Go Away! To the Gili Islands

Feature by Rose Howie | 01 Dec 2011
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If you’re ever lucky enough to find yourself in Bali or Lombok in Indonesia – leave. No, not really, but get off the mainland and spend as long as you possibly can exploring the beautiful Gili Islands nearby. You won’t hear anyone saying a bad thing about these beautiful islands quite simply because they are flawless.

The three islands show off a range of diversity that satisfies any island fantasy from a remote, hut-dwelling experience to an all night beach party. There are no motorised vehicles on the islands so public transport takes the form of rather jolly rickshaws or horse drawn carts. Gili Air is the most populated of the 3 islands and is only 5km away from Lombok. You can watch the sun rise over the Rinjani volcano, Lombok, and set over Mount Agung, Bali. This beautiful island is the place to go to get away from the crowds, to learn to scuba dive or to experience the best in luxury accommodation and beautiful Indonesian food.

Gili Meno is the smallest, quietest and cheapest island and its quiet atmosphere makes it the perfect spot to chill out by the sea in a hammock and forget about the rest of the world. Gili Trawagan (or Gili T, to those in the know) is known as the party island. If you want to go diving, do it here in the Gilis – this beautiful spot has a wealth of underwater beauty to rival that above. There are even giant turtles living in the waters around Gili T that you’ll find easily enough with a snorkel and mask. If you want a taste of paradise, it doesn’t get much better than this.

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