Explore the tiny atolls of the Gili Islands, relax on the white sandy beaches, snorkel in the clear waters teeming with aquatic life or go deep on a diving trip.
The Gili islands are a group of 3 small islands north of Lomnok. The islands are Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air
Looking for a quieter experience than Bali, then the tiny atolls of the Gili Islands might just be the thing. The islands are car free - so transport is either foot, bike or cidomo ( horse drawn carriage). Due to its close proximity to coral reefs the islands have become popular with divers. Gili Trawangan is the highest of the three islands rising to a staggering 60 metres. The island has the largest population and caters extensively to tourists.
Gili Air is closest to Lombok island and the second largest of the Gili Islands. Snorkelling and Diving is popular off the east coast, between the island and Lombok. Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno are only a short boat hop away.
By Boat to Gili Air
The usual way to get to Gili Air is by boat from Gili Trawangan or from Bangsai on the island of Lombok. The boat trip is very short, taking 30 minutes. Speed boats make the trip from Bali but its wise to check whether the intended boat goes all the way to Gili Air as many terminate in Gili Trawangan.
From the Gili Islands, Mount Rinjan, Lombok's volcano is always to be seen. From the east coast of Gili Air it appears to be just a short distance away.