Gili islands are the most popular tourist destination in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara. The popularity of the Gilis began in the 1980s and 1990s. During the time, the Gilis in Lombok are established and now they provide an array of glamour options. Today, some Gilis, especially the popular ones, are very relaxed and laid-back. They have so many beachside cafes, bars and restaurants with various menus, from local to international. However, the local culture is still kept by both local people and international tourists appreciate it. There are no motorbikes and cars in Gilis making the island far from pollutant.
Because of that reason, many westerners live on Gilis with some of them are operating businesses. In the past, the reefs around the Gilis have been damaged by the unfriendly behavior of the local fishermen. Slowly but sure, the destructive habits are changed. They now realize that the reefs hold a very important role for the underwater life and it can attract more tourists to come to the islands. Gili’s underwater life is one of the best attractions beside its amazing view. However, the focus of the development is still on the beach where most tourists will spend their day during their vacation. That is why; we can easily find spa treatment, restaurants and hotels.
Gili is a popular name among local people because the term was taken from their native language means “small island”. Because of the popularity of the small islands, the name has universally used and becomes the trademark of tourism industry in Lombok. When visiting Lombok, there will be about 30 Gilis can be found. Some of the Gilis have been recognized as the most popular, especially Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan. The last Gili is the most popular and becomes the most crowded. Beside those three Gilis, there are still many small islands that can be visited and offer different attractions, such as Gili Sudak, Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis, Gili Gede and many more.
This Gili is a great destination for you who want to have a maritime recreation. This private island is just about 12.5 Ha and has turned to be a routine destination for many tourists. They who have visited the private island called it as “the Paradise Island” because of its beautiful view. This is also the place where you can easily find full privacy because there are no traders or unwelcome visitors.
Just like its name, this island is tiny. The size of this island is not bigger than a tennis court. Tourists recognize it as the “honeymoon island” because of its romantic scene. The white sandy beach is another spectacular attraction that can be found here.
Gili Sudak is another small island that has to be visited when you spend your holiday in Lombok. This Gili can be reached within just ten minutes from Gili Nanggu using speedboat. The size of this island is smaller than Gili Nanggu. The view of this Gili is also as beautiful as other islands around Lombok and that is why many tourists spend some nights here.