Gili Trawangan is one of the most favorite islands and tourist destinations for local and foreign tourists. Located at Lombok regency, there are three small islands which become a part of this area, which are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.
Gili Trawangan has its beauty and its own appeal in the eyes of travelers. To get to Gili Trawangan, you can utilize the public boat Gili as one of the transportation options.
Actually there are two ways to get to Gili Trawangan, first is departing from Bali island and the second one is from Lombok island. This time we’ve summarized two choices of transportations to go to Gili using the fast boat and public boat.
Traveling to Gili Trawangan by Fast Boat
For those of you who want to take a trip to Gili Trawangan departing from Bali island, using a fast boat to cross to the location is the right option. The travel route of the fast boat starts from Port Padangbai directly to Gili Trawangan.
With 1,5 hours of time estimation, you can reach the destination directly. Another option of transportation is crossing from Port of Benoa by fast boat, though it is quite expensive, you can get to Gili Trawangan in a relatively short time.
This fast boat concept is more private than a public boat, because the passengers can just set their own desired departure schedule and the traveling time is faster.
Traveling to Gili Trawangan by Public Boat
Whereas if you are taking off from Bangsal Harbor, the distance from the car park to dockside needs to be met by walking or taking a cidomo (similar to a dogcart). After leaving the harbor, visitors can use public transportation like public boats.
This kind of transportation is also commonly used by local people for daily activities. Public boat is similar to a public transportation ship managed by a local cooperative or local company with an average rate around 15.000 IDR to Gili Trawangan with an additional retribution 1.000 IDR per person. The travel time is around 45 to 69 minutes depending on the weather.
Public boat is located at Bangsal Harbor, which is the official harbor of the government specifically for providing the sea transportation to Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, dan Gili Air. The rates are very affordable, it became a transportation solution to local people and tourists.
The passenger capacity inside of this ship can reach up to 50 persons or more. The ship’s operating hours are from 7 am to 4 pm.
The trip to Gili Trawangan, whether by fast boat or public boat, has its own advantages and disadvantages. Travelers can freely choose the type of transportation that will be used to get to Gili. For those of you who depart from Bali, visiting Sanur market Bali before going to Gili can make your vacation trip even more perfect.