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Throughout the 1980s and 1990s the deep water coral reefs, miles of white-sand beaches and slow pace of life attracted backpackers to the three Gili Islands. Today, the islands feature stylish resorts as well as the original backpacker accommodations. The area has matured into a world-class destination while still managing to maintain innocence and simplicity.
The three islands that make up the Gili archipelago are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. Although they are very close to each other, each has developed its own distinctive characteristics.
The island closest to Lombok is Gili Air. Pull on a face mask and fins and simply swim out from the beach here to explore fabulous coral reefs. Visibility is often excellent and there is a vast array of marine life to see including reef sharks, manta rays and barracudas. Back on land, say hello to the local chickens, goats and cows. Gili Air is popular for its quaint rural atmosphere.
The middle island, Gili Meno, is the smallest and quietest. Visit turtle sanctuaries where green and loggerhead turtle eggs are hatched and nurtured for several months before being released into the ocean.
Gili Trawangan is the farthest from the mainland and known as the party island for its lively bar scene and all-night beach parties. It does, however, have its quieter side too with several luxury hotels and villas.
All three Gilis offer good snorkelling and diving opportunities. Find dive operators on any of the islands to rent equipment or arrange a guide. There are no motorised vehicles on any of the islands. Your options for getting around are bicycles, horse-drawn carts known as cidomos and walking. Gili means “small islands”. A leisurely walk around any of the islands takes no more than two hours.
To get to the Gili Islands from Lombok you can charter a boat from Bangsal Harbour or Senggigi. Fast speed boats also run directly from Bali.
We stayed at Pearl T to celebrate my moms birthday and when we arrived, the staff had made these elephants out of the towels and had these beautiful pink flowers laid out to say happy birthday. What a way to start the stay!! We upgraded to a suite that had its own pool to share with just a few other ...
This place is amazing! We stayed here after bailing out on our other accommodation on Gili T that turned out to be not so great. Arriving here was like arriving to a dream oasis come true. The accommodation itself is top notch, with very well thought out rooms and amenities. The staff are brilliant ...
Very friendly staff A bit outside of the noise and the crowd what makes its better. I would recommand and go back The down side: no hot water and water pressure was very low.
Incredible location, right on the beach. Restaurant was brilliant, with a great variety of foods to choose from. Villas were lovely. Relatively basic accommodation but on a tiny island and for the price we paid we couldn't have asked for anything more. Would definitely recommend and return.
This place was amazing! The best hospitality I’ve ever experienced. The food was great.
Ponte Villas and the entire staff was a memorable experience- only wish my sister and I got to stay longer. The room was comfortable with strong AC (needed in Gili T), and the deck sitting area was perfect to relax in after a day of activities~ not to mention, gorgeous pool. Location was perfect, ...
Having your own chaise lounge in your own private pool was superb. It was very quiet and tranquil. The staff were exceptional. Very romantic atmosphere. Close to the beach restaurants. There was a fabulous spa just on the corner. I will be back .