The Gili islands are a group of three small islands off Lombok´s west coast. Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan all have superb white sandy beaches, clear water and coral reefs with colorful fish. It is one of the best areas for scuba diving around Lombok. Most tourists are from the younger generation; they relax in the sun, do snorkeling or simply walk along the beaches.
On the island no motorized vehicles are allowed. So the main way of transportation is bicycles and small horse drawn carriages, called cidomos. And because there are nearly no trader and beggar, the stay is much more relaxed than it is on Bali, for example. A power supply is only partly available, so that technical devices are misplaced here. On the island there is absolute serenity here and you will surely relax your body and mind.
Things to do on the Gilis
lking & Cycling are perfect to explore any of the three Gili islands. Be aware that you can walk around every island in no more than two hours. Ask at your accommodation if you want to rent a bicycle.
On Gili Meno you find the Taman Burung Bird Park, which offers a colorful and exotic collection of birds from the Australasian region.
Travel to Gili Islands
The Gili islands can best be reached by the Perama bus, shuttle and boat service either from Bali, or via a flight to Mataram, from Senggigi. While the tour from Bali takes around 5 hours and costs about Rp. 185,000, from Senggigi it's just a little hop from Senggigi and much less expensive.
Lombok itself can be reached via Bandara International Airport. From the airport you can go by bus to Mataram or Senggigi beach. The trip to Mataram from Mandalika Bus Terminal costs Rp 15,000 and Rp 25,000 to Senggigi. The bus departs every 1.5 hours.
If you already stay in a hotel on Lombok, take a taxi to Bangsal harbour. As the taxi cannot approach the harbor directly you will be ask to take a horse-car. But beware: it's only a 100m walk and the horse car riders tend to cheat foreigners.
From Bengsal harbor the public boat costs not more than Rp. 10,000 to any of the Gili islands. However, as these public boat might go only twice a day, the possibilty of chartering an own boat for Rp. 120,000 to 150,000 per trip is also available.
On the Gili islands themselves you can travel around by bycicle or simply walk the distances, as the Gilis are very tiny islands. If the temperature is too hot to move your body, take a cidomo, which is a small horse drawn carriage.