Gili Islands: Are they truly a vision of paradise on earth?

Gili Islands

The Gili Islands, comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, are situated just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

Motor vehicles aren’t allowed here, so for transportation you either need to walk, take a bicycle or the cidomo (horse-drawn carriage). Amongst all the activities, the most popular ones are scuba diving, snorkeling, golf, horse riding and free diving. You might want to try snorkeling off the beach as then you shall notice the magnificent green and hawksbill sea turtles.

The most renowned spots for diving are Shark Point, Manta Point and Simon’s Reef. Shark Point gets its name due to the variety of marine life one gets to see such as Reef sharks, cuttlefish, turtles, stingrays and many more.

As far as staying there is concerned, you have options such as beach shacks, backpacker beach huts and hotels (both high end and budget) and various other options such as bungalows. You might want to visit this paradise on earth before it gets too crowded!


School of glassy cardinalfish (Rhabdamia spilota) watched by a diver at Gili Air. (Shutterstock)

Couches on the sandy beach at Gili Trawangan. (Shutterstock)

A man with horse in the sea in Gili Trawangan. (Shutterstock)

A woman cycling on Gili Air. (Shutterstock)

Boats on the beach at Gili Trawangan at sunset. (Shutterstock)

Exploring Gili Islands. (Shutterstock)

Mother and her baby on the way to a beach, Gili Trawangan. (Shutterstock)

Sea turtle near Gili Meno. (Shutterstock)

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