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Gili Islands Travel Guide

Paradise isn't unattainable, because it's in Bali, in the form of the Gili Islands. Do you want to wake up in the morning to the sound of the ocean gently lapping the beach, start your day with a fresh brekky, before spending the rest of your hours swimming with turtles/snorkelling/lounging about on the sand and watching the sunset? Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air can help you live the dream. Famous for snorkelling, scuba diving, and palm-fringed white beaches, these islands give you somewhere to escape your 9-5 in favour of a tropical adventure.

What we love about the Gili Islands

Sailing boat Island hopping
The islands are all close to each other and public boats run 2 times a day, meaning that you can explore all three islands if you want to! 
Scuba diver Diving right in
There are loads of diving schools and snorkelling spots across the three islands, whether you're a beginner or a pro. The Gili Islands are the perfect place for swimming with turtles.
Sun Soaking up the sunsets
Grab a Bintang and sit on the beach, go for dinner, or just wander the islands watching the sunset. Plenty of beachside bars offer up beanbags and live music to ease you into the night. 

Gili Islands guide

Are you notoriously first on the dancefloor, a self-confessed explorer or is beach lounging with a book more your deal? Well the Gili Islands has it all! From colourful underwater ecosystems, beach raves fuelled by vodka joss, to delicious night food markets. You'll be spoilt for choice.
Boat by gili meno beach

Gili Meno

Almost untouched, Gili Meno is perfect if you want some down-time, a chance to snorkel and dive in a less touristy spot, properly meet the locals and learn about the island culture. You can either stay in a homestay, which is the perfect way to immerse yourself in authentic island life, stay in hotels, hostels or just visit the island on a day tour from Gili Trawangan or Gili Air.
People looking at the sunset on Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan

Want to sip cocktails on the beach and dance the night away on a tropical island? Gili Trawangan, aka 'Gili T' is THE party island and the best is, you can sleep it all off on the tranquil beaches on the north side. It's the perfect place for travellers who are looking to party every day, or those who want to relax most of the time, with the occassional crazy night.
gili air sea turtle

Gili Air

This is the closest island to Lombok and is the place to go if you want a mix of the other two islands. You've got the beach parties, sundowners, and buzz of Gili T mixed with the secluded and paradise feel of Gili Meno. If you want down-time and beach parties, local culture and underwater fun, then Gili Air is the island for you.

Top hotels in the Gili Islands

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.
4 star
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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.
4 star
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Double bedroom at Ergon Pandawa Beach Hotel

Ergon Pandawa Beach Hotel

Beachfront accommodation on the iconic Sunset Point of Gili T, close to the popular diving spot of Shark Point. Teh hotel always gets a gold star for friendly and helpful hospitality. Rooms are comfy with traditional decor.
 3.5 star
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Frequently Asked Questions About Travelling in the Gili Islands

When is the best time to go to the Gili Islands?

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

How do I travel from Bali 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.

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