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What You Should Know More About Gili Island

  • Q. Travel advice:

    • Never leave your important documents or cash and valuables in the hotel room.

    • Always make sure that you book a hotel or a resort in the bustling area.

    • If you are lost anywhere or someone from the group is lost, you must immediately seek the help of the police.

    • Do not get involved in drugs of any form.

    • Do not get involved in physical or verbal spat with anyone.

    • Don’t flash your valuables in the public area.  

    • Do not hire a guide who is not from a trusted or authentic agency.

    • Never trust any stranger who gets friendly with you in just a short while.

    • Don’t eat food off the street vendors.

    • Carry with you a copy of your licenses and passport.  

    • Don’t let anyone in the city misguide you. Acquire sufficient information before heading to a new place.

    • Dress appropriately.

    • Nudity is strictly prohibited here.

    • Do not film or do videography without the legal permissions.

    • In case the banner or sign says, ‘No Photography’ obey it.

    • Avoid traveling alone in the night hours.

    • Do not go around with too much cash during the night hours.

    • Take a comprehensive travel and medical insurance before traveling.

    • Keep the touts at bay.

  • Q. Drinking laws

    Countrywide there are no bans on liquor.

  • Q. Our Recommendations: What You Can’t Afford To Miss?

    Gili Trawangan

    Gili Trawangan is the biggest chunk of the popular Gili Islands and is almost 30 m above sea level. This area is almost 3 km long and 2 km wide which manages a population of around 1500 residents. The name Trawangan has been taken from the Indonesian dictionary which means ‘Tunnel’. This is due to the availability of a cave tunnel which was created during the Japanese occupation in World War 2.  Trawangan is tagged as one of the most gorgeous tourist places in Indonesia. Tourism is this region is very active with the presence of amazing accommodations wrapped in the arms of nature.  The main concentration of recreation, settlement as well as diving business is present on the eastern side of the island. There is an Irish pub present in Trawangan which is admired by locals and tourists.  You will be amazed to know that, on Gili Trawangan there are no motor vehicles. Transportation in this area means bicycle which the tourists can rent from the locals living on the island. Apart from this, a cidomo, a small horse drawn carriage can also be hired for travelling to different places. Motorized boats and speedboats are available for touring the different Gili Islands. One of the first inhabitants of Gili Trawangan used to be farmers and fishermen from Sulawesi. The economy of Gili Trawangan is centered towards tourism since the area is very small to support any type of agricultural activity. One can also visit the mosque which is visited by travelers who visit the island.

    Gili Meno

    Gili Meno is the middle island of the group of three Gili Islands present in the northwest coast of Lombok. This region holds a population of about 500 inhabitants who are concentrated in the central region of the island. Electricity is supplied using underwater cables directed from Lombok. Tourists must keep in mind that this island has no access to cars or motorbikes. The main source of income in this region is because of tourism, fishing and coconut plantation. You can explore the island on foot which is a wonderful way to absorb the surrounding natural greatness. There is a small shallow lake which is admired by tourists. The most impressive aspect of Gili Meno is the presence of swimming beaches spread out across the whole island area. You can also visit the famous Turtle Sanctuary without any hassle. Though the island attracts lesser tourists as compared to Gili Trawangan, but is equally rich in terms of sightseeing locations. One can surely plan a honeymoon trip to this serene destination which is quite fascinating in terms of exotic sites.

    Gili Air

    Gili Air is known to be the second smallest island out of the group of three Gili islands. Moreover, it is the closest to Lombok which makes it a popular honeymoon destination for travellers who seek a pleasant retreat. The population count on Gili Air is 1,800. You can access water activities like snorkelling and scuba diving available on the east coast. Tourists cherish visiting this area because it is filled with turtles that can be seen near the coral reef. Different water sports such as paddle boarding and kitesurfing can also be tried in this area. Several investment plans to support tourism on these islands have helped in the development of numerous accommodation and resorts. Gili Meno is also popular for its many restaurants and party spots making it a happy destination equipped with adequate services. You can travel to different Islands using an easy boat ride.

  • Q. What you will like here?

    Diving and snorkeling (learning)

    This is the classic at the Gili Island. No wonder, these exquisite islands have a vivid underwater world. In each of the three islands of the archipelago, there are diving schools. However, most of these are cantered around the Gili Trawangan. You can even borrow or rent a snorkel equipment at every stall round the corner. Diving and snorkelling are the best water sports to do here.

    Circumnavigate the islands

    You can easily take a stroll around the Gilis Island for 1 to 2 hours. When you are at the Gili Trawangan, you can rent a bike which is available just about everywhere however, the prices here are negotiable. Often, near the island, if you rent an accommodation, they’ll have a facility of private bike rental too. Make sure you get a lock and use it everywhere you take a stopover. If no locks exist, then it is necessary for you to be alert and not leave the bike unobserved. On the Gili Meno, you can go about exploring the food which is indeed going to be lip smacking delicious.  

    Island hopping

    Twice in a day, the public boats leave to the other 2 islands. You can rent the first boat at 9:30 AM. This boat leaves the Gili Trawangan and takes you on an exploration tour to two other islands. Post that in the afternoon, this boat will return from the Gili Air over the Gili Meno and further back to the Trawangan. Depending on the destination of the boat, the cost of this trip can range from 20,000 to 23,000 rupiah for a one way ride. To avail this trip, you can buy the tickets directly at the harbor. Avoid making a booking on the ticket booth on the islands or via a travel agency as then you’ll be liable to pay some commission for the same. Further, you can also charter a boat. This may be pricier and will cost you about 1,90,000 for a one way journey or 3,50,000 for a return journey. If you are traveling in a group of over 10 people, this journey can be a good one.  

    Water sports

    Water sports are extremely popular in the Gili Island. One of the most prominent water sports here is the standing paddling. Standing paddling is also known as the “Stand Up Paddling”. This lets you comfortably paddle along the island. Here you can also rent a kayak or a canoe for two people. Kite surfing is another important adventure activity here. Whenever, you are up for a water activity, make sure you don’t underestimate the currents that can get really strong sometimes.


    You can also find some surf spots on this island. These are mainly centered on the south east end of the Gili Trawangan however, there are many near the Gili Air and Gili Meno islands. The most popular surfing grounds are found in Lombok.

    Fishing and BBQ

    Fishing tours are most commonly offered in Gili Island. Here, you’ll be driven by the boat and catching and fish and even grilling the same is an important thing to do here. This perhaps doesn’t get tastier or fresher than this. Spear fishing is also possible here.  

    On tour with the Glass Bottom Boat

    Another manner in which you can explore the underwater world is by touring with the glass bottom boat. This tour is offered together with the activities such as diving, snorkeling or island hopping

    Going out and party

    How can you come on this beautiful archipelago and go away without partying? Gili Trawangan is definitely the most preferred island for partying and nightlife scene. Parties based on the day of the week are organized here. So, before you attend the parties, it can be a good idea to avail necessary information regarding the party schedule so as to ensure that you get to the right place at the right time.

    Jamming and live music

    Some of the most exquisite and happening music is played at the Sama Dama. However, during the daytime several jamming sessions are organized here. So, you can participate in one of them to put forth your talent to the world. These plays assure 100% fun, so don’t miss out on this.

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  • Q. What can I do in Gili Islands?

    With exclusive array things to do in Gili Islands, here you can witness the enthralling aqua sports like Scuba Diving, Surfing Fishing, and numerous other activities. You also intermingle with marine life as you take a ride at the Glass bottom boat, which gives an illusion of the tiny fishes touching you and running away.

    If you are searching for an electrifying nightlife, then hitting to this isle is just a perfect choice as it houses several pubs overlooking the azure beach. Apart from this, you also delve in a snorkeling session which revives every nook and corner of the soul.

  • Q. What are the places to see in Gili Island?

    Soak in the beauty of Gili, owning an excellent collection of manmade and natural marvels it is a must-visit destination. You can embrace the beauty of sunset at the Gili Meno Beach or can indulge in the spirituality of sacred Masjid Agung Baiturrahman.

    One must not dare to miss out on the Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery, where the underdeveloped eggs are hatched and once the little turtles are trained enough, then they are set free to wander in the endless seas. Apart from this, you can also visit all three Island namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.

  • Q. What is the best time to visit Gili Islands?

    Who doesn't wants to visit a vacation spot when its grace and elegance is at a peak? Extending the ultimate degree of beauty in the months of July and August, it must be toured in one of these months.

    Apart from these if you wish to feel the chilling weather, you can also plan a vacation in the months of December and January. From refreshing snorkeling sessions to deep dive in the alluring seas, everything can be experienced here in these months.

  • Q. Can we do diving at Gili Islands?

    Thinking about What to do in Gili Islands? Famed as the turtle capital it is swung by globetrotters all through the year. Here you will never fall short of diving spots, as there are twenty plus sites. Trawangan, Meno and Gili Air are dotted with several scuba diving sites.

    With this adventure, you can take a deep look into the underwater kingdom where distinct creators like a turtle, scorpion fish, lion fish, cuttlefish, and countless other marine lives. Here you can also find different varieties of corals which will bind you in its charm.

  • Q. Can we stay on Gili Islands?

    Yes, one can always stay at Gili Island as it houses an abundance of comfortable stays. Here you find a handful of resorts as well which offer amazing views of the sunset and sunrise.

    These stays are packed with all the top-notch amenities, be it alluring rooms with soft and soothing textures or enchanting resorts adorned with the beautiful nature here you can find every little thing to make your experience an everlasting one. If you are a backpacker and don’t want to burn your pockets with expensive stays you can find a number of budget stays too.

  • Q. How long does it take to get to the Gili Islands from Bali?

    Seated beautifully just 1.5 hours away from Bali, Gili Island is a must-visit holiday destination. There are numerous ferry services from Bali to Gili and only easily either opt for a fast boat or a slower one which take 1.5 hours and 2.5 hours respectively.

    One needs to pay an amount of 7,90,000 IDR for one way service and can reach out to the amazing Island. You can take the boat from various points namely Serangan Harbour and Padang Bai.

  • Q. Do you need a visa for Gili Islands?

    With several other countries which make the traveling easier by exempting from the visa, Bali is one of them. Here one can reach out to Bali and explore the scenic splendors without a visa, but if one needs to stay for more than 30 days then they need to pay an additional amount.

    Apart from this, there is no requirement of the Visa all you need is the passport and a valid government identity proof to soak in the beauty of this Indonesian Island.

  • Q. Is it safe to go to Gili Islands?

    Gili is an absolutely safe Island be it traveling in the day or wandering on the streets at midnight here you can have it all. Here there are several late-night eateries and one can also opt for them as it is really safe at night. So don’t think much and explore the wonders of Gili Island, be it night or day keep your traveling spirit high.

    Keep in mind, that if you think of swimming at the beaches don’t go right to the center as the water is too deep and the velocity of the waves makes it difficult to get back to the land.

  • Q. Is there any place to eat at the Gili Islands?

    With plantation of multiple dining options, this place is getting popular with every proceeding day. Be it wandering on the streets for lip-smacking seafood or looking for an excellent fine dining place, here you can find everything. Owning countless options for good food some of them are Gili frame restaurant,  the roast house and several others which could be known once you explore the Island on your own.

    If you are a seafood lover then here you will never fall short of amazing delicacies and cuisine as it is an emerging as a hub for seafood. Savoring the amazing seafood is one of the best things to do in Gili Islands.

  • Q. From where can I book a boat ride to Gili Islands from Bali?

    You need to be a little cautious about heading towards Gili Island as there are only a handful of operators which can ferry you from Gili Islands to Bali. Opting for a good ferry service to reach out to Bali is an important part of the planning as while you travel you can actually feel the cool sea breeze tingling all over your face and gaze at the breathtaking vistas. One can easily book the boat service from an online portal, as there are a lot of them.