Visiting Gili islands is a MUST because of wonderful beaches and unique underwater world. During my travels around Bali I booked a boat ticket Bali – Lembongan – Gili islands – Lombok – Bali. And I did a good choice! Read why.

My travel tips about Gili islands in Indonesia

  • No cars, no traffic. Only bikes, horses and walking around islands is allowed
    Horses are eveywhere

    Horses are eveywhere

    Horses help locals in Gili islands a lot

    Horses help locals in Gili islands a lot

  • Gilis are 3 islands: Gili Trawangan (the biggest one and the most crowded), Gili Meno (the most quiet) and Gili Air (something between them)
    Gili islands

    Gili islands

    I love Gili Trawangan

    I love Gili Trawangan

  • Gili Trawangan is the most touristy place from Gili islands. The most crowded part is around the harbor. The opposite side of Gili Trawangan is quite, go there to see a romantic sunset

    Welcome to paradise

    Welcome to paradise

  • Gili Trawangan does have many parties, but during low season in November there was no party! 🙂

    Peace & quite in Gili islands

    Peace & quite in Gili islands

  • You can get offered a drug called Ticket to the Moon, the mushroom. Be aware that in Indonesia there is a death penalty for drugs

    Ticket to the Moon

    Ticket to the Moon

  • There is crystal water and beautiful beach, water is deep after few meters
    Crystal clear water in Gili islands

    Crystal clear water in Gili islands

    Untouched beach in Gili islands

    Untouched beach in Gili islands

    The wedding stage in Gili Trawangan

    The wedding stage in Gili Trawangan

  • Gilis are Muslim part of Indonesia, despite it is close to Bali & Lembongan, where there is Balinese Hinduism. Wear something on your bikini when leaving the beach to respect their religion

    View from restaurant to coast of Gili Trawangan

    View from restaurant to coast of Gili Trawangan

  • Gili islands are the most expensive part of Indonesia! You can pay for lunch 100 000 IDR /6,5 EUR, fresh juice: 15 000 – 20 000 IDR/1 – 1,5 EUR (on neighbor island, Lombok, you will pay half of it). There are some Warung (local restaurants in Indonesia), but on Gilis are mostly restaurants for tourists, where you pay more, for example: 30 000 IDR for dinner/2 EUR. In average, prices are 100% higher comparing to Java, Bali or Lombok
    Cooks on Gili Trawangan

    Cooks on Gili Trawangan

    Restaurant on Gili Trawangan in rural place of the island

    Restaurant on Gili Trawangan in rural place of the island

    The local restaurant on the beach in Gili Trawangan

    The local restaurant on the beach in Gili Trawangan

  • Locals work hard in the harbor, women are carrying hard things (for example: cement) on their heads when boats coming from Lombok.  The construction on Gili islands is expanding.
    Women work hard in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

    Women work hard in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

    Locals are having break during work in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

    Locals are having break during work in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

    Locals relaxing in shade

    Locals relaxing in shade

What to do on Gili islands during 2 days:

  • Walk around the island, it would take 2 up to 3 hours
    Me during morning walk around Gili Trawangan

    Me during morning walk around Gili Trawangan

    Walking in Gili Trawangan

    Walking in Gili Trawangan

  • Rent a bike! You can go around the island within 1 hour

    In Gili islands bikes are everywhere

    In Gili islands bikes are everywhere

  • Most of tourists are spending time on Gili Trawangan, but have look to other islands: Gili Meno and Gili Air. Between islands there is a local boat available. The boat goes to each island in the morning and coming back in the afternoon, it means you can visit 1 island per day (Gili Meno or Gili Air)

    The boat leaving Gili Trawangan

    The boat leaving Gili Trawangan

  • Go snorkeling or diving! All around the island you will be offered to go snorkeling for 120 000 IDR/8 EUR. It includes 4 hours trip with 3 stops for snorkeling + lunch on Gili Air, what a deal! It was great experience with the most beautiful underwater world I have seen!
    Snorkeling in Gilis is great

    Snorkeling in Gilis is great

    Glass Bottom Boat

    Glass Bottom Boat

  • Relax, do not do anything 🙂 Gilis islands are perfect place to slow down and relax during your travels in Indonesia, enjoy!
    Relaxing on the beach of Gili Trawangan

    Relaxing on the beach of Gili Trawangan

    Me in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

    Me in the harbor of Gili Trawangan

What do you think about paradise called Gillis?

Have you been there or in similar place? Share your experience in comments!

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