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    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.

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    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.

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    This small remote island is situated off of south-west Lombok. This is an ideal destination for snorkelling. Gili Nanggu is an absolute water paradise with white sand beaches and crystal clear turquoise water.

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    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.

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    Beautiful islands that are completely overrun with backpacking tourists. The water is beautiful but the beaches are dirty and the air smells like pot.

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    I spent last New Year's Eve here. Will not be forgetting soon. Laid back, cheap, and heavenly. Beautiful diving, turtles, nemos, even sharks.

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    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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A trio of islands off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, this once rarely visited location is starting to become better known. Despite touting a somewhat redundant name, Gili itself means "small islands," this scenic tropical area is growing into a affordable secondary option to some of the more extravagantly expensive locales in Indonesia: think Bali. Of the three islands, Trawangan is the most tourist centric, with various places of accommodation and services catering to all budgets of visitors. Meno and Air Islands have their fair share of places to stay, but they are very much home to a far less substantial infrastructure than even the fledgling one found on Trawangan . Most visitors tend to hover around their resorts, with miles of beautiful beaches and never ending watery depths to explore making it easy to have everything you need for a relaxing vacation right at your fingertips. However, the adventurous will find plenty of reasons to explore the countryside, of which the ... read more
widespread availability and abundance of Psilocybe cyanescens, or "magic mushrooms," hearkens back to this locations former appeal to a truly unique type of adventurer, whose goal was to explore nature more than lounge by the beach. Still, whatever your reasons for considering a vacation here, the Gili Islands are a generally affordable tropical option to look into for a unique time away from home.

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