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The easiest and the most effective way to go to Gili islands in Lombok from Bali is by fastboat. It is not hard to find fastboat to go to the beautiful islands because many boat operators offer daily transfer from your hotel or the airport to the beach harbor on Gili and Lombok mainland. Most fastboat services give complete services, including pick- up from hotel in Bali, providing shuttle bus to the harbor in Padang Bai or Tanjung Benoa and of course the boat crossing.

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Fastboat is one of the best options you can use if you want to go to Lombok from Bali. There are many fastboat operators in Bali offer a range of fastboats, which means you have the chance to choose the company or operators that suits you best.

However, there are some important things you need to consider when you want to use fastboat to Lombok or Gili islands. The first important thing you have to remember and consider is your location. Where are you planning on being when depart from Bali to Lombok mainland or gili islands? This is a very important consideration because some fastboats start their trip to Lombok from Serangan harbor or Padang Bai Harbor.

Most Bali – Lombok fastboats depart daily from Padang Bai Harbor in Bali. If your location is closer to Serangan harbor, you may want to check the available fastboats which depart from there. If the fastboats depart from Serangan, it means you have to consider that the trip will be longer than if you use fastboats from Padang Bai harbor. It happens because Padang Bai Harbor is much closer to Lombok main island and Gili small islands than Serangan harbor.

The second thing you need to consider is about the time you would like to depart. Some fast boat operators run in the morning and afternoon. However, there are also fastboats which depart from Bali in the early evening. The operators of fastboat to Lombok also relies on the season, especially for companies that serve crossing in the afternoon.


We have to tell you that most popular and reputable fastboats depart from Bali in the morning if the season is good. When the weather or the season is not too well, they usually delay their service and run fastboats in the afternoon.

If you are not a morning person and you want to go to cross the Lombok strait a little later than you can choose late crossing service with fastboats from Padang Bai harbor. You can also find the 10 am pick up service which means that you can start the trip later in the morning.

The next thing you need to consider is the budget. How much money you can spend for crossing is important thing to consider. We have to tell you that the service of fastboat to Lombok is operated by various companies. You will find various prices. Some fastboat operators charge a little higher while some others offer a lower price.


Last thing you need to consider is about the service and reliability. You have to know that most fasboat services to Lombok are safe and reliable because they have been inspected and monitored by the Indonesian government. If you choose expensive boat services, you will have chance to get a better services and accommodation. You can even choose to cross from Padang Bai or Serangan, because the operators will pick you up wherever you are. You can try to compare fastboat rates by online because there are websites where there are lists of fastboat services from Bali to Lombok and Gili islands.

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If you want to go to Lombok or Gili islands from Bali, it means you need to have a reliable transportation option. All of us know that Bali – Lombok – Gili islands are separated by straits, namely Lombok strait. That is why, there are some different options of transport available serve people who want to cross from Bali top Lombok and Gili islands.

The first most popular option is by plane. There is an international airport in Bali called Ngurah Rai International Airport. There are some flights to Lombok International Airport every day. The flights from Bali to Lombok is quite fast, which is only 40 minutes. However, you need to continue the trip by boat if you want to go to Gili islands. The location of the Lombok international Airport is also quite remote; it is about 1 hour 20 minutes from the harbor where you can find fastboat service. That is why, airplane is not a popular option, especially if you want to go to Gili islands from Bali.

Most tourists who go to Lombok and gili islands from Bali choose water transportation, which boat. At least, there are three different types of boat available, which are fast boat, public ferry and traditional boat. Each of those three offers different pros and cons, so you need to understand about it to know which one is the best for you.



Fastboat is the most popular option amongst tourists who want to have Bali – Lombok – Gili islands trip. Fast boat brings some benefits that cannot be found in the other two. Fastboat brings a better convenient and safety because it is operated by private companies. Each boat is well-maintained in order to attract tourists to use it. Most fast boats are new and have completed with complete accommodation. Crossing with fast boat is so comfortable and fast because of its speed.

However, fast boat charges higher. Some operators offer a very high price to any passenger because their boats have been completed with special accommodation. You also need to book fastboat service before you can depart because usually, boat operators provide pick up services directly to your hotel.

Public Ferry


This is also a popular crossing option. Different from fastboat, the size of public ferry is bigger and slower in speed. Most ferry departs from Padang Bai, which is the largest harbor in Bali. Because of its size, public ferry also brings cars, trucks even busses. However, if we try to compare the speed, public ferry is much slower than fast boat. Generally, you will need to spend about 4 to 6 hours to reach Lombok Island. The accommodation of ferry is also in a lower standard than fast boat. However, the price of ferry is much lower than fast boat.

Traditional Boat


The last option you can use for your Bali – Lombok – Gili trip is traditional boat. Traditional boat is available in some different types, but most of them comes as traditional small boat with small engine. Many tourists choose traditional boat because of its convenient and freedom. It is easy to find them, because many of them depart from Padang Bai harbor in Bali. Most traditional boats are not following strict schedule, which means it will go to cross the Lombok whenever they have full passengers.

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We cannot deny the popularity of the three Gili (small islands) in Lombok, which are Trawangan, Air and Meno. Those three Gili are very popular amongst tourists, both domestic and international. However, reaching those small islands is not easy because we need to know the schedule and the type of boats we have to use. Below is the information related to the boats from Lombok to the three Gili:

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Long history with good name, Marina Srikandi is one of premier fast boat services in Bali. The fast boat company is established in late 2010 in Bali. However, the owner Mr. Muliadi Sukito has over 35 years of experience and the pioneer of Bali fast boat industry. This fast boat is the first who hold docking right at Senggigi Harbor. It is also the first fast boat company in Bali who launched extra large 90+ seats boat with 2400HP engine.

Originally, Marina Srikandi departs from Padang Bai Harbor – Bali. Today, the fast boat service departs from Serangan Harbor – Bali to serve the route of Serangan –  Teluk Nara – Gili Air – Gili Trawangan. They have two times daily schedules. From Serangan, the first trip departs at 08.15 am and the second trip departs at 01.00 pm. Apart from numerous shuttle routes, they also offers private charter service with various boats in different capacity from 36 to 145 passengers.


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Ganggari Fastboat is a new comer in Bali-Lombok-Gili fast boat service to follow the increasing popularity of Lombok and Gili Islands tourism. The company is self-owned fast boat operator that just started the service at 2016. Although new, the company offers various services for flexible sea transfer from Bali to Lombok and Gili Islands.

The company has several types of fiber made boats with different passenger capacities. The small boat has 20 seats capacity while the medium are 30 seats, 60 seats, and 90 seats boats. The smaller use 100 HP engine while the biggest use 2000HP engine for fast sea transfer that only take 1 and a half hours travel time. The bigger boats come with double decks for bigger capacity and different sailing experience. All boats are new. Due to the new boat, guests will find the comfortable boat interior and modern features as well as powerful engine.


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