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Island Hopping: The Gili Islands

There is a lot of activities in the Gili Islands and Island hopping is one of them. Island hopping is a great way to see the islands without needing to stay overnight on each them. Therefore, you can choose and allocate your time on the Gili Island most suited to you without having to miss out on seeing the other two Gilis.


General Island Hopping Information

An Island-Hopping boat leaves from each Island two times a day every day (weather permitting). There is a set schedule for the Island hopping boat. Please note that tickets for this boat should be purchased at the main harbor ticket office and they can only be purchased on the day that you are traveling. You can not buy these tickets in advance.


island hopping


The Island hopping boat is a traditional, wooden, local Indonesian style long boat. There are life jackets available on board. On calm waters, this boat is runs very smoothly. However, some days the current and the waves in-between the islands are very strong which can turn your journey into a bit of a bumpy ride.


Gili Island Hopping Schedule

The morning schedule:

Gili Air 8:30am – Gili Meno 8:45am – Gili Trawangan 9:00am

Gili Trawangan 9:30am – Gili Meno 9:45am – Gili Air 10:00am

The afternoon schedule:

Gili Air 3:00pm – Gili Meno 3:15pm – Gili Trawangan 3:30pm

Gili Trawangan 4:00pm – Gili Meno 4:15pm – Gili Air 4:30pm

Gili Island Hopping Prices:

Gili Air – Gili Trawangan/Gili Trawangan – Gili Air : IDR 40,000 one way ticket … IDR 80,000 return ticket

Gili Air – Gili Meno/ Gili Meno – Gili Air : IDR 35,000 one way ticket … IDR 70,000 return ticket

Gili Meno – Gili Trawangan/ Gili Trawangan – Gili Meno :


Top tip: This boat leaves on time every day therefore, we advise that you arrive at the harbor at least 15minutes early to enable yourself enough time to get a ticket and make your way to the boat.


Public Speed Boat

An alternative to the regular Island Hopping boat service is the Island Hopping Speed Boat service. This boat runs between the Gili Islands and Lombok every hour throughout the day.


public speed boat


Public Speed Boat Timetable:

Depart Gili Air

Arrive Gili Meno/Gili T

09:10 10:30 11:30 12:30 13:30 14:30 15:30 16:30
Depart Gili Meno

Arrive Gili T

09:25 10:45 11:45 12:45 13:45 14:45 15:45 16:45
Depart Gili Trawangan – Arrive Gili Meno/Gili Air 09:45 11:00 12:00 13:00 14:00 15:00 16:00 17:00
Depart Gili Meno

Arrive Gili Air

10:00 11:15 12:15 13:15 14:15 15:15 16:15 17:15


Public Speed Boat Tickets

Tickets are IDR 85 000 per person one way no matter to which Gili you’re going to.

Make sure you ask for the public speedboat tickets. On Gili Air and Gili Meno these tickets can be bought at the local harbour ticket office, whereas in Gili Trawangan these tickets should be bought from the small ticket office close to the jetty. The Public Speed Boat Tickets can only be purchased on the day that you are traveling. You can not but these tickets in advance.


Private Speed Boat

private speed boatIf you prefer to travel between the three Gili islands in your own private speedboat, simply go to the harbour and ask around for one of the speedboats to take you. The price is around IDR 300 000 – IDR 350 000 per boat. The speedboats leave from the jetties, so that’s where you’ll find the captains.

Top tip: Be prepared to barter the price and allow yourself a lot of time to arrange this.

Enjoy your time exploring all of the Gili Islands, they are all so different from one another and they are all worth exploring! Although catching boats and travelling can be stressful at times, it doesn’t have to be. Follow this information and allow yourself lots of time when buying your boat tickets.


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