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the gili islands

The Gili Islands

Sail away to the sunny paradise of the Gili Islands and kick back on sun-drenched beaches, plunge into crystal clear waters and swim with super friendly turtles. Gili Trewanagan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are all beautiful palm-fringed islands which have their own unique character. Discover which island is for you and jet off to the idyllic Gili Islands. 

Gili Islands Guide

You love lounging on pristine beaches, snorkeling coral reefs and taking it easy? Or is sipping on cocktails and partying til sunrise more your thing?  Or do you like a bit of both? The Gili Islands have it all, find out which island is the best fit for you. 
gili meano beach
Gili Meno
Quieter than its neighbours and still very much untouched, this Gili Island is the ideal place to unplug for a few days, meet locals and understand more about island culture. Stop by on a day tour to snorkel and dive, where you'll see turtles galore. Or stay in a homestead to explore more. 
Gili Trawangan
Kick back with a beer or two in a happy hour beach bar whilst the sunsets and then dance until dawn on this tropical island. Gili Trawangan, or short 'Gili T' is THE party island and the best is, you can sleep the hangover off on the peaceful and serene beaches on the north of the island. 
gili air sea turtle
Gili Air
You want a bit of R & R but still want a taste of the after-dark side of the Gili's and underwater fun?  Gili Air is for you with an array of hotels, restaurants and bars you will easily while away a few days here. 

How to get to the Gili Islands

Getting to the Gilis is super easy and only takes 20-30 minutes from either Bali or Lombok on a speed boat. Then island hop between the three for only $1.

Our favorite Gili Island hotels

aston sunset beach resort
Aston Sunset Beach Resort
Located on Gili T, this beachside resort is located at the island's sandy west coast. Take a dip in the outdoor swimming pool, treat yourself to a cocktail at the swim-up bar and take full advantage of room service and a private beach. 
vila ombak gili island
Vila Ombak Hotel
Stay at Vila Ombak which is situated right on the beach and top up your tan by the outdoor pool, pamper yourself at the spa, get active at the watersports centre and grab yourself a beer at one of the three bars.
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Jambuluwuk Oceano Resort
Located conveniently near the beach on Gili T's northern tip, this beautiful tropical retreat offers an outdoor pool, bike rental and lots of watersports.

Best time to go to the Gili Islands

If you don't mind a tropical shower or two then head to the Gilis between November and April during the wet season, and enjoy less bustle and fewer tourists. If you want perfect sunshine and more of a buzz, travel to the Gilis during peak season between May and October.