The Gilis Islands are considered to be the Maldives of Southeast Asia. It is even called the party island and the turtle capital of the world.
Gilis Islands are three islands with different things to offer. These three islands are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Despite the different things that it has to offer, these islands have a lot in common, as well. The islands have idyllic beach vibes, crystal clear waters, exotic marine species, and white beaches. The atmosphere could surely make you want to grab a coconut cocktail.
What should you know about Gili?
Gili translates to “small islands” in the local Sasak language. Technically, there are a lot of Gili islands, but the Gili islands primarily refer to the three sister islands, which are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air.
The Gili islands are still part of the much-loved Banana Pancake Trail and a famous destination for backpackers who love partying. As the islands are developed, there are a lot of activities and places that popped up on the island. The before clear beach area is now lined up with romantic luxury villas. Moreover, you can also thrive in wildlife.
What are the three Gili islands?
1. Gili Trawangan
This island is the most developed and largest island among the three. It is perfect for people who love a wild party and can also be a haven for laid-back visitors. With that said, the island is visited by a mixture of visitors.
The island is known for throwing great parties that can last up to the early morning. It is also a perfect marketing spot for cafe owners, market vendors, and diving instructors.
2. Gili Meno
This island is located between the two other islands. It is considered to be the smallest and least developed among the three. Since it is a quiet place, it would be the best place for honeymoons, wildlife spotting, and conservation. You can take a walk along the white sand beach, and you would not see a soul in sight.
Gil Meno is also the turtle capital. When you go for a dive, the turtles would happily accompany you.
3. Gili Air
Gili Air is a hip destination and a mixture of the two islands. Before, Gili Air is the main attraction because of its excellent natural features. Once you get there, you can say that it is the ideal destination of avid backpackers.
A lot of local people are still living on the island, while the Gili Trawangan is where most tourists stay. On the island, you can find traditional huts and authentic villages that sell locally produced crafts and goods.
This island is the perfect destination for the adventurous at heart because of the different activities like SUP yoga, aqua yoga, kitesurfing, and sub winging.
How can you get to the Gili islands?
Getting to Gili islands is easy. You can catch a fast boat at Lombok or Bali, precisely in Serangan Harbour and Sanur Beach.
Once you get to Indonesia, you will realize that there is so much to see in and around Bali.