What brings you to the Gili Islands? Are you desperate for an escape away from the hustle and bustle? Or are you looking to party all week and come out as a licensed diver? If you and your summer fling are merely craving a secret getaway from Bali to Gili, all three islands can accommodate every traveler’s wants and needs.
Blessed with pearly beaches, clear waters and azure sky, these three miniature islands are how you would envision heaven on earth. With each having a distinct personality, find out which one is for you.
Gili Trawangan: the wild one
The largest, most developed, and lively one out of the three islands, Gili T is perfect if you’re looking to let your hair down and dance the night (or three) away. The island has a welcoming vibe, mostly visited by like-minded crowds looking to mingle and make memorable nights out. The social atmosphere is the massive charm – each night of the week, a different bar or club hosts a different party.
Gili T is also one of the cheapest and safest places to dive with many reputable dive schools to choose from and dive spots to die for. If you’re not into the nightlife scene, the snorkeling, diving, and sunbathe opportunities are aplenty. The best marine life is believed to be on the northern side of the island, while the western side is dotted by serene high-end resorts.
Gili Meno: the romantic one
The smallest of the Gilis, Gili Meno is a perfect honeymoon spot for lovebirds. It arguably offers the best beach and has a definite romantic atmosphere. Different to Gili T, there are only a handful of restaurants and accommodations are fairly limited to exclusive resorts. There are about three dive schools in Gili M. The western side is practically deserted so you can take advantage of having a private beach. The island is mostly about tranquility and relaxation, so if you are one to get bored easily, go for a day trip from Gili T.
Gili Air: the quiet one
Gili Air is the perfect mix of the two. It has sufficient amenities and dive franchises like Gili T but still boasts the peaceful ambiance like Gili M. There is a slight hippy feel to it. Clubbing is not a priority in Gili Air – visitors typically go for the laidback, chilling by the beach type of night. Full moon parties are held each month for Gili Air-goers. The eastern side offers great snorkeling opportunities – you might see clownfish or spot turtles. Its key allure is the authentic, local feel, hence many are hoping that the ongoing development will not take that away from the island.
Motorized vehicles are forbidden on all three Gilis. Getting to the Gili Islands from Bali, however, is easily done with fast boats. Visit Patagonia Xpress for your fast, safe, comfortable fast boat to Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air.