Getting Between the Gili Islands

Tourist boats shuttle between the islands, running a circuit starting in Air, then on to Meno, then Trawangan then back to Meno, and finally Air twice daily. The boats leave pretty much on time, with timetables at each ferry point, and give you a chance to take in an island for the day at little cost. The fixed fares are: Air to Meno Rp17,000; Air to Gili T Rp19,500; Gili T to Meno Rp19,000. Boat times are posted in the station office. It's a good idea to check the times 1 day ahead of your planned trip.

To charter your own boat, you need to negotiate with one of the omnipresent boatman. The boatmen are businessmen and the price will vary depending on how wealthy they think you are. Have some sympathy, petrol is not cheap, the engines are expensive to run, and they are not guaranteed a return trip. Negotiate, but be fair.

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Getting Around the Gili Islands

Once on the islands the only mode of transport is nonmotorized. You can use a cidomo (horse-drawn cart), hire a bicycle, or just walk. What's the rush, anyway? Expect to pay between Rp20,000 and Rp30,000 for a cidomo for a short trip, and multiples thereof if you make stops along the way. Bikes can be hired throughout the islands. They are not cheap and none come with chains and locks. You will likely leave your bike outside a restaurant only to return and find it missing. Due to the size of the islands, if you walk along the road you will find it parked outside another bar. Thankfully the shop owners are understanding and no deposit is taken as no bikes leave their home island.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.