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How To Get From Seminyak to Gili Islands?
Seminyak is a buzzing hotspot in Bali, situated halfway between the craziness of Kuta and the hipster vibes of Canggu. It is home to a diverse range of restaurants, hotels, and clubs, including the famed Potato Head club, which is credited with kicking off the whole Bali Beach club scene!
The Gili Islands, known for their exquisite white sand beaches, turquoise oceans, and party culture, are a terrific place to visit after you’ve experienced Bali.
Best Gili Island
Gili Trawangan (“Gili T” also see the best Gili T hotels) is the best island for individuals who want a lot of things to do, a lively nightlife, a plethora of diving shops, and a variety of outstanding restaurants. It is the most developed and well-known of the three islands.
Gili Air is a more laid-back island with a good mix of activities, restaurants, and bars, as well as excellent diving and peace & quiet.
Gili Meno is the least developed of the islands, making it ideal for anyone looking to get away from the crowds, and avoid the nightlife and crowded main strip. The honeymooners’ preferred option.
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Seminyak to the Gili Islands
There is no direct route between Seminyak and the Gili Islands. It will be a vehicle journey combined with a quick boat ride.
You have a few choices! From either Padang Bai or Serangan harbors in Bali, you may hire a swift boat to the Gili Islands. From Seminyak, the majority of fast boat operators provide complimentary hotel pickup and drop-off services.
The drive from Seminyak to Serangan is shorter, but the boat ride is lengthier, taking around two and a half hours. Padang Bai is a long drive from Seminyak, but it’s a short boat ride from Bali to Gili, taking approximately an hour and a half. If you want to spend as little time as possible in a car, we recommend taking the Padang Bai to Gili route from Seminyak to Gili (Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, and Gili Meno).
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Another – although less popular – alternative, is to fly to Lombok and then drive up to Bangsal, Teluk Kode, or Teluk Nara to get a boat to the Gili Islands.
Padang Bai to Gili
The busiest departure port for services to the Gili Islands and Lombok is Padang Bai. This is not only the best option for people traveling from Ubud to Gili, as well as the eastern Bali areas of Candidasa and Padang Bai, but the fast boat operators departing from here will frequently provide complimentary pickup services for visitors traveling from South Bali, making it the most popular option.
The Padang Bai Jetty may get quite crowded, so reserving with one of the more reputable operators is recommended because of the extra care they take with well-organized, safe (also see is Bali safe for solo travel), and timely boarding and departure processes.
From Seminyak to Padang Bai
You have two alternatives for getting from Seminyak to Padang Bai: either take a straight 2-2.5 hour cab journey for roughly $30 or take a minibus for $6.
Because the minibus leaves from Kuta, you may need to take an extra cab transfer from Seminyak.
The first option is to pay at least 350,000 IDR ($25) for a direct cab to Padang Bai. It takes roughly 2-2.5 hours to travel. We recommend booking one via Grab because they frequently have the best prices. If Grab is not available, Gojek, Bali’s other dependable taxi booking app, can be used.
If you want to save a few bucks, you may take a minibus for 85,000 IDR ($6) instead. The Perama Tour Office, located at No. 39 Jalan Legian Road in Kuta city center, is where the minibus leaves. Seminyak is simply a short walk away or a short taxi ride away.
Keep in mind that minibus travel time varies based on the timetable you book and might take anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours.
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What Companies Run Services Between Seminyak and Gili Islands?
Throughout the year, Blue Water Express offers direct services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Bali to Lembongan, departing from Serangan port and Padang Bai. The nearest departure point to Seminyak is Serangan.
During low season, the early departure from Serangan makes a brief stop at Padang Bai before continuing on a direct speed boat to Gili Trawangan, which takes around 2 1/2 hours and includes a quick stop in Lombok and Gili Air.
During peak season, the Serangan departure travels directly to the Gilis, and a second departure from Padang Bai travels from Bali to Gili Trawangan. Free pick-ups are only available in some regions; for additional information, including pricing, on hotel pick-ups and drop-offs, use the search bar or visit the boat information page.
Gili Getaway departs from Bali’s Serangan Harbour. With specifically equipped boats and skilled, well-trained sailors, this is one of the quickest crossings from Serangan to Gili Trawangan. Getaway V, their newest boat, is just as quick and comfortable as Getaway III (also check out Bali to Gili Islands and Nusa Penida to Gili Islands).
How Much Does It Cost To Travel From Seminyak to the Gili Islands?
The cost of a trip from Seminyak to the Gili Islands is from $25 to $50 per person. The cost depends largely on the route you take, the boat operator, and whether or not the boat operator provides free hotel pickup. Some visitors choose to drive themselves to the ferry port, which will add IDR 250.000 / 400.000 (about) to the total cost of their trip from Seminyak to Gili Trawangan, Gili Air, or Gili Meno.