How to get on Gili Air

How do you get on Gili Air?

We love to welcome you to Hakuna Matata on the island Gili Air! Getting to this serene island destination is easier than you think, offering a mix of adventure and relaxation from the moment you start your journey. Here’s everything you need to know about how to get to Hakuna Matata Gili Air:


1. Getting to Gili Air

Hakuna Matata Gili Air is located on Gili Air, one of the three Gili Islands off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. To reach Gili Air, you have a few transportation options depending on where you are coming from:

By Air:

The closest international airport is Lombok International Airport (LOP), which is well-connected to major cities in Indonesia such as Jakarta, Bali, and Surabaya, as well as some international destinations. From Lombok International Airport, you can take a taxi or arrange for a shuttle to Bangsal Harbor.

By Land and Sea:

From Bali: Many travelers choose to fly into Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS) in Bali, then take a fast boat from various ports (Sanur, Padang Bai, or Amed) to Gili Air. Fast boats typically take around 1.5 to 2.5 hours depending on the departure point and sea conditions.

From Lombok: If you are already in Lombok, you can travel by road to Bangsal Harbor, located on the northwest coast of Lombok. From Bangsal Harbor, public boats and private charters operate to Gili Air, taking approximately 15-20 minutes.


2. Arriving at Gili Air

Once you arrive at Gili Air, you’ll experience the island’s unique charm immediately. There are no motorized vehicles on Gili Air, so get ready to explore on foot, by bicycle, or in a horse-drawn carriage known as a cidomo. Hakuna Matata Gili Air is conveniently located near the harbor, ensuring a smooth transition from arrival to relaxation.


3. Tips for Travelers

  • Boat Schedules: Fast boats from Bali often have multiple departure times per day, but it’s advisable to book tickets in advance during peak season to secure your preferred departure time.
  • Sea Conditions: Sea conditions can vary, especially during the rainy season (November to March), so it’s recommended to check the weather forecast and sea conditions before your journey.
  • Pack Light: Remember that you may need to carry your luggage from the boat to your accommodation, so pack light and consider using a backpack or a wheeled suitcase that is easy to transport.

4. Enjoy Your Stay at Hakuna Matata Gili Air

Once you’ve arrived at Hakuna Matata Gili Air, it’s time to unwind and immerse yourself in the island’s tranquil atmosphere. Whether you’re seeking adventure through snorkeling, diving, or simply relaxing on the beach with a refreshing drink, Gili Air has something for every traveler.



Getting to Hakuna Matata Gili Air is an adventure in itself, offering a blend of scenic travel and island tranquility. Whether you choose to arrive by air from Bali or Lombok or by a combination of land and sea, your journey to this tropical paradise will be well worth the effort. Start planning your escape to Hakuna Matata Gili Air today and prepare for an unforgettable island getaway!