Boat to Gili Trawangan
The Gili Islands, an archipelago formed by three small islands, are a popular tourist destination. They are located off Lombok, Indonesia, and are popular with tourists who make a side trip from Bali. Most of the local inhabitants live on Gili Trawangan, the largest among the three islands. This is the first port of call when you travel by boat to Gili Trawangan on the Patagonia Xpress, the newest way to travel to the mini archipelago from Bali.
The Patagonia Xpress offers the newest fast boat service from Bali to the islands. The boat, built in Pt. Citra Shipyard, is made of aluminium and is 33 meters long and 6 meters wide. The boat can accommodate as many as 174 passengers. It starts from Benoa Harbour in Bali and calls in at Padang Bai (also on Bali) prior to heading to Gili Trawangan. After stopping at Gili Trawangan, the boat calls at Gili Air and Bangsal on Lombok before heading back to Pandangbai and completing its daily voyage at Benoa.
The Patagonia Xpress offers a reliable, fast, safe, and comfortable way of traveling to Gili Islands, and a secure online booking and payment facility. Passengers can relax in the air conditioned saloon or enjoy great views and breeze from the large upper deck without any safety concerns as the fast boat is built to comply with stringent international safety standards. The saloon has four 32-inch flat screen televisions for watching movies. The fast boat also offers complimentary WiFi. The seats are luxurious and comfortable and additionally, the boat offers modern toilet facilities. The stable and well-built boat is fitted with the latest safety equipment, which includes fire extinguishers, life rafts, and life jackets for all of the passengers. The Patagonia Xpress employs the latest AOS technology as well as the GPS tracking system for navigation purposes. Another important aspect about Patagonia Xpress is that the fast boat is managed by experienced crew members who are committed to ensuring passenger safety.
If you are traveling to Gili Trawangan, you can board the Patagonia Xpress from Benoa Harbour to Padangbai which leaves at 8:30 a.m. The fast boat service from Padangbai to Gili Trawangan leaves Padangbai at 10:00 a.m. In order to return back to Bali, you must leave Gili Trawangan 12:00 noon and travel via Gili Air (departure 12:30 p.m.), Bangsal (departure 1:00 p.m.), Padangbai (departure 3:00 p.m.), and reach Benoa Harbour by around 4:30 p.m. The schedules may be changed without prior notice because of sea or weather conditions, or other factors. The charges for traveling by Patagonia Xpress are competitive and can be seen on the website, including any special offers. There is no charge for children under three years of age. When you book online, you receive the boarding voucher at the time of booking. Therefore, you can travel with confidence that the journey has been planned in advance. Staff members of Patagonia Xpress are stationed at all the embarking and disembarking points to provide help to you. They will also handle all your travel related queries.
When it comes to returning from the Gili Islands – you may find it hard to leave – you must reconfirm your return ticket 48 hours before departure. If you are staying only for one night, you must reconfirm your return ticket as soon as you arrive at the island. This is because seats will be allotted to unconfirmed passengers only on the basis of availability. Patagonia Xpress fast boats are available on all days of the year except Nyepi – Balinese New Year, also known as Day of Silence. Your luggage allowance is 25KGs and all of the luggage carried by you will have to be tagged so that they can be stored on board.
The Gili islands, which remained uninhabited until about four decades ago, have rapidly become a hotspot, first for backpackers, and now for the full range of tourists. Gili Trawangan was the first to attract visitors. As a result, it is by far the most developed and offers more options in terms of accommodation and restaurants. In the early days of this island’s development as a tourist destination, it was considered to be a great location for holding wild parties and this continues to be partially true even today, but Gili Trawangan has transformed over the years and has a lot to offer to different categories of tourists.
There’s a fairly small permanent population on the Gili Islands. As per the written register of the head of the three islands, there are 450 families in Gili Air, 172 families in Gili Meno, and 361 families in Gili Trawangan. The inhabitants of Trawangan live in a township that stretches along its east coast. This is where a great deal of development is taking place. Within the islands, use of automobiles or any other motorized vehicles is strictly prohibited. Therefore, tourists have to either walk or use bicycles or cidomo, a horse-drawn carriage. Popular tourist attractions in Trawangan include freediving and scuba diving because of attractive coral formations and abundance of marine life. Shark point, Simon’s reef, and Manta point are some of the most famous diving destinations within the island. The powdery white beaches and clear blue water are well positioned for great sunset views over Mt. Agung in Bali and sunrise views over Mt. Rinjani in Lombok. The most popular beach stretches are Goodheart and North Beach, best known for snorkeling. However, it pays to be aware of the fact that there are strong currents and, therefore, it is not a good idea to attempt to swim across to other islands.
Apart from diving and snorkelling, sunbathing and bar-hopping, and day time fishing trips and charters, there are many other things tourists can do in Trawangan. There are many great restaurants in Gili Trawangan. Some of them are Santi Lounge, Pizzeria Regina, Danima Restaurant and Pearl Beach Lounge. When in the island, you really should try out some of the local cuisine.
A Bali holiday is never complete without a visit to the Gili Islands. And, with Patagonia Xpress fast boat taking you around, you are sure to have a great holiday experience!