Gili Islands was very famous for their beautiful scenery and atmosphere, in adition they also well known as the beauty of underwater life which stored the natural view of the coral and any kind of colourfull fish that was so amazing.
As one of Indonesia’s top areas for scuba diving and snorkelling, with a reputation for being the ‘turtle capital of the world’, with year round water temperatures about 28 degrees Celsius, the Gili islands have become popular for beginners and experienced divers alike. There are about 25 dive sitesaround the islands of Trawangan, Meno and Gili Air, with a variety of topography (slopes, walls, ridges and canyons) and an enormous amount of diverse marine life. This includes black – and white tip reef sharks, lots of turtles (hawksbill and olive ridley), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttle fish and octopus, moray eels, sea snakes, different types of rays (blue – spotted, eagle and, from December to March, manta rays) not to mention schools of bump – head parrot fish every full moon and the occasional whale shark plus countless varieties of hard and soft corals. Read more
South Sea Nomads, is the Gili islands only party boat, it operates Mon, Wed and Fri and more often in high season. Starts at 3PM and goes around the 3 Gili islands. They stop off at Gili Air for a swim and snorkel before watching the sunset over the water toward Bali. A yummy Thai dinner is is served on the way back to Gili Trawangan where the party continues on board. South Sea Nomads also offer budget overnight camping, diving and surf boat trips; Sekotong trip is 2 nights, 3 days island hopping the 14 island off the South West peninsula of Lombok. This trip is great for divers, experienced surfers who want to surf Desert Point and people who just want to island hop and snorkel. Their Moyo and Satonda trip is 5 nights and 6 days and gets off the beaten trail away from other tourists. Over the 6 days they visit waterfalls, a sunken volcano and crater lake, caves, deserted beaches and islands, beautiful reefs and a WW2 wreck. South Sea Nomads are located at both Gili Hostel and Manta Dive.
There are a few companies based on Gili Trawangan that offer boat trips to the surrounding islands of Lombok, Sumbawa and to Komodo.
Blue Water Cruises are based just north of the harbour and run trips around the 3 Gilis, to Lombok and Komodo.
South Sea Nomads South Sea Nomads have 2 bases on Gili T, one at Gili Hostel and another at Manta Dive. They offer private half day, full day and sunset charters for up to 30 people, group Party Boats , 2 night trips to Sekotong and Desert Point for island hopping and surfing Lomboks most famous break Desert Point. They also run a 6 night trip to Moyo and Satonda where they visit waterfalls, a sunken volcano, caves, a crater lake, deserted beaches and uninhabited islands, stunning reefs and a WW2 wreck, a 5 night island hopping trip to Sumbawa and a Reef Check expedition twice per year. South Sea Nomads also run UV night diving on Gili Trawangan, Flyboardin and the Reef Check Training facility based at Manta Dive.
Perama are based near the art market on the main beach road. They offer trips all around Indonesia as well as trips from Bali to the Gilis and Komodo.
There are over a dozen ATMs on the island, with most located on the Eastern side on the island close to the jetty. Most ATMs are run by Indonesian banks, but there are also two Australian Commonwealth Bank ATMs. The majority of ATMs provide Rp 50,000 notes and have a maximul withdrawal up to Rp 1,500,000; those dispensing Rp 100,000 notes (you will see a sticker on the machine) often have limit of Rp 2,000,000 or even Rp 3,000,000 (CIMB Niaga on the main beachwalk, note – only one of the terminals there dispenses 100,000’s). Commonwealth Bank ATMs are also known for their large limits (3-4 million), however they now charge an additional Rp 20,000 fee from most foreign cards (you’ll see a notification with an option to cancel the transaction), notably excluding Visa Europe. The exchange rates offered on the island are generally poorer than on Bali or Lombok, but not that much (in the tourists areas of Bali you may easily get even lower rate if not choosing the exchange point wisely). Do not believe the touts at Bangsal that there are no ATMs or money changers. They will try to convince you to change money with them and charge you up to 10% commission for it. Read more
Gili Trawangan has a fast right hander which can really pump with the right conditions. The best waves are at high tide, and the underlying reef can be sharp so booties can come in handy. The surf break is off the south coast – just follow the locals who will be out and jogging with their boards whenever the surf is decent. You will find no shortage of locals eady, willing and able to rent you board. There are a few breaks off Gili Air and Gili Meno, but they are more difficult to reach and smaller. The best season is the January-June wet season, with swells from 1-2 m. Daily conditions can be checked out at Magic Seaweed Read more
There are regular party nights on Gili Trawangan – the various bars take it in turn to host the late night gig (up to 4AM), to ensure that everyone gets together in one place rather than being spread around. The island is small and it is easy to find everything; just ask around for where the party is going to be on any given night.
Nightlife is very laid back here, and somedays you might not notice any at all. This is very much the anti-Trawangan.
Gili Air usually has one party a week rotating at different bars during the peak season only. Locals and restaurant owners will usually mention them to you, and sometimes flyers are posted around. The party scene on Gili Air is much more low-key, and not nearly as rowdy as the wild all-nighters on Gili Trawangan
Trawangan has a huge range of eating options from simple local warungs up to fairly grand places serving inventive modern cuisine. Many of these are attached to hotels or dive shops, and are not independent restaurants as such.
Budget places are thinner on the ground that they used to be, but still not hard to find. If you really want to watch the pennies, do as the locals do and eat in the local warungs inside the village, or at the night food market near the beachwalk south of the jetty. These serve the usual range of Indonesian staples: fried rice, fried noodles and bakso (meatball soup); on the night market, you will also find seafood (marked up for tourists’ wallets, though), pancakes, snacks, desserts, and even beer. The push carts and few “warungs” on the main beachwalk are overpriced as much as twice compared to Bali or Indonesian cities (for example, selling sate ayam on the street for Rp 20,000 or nasi padang for Rp 22,000). Barbecued fish is excellent here and every evening many of the better restaurants fire up the charcoal. The deal is that you chose your fish – red and white snapper and trevally are especially good – and it is grilled on the spot. Be very careful with locally produced spirits, especially arak. It can contain methanol and has caused many cases of serious injury and even death (as recent as new year 2012/13) among tourists and locals alike. If you suspect that what you’ve been served is not what you ordered, take it back. Sticking to western owned and managed bars will reduce the risk. Read more
There are some lovely walks to be had on the island, although the perimeter coastal track is perhaps not as scenic as those on Gili Meno and Gili Air. A leisurely stroll all the way around will take 90-120 minutes, depending on just how leisurely you are. The hill in the south can be easily reached by taking one of the tracks that lead west or southwest from the back of the village. Dawn and dusk are the best times to climb up here. The sunset views back towards Bali are quite lovely, and in the mornings the sun rises over majestic Mount Rinjani on Lombok. On the top of the hill lie the remains of a World War II Japanese gun bunker. Read more
The easiest spot to find some productive snorkelling is off the main beach, north of the boat landing. Enter the water approximately in front of the Almarik hotel. If you start north of the beach (about where you can see seaweeds growing at low tide roughly level with Gili Meno’s northern extent), and go with the current back towards to the most crowded sunbathing area, you will likely need to kick only when you want to stop to look at something. The healthy corals are around the area where the wall drops off and the deeper water begins. Nearer the shore you will find only dead coral. Turtles can be seen often, and also the occasional trigger fish amongst the more common reef inhabitants. At low tide it is difficult to get in without reef shoes. Always watch out for potential waves that can push you into the coral that are just below water level. A better coral reef is off the northwest coast, but you have to be very keen to go through the hardship of getting out there. The only access to the reef involves walking over a substantial area of dead, sharp coral, and back again when you have finished. If you are a keen snorkeller the effort is worth it, and you are very likely to have the waters to yourself. Small, purple jellyfish are sometimes plentiful around the island, and they seem to love stinging snorkellers. The reaction is one of considerable irritation, but the stings cause no serious harm. Alternatively, you can take a snorkeling boat tour. Most trips take 4-5 hours with a lunch stop in Gili Air. The costs start at IDR 100,000 and come with mask, snorkel, vest, and fins. Read more