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Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

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Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

Hi all,

We will be arriving into Bali late (from Sydney) at approx 9pm, and plan to take the fast boat from Padang Bai the next day to Gili T (not going via Lombok anymore). My question is, where is the best place to overnight, so we don't have to get up super early for the transfer to Padang Bai? (We want to leave from here, as it's only 1.5hrs as opposed to any other port)

Is it realistic that we can go from the airport to Padang Bai, or will it be too late? (not sure how far it is from airport). Was thinking Sanur is the best mid-way option?

Also, what are the water conditions generally like in early February on the boat?

Thanks heaps!

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1. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

There are a dozen hotels along the boardwalk in Padangbai. My fav is the Puri Rai. Large rooms, great pools, and it shouldnt cost more than USD 50 for a family room. There are lots of cheaper places along the strip, so just walk around. They stand cheek by jowl.

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2. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

IF your plane gets in at 9pm and IF you have good run through Immigration, bag collection and customs, then you should be at the taxi counter about 9.30pm. It is about a 3 hour trip to Padang Bai which means you would arrive aprox 12.30am - 1am. Airport taxi will cost you around Rp 375,000.

Personally I think it is too late to arrive at Padang Bai and would spend the night at Sanur.

If you do decide to go straight to Padang Bai, then as craneboywill says, Puri Rai.

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3. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

Just stay in Sanur on the first night and then get a speed boat from Sanur instead of Padang Bai. There are a heap of companies that do (Sanur -> Gili T/Meno/Air)

It takes 30mins (Blue Water Express - 2HRS) longer by water from Sanur but you might actually prefer it to a taxi ride in the dark all the way to Padang Bai. The views of the Bali coast on the boat are good.

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4. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

Hi,

have you thought about getting a fast boat from Serangan???

this is a few minutes drive from Sanur (and only 20 minutes drive from the airport) so you won't need to go all the way to Padangbai. the bluewater express leave from Serangan.

http://www.gili-paradise.com/gili-bws.php

The other option is to take a fast boat from Benoa

the island getaway boat narooma leaves from Benoa.

www.gili-paradise.com/gili-island-getaway.php

It really does not take longer to get to the gili islands if you leave from serangan or benoa when you consider how much time you save by not traveling to padangbai.

Edited: 14 December 2011, 05:10
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5. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

That's great - thanks for all the feedback. Sanur it is!

It probably makes sense to get the boat from Sanur, thanks astewart, will look into BWE option.

Hi Snooky, yes I am aware of Serangan but it's not about the time it takes to get to Gili's, it's the amount of time on boat i'm trying to limit :)

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6. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

One more tip.. Make sure you pre book the company/boat you want to go on at least a few days before. Most of the boats will be full up so trying to book the night before is a bad idea. Good luck.

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7. Re: Padang Bai fastboat to Gili T, where to overnight??

the kerti beach inn is just up from puri rai. rooms are aircon and clean. 120 000 rups per room. the wharf for the gili cat is about four minute walk. get the rooms closest to the road . they look a little pokey on the outside but are fine on the inside.

(0363)41391

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