We used Bintang Tours to book our tickets for the Gili Islands. It’s the agency next to Pesona Beach Resort where we stayed in Kuta.
The guy told us the journey to the Gilis by boat takes an hour and it leaves at 12.30pm. All this information is completely wrong. It doesn’t. They should really sort out their communication and information before selling tickets for this, as the only thing he told me that was right was the price..
The boat company called ‘Semaya’, had a boat at 1pm from Padangbang. We were taken to Gili Air first (past Gili T), so our actual journey was 2.5 hours, meaning we missed most of the day on the island.
The ride was smooth and we were given free water. Although the route doesn’t make any sense I think it was the tour company that got all the information wrong not Semaya, so I can’t complain about them.
I’m not sure if it’s because the Philippines is not considered a popular backpacking spot, or if it’s just because not many people who blog have been here, but info on the Philippines, especially for backpackers is really hard to come by on the Internet!
If your going somewhere in Thailand or Vietnam, you’re guaranteed hundreds of posts on where to stay, what to do, how to get there etc but the Philippines? You get vague posts, if you can find them through scrolling, tours advertised that are ridiculously expensive and online transport information that is completely incorrect! It’s so hard to try and plan a route on a time schedule too.
I have to say, I’m enjoying this country but trying to get organised beforehand is bloody hard work.
This is why I’m going to make it my mission to post as much info on this country as I can. In the hope that anyone looking to backpack here is not put off by the fact that you will have to fly places (like we thought) or need a gazillion days to get somewhere.
Travelling around here isn’t that bad if you know what you’re doing!
So keep an eye out for all things Philippines at LwithL