Gili Islands Travel Guide
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- 98%Outdoor Enthusiasts
- 71%Adventure Travelers
- 55%Nightlife Lovers
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- Gili IslandsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsBusiness TravelersFamily Travelers+ 2
The Gili Islands, off the northwest coast of Lombok, are as near to perfect an escape as any place on earth. The tiny sandbar islands have no motorized vehicles (you have to take a boat to get there) and have unbelievable diving. Gili Trawangan (aka Gili T) is more of the lively, party-centric, backpaker-style scene, with cool bars and places to dance at night. Gili Air and Gili Meno are more quiet and better if you are looking to get off the grid and away from it all.Recommended for:
- Gili IslandsMember ofOutdoor EnthusiastsAdventure Travelers
Tourism is a function with a very real tipping point -- popularity plus crowds, plus the tourist economy the crowds bring -- and as a place becomes popular it's wise to do a periodic check to see where the balance lies. The Gili Islands, three perfect drops of white sand off Lombok's NW coast, are a place resting right at that tipping point -- so popular that their popularity threatens to overwhelm what made them great. Gili Trawangan in particular is best avoided for all but parties -- a zone of drug tourism and skeezy backpackers, it's wiser to stay on Gili Air or even sleepy Gili Meno.Recommended for:
- Gili Islands
I spent one week on Gili T and three days on Gili Meno. I loved Bali, but wish I would have spent more time on the Gili's. It was Paradise. there are no cars or motorized bikes. Gili T is more of a party island and Gili Memo is laid back and chill. Very affordable and beautiful.
- Gili Islands
Admittedly, it is a bitch to get to. You have to take either a fast ferry from Bali (2.5hrs) or you fly to Lombok and travel by car for an hour + 15mins by boat transfer.
Once you reach there though, it is worth everything. Azure blue waters, no cars (only horse push carts and bicycles and powdery white sand.
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