There is at least boat company operating out of Amed (see below). Unfortunately, until the day comes, it's impossible to know whether the ocean is going to smooth for your crossing or not.
Just back from Amed and Gili T. There are two fast boats that offer service between these 2 locations, Kuda Hitam and Amed Sea Express. Based on customer service experiences with both, I would recommend Kuda Hitam. The morning crossing from Amed takes approximately one hour. The day I travelled, the weather was great and ocean swells were only about 2 - 3 feet in the open water. Was still a 'very' bumpy trip and not very comfortable. Several passengers became sea sick and lost their breakfast. The fast boat trip is an adventure, but not for the faint of heart. There is also no dock at either location, with loading/unloading of passengers and luggage off the back of the boat in shallow water. I personally wouldn't take a fast boat with an infant. Although Gili T is an unusual and interesting location, the logistics of getting to/from there aren't particularly easy. If I were to do it again, I would spend more time in Amed and bypass Gili T.
As I know, you can find two fast boat operators in Amed: Kuda Hitam and Amed Sea Express. Kuda Hitam has good customer service staff, they answer phone calls and mails immediately while it's harder to deal with Amed Sea Express. But I think Amed Sea Express has bigger boat. I'd prefer bigger boat for my trip but I also want to book fast n easy :D
Actually there is a new boat (third option) Pacha Express. It's bigger, faster, safer, and the captain and crew are excellent. Both of the other boats need to become a reef... Very dangerous IMO
The journey is definitely NOT suitable for babies and young children. Between Bali and Lombok there can be a very big swell, when it becomes too rough the boat operators cut the engine and ride it out. It is much safer to fly and then arrange transport. I have heard of many near disaster boat journey's across this stretch of ocean, and know of a few instances where boats didn't make it at all.Edited: 5:24 pm, May 11, 2014
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