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
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
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
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