The Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili meno and Gili Air

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Bali's neighboring Islands - The Gili's - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air

The Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air

Bali's Paradisiacal Neighboring Islands

Balis magnificent neighboring Islands - The Gilis

Everybody who comes to Bali should have not missed to visit the Gili Islands, which belong to Northern Lombok territory, with their outstanding white sandy beaches and a fantastic marina life with great diving opportunities.

Especially Gili Air, with a patrol shipwreck, sunk in World War 2 and lying in a depth of 45 meters, became a dive spot attracting marina life fanatics from all over the world.

Diving on Gili Islands - Gili Air Shipwreck
(Popular Dive Attraction - The Gili Air Shipwreck)

While Gili Trawangan is very popular with the younger, offering them great parties and a heavy nightlife, Gili Meno and Gili Air, the smaller sister islands, are the perfect place for families, couples or friends who simply want to relax.

What makes the Gilis so special is that you can't find any motorized vehicle on the island. Sinc they have been banned from these outstanding islands, push-bikes and horse drawn carriages are the main public transportation.

Horse Drawn Carriage on Gili Trawangan
(No motor? Nor problem! - Horse Drwan Carriages all over the Gilis)

Gili Trawangan,

measuring about 6 km2 is the biggest of the 3 Islands with a total population of about 1.500 people. It is well developed and everything for your daily needs can be found on the island. Sad but true that this wonderful island the black sheep in the Gili family as it is very popular for drug tourism.  Since the 80’s magic mushrooms (mushrooms containing hallucinogens, similar to LSD) are freely available on the island and can be bought at every single corner.

Gili Trawangan Party
(Gili Trawangan - Popular for its nightlife)

Gili Meno

 is a very laid back island. Even the Island is the second biggest, the population is reported only to be about 500, mainly concentrated on the center of the Island. Gili Meno has no fresh water access, fresh water is brought from Lombok. In addition to this, on this wonderful and romantic island, about 4 km2 in size, there are no cars and motorbikes.

Gili Meno
(Back to Basics - Gili Meno)

Gili Air 

is the smallest of the three fantastic islands and the closest one to Lombok. Even it is the smallest one it has the highest population density. About 1.800 inhabitants live on this magnificent island which is the most popular one for pure relaxation around Bali. With its white sandy beaches, different categories of accommodation, a perfect dive spot and the snorkeling opportunities, Gili Air is our by far favorite get away for honeymooners, families and friends who look for pure relaxation.

Gili Air Bungalow
(Fantastic Beachfront Bunglaows - Gili Air)

As mentioned before, every Bali traveler should have been to the Gili once. Party people stay at Gili Trawangan, those who look for complete togetherness chose Gili Meno and pure relaxation can be found at Gili Air. Even if your hotel is already booked, don’t miss to stay overnight at these unique

How to go to Gili Islands (and back)?

The best way is to go there by fast boat. The lifts with Marina Srikandi’s Fast Boats take about 1.5 hours. The very new and luxurious fast boats, built in 2010, leave 3 times a day from Padang Bai. Get on board at 9am, 1pm or 2 pm.

Fast Boat Shuttle to Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan)
(Your Fast Boat Shuttle to the Gilis)

Interior Fast Boat Shuttle to Gili Islands
(Marina Srikanti - The fastest and most comfortable shuttle to the Gili Islands)

The boats leave the Gili Islands at 8 am, noon and 3 pm.

Those who would like to explore Lombok leave with Marina Srikandi from Padang Bai at 9am or 2 pm.


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