A Dream Stopover on Gili, paradise Islands

Over the last two decades, Gili Islands have gained a reputation as one of the favorite destinations after Bali. Located just off the northwest coast of Lombok, east of Bali, and extolled as unspoilt paradise islands, these three atolls – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air – have developed rapidly to cope with the crowds of visitors. Strikingly beautiful with glorious white-sandy beaches lapped by warm, brilliant blue waters and surrounded by coral reefs hosting myriad species of tropical fish, turtles and sharks, each of the islands has developed its own character. Of the three, Gili Trawangan suits best the image of “Party Island.” With a great number of accommodations to stay, excellent restaurants, various waters port centers, and regular nightlife, it attracts the liveliest visitors along the year. On the contrary, the smallest island - Gili Meno - is a place to escape from all touristic vigor - no nightlife, not enough choice of accommodation. While closest to the mainland of Lombok is Gili Air offering a choice with quite a few facilities, more peace and quiet the further round the coast you go.

At the beginning, these three islands established an economic stopover for the travelers on the way to Asia. However, over the last few years, the choices of various infrastructures developed by the tourism investors have been increasing enormously, especially on Gili Trawangan, such as hotel properties, bars and restaurants, clubs of marine sports, marine transportation, and other supporting facilities, all of which have brought about fluctuating prices. Fortunately, in spite of the intense development, the atmosphere of these three islands is in general still peaceful reflecting a true rural life close to sun and tides thanks to the disallowance of any mechanical vehicle.

The only transports that can avoid you from walking under the sun while moving around the island is so-called “cidomo” (chart on horseback), or bicycles for more sportive and freely. Beautiful white sandy beaches, therefore, to hang out or to do snorkeling, but also to discover the amazing underwater flora and fauna, colorful tropical fish, turtles and sharks (impressive but perfectly harmless in translucent water ... a true paradise.

Along the beaches of Gili Islands, the sea water is brilliantly clear, and the sea bottom is protected by coral reefs, everything here best suits for the exploration of aquatic environment. Most of diving clubs and diving activities are concentrated on Gili Trawangan with so a few on the other two islands as well.

Apart from exploring the beautiful underwater such as scuba diving, snorkeling or glass-bottom boat excursion, travelers who come there just love relaxing, lying and sunning on the beach, or simply making a trip with traditional fishing boat to admire the surrounding panorama and/or watching the sunset in the western horizon late in afternoon.

If you would like to go to Gili Islands, while making Bali comprehensive trips and discovery, we suggest you plan your stay at least for 2 weeks on site, and we will be delighted to organize this trip for you. "Contact us" for a travel quote.

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