Gili Islands, Indonesia
The Gili Islands are an archipelago of three small islands â€” Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air â€” just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. They are a popular destination for Western tourists looking for a remote island experience. Each island has several very small resorts, usually consisting of a small collection of huts for tourists, and a restaurant. Most local inhabitants live on Trawangan in a township stretching along its east side just inland.
Gili Trawangan or simply Gili T, is the largest and most visited of the three Gili Islands off Lombok. Scuba diving and snorkeling are the main attraction on the island. All of the operators have their main dive shops located here. There are about a dozen active dive sites, and all of the shops run a regularly rotating program of daily fun dives to one or more of these sites. There are also great opportunities for snorkeling and surfing off the main beach . There are some lovely walks to be had on the island. A leisurely stroll all the way around will take 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Things to See & Do
* Scuba diving
Cruise Season - Jan - Dec
Currency - Rupiah (IDR)
Language - Indonesian
Population - 800 approx (Gili Trawangan)
Electricity - 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT plus hours seven hours
International Country Telephone Code - +62
Port Location - The port is located at Gili Trawangan, on the east side of the island.
Travel Links - There are no airports in the Gilis. The nearest is at Mataram on mainland Lombok, but flying to Bali and taking a boat to the Gilis is also a viable option.
Alternatively, you can fly to Bali and connect onward with a domestic flight to Mataram, which is a quick and cheap 20-minute hop.
There are now numerous direct boat services from Bali to the Gilis, all of which continue onto the main island of Lombok. Established daily services depart from Benoa and Serangan Island in South Bali and Padang Bai in East Bali.