When you hear Gili Islands will take you back in time, don't doubt that even for a moment. Located on the Northwest coast of Lombok Island, Gili Islands in Bali Indonesia is a cluster of three small islets, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. They might differ in names, but all the three have one thing in common. Guess what? All of them are extremely beautiful and tranquil in their own way. The beauty of the islands is carefully crafted, and it has been very well kept alive by Indonesia which doesn’t fail to leave a mark on its tourists and travellers who love to travel the world. If you are one of those tourists or travellers, you must have some doubts. Drop all your worries as Shoes On Loose has answers to all your questions!,,We have noted down many important questions first timers have while heading to the Gili Islands. Pick up a pen to take note of all the information that we are providing you with the FAQ about Gili.
We have noted down many important questions first timers have while heading to the Gili Islands. Pick up a pen to take note of all the information that we are providing you with the FAQ about Gili.
Q. How much time does it take to reach Gili from Bali?
A. It entirely depends upon the mode you have chosen to reach Bali.
1. By Speed Boats
Leaving from Bali to the Gilis, passengers have several operators to choose from. The boat trip from Padang Bai to the Gili islands takes around one and a half to two hours, and generally departs daily between 9:00 am, and 9:30 am in the morning.
2. Public ferry
To get from Bali to the Gilis by public ferry; you need to take into consideration that it will be a long journey, as you will be taking two different boats to reach the islands.
First, you will take the public ferry from Padang Bai to Lombok. The boat departs every hour and the travel time is about five hours.
Then, you will take another public boat from Lombok to the Gili islands including wait time in between. So, the total travel time will be around eight hours.
3. By Airplane
You can always consider this option if you need a faster way to get to the Gilis. However, it is not that faster compared to direct fast boat trips. Here’s why:
The flight from Denpasar, Bali to Lombok takes about 30 minutes. There are a variety of airlines you can choose from; the cheapest is Lion Air and the domestic airlines, e.g., Garuda Indonesia for a slightly higher price.
Once you are in Lombok, you can take either a public or a fast ferry boat for another 30 minutes to one hour trip from Bangsal or Senggigi harbour to The Gilis.
Total time will be around 2-3 hours, considering the travel time plus the waiting time in between.
Q. Are there any Indian restaurants available?
A. No, there is no Indian restaurants available in the Gili Islands. You can satiate your taste buds with continental dishes.
Q. How are the Hotel Facilities in Gili?
A. The hotels in Gili are still recovering from the earthquake on Sunday 5 August which caused extensive damage to the region. The 6.9 magnitude earthquake hit the nearby island of Lombok, followed by a succession of powerful aftershocks over the next few days, many nearly as strong as the original earthquake. So, so the facilities are a bit basic.
Q. How is the hospitality in the hotels in Gilis?
A. As most of the hotel staff are local and not trained in Hotel management, a traveller should expect services to be a little laidback.