Gili Gede – Getting here and away.

Most people I met who travelled to Gili Gede have arrived from the following, Bali other Gili islands, other Indonesian bases and internationally.

This is a breakdown of each of these set off and arrival points:


From international points and flying in from Bali etc. this would be via Lombok International Airport. There are no or seldom Crab-drivers outside the Airport. It’s been said that the area outside Airport is controlled the Taxi mafia. However, a taxi service from the international Lombok Airport to Tembowong harbour, Sekotong costs around RP 250.000 to 350.000 and it takes approx. 90 minutes. From Tembowong harbour you will need to get a taxi-boat to cross to Gili Gede, this will cost you Rp 25.000 per person, and it takes 10-15 minutes.

Kuta Lombok: Rp.400.000 – 450.000

Mataram: Grab available

Sengigi: Grab available

Tip: Ask your Grab driver to swap numbers and when every you need a taxi, you can contact your Grab driver and negotiate a deal – the deal you get is better than the normal taxi drivers.

Slow Ferry:

From Padangbai in Bali to Lembar harbour at a cost of Rp 44.000 per person and it takes approx 4-5 hours. From the harbour in Lembar you will need a taxi or Ojek (scooter with a driver) to Tembowong harbour it takes around 45-50 minutes.

Cost of the taxi: Rp. 150.000-250.000

Cost of Ojek: Rp. 75.000 (one person)

Fast Boat:

You have two options depending on the price.

  • Ekajaya fast boat:

From Serangan harbour, Bali to Lembor harbour, Lombok at a cost of Rp. 275.000 and it takes approx. 2 hours.

  • Gili Getaway fast boat:

From Serangan harbour, Bali to Gili Gede (sub-village Orong Bukal), Lombok at an approx cost of Rp. 700.000, and it takes 2 hours.


Another option is to rent a motor to go around Lombok. So, if you decide to come to Gili Gede but you worry about where to park your motor safe while you are staying on Gili Gede. I would recommend you go Thamarind harbour, Sekotong  (5-10 min before Tembowong harbour), they offer this service for only at a cost of Rp.20.000 a day. The boys are very reliable and they speak English. – I always park my motor there.