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Just a short 2 hour fast boat trip from Bali, on the northwest tip of Lombok, the Gili islands are three idyllic atolls where the beaches are still powdery white, the water a beautiful clear blue, with sunsets over Bali’s Mt Agung and sunrise over Lombok’s Mt Rinjani.
Home to the largest Irish bar on the smallest island in the world, a real Japanese sushi restaurant, 3 turtle hatcheries, 20 + world class dive sites like ‘Manta Point’ and ‘Shark Point’, empty white sandy beaches, Lombok’s Gili islands are becoming increasingly more popular.
Did you know there are in fact 26 Gili islands surrounding the mainland of Lombok, on the northwest coast is of course the most famous and most developed, They are called - Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, they are the most famous Gili Islands which are in the North Lombok Regency.
On the southwest peninsular which is rapidly being developed on the mainland due to the expectation of the new airport and of course it’s amazing natural beauty are another 12 Gili islands in the Sekotong Peninsula, West Lombok Regency. They are called - Gili Nanggu, Gili Sudak, Gili Tangkong, (Where the super chic, Dharma Gili eco resort is planned), Gili Poh (the smallest by far) Gili Genting, Gili Lontar, Gili Layar, Gili Amben, Gili Gede, Gili Anyaran, Gili Layar and Gili Asahan. only 2 have accommodations, Gili Nannggu and Gili Gede.
Indonesia is the largest archipelago in the world with over 17,000 islands and 108,000 kilometers of beaches that straddle the Equator between the Indian and the Pacific Ocean.
The main destination for tourists to Indonesia is the islands of Bali,Lombok, the Gilis, Nusa lembongan, Ceningan and Penida.
Rich in culture and tradition the islands can offer visitors a huge diversity of things to see and do while on vacation. Vast volcanoes peer from above the clouds, a sea suitable for surfers yet teeming with marine life for snorkelers and divers. Rice terraces, semi tropical rain forests, temples everywhere, dance and religious festivities and the distinct flavors of the food. All add up to Indonesia and the islands being quite possibly the most unique destination in the world.
Bali, the island of the gods, stunning scenery, beautiful beaches, spectacular volcanoes, and the most friendliest of people with the richest culture anywhere in the world.
See rice terraces which layer the hillsides like gigantic stepping stones, marvel at volcanoes reaching through the clouds, dense tropical jungle with meandering trails, long sandy beaches, warm blue waters and above all friendly people who don’t just have a culture, they actually live it. This can be seen in their ceremonies, festivals, magnificent temples and palaces. This fascinating culture comes to life with traditional dances adorned with vivid costumes and incredible stemmed fingers. Truly the experience of a lifetime!
Lombok, the sister island to Bali, is located in the West Nusa Tenggara province of Indonesia. It is part of the chain of the Lesser Sunda Islands, with the Lombok Strait and the Wallace line separating it from Bali to the west and the Alas Strait between it and Sumbawa to the east. It is roughly circular, with a “tail” to the southwest, about 70 km across and a total area of about 4,725 km² . The administrative capital and largest city on the island and also where the airport is called Mataram. Continue Reading »
The largest of the Gilis and now by far the most popular to visit, accommodation choices start from backpacker and budget hotels, a large selection of mid range hotels, through to resort style hotels and luxury villas.
Many new international restaurants offering everything from Pizza, to Sushi to Indian food and Spanish Tapas, and of course the seafood BBQ’s all along the beach front.
There are 6 PADI dive centres, 12 artificial Bio Rock projects, a turtle sanctuary and snorkeling accesses from the beach all around the island. Continue Reading »
The island lies directly in line in the middle of the other Gilis of Trawangan and Air, both only separated by 1 Km or so of water, it is by far the quietest most undeveloped natural island of the three. The only Gili island with a salt water lake, a bird park with a Beatles memorabilia bar and the only pool table on the entire Gili islands.Gili Meno accommodation ranges from beach shacks like Malia’s Child and other budget options like Tao Combo travel lodge. Mid range to higher end are the highly recommended super cool Shack 58 and also Villa Nautilus.
Dive and snorkelling spots include the infamous Gili Meno wall, where during the day turtles freely swim by, huge Gorgonian fans hang, and the many species of colorful corals. By night see turtles sleeping, huge moray eels running up and down the wall, and the friendly and entertaining Spanish dancers.
‘Gili’, meaning a small island in Bahasa Indonesia, and Air meaning water, therefore; a small island surrounded by water. Some would say the original backpacker Gili destination , even now still relatively untouched, a few new bar shacks have appeared on the beach, with the least accommodation compared with the other Gili islands of Trawangan and Meno
Accommodation options vary from basic backpacker homestays and beach shacks, the Gili Air Hotel is the only mid range option with rooms to suit groups and families, and the new Sejuk Cottages with some funky traditional Sasak styled bungalows in various styles, sizes and shapes. Continue Reading »
In between the islands of Bali and Lombok just 45 minutes by boat, lies 3 smaller islands called NusaLembongan, Ceningan and Penida. Now renowned as a world famous destination for experienced divers as the strong currents bring the rare sunfish (Mola Mola) in the months between August and December, and then until February Manta rays also.
Also extremely popular with experienced surfers with 3 world class surf breaks, Shipwrecks, Lacerations and Playgrounds, all easily accessible from the bay at Jungut batu.