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. Read more
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
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
These are the suitable ways to get Gili Islands through the sea, from Lombok Mainland:
From Lombok International Airport you can used taxi to get Bangsal or other port in Lombok Island, which only take few hours in journey depend on the traffic, there are a few taxi providers before you step out of the airport gate.
Public boat (ferry), is the standard method to reach Gili Air and is used by both local residents and tourists. The maximum number of passengers is fixed at 20 persons but it is often overloaded with goods and or passengers. If it seems clearly unsafe due to either overloading or prevailing weather conditions then it is most likely best not to board it. The earliest deaprt at 7:30 am, the next around 8:30, it includes the time for slow boarding). There is a ticket office on Gili Air to buy your ticket back to Bangsal, it is located adjacent to the arrival and departure point. Read more
Sea is only one way to get Gili Trawangan from Lombok, and Lombok served some several port which will directly take you to Gili Trawangan (Teluk Nare/Teluk kodek, Bangsal,Senggigi), there are a lot of vehicles that you can used such as Fastboat transfer, Public boat or traditional boat.
Fastboat is a suitable way to get Gili Trawangan with easiest, fastest, safe and comfortable, although the cost is more expensive then others option. Fastboat services is usually included free pickup and drop off to your hotel. These fastboat services run in and out of the lovely ports located in Lombok, there are a lot of fastboat options that you can choosed depend on your budget and your need. Read more
Gili Air is the most easterly of the three Gili Islands of Lombok. Gili Air is the second smallest of the islands and the closest to mainland Lombok, making it popular with honeymoon couples and travellers seeking a quiet retreat. It has a population of about 1,800. The island offers excellent snorkelling and scuba diving off its east coast, and turtles can be seen along the coral reef. Other water sports such as Standup Paddleboarding and Kite surfing are also now available.
Traditionally, Gili Air was seen as the domain of families and couples wanting a quiet, off-the-beaten-path escape, while the rowdier hoardes had their fun on Gili Trawangan. With Trawangan now upscaling so obviously, more and more backpackers seem to be chosing Gili Air as their primary option. This island has more of a rural, established feeling than the other two, and it is no surprise that many of the local Gili Islanders seem to prefer living on Gili Air. Read more
Mahi Mahi Dewata offers the quickest and easiest way to get from/to Padangbai (Bali) and from/to South of Bali at Serangan Harbor (Bali) to the Gili Islands and Lombok. it is a 100% domestic investment enterprise specializing in high speed boat transport and boat private charter. We are the new comer the fast boat service from Bali to the Gili islands and Lombok, but a 100% safety record. We put the emphasis on safety, professionalism and guest satisfaction in all our Mahi Mahi Dewata, established in October 2013. Ownership: Balinese, established in Bali, Indonesia. We currently have more than 30 staff. All crew are fully licensed with requisite certificates of competence, and have many years experience in the waters around Bali and Lombok. Read more