Sun, Sand & Sea – The Gili Islands
The three Gili islands are known around the world as a little piece of heaven. The environment is so rich in nature, that walking or biking around these islands gives you a sense of serenity that is not easily acquired in this modern world. There are so many incredible things to do at Gili!
1. FIND NEMO
Snorkeling is the best thing to do on the Gili Islands. The islands are surrounded by idyllic azure coloured waters which make snorkeling and scuba diving one of the best things to do. Underwater enthusiasts will find a plethora of tropical fish and brightly coloured corals within the numerous offshore reefs to explore. Divers will be pleased with top dive spots like Manta Point filled with large manta rays and Shark Point which is perfect for diving among black tip sharks. Snorkelers will marvel at the beautiful underwater delights at Simon’s Reef as well as almost any offshore spots of the islands. Near Gili Meno, you can go swimming with the turtles at Turtle Point. Gili Trawangan boasts Wreck Point at Mentigi Beach where divers will be fascinated exploring a sunken WWII vessel.
2. EXPLORE THE ISLAND
The islands sports a laidback attitude and exploring the islands on foot or by bike is easy. It will only take about two hours to walk around one island and enjoy its full beauty. Bicycle rentals are plentiful on the island and are the preferred mode of transportation. If you get tired of walking you can simply hire one of the cimodos — a horse drawn carriage to take you back to your spot on the island. Motorized travel of all types is outlawed on the 3 islands.
3. GO ISLAND HOPPING
All three islands are a must see while you are in the region. The smallest of the islands is Gili Meno where you will find the Turtle Sanctuary, where rescued baby turtles are raised and released on one of the old beaches. There is also the Gili Meno Bird Park which is home to peacocks, pelicans, raptors, parrots and pheasants. Gili Air is ideal for kitesurfing and stand-up paddleboarding with wide secluded beaches and wonderfully calm waters. Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three islands.
4. GO SEA KAYAKING
At all three islands, it is easy to find places that hire kayaks.
5. GO SURFING
There is a fast right reef break off the southern coast of Gili Trawangan. You can rent surf boards at Surf Bar opposite the break by the hour or day. Surf lessons are available.
6. DISCOVER THE BEST INSTAGRAM WORTHY SPOTS
The Gili Islands are perfect for sunbathing, relaxing and watching spectacular sunsets. But for Instagram lovers it’s also the most incredible backdrop for your Insta feed! Swing and hammock in the ocean, sunsets, Bicycle rides, Palm Tree Groves, Sea Turtle Spots, Chilling on the beach
7. FANCY FIVE-STAR BEACH PICNIC
What better way to celebrate your holiday than enjoying a fancy lunch by Chef Jiwa Raga. We will provide you with equipment for a memorable picnic in comfort and style. Beach-Butler Service Included.
8. GREAT PLACES TO LUNCH & LAZE
1 | CASA VINTAGE (GILI TRAWANGAN) – If tanning, relaxing and the view on the blue sea sound appealing to you, then Casa Vintage is the place. Cozy atmosphere, perfect for the ultimate relaxing culinary meal, with the ocean just a stone’s throw away. This quaint restaurant shares its space with a vintage clothing store that may just save you time looking for that perfect little souvenir for the ones back home. https://www.casavintageliving.com
2 | PEARL BEACH LOUNGE (GILI TRAWANGAN) – Sandy white beach, intricate bamboo architecture and serene atmosphere.
Pearl Beach Lounge is strategically placed in a secluded beachfront area, providing you with the privacy and comfort you deserve – http://www.pearlbeachlounge.com/
3 | KO KO MO (GILI TRAWANGAN) – For a more culinary experience by the sea. Indonesian flavours with a touch of Western delights – http://kokomogilit.com/villas-gili-trawangan-restaurant/
4 | KARMA BEACH (GILI MENO) – The best view on Gili Meno. Laid-back and a touch of luxury – Website: https://karmagroup.com/about-karma/
5 | MOWIE’S BAR (GILI AIR) – Settle in for a relaxing meal at Mowie’s Bar on Gili Air, as the ambience here is cozy. Large lounging chairs placed on the sand overlooking the beautiful blue ocean. Mowie’s provides you with an atmosphere that is the epitome of a perfect Gili holiday. Website: http://www.mowiesgiliair.com/