Bali to Gili Trawangan Boat
No visit to Bali is complete without a trip to the Gili Islands. Lined with tropical sandy beaches, and fringed with coconut palms, the Gili Islands is a paradise for tourists. Made up of three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, the Gili Islands are regularly a destination on the itinerary of tourists heading to Lombok from Bali.
The newest, as well as the most pleasurable way to reach Gili Trawangan, is to take a ride on the Patagonia Xpress, a fast boat designed for the purpose. Built in the Pt. Citra Shipyard, this Bali to Gili Trawangan boat is made of aluminum. Built to a size of 33-meter length and 6-meter width, the boat can accommodate up to 174 passengers. Complete with a large open-air deck on the top, the fast boat is equipped with the latest GPS tracking aids and AOS technology for the purpose of navigation. The boat’s saloon is air-conditioned so that the passengers are assured of comfort during the travel time. The passenger seating is comfortable as well as luxurious and the boat also boasts of modern toilet facilities. Passengers can opt to use the free Wi-Fi that is made available for them through the entire journey. The Patagonia Xpress also houses four 32-inch flat screen televisions, adding to the entertainment options. For those that just want to enjoy the sun and the breeze, the open air deck is all theirs.
As far as safety is concerned, the Patagonia Xpress is built to adhere strictly to international safety standards. The boat has sufficient numbers of fire extinguishers, life jackets for each of the passengers, and life rafts. The crew that serves in the boat are experienced, trained and their aim is to ensure that the passengers have a safe and comfortable journey to Gili Trawangan.
The Patagonia Xpress leaves the Benoa harbour at 8.30 a.m., from Padang Bai to Gili Trawangan at 10 a.m., from Gili Trawangan to Gili Air at 12 noon, from Gili Air to Bangsal (Lombok) at 12.30 p.m., from Bangsal to Padangbai at 1.00 p.m., and reaches Benoa from Padangbai at 4.30 p.m. The boat service is operated daily. However, the schedule is subject to change depending on the sea and weather conditions or other causes.
Tickets can be purchased conveniently and safely online via the website. Check out the Scheduling and Pricing page of the website for the latest prices and offer. Children under the age of three travel free of charge and pick up and drop off to the major tourist areas in Bali in included in the price. Trained crew posted at the embarking points help the passengers with the boarding process.
Once on the island, it is recommended that passengers confirms the return ticket 48 hours prior to the scheduled departure. However, if the stay is only for a single night, the passenger can confirm the return at the Ticket Office soon after arrival on the island. If the return trips are unconfirmed, the trips on the fast boat can only be availed subject to seat availability. Check in 30 minutes prior to departure. Luggage allowance is 25KG per passenger and this will be safely stored during the crossing.
The Gili Islands were first frequented by the backpackers during the 1970s and 1980s. However, more tourists started visiting the islands in the subsequent years and now the Gili Islands attract a wide variety of tourists. Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands and was first noticed by backpacker tourists. It initially grew in fame as a party destination for the backpackers. The parties are still in vogue but the number of tourists has increased giving rise to the availability of different types of accommodation, and the island now attracts a wide variety of travelers.
Villa accommodation options are available for the luxury traveler and the eastern side of the island offers many stay options for the budget traveler. This side of the island is close to the beach from where the boats depart and is close to the main village of the island. The entire village can be covered on foot using a footpath built for the purpose. One can also rent a bicycle to take a trip around the island. The island also offers travel from the farther spots using ‘cidomo’ or the horse and cart. It is a fun way of moving around the island. Gili Trawangan is flat and small barring a small hill in the middle of the island. The northern part of the island is quieter and houses the villas, bungalows and exclusive accommodation options.
In addition to the natural beauty, the islands have much more to offer for the visiting tourists. Cafes, restaurants, and bars that offer different types of cuisines such as Western and local Indonesian and a range of dining and drink options have sprung up.
The Gili Islands do not allow motorized transport options and the result is a peaceful and tranquil atmosphere. For the outdoor sports enthusiasts, Gili Islands offer a number of options that include water sporting activities such as scuba diving, snorkeling, and free diving. The waters are warm and, therefore, provide a delightful and pleasant experience to the divers. The diving centers are internationally approved and the operators are trained and certified professionals.
Gili Air is the closest island to Lombok. It has the largest population of the three. Here there are a range of accommodation options, including many delightful waterfront properties where you can experience the beach life from dawn until dusk and beyond. You can walk around in the island in a couple of hours before returning once more to your sun lounger on the beach. Gili Meno, on the other hand is a true haven of peace and tranquility; it is ideal for those who are looking to get away from the crowds and enjoy peace and quiet.