Gili Trawangan is the largest and most visited island among three Gilis. Stars hotels and plenty of unique accommodations are available, from small warungs to fancy restaurants. The sunny time in the day can be easily spent to admire underwater life by snorkeling, diving, or glass-bottom boat trip then chilling out encountering stunning horizon on Sunset. Some places is turning into busy party spots at night. For those who crave the local taste, the night market is a food paradise.
The best way to reach Gili Trawangan 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 54km 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.
Fast boats also depart from Serangan Harbor to Gilis. This route takes longer yet it will come with a very interesting opportunity 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.