arranged through tour operators on Gili Air at the correct prices. There is no need to feel pressured into buying return tickets in Bangsal. Also most items of necessity can be bought around the island.

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