Travel Trips – Gili Islands

June 02, 2017

Photo courtesy: Monique Sinke

If you’re visiting Bali you may want to hop on a boat and visit Lombok’s Gili islands, which are located only 2 hours away from Padang Bai in Bali. Multiple fast boats leave to Gili every day; all you need to do is find out which provider leaves at what time and how much it would cost for a return trip; on average it could cost you roughly IDR 400,000 per person for a return ticket. If you have more time, you could try the ferry, which will cost you only IDR 43,000 per adult* and IDR 28,000* per child for a 5-hour journey.

If you are easily sea sick or not so fond of boat trips, we advise you take precaution and bring along travel sickness pills. Also take into account that the Gili islands are a high risk area for malaria infection which is transmitted via mosquito bites – so bring along plenty of insect repellent sprays. The Gili islands consist of Gili Meno, Gili Air and the popular Gili Trawangan, which is also known to many as the party island.

Gili Meno the smallest of the three and is often called the honeymoon island and nothing less is true. It is very beautiful, pristine and tranquil and is great for lovers to spend some quality time together. Gili Meno is also the spot to view sea turtles; head to Turtle Point, where there is a very good chance you’ll be able to spot them! Gili Meno can be reached by boat from Gili Air or Gili Trawangan. If you want to travel between the islands, you can take a private boat from any of the three islands which would cost you IDR 85,000 per person or you can take the public ferry which would cost you IDR 40,000 per person for a 10 minute journey.

Gili Air is the perfect for those are looking to get away in peace and tranquility. Water sports such as diving, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding (SUP) are very popular here - just head to the beach and you’ll find plenty of operators to choose from.

Meanwhile at Gili Trawangan is where you find the livelier crowds. There are plenty of restaurants, beachbars and clubs here; the island is famous among party-goers. There are many options available and there are some very good restaurants serving fresh fish. For both Gili Air and Trawangan, we recommend renting a bike to explore the island. As Trawangan is the biggest island among the three, it is easy to explore by bike and more than just the crowded harbor. Concerning accommodation on the three islands, there is a great variety to suit all preferences and budgets. And of course don’t forget to make a memorable photo on one of the swings!

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