Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it is more commonly known, is the largest of the three Gili Islands. Suitable for families of all ages and with a wide range of hotels, guesthouses and luxury villas on the island, Trawangan carters for every budget. Although if it’s partying and nightlife you are after Gili T is the one for you. With plenty of clubs and cocktails bar open till late, Gili T is a partygoers dream.
Motorised transport is a no go here so you can only get round by horse and cart taxi’s or bicycle which offers a real sense of dessert island-ness. Lined with many restaurants and beach shacks you won’t be short of choice for eateries here, but Scallywags Organic Bar and Grill which is located on Gili Trawangan’s southern shoreline, is the place to be! Boasting stunning views of Mt. Rinjani and dishing up the best food on the island the service here is outstanding. With a large selection of fare on offer, from the tried and tested favourites to the freshest fish and meats all cooked to perfection on their beach side BBQ, Scallywags is not to missed!
Set in the middle of the three islands you will find Gili Meno. Only two kilometres long and one wide, Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands and is by far the hippiest, most peaceful and under developed island. Offering the best beach of them all Gili Meno is all about the water. Boasting the infamous ‘Gili Meno Wall ‘, means a trip snorkelling will afford you the delights of swimming freely amongst giant sea turtles and if you’re lucky black tip reef sharks. So when you come to Meno spend all morning snorkelling with the sharks before heading off to walk the length of the island. It’s possible to walk around the island in under two hours, so time your walk so that you can make your way to a bar to enjoy a well earn’t cold beer, whilst watching the beautiful Gili sunset.
Gili Air with its real grass roots feel is often the most overlooked of the three islands. However, it is the perfect compromise. As with Meno the pace of life on Air is much slower, appealing to those who really want to escape. Yet it also offers a good variety of atmospheric restaurants for evening dinning, which makes up for what Meno lacks and T offers. And with beautiful stretches of white powdery beaches and crystal clear waters snorkelling should be on top of your agenda while on Air. Gili Air is not only just as beautiful as the other two islands, but it also has its very own Scallywags!