The Three Gilis: Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan

Looking to Gili Air from Gili Meno
Looking to Gili Air from Gili Meno | Source
Click thumbnail to view full-size
Beach at Gili TrawanganCidomo, which is the official transportation on Three Gilis.Heavy cloud over Gili Meno.No car, no motorbike..Just Cidomo! In other words, zero tolerance for pollution.
Beach at Gili Trawangan
Beach at Gili Trawangan | Source
Cidomo, which is the official transportation on Three Gilis.
Cidomo, which is the official transportation on Three Gilis. | Source
Heavy cloud over Gili Meno.
Heavy cloud over Gili Meno. | Source
No car, no motorbike..Just Cidomo! In other words, zero tolerance for pollution.
No car, no motorbike..Just Cidomo! In other words, zero tolerance for pollution. | Source

Three Gilis Introduction

Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are three small islands in West Nusa Tenggara Province. The Gilis and Gili Islands are the other names of archipelago. In local language, Gili means a tiny island.

Alfred Russel Wallace reported that Gili Islands are parts of Australasia Region. His research gave an idea to bird families in Gili Islands and Lombok Mainland closer to New Guinea and Australia.

Each island stands nearby on the same line. For safety, do not swim to each island. Many people have died after trying this stunt. This is a serious warning! Here, Gili Islands are non-pollution areas; it is the best thing on Gili Islands.

Sasak is a native community in here. The fishers from Bugis, Mandar and Makassar have also contributed in Three Gilis for a long time ago. Muslim is a main society in Three Gilis. Hinduism also exists, but it takes a small portion.

The backpackers uncovered the islands around 1980s. Then, the business owners have used the advantage of the archipelago for tourism development since year 2,002. Luxury villas, bars and cafes are the outcomes, especially in Gili Trawangan. Nowadays, many foreign people also live in Three Gilis.

  • When to Get Here?

It is better to visit Three Gilis in May until June. The heat is moderately fine over the islands and cost drops to low-level in those months.

January, July, August, September and December are high seasons. The price rises usually.

February, March, April, and November are the best seasons for budget travelers. However, the excessive of quantity rain is a problem around the area.

Restaurants and Bars on Gili Air Beach.
Restaurants and Bars on Gili Air Beach. | Source

Gili Air

Visitors who love Psychedelic Party with "Goa Sytle," they can stay on this island. Restaurants or Bars hold the event sometimes.

There are some famous dive spots at Gili Air, such like Gili Air Wall and Haan’s Reef. Lion-fish, leaf scorpion fish and special seahorse exist at first spot. The other spot, it is a great spot for “muck diving”. Visitors can arrange scuba schedule with Manta Dive, which is a famous scuba center service on Gili Air.

Many hotel providers already run their business on Gili Air. So, do not make excuse to skip this island. Scallywags Mango Retreat or Biba Beach is a fine B&B accommodation. Some beautiful cottages are also available on Gili Air, such like Coconut Cottage and Sejuk Cottage. For hotel, visitors can choose Villa Karang Hotel or Manta Dive Gili Air Resort.

Boat Rentals at Gili Meno.
Boat Rentals at Gili Meno. | Source

Gili Meno

Gili Meno is the smallest and the most peaceful among the other Gilis. With its size, the exploration only takes a few miles in two until three hours. The most important thing, bring a glass of bottle is a necessary to do.

There is also Turtle Independence Day on this island. The community calls Gili Meno Wall for this event. This island is also a home for many birds. Those birds live in Gili Meno Bird Park, which stands in the center of village.

Visitors who prefer into B&B accommodation, they can pick Amber House or Tunai Cottages as their second home on Gili Air. The other alternative lodgings, such like Royal Reef Resort and Shark 58 & 59 are great nominations for travelers.

Facilities in Gili Trawangan.
Facilities in Gili Trawangan. | Source
Sunset at Gili Trawangan.
Sunset at Gili Trawangan. | Source

Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan or Gili Traw is the biggest island among her sisters. To western tourists, they will feel this island is more like a home instead of the unknown land.

Some sources say that adventurous backpackers had found this island a long time ago then built the island into “Hippie Party Destination” or “Beach Party”. To party freaks, Gili Trawangan is your home.

Besides party, underwater activity is also recommendable. Blue Marlin Dive and Trawangan Dive are some of recommendable dive operators on Gili Trawangan. Tourists who would like to join or just want to learn about underwater ecosystem program, they can register to Gili Eco Trust.

Tourists can choose any kind of lodgings on Trawangan Island. For fancy lodgings, just check out The Trawangan Resort, Pesona Resort and Danima Resort & Restaurant on the internet. You can also try Villa rental providers, if privacy does matter, such like Baruna Villa, Villa Kokita, and Villa Hari Puri. For B&B type, make sure to put Gili Trawangan Mango Bunglows and Gili Trawangan Scallywags Resort into the list. Tir Na Nog or Gili Hideaway is the other alternative type.

Three Gilis and Harbors on Bali and Lombok Island

show route and directions
A markerGili Air -
[get directions]

B markerGili Meno -
[get directions]

C markerGili Trawangan -
[get directions]

D markerLembar Harbor - Lombok -
[get directions]

The journey starts on Lombok Island.

E markerPadangbai Harbor - Bali -
[get directions]

The journey starts on Bali Island.

More by this Author

  • Top 10 Destinations for Tourist on Central Bali

    For notice, Central Bali is opposite to southern. Candi Kuning, Ubud, Batubulan, Sangeh, Tampaksiring and Bedulu are great destinations to discover Balinese Culture. Celuk and Sukawati are the areas to hunt traditional...

  • Top 10 Destinations for Tourist on Western Bali

    Are you looking for alternative beaches in Bali? Do not worry; you can explore western areas such like Menjangan Island, Perancak, Pemuteran and Banyupoh. To all foodies, Candikusuma and Dauhwaru are your places to kill...

  • Top 10 Tourist Destinations on Eastern Bali

    Not many people realize there are some potential destinations at eastern area of the island still few have touched, except Besakih and Candidasa. Ababi, Tenganan, Tumbu and Semarapura are the examples on this island....

Comments 5 comments

Fernandus profile image

Fernandus 2 years ago from Yogyakarta

Thank you for sharing about Gili Islands with all the beautifulness. If you like to visiting again from Kuta, Bali, you can take our Fast Boat to Gili services at

Great posting Agsuto,

Best regards..

Johnk607 2 years ago

Wonderful beat ! I would like to apprentice while you amend your website, how could i subscribe for a weblog site? The account aided me an appropriate deal. I were tiny bit familiar of this your broadcast provided shiny transparent concept fbeefcdcggdc

Mario 3 years ago

Nice article, Agsuto. Maybe could be a good recommendation for you to find and explore another interesting destinations in Indonesia...

agsuto profile image

agsuto 5 years ago from Indonesia Author


Thanks for the compliments. Yeah, Indonesia has many beautiful places. Hope we and our government realize about it.

iwansaptiko profile image

iwansaptiko 5 years ago

Very beautiful islands, nice pictures. Indonesia has a lot of places worth to visit. Good work my friend.

    Sign in or sign up and post using a HubPages Network account.

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No HTML is allowed in comments, but URLs will be hyperlinked. Comments are not for promoting your articles or other sites.

    Click to Rate This Article