The GILIS… Three Paradise Islands

Three perfect tropical islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – sit in the sparkling ocean just off the northwest coast of Lombok.

The Gilis, together with Rinjani volcano, are Lombok’s most famous attractions and are consistently rated among the top destinations in Southeast Asia by travellers and travel magazines.

Every year the Gilis attract tens of thousands of visitors from around the world for their incredibly clear aquamarine waters, unparalleled diving and irresistible laid-back charm. 

The word Gili actually means “small island” in the local dialect, and so these islands have come to be known as “The Gilis” by travellers.

Today the Gilis attract a diverse range of visitors – from avid diving enthusiasts to sun-seekers looking for the perfect beach getaway – solo travellers, families, and couples of all ages find something to love about the Gilis.

There is a good selection of accommodation, restaurants and bars, and tourist facilities on all three islands, with the biggest range on Gili Trawangan.

Activities include exceptional diving and snorkelling, glass-bottom boat excursions, island-hopping adventures, cycling around the island, horseback riding on sandy beaches, rejuvenating yoga sessions and indulgent massages, as well as surfing, SUP and all kinds of water-based activities.

The islands provide ample opportunities for visitors to snorkel and scuba dive with the many internationally accredited dive operators based in Lombok.

The pristine waters are home to an abundant variety of corals and thousands of species of tropical fish and an impressive array of aquatic life can be found here, including green and hawksbill turtles, moray eels, barracuda, reef sharks, occasionally leopard sharks and manta rays, and more.

Visibility is very good and commonly in the 15-30 m range; and water temperatures average 23°C (73°F) to 29°C (84°F).

Many of the popular dive companies are owned and operated by westerners and are PADI and SSI licensed dive operators, with professional standards of safety and environmental awareness.

Each Gili, having evolved independently and at its own pace, possesses a distinct personality and style. This diversity ensures that every traveller finds their perfect island escape, depending on their individual tastes and desires.

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