Boat to Lombok Nowadays
It is very easy to get to Lombok from the neighbouring island of Bali by boat. Many travellers choose to have two or three destinations on their holiday, prefering to experience the culture and scenery of a few cultures rather than staying in the same location. For many of the visitors to the tropical island paradise of Bali, traveling by boat to Lombok and the Gili Islands is the perfect form of transport.
The best way to travel from Bali to Lombok is using the BlueWater Express boat from South Bali direct to your destination of Gili Islands and Lombok. This express shuttle departs from south Bali, very close to all the main resorts where most of the tourists stay. The trip from Bali to Lombok only takes two hours, and takes in some spectacular scenery all along the southeast coast of Bali before arriving in the Gili Islands and then traveling on to Lombok. The service includes hotel pick-ups, and drops passengers direct to the beautiful beach in Gili Trawangan, and then a few minutes later on the spectacular coast of northwest Lombok.
For travellers on a budget, there is also the option of taking the public ferry from Padang Bai to Lombok, which takes four or five hours across the Lombok Strait to the main harbour in Lombok, called Lembar. From Lembar, it is easy to hire transport to any destination in Lombok, including the famously beautiful Gili Islands: Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno.
To get to the Gili Islands, you must first travel by road up to the harbour of Bangsal or Teluk Kode, and then take a public boat from mainland Lombok to the Gili islands. The price is very cheap.
There are a number of other fast boat operators that run boat services between Bali and Lombok. Some of them go from South Bali ports, such as Serangan Island or Benoa Harbour, and some go from the southeast port of Padang Bai. If you are staying in a hotel or resort in south Bali, you may choose if you prefer to spend more time on the road, or more time by boat on the sea. To get from the main tourist resorts in South Bali, it takes just 20 minutes by road to the departure points in south Bali, or around one and a half hours by road up to the port of Padang Bai. By sea, the fast boat to Lombok takes around two hours from south Bali, and around one and a half hours from Padang Bai.