How To Get There

Do your research

Avoid "horror" stories

Making the decision on how to get to Gili Trawangan, whether by fast boat from Bali or via airport transfers in Lombok,  should not be taken lightly. You do need to do some research in order to avoid disappoinments.

Ambary House would be pleased to assist its guests in booking tickets to Gili Trawangan and back to Bali, securing ticket prices if possible cheaper than the published rates of those operators.

We also send our staff to the Gili Trawangan harbor to meet our guests and guide them to Ambary House.

The review pages on Tripadvisor.com are littered with “horror”stories regarding safety issues and poor overall service level of many fast boat operators plying the Bali – Gili islands route.

Herewith below a shortlist of those fastboat operators which are highly rated by travelers due to their excellent service and safety records.

Selected fastboat operators

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Gili Getaway rated highly on excellent service

Among the highest rated fast boat operators by travellers, Gili Getaway fastboats depart from Serangan Harbor in south Bali to the Gilis. Effective administration and preparation as well as excellent communications with its passengers are seen as key advantages of the operator compared to its competitors.

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Gili Getaway

Departs from Serangan Harbor in south Bali. Over 500 reviews

tripadvisor 4.5
bluewater-express

The first and longest running operator on Bali - Gili route

Blue Water Express pioneered the fast boat service from Bali to the Gili islands in 2006. It is the longest running operator on this route. It said it put an emphasis on safety, professionalism and guest satisfaction in all its services.

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BlueWater Express

From Padang Bai harbor in east Bali and Serangan in the south. 500 reviews.

tripadvisor 4 rating
freebird express

Freebird Express a newcomer on Amed - Gili route

Freebird Express is a new comer on the Amed-Gili route, with large and  luxurious boats. It said the boat is inspected frequently to make sure it meets all safety requirements.

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FreeBird Express

From Amed harbor in east Bali. Around 150 reviews as of August 2017.

tripadvisor 4 rating

Special Offers

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Boat & Stay Package

Stay at a minimum of 3 nights at 2-bedroom private villa, Ambary House, and get a 15 percent discount on published rates of Bali-Gili fastboat operators for up to 4 persons. Valid September-November 2017 for boats plying Bali Gili via Padang Bai harbor in east Bali.

Terms & Conditions

  • Subject to availiability and hotel confirmation.
  • Offer components are nontransferable or redeemable for cash.
  • Only valid for one stay.
  • This offer may not be combined with other promotions, offers or discounts.
  • Fastboats operated by some of those highly rated on tripadvisor.com including Blue Water Express and Gili Getaway.
  • We retain the rights in selecting the shuttle bus and fast boat operator.
  • The package excludes horse-drawn carriage from Gili Trawangan harbor to Ambary House should guests prefer to have one.

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Payment & Cancellation

  • Reservations are final and require a 15 percent down payment.
  • Once a reservation is confirmed, you will be asked to transfer payment to Ambary House’s Paypal account.  You may pay using credit cards.
  • The remaining payment may be made one day before checking out.
  • No refunds for the downpayment if cancelled or changed.
  • Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

Length of trip, schedule etc

  • Should we take the morning or afternoon trip? We would prefer to take the morning trip as the straits between Bali and Gili/Lombok tend to be calmer in the morning.
  • What is the pick-up and drop-off schedule? For those departing from Ubud and Kuta and surrounding areas, you should be ready to be picked up by the shuttle bus at 0700 AM if you take the earliest trip. For those departing from Gili Trawangan, the earliest departure time is around 0800 AM.
  • Will the bus driver drop us off at our hotel in Bali? The shuttle bus driver will pick you up at your hotel in the main tourist areas of Ubud and Kuta and surrounding. Other areas may incur additional charges. Please provide the name and address of the hotel. However, certain fastboat operators  may only drop you off at designated drop-off points such as in the parking lot of Coco Super Market in Ubud. From there, you may take a taxi.

Free Lombok Airport Transfers

Ensure peace of mind with our hassle-free airport transfer package. Stay for a minimum of three nights and get free one-way transfer from Lombok airport to Gili Trawangan. Valid September to November 2017.

Terms & Conditions

  • Subject to availiability and hotel confirmation
  • Offer components are nontransferable or redeemable for cash.
  • Only valid for one stay.
  • This offer may not be combined with other promotions, offers or discounts.

Payment & Cancellation

  • Reservations are final and require a 15 percent down payment.
  • Once a reservation is confirmed, you will be asked to transfer payment to Ambary House’s Paypal account.  You may pay using credit cards.
  • The remaining payment may be made one day before checking out.
  • No refunds for the downpayment if cancelled or changed.
  • Terms and conditions are subject to change without prior notice.

Length of trip, schedule etc

  • How long does it take to go to Gili T from Lombok airport? It takes approximately 2-3 hours by taxi from the airport depending on traffic conditions and the weather.
  • What kind of taxi is this? The transport agent typically uses so-called 7-seater multi-purpose vehicle (MPV) or minibus which should be enough for 6 passengers or 4 passengers with heavy luggage.

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