Seems like everyone has heard of the fabulous island of Gili Trawangan – just one of three magical Gili Islands – off the west coast of the island of Lombok, a ferry ride away from Bali. The three islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno all have the distinction of limiting the means of land transport to bicycles and traditional carts, called “dokar”, led by small horses.
Located just off the northwest coast of Lombok in Indonesia are the triplet islands namely; Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – collectively referred to as the ‘Gilis’. It is a tourist hot-spot, and this is justifiable, as the Gili Islands provide a wide range of fun activities that goes beyond diving and snorkeling. There is so much to do here; be it for family vacations, honeymoons, personal time or even a wedding! The Gilis are always welcoming.
The Gili Trawangan and the Gili islands in Lombok are the perfect escape for anyone wanting to get away to beautiful, natural and relaxing surrounds. White sandy beaches, tropical coral reefs, warm inviting waters, no motorcycles, no cars, what a pleasure! Scuba diving enthusiasts will also be delighted (wrecks, reef sharks, etc.) and those who simply snorkel with snorkelling will also have the opportunity to put their eyes in the middle of the fish multicolored and sea turtles. A perfect place for doing nothing but relaxing on the white beaches and splashing in the blue water.
Trawangan, Meno and Air are nevertheless have some specificities and it is therefore advisable to learn about choosing the one that suits you best.
Gili Trawangan – The Best for Choice
Trawangan, the most popular of the three and home to that famous sunset swing spot complete with a queue to get the perfect Instagram shot. With the biggest choice of accommodation, ranging from skanky huts to swanky beach clubs. The boats bring in the crowds daily, there is always someone new to grab a beer with but also a sense of belonging you can grasp onto from a small island. It does also have a great viewpoint you can casually ‘trek’ up, a buzzing night food market and a Turtle Hatchery project on the beach.
Gili Meno – The Best for Romance
The middle island and the least likely you will sleep on. It is known as the romantic island, with resorts, villas and couples on honeymoon. If you want quiet (by far the least developed of the islands), ultra relaxing and to feel as remote as any of the three will let you then Meno is perfect. It also has a cool and slightly random lake in the middle of it.
Gili Air – The Best for Balance
Gili Air is increasingly favored with less of a party vibe than Trawangan but still more than enough going on than compared to Meno, it had the balance of life that was ideal for a week of doing nothing. Grab a bike, hire some scuba gear, enjoy the sunsets and eat fresh fish.