Gili Islands

Welcome to paradise! The Gili islands are three tropical islands located northeast of Bali, not far from Lombok. It takes around two hours to get from mainland Bali to the Gili’s but its well worth the ferry ride across. Offering fantastic snorkelling and diving around the coasts you are pretty much guaranteed to see turtles all year round here.

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it is more commonly known, is the largest of the three Gili Islands. 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 party goers dream.

Motorised transport is a no go here so you can only get round on foot, by horse and cart taxi’s or by 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!

Bali-–-Gili-T--Sunset-–-TruTravelsGili T – What we do…

Sunsets – Once here we check into our accommodation, just a short walk from the boat. Spend the afternoon exploring or relaxing poolside. In the evening we check out the famous sun set, explore the local markets see the party in many of its awesome beach side bars.Bali-–-Gili-T-–-Snorkel-Turtle-TruTravels

Boat trips – Next day we enjoy the day island hopping on our boat trip around the three Gili Islands, we head to some of the best snorkel spots in Indonesia where you will see stunning coral, beautiful fish, turtles and even a shipwreck. We also stop for a free beachfront lunch on Gili air. Nice.

Bali Gili-T Bike ride TruTravelsBike rides – On the last day in Gili T, we spend the afternoon cycling round the island with a stop of one more magnificent sunset. 

Gili T – Where we stay…Bali-Gili-T–Nirvanna-TruTravels

Whilst on Gili T on nights 7-9 of our Bali tours, we stay a a nice little hotel just a 5 minute walk from the center of town. It is clean and modern, all rooms are double or twin private rooms and have en suite bathrooms and air conditioning. The hotel also has a restaurant, swimming pool and pool bar for your chilling pleasure.

The Other Gili’s

Gili Meno – 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 – 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!

For more info on our trips that visit Bali and to see what other amazing places we visit and which other awesome activities we do just check out our Bali  tours section for all the info you need!