The three small islands that are located in the north west of Lombok Island, the Gili’s : Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. These three islands are perfect places to have snorkeling and swimming, to enjoy the coral reefs, turtle (in Gili Meno) and relaxing in white sand beach under the sun shine.
To go to these three island is very easy, it can be reached by boat from the Bangsal Harbor (15-20 minutes by boat), one day trip from Senggigi which takes about an hour on the boat or can be done both combination of car and boat while enjoying the beautiful scenery and the friendly monkey that is located on your way in the tropical rain forest, Pusuk, or Gilis can be reached by fast boat from Benoa – Bali, it takes about 2 hours.
The trip from Bali to this island is very interesting as guest might see Dolphin on the way when the weather is clear and the wave are not too rough. Currently there are many private luxury villas built in Gili Trawangan which give you possibility to spend two or three nights in Gili in these private and luxury villas should you wish not to leave on the same day.
Gili Trawangan, Meno & Air
Arcing away from the northwest corner of Lombok, the Gili Islands are three idyllic atolls where the sand is still powdery white, the water a clear sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets over Bali’s Agung in the west simply spectacular.
Lombok’s Gili Islands of Trawangan, Meno and Air, make a surprisingly ideal tropical paradise getaway destination for all.
Home to the largest Irish bar on the smallest island in the world, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant, 3 turtle hatcheries, ominous sounding dive sites like ‘Shark Point’ and miles and miles of white sandy beaches.
Getting there is now very easy with many options to suit all visitors and and whichever way you choose, you will be guaranteed to see some of Bali and Lombok’s breathtaking scenery.
No motorised transport
Fortunately all three Gili Islands will not permit any type of motorised transport on them and therefore rely on bicycles or horse and carts, locally known as ‘Cidomos’.
Bicycles can be rented from any of the kiosks and cost from around Rp10,000 an hour, or better value, ask for the daily rate.
Cidomos or horse carts are easily located all over the islands but tend to hang around the harbour and busy spots, arrangements can be made if you are staying in a more remote place on the island, for instance a late ride home…. Haggling is the norm, and always agree a price before your journey.
Although originally discovered by backpackers in the mid eighties, and a reputation as a party destination, The Gili Islands now boast themselves as a great destination suitable for families of all ages.
Various new hotels and boutique bungalows now cater for children and offer good discounts, some have baby sitting services, and with lots of activities on the islands families are sure to enjoy their holidays to the full.
There is now 4 ATM machines on Gili Trawangan located at Hotel Vila Ombak, Blue Beach and next to the Blue Water fast boat office.
But there are still no plans for an ATM machine on Gili Meno but there is one on Gili Air.
All the dive shops and bigger hotels accept Visa and MasterCard credit cards at a set 3% bank charge, cash advances at 10% are available in many places most of the time but all relies
on a rather shaky phone connection.
Money changers will cash traveler’s checks and currency but at a lower reduced rate than on the mainland.
All three Gilis islands now have their own PLN electric generating stations, however due to the increased number of visitors the service is occassionally interrupted and when the power goes out
IT GOES OUT…when the island is very busy sometimes the island’s generator cannot cope with the spike of usage… in the peak seasons this can be put under strain particularly late afternoon and early evening.
A number of businesses have their own generators such as the larger hotels and restaurants, dive centres and mid range hotels so as to avoid the problem, and usually power cuts or ‘mati lampu’ only last a few hours, but occasionally can last a few days.
|Languages spoken||Bahasa Indonesia, English|
|Currency used||IDR (Rupiah)|