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Get away to the Gili Islands

Lying off the northwest coast of Lombok, the picturesque Gili Islands have a laidback beach-focused approach to life. There are three islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – all boasting palm-lined beaches and crystal-clear waters. You’ll be a 30-minute boat ride from Lombok and 90 minutes’ from Bali, but you might as well be 100 miles away. The Gilis are completely car-free, with bikes and pony carts being the main forms of transport. If you’re looking to truly escape the hustle and bustle of daily life, a holiday to the Gili Islands is just what the doctor ordered.

Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three, followed by sleepy Gili Air and petite Gili Meno. Each one has its own unique appeal, but they share common ground – namely powdery white sands. The surrounding turquoise waters are filled with corals reefs and rich dive sites, home to tropical fish, turtles and more. And, thanks to regular boats between them, you can easily explore all three isles, regardless of where you’re staying.

The most developed, Gili Trawangan is a mishmash of bar-lined beaches, bohemian hostels and luxury hotels. If you’re looking for island charm with a bit of life, this is the one for you. For a romantic retreat, though, Gili Meno takes the prize. The beaches here are practically untouched, making this the most tranquil option. But if it’s authenticity you’re searching for, check out Gili Air – the easternmost isle majors in rustic bungalows and beachfront dining.

Whether you’re travelling as a couple or a family, our experts will help you plan the perfect holiday to the Gili Islands. The team can offer tips and advice about day trips, too, so you can make the most of the snorkelling and diving opportunities available in this beautiful part of Indonesia.

Gili Trawangan

Gili Meno & Gili Air

Best beaches

Best time to go

Gili Trawangan

Affectionately known as Gili T, this place has a distinctly bohemian feel. The sweeping sands are peppered with rickety beach bars and dive schools. As the largest of the Gilis, Gili Trawangan is also the busiest, with ponies and bikes meandering from place to place. But there are still plenty of tranquil spots to be found, particularly on the north coast.

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A trip to Gili Trawangan has become something of a rite of passage for backpackers in Southeast Asia. But there’s so much more to this island than bustling bars and hip hostels. The offshore reefs – particularly near North Beach – are teeming with colourful fish and offer fantastic snorkelling. Or, if you’re a keen diver, why not take a trip to one of Gili T’s dive sites? Spots like Shark Point and Halik are home to all kinds of marine life, including turtles and sharks. You can also explore Gili Trawangan on a horseback tour – or simply relax on one of the powdery beaches.

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Gili Meno & Gili Air

Gili T might be the headline act, but the two smaller islands certainly deserve your attention. Lying in the middle of the trio, pint-sized Gili Meno has seen minimal development, making it a peaceful retreat for couples and honeymooners. You can walk around the whole island in just two hours, discovering untouched beaches as you go. Days here usually consist of reading in a hammock beneath a palm tree, followed by a romantic dinner on the sands, featuring the catch of the day. But the turquoise waters hold plenty of charm, too, with reefs for snorkelling and the famous Meno Wall dive site.

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And then there’s Gili Air. Despite being the closest to Lombok, this petite isle is the least developed of the three. Savour the slow pace of life as you explore on foot, stopping to chat with the welcoming locals, or go swimming and snorkelling in the shallow sea. You’ll find thatched bungalows dotted along the sleepy beaches, offering a rustic – but air-conditioned – place for you to rest your head, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

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Best beaches in the Gili Islands

It’s fair to assume that your holiday to the Gili Islands will feature quite a lot of beach time – and who could blame you? This trio boasts some truly lovely spots, ranging from footprint-free bays to turtle-watching havens.

Gili Trawangan is famous for its palm-lined sands. The south coast is the island’s main hub, where the beach is peppered with bars and restaurants. If you’d prefer somewhere quieter, Northeast Beach is the best area to see wild turtles, while the aptly-named Sunset Beach is the place to watch the evening sky turn orange, pink and purple.

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Gili Meno’s sandy coast stretches for five kilometres, completely encircling the island. You’ll never have to fight for a sunbathing spot, and the crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling. Last, but certainly not least, Gili Air’s beaches are somewhere in between – not too busy, not too quiet. The north coast has idyllic, empty sands, while the beaches in the south are backed by chilled-out bars and local restaurants.

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Best time to visit the Gili Islands

Thanks to Indonesia’s tropical climate, the Gili Islands bask in warm temperatures throughout the year, with the mercury rarely dropping below 23°C. But it’s best to book your holiday to the Gili Islands for the dry season, which runs from April to October. At this time of year, temperatures average 30°C, so you can make the most of the beautiful beaches. As you’d expect, though, July and August tend to be the busiest months, so try to visit in May, June or October if you want to avoid the crowds.

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Indonesia’s wet season occurs between November and March, with the Gili Islands seeing the most rain in December and January. But the rains tend to come in short, heavy bursts – so, if you don’t mind the odd downpour, you could grab a bargain. And, at this time of year, you’ll practically have the islands to yourself.

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Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan

Affectionately known as Gili T, this place has a distinctly bohemian feel. The sweeping sands are peppered with rickety beach bars and dive schools. As the largest of the Gilis, Gili Trawangan is also the busiest, with ponies and bikes meandering from place to place. But there are still plenty of tranquil spots to be found, particularly on the north coast.

Show More
Show Less

A trip to Gili Trawangan has become something of a rite of passage for backpackers in Southeast Asia. But there’s so much more to this island than bustling bars and hip hostels. The offshore reefs – particularly near North Beach – are teeming with colourful fish and offer fantastic snorkelling. Or, if you’re a keen diver, why not take a trip to one of Gili T’s dive sites? Spots like Shark Point and Halik are home to all kinds of marine life, including turtles and sharks. You can also explore Gili Trawangan on a horseback tour – or simply relax on one of the powdery beaches.

Show More
Show Less

Gili Meno & Gili Air

Gili Meno & Gili Air

Gili T might be the headline act, but the two smaller islands certainly deserve your attention. Lying in the middle of the trio, pint-sized Gili Meno has seen minimal development, making it a peaceful retreat for couples and honeymooners. You can walk around the whole island in just two hours, discovering untouched beaches as you go. Days here usually consist of reading in a hammock beneath a palm tree, followed by a romantic dinner on the sands, featuring the catch of the day. But the turquoise waters hold plenty of charm, too, with reefs for snorkelling and the famous Meno Wall dive site.

Show More
Show Less

And then there’s Gili Air. Despite being the closest to Lombok, this petite isle is the least developed of the three. Savour the slow pace of life as you explore on foot, stopping to chat with the welcoming locals, or go swimming and snorkelling in the shallow sea. You’ll find thatched bungalows dotted along the sleepy beaches, offering a rustic – but air-conditioned – place for you to rest your head, and fall asleep to the sound of the waves.

Show More
Show Less

Best beaches

Best beaches in the Gili Islands

It’s fair to assume that your holiday to the Gili Islands will feature quite a lot of beach time – and who could blame you? This trio boasts some truly lovely spots, ranging from footprint-free bays to turtle-watching havens.

Gili Trawangan is famous for its palm-lined sands. The south coast is the island’s main hub, where the beach is peppered with bars and restaurants. If you’d prefer somewhere quieter, Northeast Beach is the best area to see wild turtles, while the aptly-named Sunset Beach is the place to watch the evening sky turn orange, pink and purple.

Show More
Show Less

Gili Meno’s sandy coast stretches for five kilometres, completely encircling the island. You’ll never have to fight for a sunbathing spot, and the crystal-clear waters are ideal for snorkelling. Last, but certainly not least, Gili Air’s beaches are somewhere in between – not too busy, not too quiet. The north coast has idyllic, empty sands, while the beaches in the south are backed by chilled-out bars and local restaurants.

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit the Gili Islands

Thanks to Indonesia’s tropical climate, the Gili Islands bask in warm temperatures throughout the year, with the mercury rarely dropping below 23°C. But it’s best to book your holiday to the Gili Islands for the dry season, which runs from April to October. At this time of year, temperatures average 30°C, so you can make the most of the beautiful beaches. As you’d expect, though, July and August tend to be the busiest months, so try to visit in May, June or October if you want to avoid the crowds.

Show More
Show Less

Indonesia’s wet season occurs between November and March, with the Gili Islands seeing the most rain in December and January. But the rains tend to come in short, heavy bursts – so, if you don’t mind the odd downpour, you could grab a bargain. And, at this time of year, you’ll practically have the islands to yourself.

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