Daily Archives: August 21, 2010

The Three Gilis, Indonesia’s trio of rustic isles Eat of Bali

Sandwiched between Indonesia’s famed Bali and her immediate neighbor Lombok, is a tiny archipelago of the Three Gilis (Gili means Island in the local Sasak language). The three islands of Trawangan, Meno and Air, collectively known as the Three Gilis, are three rustic tropical islands that are void of motorized vehicles, and thus, are maintained at their original rustic state.

Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, surrounded by glorious sandy beaches, colorful coral reefs and crystal clear turquoise waters teeming with marine life attract travelers from all over the world. Located a few miles off the northwest coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are approximately 35km from the eastern tip of Bali. They are now easily accessible direct from Bali with the new Fast Boat service, or by plane and local boat from Lombok.

Fast boat service to the Three Gilis from Bali, Gili Cat II
Fast boat service to the Three Gilis from Bali, Blue Water Express

Local transport in the horse-drawn carriages, called “Cidomo”.

There is an absence of cars, motorcycles, and hawkers that adds greatly to the leisure of staying on the Gilis. Most of the holiday accommodation is on Gili Trawangan, generally small bamboo bungalows a few metres from the beach. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the simple pleasures of sun, snorkeling, diving and beautiful beaches.

There are many options for an enjoyable holiday on the islands. Activities including scuba diving packages, golf days, horse riding at sunset, trekking Mt Rinjani and culture trips.You can rent snorkeling equipment, rent a kayak, go fishing, or take a glass bottom boat to see the magnificent coral reefs and fishes. Best time to Visit: May through August.

Blessed with more than 300 days of sun a year, Gili Trawangan has been a favored tourist destination for decades. Its underwater environment attracts both divers and snorkelers alike. Its reputation as a tropical island paradise is both well deserved and readily apparent when you step off the boat. Continue reading


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