Gili Islands are the four islands in Lombok which white sandy beaches, feature superb, spectacular coral reefs, crystal clear water, and the best snorkeling and diving to be found anywhere on Bali and Lombok. Visitors from all over the world are attracted to the simple pleasures of sun, snorkeling, diving, beautiful beaches, and socializing. The absence of cars, motorcycles, and hawkers adds greatly to the leisure of staying on the Gilis – although there is now a wide range of accommodation available, the islands have maintained the lazy rustic charms of a tropical paradise.
Hotels and other accommodation ranges from simple fan-only back-packer homestays, to chic boutique bungalows, luxury hotels and private villas with private swimming pools and all the luxuries you could wish for. Natural materials are the theme of many of the rooms, with local thatched rooves, natural wood furniture giving a simple elegance. Buildings are not allowed to be higher than a palm tree.
More Information on Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Nanggu
GETTING GILI ISLANDS
These islands are Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan and Gili Nanggu located just off the northwest coast of Lombok Island. These Islands are rapidly becoming one of the most popular destinations for visitors to Bali Island and Lombok Island. They are now easily accessible direct from Bali with the new fast boats ; Gili Cat fast boat, Blue Water Express, Scoot Cruise and Eka Jaya fast boat also by local boat from Lombok.
[More Transfers options to Gili Islands].
From Bali, most people either use the Perama shuttle bus/boat service (from Padangbai-Bali), which now stops at all the Gili Islands before heading on to Senggigi, or fly to Mataram and travel on from there.
Coming from other parts of Lombok, you can travel via Senggigi (from where there is a direct Perama boat service to the Gilis) or Bangsal (the cheapest route). Alternatively, you can book a shuttle bus or speedboat: Blue Marlin and Manta Dive on Gili Trawangan can arrange transfers , which leave from the idyllic harbour of Teluk Nare, south of Bangsal.
Coming by public transport, catch a bus or bemo to Pemenang, from where it’s about 1km by cidomo to Bangsal harbour. Bangsal is a headache. Boat tickets are sold at the Koperasi harbour office, where prices are displayed, but the public boats (roughly 8am to 5pm) don’t leave until full (about 18 people). While it can take hours for the boat to Gili Meno to fill up, you shouldn’t have to wait more than an hour for the other two islands.
All boats pull up on the beach when they get to the Gilis, so you’ll have to wade ashore with your luggage.
Choose the best option of boat transport from any where in Bali to the Gili islands of Trawangan, Meno and Air, mainland Lombok, or Nusa Lembongan, or even a day charter if that suits you best.
The following are some of the packets crossing to the island of Lombok, you can choose.