Gili Air is the most developed island among those three, yet it is very calm and quiet with nice white sandy beaches lane dotted with small bungalows and restaurants where you can easily chill out over the blue. The best snorkeling and diving spot is found on the east coast. Gili Air is a perfect holiday island escape!
The best way to reach Gili Air from Bali is via a fast boat from Padangbai Harbour. Padangbai is a small sleepy fishing village located in eastern Bali close to Candidasa, about 54 km from Denpasar the capital of Bali. it is connected to Bali to other islands such as Gilis, Lembongan, Nusa Penida, Lombok, Sunda, and many others. It takes about 90 minutes to get to Gili Islands from this popular spot.
The Fast Boat is departing from Padangbai to the main Gili island of Trawangan then the smaller boat will take the passengers another 15 minutes off to Gili Air.
Fastboat also departing from Serangan Harbor to Gilis. This route takes longer yet it will come with a very interesting chance to see neighboring smaller popular islands from Bali, Nusa Lembongan & Nusa Penida. Through this point, the trip to Gili Trawangan will take 2.5 hours.
Here's everything you need to know about how to get to the Gili islands from Bali in a budget-friendly way with Ostina Fast Boat.