Luxury ferry for Bali to Gili Islands trip Indonesia

With the number of visitors to Bali growing stronger each month – and it seems that practically of them are West Australians taking advantage of the 61 direct flights per week between Perth and Denpasar – there is a growing number of visitors that are looking to find that perfect beach that is a little less crowded than Kuta.

It appears that many visitors are opting to visit the Gili islands, which lie just off Lombok to Bali’s north east.

According to there are currently 13 ferry operators licensed to ply the Bali-Gili route, with the majority of them leaving from the port of Padang Bai on Bali’s east coast and voyaging to the Gili Islands, three very laid back islands where you can relax to your heart’s content.  One of these vessels sank in August 2010, thankfully without loss of life.

Given that patronage has increased on the Padang Bai- Gili Air has increased by 25% in the last year, one of the operators on the route, Gilicat, has launched a new Australian-designed 70-passenger luxury ferry.

The ferry is built of aluminium and, given that the seas can often me quite treacherous, will be fast and reliable in all sorts of weather.  The ferry sails between Padang Bai and Gili Air, then continues on to the island of Lombok, before heading back to Padang Bai.

It is understandable why visitors like to visit the Gili Islands.  For a starter there are some great dive sites there, and motorised vehicles are banned from the islands, so there is no need to put with the usual atrocious Indonesian traffic, as transport is usually done by horse and cart.  Getting between the islands is easy as there are many shuttle boats plying between the islands.

Many people go to Bali to get away from it all, and others flee Bali to the Gilis to get away from Kuta.  Whatever you want to get away from, Bali and the Gili islands are a terrific solution.

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