1. RENT A BICYCLE – cycle or walk around the island in just a few hours to research its bushes and secret bays. Relax on one of the pristine beaches of Gili Air, overlooking the mountainous coast of Lombok.
2. UNDERWATER WORLD – Gili Air is renowned for phenomenal underwater scenery and fantastic dive sites. The island is literally encircled by a radiant reef where giant sea turtles are the star of the show.
3. LEARN TO DIVE at the local dive centre and walk on the gardens of the sea bottom. Gili Air is a great place where to take the dive course!
5. ISLAND HOPPING
You can easily move between the islands using the local ferry or the more expensive private boats. The isles are so close to each other that it only takes up to 30 min by a speedboat to get from one island to the other.
Simply book a guesthouse on the desirable island and go on island hopping in order to see the remaining islands in one day.
HOW TO GET THERE
Fly to Bali/Denpasar.
Most of the travellers take a private speedboat from Padang Bai/Bali, which takes 1-2 hrs/$30-50 USD one way, depending on the company and weather. If you travel on a budget you might want to go with a much cheaper option, the public ferry (5 hrs boat trip from Padang Bai, but it will cost you as much as $8 USD one way)
Gili Islands are easily reachable from Lombok. There are many boats frequently operating from the Bangsal Harbour to each of the Gili islands. ($1-5 USD one way, 2-hour ride). For more comfort, hop on one of the private speedboats in Senggigi that take you to the islands in just about 30 min for around $30 USD one way.
Gili Trawangan has also a small airport and you can get there from Bali by a private helicopter in just 45 min, however, this is quite a costly option (Air Bali)
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