Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan (credit: Booking)

Gili Islands, Everything You Need to Know About Gili Islands

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The Voyage Bali – In the event that you have set your travel destination to Bali, it doesn’t hurt to wander further to Gili Islands. They are a group of small islands (three, to be exact) on Lombok’s north western shore. The islands comprises of Gili Air, Gili Trawangan, and Gili Meno. Each of them can be visited and explored – and you can also marvel the surrounding beauty with the crystal-clear blue waters and exotic vibes. Not to mention that each island has its own signature style that differentiates them from one another.

About Gili Islands

Gili Trawangan is the most popular place – combining partying spots and quiet beaches. Gili Air is like Gili Trawangan, but smaller. Gili Meno offers a quieter vibe and a more peaceful setting with its barren beaches – perfect for those who want to avoid crowd and busy life.

Moving from one island to another is pretty easy because there is a public boat to accommodate your needs. In general, a boat from Lombok to Gili Trawangan costs you only IDR 15,000 while a boat trip between the Gilis can cost you around IDR 25,000. Of course, you can also have a chartered boat service that is going to cost you more. But rest assured that transportation between these islands is easy and accessible.

Gili Islands Map
Gili Islands Map (credit: feetdotravel)

Gili Trawangan

Among the 3 Gili Islands, this one is the most visited because it is the biggest. Travelers know it as the Party Island because of the hustle and bustle. It was originally known as backpackers’ destinations but it has undergone drastic changes as the popular travelers’ destinations. Finding luxury hotels is easy now – although the choices for accommodation range from the low to the high class. If you want to dive, this is your to-go spot. There are many diving operators that can help you with this activity.

The peak season in Gili Trawangan is from July to September so if you want to visit the island, make sure to make reservations and bookings. Nightlife is also a trend here. There are party last all night long.

Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan (credit: Booking)

Gili Air

If you see the geography, Gili Air is actually the closest island to Lombok. However, the vibe is different and unique. It has the mixture of Gili Trawangan’s bustle and Gili Meno’s serenity. If you don’t really like the idea of joining the crowds and you prefer enjoying the local culture, then Gili Air is your best option. When you are on the island, you will feel that life is slow and relaxing, but then again, you still have tons of choices when it comes to having fun. There are surfing and snorkeling. At night, there is live music. Socializing is somewhat more fun too! Is it an ideal place for families? Yes, it is! What about solo travelers and backpackers? This island is perfect for everyone!

Gili Air Swing
Beautiful Swing at Gili Air Island (credit: wanderingwolfchild)

Gili Meno

This island is probably the quietest and the smallest, but if you are looking for true and authentic tropical getaway, this is your go to spot. Gili Meno is located right between Gili Air and Gili Trawangan and it has the most gorgeous beaches with laid-back and relaxed vibe. In fact, the laid-back atmosphere is one of the charms of this island. The island is perfect for honeymooners as well as those who want to stay away from the crowds and noise.

For now, the only available accommodation is coming in the form of beachside bungalows and small hotels while the more luxurious and exclusive ones are being developed slowly. But that’s the appeal of it! Even with the small beachside bungalows, everything feels homey, cozy, friendly, and more intimate. Finding something to eat is easy. You can also visit turtle and bird sanctuary as well as going snorkeling or diving.

Gili Meno
Gili Meno (credit: Pinterest)

Gili Islands Accommodation

You won’t find any short of Gili Islands accommodation because there are so many different lodgings and accommodations available there. Don’t worry; it won’t be like being stranded in the middle of nowhere. In fact, you can expect luxurious and exclusive accommodations when doing the island hopping. For a starter, when you come to Gili Air, you can spend a night at Samata Village with its greenery and breeze surroundings. The place has free WiFi, AC rooms, outdoor pool, and also a sun deck for your sunbathing needs. From this spot, Gili Meno is only 3.3 kilometers away while Lombok International Airport is almost 50 kilometers away. This place has a relaxing and romantic vibes – perfect for honeymooners.

Another option for Gili Islands accommodation is Marc Hotel located in Gili Trawangan. It is only 100 meters away from Gili Trawangan Harbor. It is also right next to the Art Market and only 8 minutes away from Turtle Conservation on foot. The rooms are all exclusive with AC and LED TV. You can even decide whether you want to have hard, medium, or soft mattress. Besides the outdoor pool, the hotel also offers bike rental service because the area is pretty popular for cycling. If you want to go to Sunset Point, it is only 1.7 kilometers away. If you need it, the place also offers airport shuttle. Really, spending your nights here seems to be more fun and enjoyable.

If you visit Gili Meno, Seri Resort would be the best option. Right situated on the amazing white sandy beach, you will be pampered with amazing view and homey atmosphere. The property is equipped with free WiFi and outdoor pool – among a few. It takes only 15 minutes by boat to reach this island from Gili Trawangan. From Padang Bai Harbour, it takes 1.5 hours. It takes 20 minutes by boat to Lombok Praya Airport. The place comes in a form of cozy bungalow – you can freely choose whether you want to have garden or sea view from your terrace.

There are still more options for your accommodations, such as A Villa at Gili Air or Kuno Villas at Gili Trawangan. You only need to choose which one you like the most and then make reservations. Visiting Gili Islands for your travel destinations is truly worth it!

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