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Bali Tourists Advised To Book This Highly-Sought Day Trip In Advance

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Tour operators in Bali are advising travelers to plan their day trips ahead of time this high season.

Fast boat providers who offer transfer services from the main island of Bali to Nusa Penida and the Gili Islands are reminding travelers that there are only limited seats available on the boats every day.

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The province of Bali is home to the main islands of Bali, Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

The outlying islands are proving to be as popular as ever with tourists who want to explore every inch of the province during their vacation.

The Gili Islands, comprised of Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, is a part of North Lombok Regency of West Nusa Tenggara, but due to their close proximity to Bali, the Gili Islands are often visited by tourists as an add-on excursion to their trip and considered by many in passing as part of Bali.

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The tour operator Bali Ferries has announced that demand for travel to the Gili Islands from Bali is soaring. The fast boat booking platform is advising tourists to book their tickets to the Gili Islands ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Due to high demand and only limited crossings to the outlying islands from Sanur and Padang Bai, during this peak season, tourists may need to stay ahead of the game. 

Ticket prices for fast boat and ferry services from Bali to the Gili Islands and Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan vary due to availability and demand. Another benefit of booking in advance is that tourists are more likely to secure a cheaper ticket fare. 

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According to officials at Sanur Port, demand for transportation to Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan is rapidly increasing as Bali heads into the high season.

One harbor supervisor told reporters that three are upwards of 3,000 passengers passing through Sanur Harbor every day at the moment, with upwards of 4,000 people at the weekends. As the high season in Bali is only just getting underway, tourists can expect busy scenes at the island’s ports and harbors. 

In the last 12 months, huge renovations have been undertaken at Sanur Harbor to improve the travel experience for tourists. Travelers can now boar boats directly from the pier rather than having to wade into the water and scramble onto the boats. 

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Sanur Harbor remains the most popular departure point for tourists heading to the Gili Islands and Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan, and Nusa Ceningan.

Sanur Harbor is just an hour’s drive from the heart of Canngu, the island’s most popular vacation destination this high season. Sanur Harbor is also just an hour from the heart of Ubud and a 40-minute drive from Kuta Beach. 

There are daily crossings to the Gili Islands and the Nusa Islands from Padang Bai; the port is often a little quieter, and if tickets are unavailable for fast boats leaving Sanur Harbor on your desired day of travel, be sure to check what is available from Padang Bai.

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Which Island Is Best For You?

Nusa Penida 

Home to some of the most iconic vistas in all of Indonesia, Nusa Penida is a beach lover’s paradise. Although the highlights of the island can be ticketed off in a quick day trip, many tourists say how they wish they had stayed a night or two on the paradise island.

Nusa Lembongan

Nusa Lembongan is the perfect place to kick back and unwind, especially for tourists who have been busy ticking activities off their bucket lists over on the main island of Bali. There are plenty of boutique hotels and beachfront bars ideal for sunset cocktails.

Nusa Ceningan

This tiny island is a real treat to behold. Ideal for complete disconnection and re-immersion in nature, Nusa Ceningan is small but mighty. The island can be accessed via the fast boat service or simply wander over the famous yellow bridge that connects the island to Nusa Lembongan.


Gili Trawangan 

Gili Trawangan is famous for being both Bali and Lombok’s party hideaway. Popular with backpackers and groups of friends traveling together, Gili Trawangan, also referred to just as Gili T has quite some stories to tell!

Gili Meno

Gili Meno is quiet, relaxed, and slow-paced. Nestled between Gili T and Gili Air, Gili Meno is ideal for travelers who want a taste of real island life, walk barefoot down the shoreline and maybe spot a turtle or two.


Gili Air 

Gili Air offers a happy medium between the party vibes of Gili T and the stillness of Gili Meno. Popular with yoga lovers, Gili Air is home to heaps of cute cafes and is great for meeting like-minded wanderers. 

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Friday 30th of June 2023

Having been there myself, I HIGHLY recommend visiting Nusa Penida and Gili Meno. They are both absolutely stunning destinations that you will never want to leave


Sunday 2nd of July 2023

The Gilis are best left for nature to take over. Only day trips should be allowed to these resource poor islets.

Wayan Bo

Thursday 29th of June 2023

Each hedonist would agree that for this is needed visa with validity of at least one year if tourists aren’t speedy Gonzales.