Gili Air ferries connect Gili Islands with Bali, Indonesia, Lombok with crossings available to Serangan, Padang Bai, Amed & Sanur (in Bali), Nusa Lembongan (in Indonesia), Senggigi (in Lombok) & Gili Trawangan (in Gili Islands). Gili Air Ferry crossings are operated by Bluewater Express, Marina Srikandi, FreeBird Express, Scoot Fast Cruises & Mahi Mahi Dewata and depending on time of year you’ll find a choice of up to 15 ferry crossings daily.
There are up to 15 ferry crossings daily from Gili Air with sailing durations starting from 10 minutes. Our Gili Air ferry summary provides a good guide but for the latest sailing information use our fare search.
Just off the western coast of the Indonesian island of Lombok are a line of three almost perfectly spherical islands known as the Gili Islands. Gili Air is the island found closest to the mainland. It is an area of tranquil tropical beauty, featuring swathes of lush palm-tree woodland and golden beaches that hem the ultramarine shallows of the Bali Sea. Those visiting the west-facing beach are treated to a spectacular view of the Mount Rinjani volcano that soars from the centre of Lombok.
Gili Air is a popular honeymoon retreat due to its laid-back atmosphere and collection of stunning secluded spots. The coral-reefs that bedeck the coast are also superb spots for diving and snorkelling. Some local instructors even teaching free-diving, a form of the sport where people learn to dive on one breath without the aid of any breathing apparatus.
The port of Gili Air is found on the shore of a small bay to the south of the island. It consists of little more than a narrow jetty topped by a sheltered waiting area from which passengers can board the incoming fast ferries. A small café and shop selling food and drink can also be found by the port entrance.
There is no motorised transport on Gili Air meaning that travelling` to the port can only be achieved on foot or by riding one of the horse carts known locally as Cidomos. However due to the island’s small size no point is further than an hour’s walk away from the harbour, with most of the villages and resorts connected by a labyrinth of picturesque lanes.
A number of ferry routes operate from the port throughout the week. Scoot Fast Cruises offers a number of services to the Balinese village of Sanur to the west, the village of Senggigi on the mainland of Lombok and the islands of Nusa Lembongan and nearby Gili Trawangan. Other services include a Freebird Express line to Amed in Bali and two Bluewater Express lines that sail to Padang Bai and Sarangan; a destination also serviced by a Marina Srikandi line.