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the gili islands

The Gili Islands

Strap on your mask and snorkel and uncover the wonderful marine life of the Gili Islands. Gili Trewanagan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are all famous for snorkelling and scuba diving, palm-fringed white beaches. Find out which island you should explore and start your tropical adventure.

Gili Islands Guide

Your favourite activity is dancing and you consider clubbing your hubby? Or do you rather take it easy, chill, unwind and go for lovely, romantic strolls? Or do you like a bit both? The Gili Islands have it all, find out which island is the most suitable for you.
gili meano beach
Gili Meno
Almost untouched, this Gili Islands is perfect if you want some down-time, snorkel, dive, meet locals and learn about the island culture. You can either stay in a homestead or visit the island on a day tour.
Gili Trawangan
Wanna sip cocktails on the beach and dance the night away on a tropical island? Gili Trawangan, or short 'Gili T' is THE party island and the best is, you can sleep it all off on the tranquil beaches on the north side of the island.
gili air sea turtle
Gili Air
You want down-time and beach parties, local culture and underwater fun, then Gili Air is your best bet and with an array of  hotels, restaurants and bars you can easily spend a few days here.

How to get to the Gili Islands

The easiest way to get to the Gilies is on a speed boat that will get you to all three Gili Islands within 20-30 minutes from either Bali or Lombok. Then hop from island to island for only $1.

Our favorite Gili Island hotels

aston sunset beach resort
Aston Sunset Beach Resort
Situated on Gili T, this beachfront resort is located at island's sandy west coast. Dive into the outdoor swimming pool, treat yourself to room service and laze by the private beach.
vila ombak gili island
Vila Ombak Hotel
Stay in Vila Ombak and relax at the outdoor pool or the spa. Also includes a watersports centre, three bars but the best is the location: on the beach and 4 minutes walking distance from the nearest diving centre.
Jambuluwuk gili trawangan
Hotel Sogo Avenida
Located conveniently near the beach on Gili T's northern tip, this elegant and spacious and tropical retreat has it's own bike rental, outdoor pool and watersports options.

Best time to go to the Gili Islands

The best time to beat the crowds I from November through to April, this is the wet season so you might get a bit of tropical rain. Want guaranteed sunshine and a bit more bustle? Travel to the Gilies between May and October.