The alternative harbor is runs privately by hotel's owners at Teluk Nare or Teluk Kodek (another 10 minutes drive from Bangsal). This seems to be more effective and hassle free. The Gilis are easy reached from the mainland, either by public transport or boat charter out of Bangsal harbour on the north west coast or through the Adventure Lombok tour companies in Senggigi who provides transfer daily.
If you want to avoid Bangsal harbor hassle, Adventure Lombok Tour able to help you out with transportation arrangement (car + boat) from Lombok's airport to Gili Islands the service available at reasonable price contact +62 8175773060.
From Bali: The fast boat services are great option, providing transfer direct from Bali to Gili Trawangan and Lombok Island.
From Bangsal Harbor: Catch taxi or Bemo to Bangsal harbor, the small harbor on the north coast of Lombok about 40 minutes from Senggigi. Public boat depart regularly to all three Islands and charters are available, with price depending on the number of the passengers and your bargaining skills. Unfortunately, the area is plagued by touts and scams, so ignore them, The ticket counter office are located on the beach front. Ask the sales counter for Public boat and charter price. Public boat are leave when they have enough paying passengers to make the trip. Don't let anyone take your bag or, if they offer to carry baggage, negotiate the price first.
Ignore people who tell you there are no return public transfer, there are, or there is no water, mosquito repellent, etc on the islands. All the essentials are readily available at shop at all the islands. Bangsal is a pretty area "it's a shame some of the local touts try to ruin it for everyone.
Adventure Lombok Tour provide return or one way boat charter to those three Gili islands for IDR 185.000/person, contact Adventure Lombok Tours For details. Phone Senggigi 08175773060 - 0370 6650238 or visit their site www.lombokoutdoors.com
A good alternative is to check out the many dive shop at Senggigi art market such Dolphin Dive School, or going to the beach some of the local vendor offer a boat trip at negotiate price.
Diving on the Gili island and staying in Senggigi is also easy, if you want to use the mainland as your base. Most of the dive companies offer transport from Senggigi areas out to the Gilis and back each day. If your time is limited, a day trip to one or two Gili islands is a good way to sample their unique island style.
Gili Islands Places to Stay
Gili islands has variety of accommodations range from star Hotels, luxury villas to budget home stay or bungalows. We recommended to book your Hotel as far as advance especially on High season and peak season ( July - August and December 15 - January 15) as the room are limmited and overbook base on last year occupation statistik.
Eat and Stay on Gili Islands
There is a good selection of Restaurans, Bars, and accommodations on the three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan.
The Gilis Communication & Information
Telephone and internet facilities are available as the most normal tourist aminities, although there are no Banks or ATM's, and only larger Hotels and dive operators accept credit cards.
Money Changger on Gilis
The currency exchange are sligthly lower rate than the main land Lombok so wise to change your money before going.
What To do on Gili island
The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to swim, sunbathe, snorkel or scuba dive with many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok. Popular dive companies are owned by the westerners with PADI qualifications, and profesioanl standards of safety and environmental awarness.
While divers are able to regularly swim with black tip, those who prefer to just drifts in the currents with a snorkel, fins and mask are never left disappointed by the more than 6,000 species of marine life living just off-shore. Snorkelling is easy in the calm waters directly off the beaches. At greater depths and at specific dive locations around the three islands, the pristine waters are home an abundant variety of corals, aquatic life and thousands of species of tropical fish, at least coparable to the top dive locations in Thailand.
Gili Islands Activities
• Swimming off the beach is safe.
• Canoe or Kayak hire is available on Gili islands
• Wind Surfing
• Sunset watching
• Learn To Surf with Adventure Lombok Surf School
The Typical of the three Gili island
All three islands have developed independently and at different paces,giving each a different personlity or style, and catering to different types of Holiday makers and travellers. This means that trevellers have a good choice, depending on their individual tastes and what type of island escape they prefer.
Gili Trawangan is the most developed and popular, while Gili Air has relaxed, simple style, and Gili Meno is the quitest of the three, perfect for really getting away from it all. Choose the style that suits you most or combine an island hopping holiday to sample the best of the three.
The Gilis Health and Medical Information
Sanitation has improved on the islands. There are two health centers on Gili Trawangan:
(1) located near the soccer fields for locals and
(2) located in Villa Ombak with better facilities for Tourist.
Gili Meno also now have a health centre which funded by local's businesses. Gili Air also have a health centre located near the main village. The health centre is known locally as "Puskesmas". To stay fit and healthy, always drink from bottled water or boiled water and avoid eating raw foods or salads from small non-reputable restaurants, because the water might not be sterilized.
There are no Police Station or Military Post on the islands, but there is a small police station in Bangsal harbor. The Islands funded non-uniformed community policing group, SATGAS, ensures visitor's security and safety. In the rare event of someone breaking the law or disturbing tourists, perpetrators are handed over to Police on Lombok and face banishment from the island for up to five years. For your own safety, deposit valuable items at the reception where you're staying at. Carry only small cash and necessary items.
Electricity supply are now available on all the three Gilis. The electrical voltage in Indonesia is 220 Volt, if you bring any devices which require recharged at lower voltage (110 Volt) bring an electrical voltage converter or ask the hotel where you stay for STAVOLT.
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