Gili Islands (Indonesia)

Gili Islands Travel Guide and Trip Resources


No longer a best kept secret

Gili Islands are an archipelago of 3 small islands off Lombok (near Bali)
Reachable by fast boat from either Lombok or Bali, used to be a backpackers secret now catering to all
Kick back and do nothing, do some diving and enjoy the nightlife in Trawangan

There always comes a turning point when exciting new travel destinations initially discovered and explored by backpackers do not really classify for "best kept secret" lists anymore. We reckon Gili Islands has about reached that point.

Although many travel guides will still describe them as such, rest assured that half of the world is now aware of these three specks just off Lombok. That probably sucks for the more adventurous amongst the travel crowd, but the upside is that these islands are now easily accessible to even travelers used to comfort and convenience.

The three islands - Gili Meno, Trawangan and Air - are easily reached by fast boat from either Bali (for instance Serangan Harbour near Denpasar) or Lombok, and their appeal lies in the obvious stuff: crystal clear waters, palm trees and beaches all in a laid-back atmosphere that is not disturbed by cars or real mass tourism (as, after all, it does take an extra step to get here). And once here, you either kick back and do nothing, swim or go diving. The best nightlife is in Gili Trawangan.

Due to its backpacking history, accommodation here is still varied and comes in all shapes and size. From bare basics guesthouses and cottages to dreamy resorts and villas. [Review by travelindicator]

Key info

  • Gili Islands is a region in Indonesia. It is situated at an altitude of 20ft and the best airport to fly into is LOP (Lombok, Lombok)
  • The main spoken language here is Indonesian, and the average English skill is low
  • The currency used in Indonesia is the Indonesian rupiah (IDR)

Gili Islands Weather

Historical average maximum temperature per month (℉):

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Historical average rainfall per month (inches):

3.8 4.6 5.3 3.6 2.4 1.1 0.7 0.2 1.1 4.3 8.5 5.5

More Gili Islands travel resources

Let's start off with your Wikitravel, Lonely Planet and Wiki. If you are wondering how actually to get here, you can read up on that at the Lombok Guide.

At Nomadic Matt you will find some less generic advice. Vilondo gives you 12 things to do here. Home is where your bag is one-ups them and calls out 25 things to do. We fill finish with this really neat travel blog full of awesome pictures.

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