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A quick guide to Gili Trawangan and how to get the cheapest fast boat tickets

There’s no doubt that Gilis became one of the hottest vacation destinations near Bali. Once you will get here by a fast boat, each of these three islands will surprise you with a completely different atmosphere and vibes. You can choose between relaxing at white sandy beaches, swimming in the crystal-clear water, snorkeling with turtles, trying some of the amazing local cafés and restaurants or enjoying truly spectacular sunsets. The biggest one among Gili islands, named Gili Trawangan is known as the party place full of beach bars, so the fun here is guaranteed! If Gili T is the next destination of your vacation in Bali, read below our tips for buying your cheapest Gili tickets, and top things to do while you are here.

How to get to Gili Trawangan from Bali

The best and most convenient way to get from Bali to Gili islands is by a fast boat from Padangbai. Many local sellers are offering Gili tickets directly on the street, but if you wish to have the cheapest price and even get a 50% discount, we recommend you book your fast boat tickets with OK Divers Resort and Spa. Thanks to the special offer, every guest that reserves accommodation at OK Divers in Padangbai will get a 50% discounton on return ticket to Gili, changing one of your ways to basically a free ticket to Gili. In case you need an only one-way ticket from Bali to Gili, you will get it with a discount of 25%.

Bali to Gili Trawangan

Special deal on Gili tickets is worth considering, especially if you are traveling from Kuta, Ubud, or directly from the airport since the way to Padangbai usually takes around 1,5 hours. As you can imagine, such a journey is already tiring enough, so it is better to stay in Padangbai overnight in cozy Padangbai hotel. OK Divers Resort and Spa is conveniently located just a 1-minute walk from Gili fast boat pier and with its two pools, restaurant, bar, and spa provide everything that travelers to Gili Trawangan need.

Gili Islands sunset on the beach with Horse

Bali to Gili island boat shedule

Even though there are multiple Gili island Bali fast boat operators OK Divers diving resort will provide you Gili tickets with companies that are known as safe and reliable. The first one is Bali Eka Jaya with air-conditioned boats that leave Padangbai 9.00 AM, 11.00 AM and 1.30 PM.

If you are looking for cheaper boat to Gili Trawangan, you can choose Wannen Bali. Their boats are smaller and depart Padangbai at 9.30 AM and 2 PM.

Get the price of the cheapest Bali to Gili island ticket on our FREE TICKET TO GILI.

Keep in mind, that it is better to book your Gili Trawangan tickets in advance because of high demand, especially during the main Bali season. To ensure that your vacation on Gili islands will be stress-free, book your cheapest fast boat Gili ticket with OK Divers diving resort.

Best things to do on Gili Trawangan

Gili T Bali is a true backpacker wonderland, offering young people countless possibilities of entertainment. Doesn’t matter whether you are traveling to Gili with a group of friends, in a couple or even solo, there will be always something to do. There are numerous Gili hotels to choose from and they usually also organize their own pre-parties, beer pongs, bonfires at the Trawangan beach or even boat parties. If nightlife and loud music are not really your thing, don’t worry and read our little guide for Gili Islands as there are still plenty of different things to enjoy at Gili T.

Gili Islands sunset on the beach

Sunsets and swings on Gili Trawangan

As you might have already heard on the way to Gili Trawangan, the beaches at Gili T with soft white sand, crystal clear water and surrounding palm trees are very close to one’s perception of paradise. However, the real natural theater starts when the sun goes down because Gili islands are notoriously known for sunsets that will take your breath away. There are numerous sunset points on Gili Trawangan which might seem very quiet during the day but will get busier later in the afternoon. If you would like to have a comfy spot on bean bags, we recommend you come earlier and wait for the sunset with some refreshing cocktail or fresh coconut in your hand. You can just relax and watch the sky slowly turn into a beautiful palette of colors or take a picture at one of many famous swings on the water. These are a signature attraction of Gili Trawangan as they offer beautiful photo opportunities on the backdrop of peaceful ocean scenery and we bet that you will not want to miss them.

Movie nights on Gili T

Gili Trawangan is all about relaxing in a laid-back atmosphere and if you are not in the mood for a party, you should see a movie instead. You might ask, why would you go to the cinema when you can just chill at the beach? Because the movie screenings are actually at the beach! You will notice the signs as you will walk along restaurants and bars at Gili Trawangan and have a look at the schedule to see what they will screen the following days. Most of these movie nights are for free if you buy a drink or meal and your can see classics like The Beach with Leonardo Di Caprio while feeling the sea breeze.

Gili Islands diving with turtle

Bicycling around the Gili island

In case you didn’t know, scooters and motorcycles are strictly prohibited on all the Gilis, and the only ones you can spot here are electric. Even though Gili Trawangan is the largest of the Gilis, it is still very small, so you don’t have to worry about getting around. You can easily walk from one place to another as there is no traffic and distances are very short. For those who would like to have a bit more fun along the way, we recommend renting a bicycle. Biking around Gili Trawangan is an excellent idea because it is very easy and convenient as rentals can be found everywhere on the island. Renting a bicycle for a day at Gili Trawangan usually costs 50,000 Rp and you can cycle around the whole island in just a few hours! 

Snorkeling Gili Trawangan

Finally, Gili Trawangan is known thanks to its numerous diving and snorkeling spots as well as chances to see sea turtles. Local sellers are offering these trips on every corner and you can choose between various types of snorkeling tours and durations. The good news is that if you happen to miss your snorkeling or scuba diving at Gili Trawangan due to a headache caused by a wild party or decide to spend your time here differently, you can still catch some amazing marine life on your way back and try diving in Bali on Bali dive sites! As you will return to Padangbai, you can explore well-known Bali diving locations such as Blue Lagoon and White Sand Beach and possibly say hello to stingrays, turtles, a wide variety of reef fish, moray eels and nice corals. If you wish to explore the amazing underwater world on your way from Gili Trawangan, contact OK Divers Bali diving resort and we will gladly take you snorkeling or diving!

 

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