Indonesia is the paradise for excellence, over 17.000 smaill islands surrounded by transparent water and white beaches, ideal for relaxing or diving. Among these the famousest one is Bali for sure. Bali anyway was a paradise years ago, now the traffic and the malls ruined the “untouched atmosphere” Bali was famous for.
That’s why in the three Gili islands any motor engine is banned. We’ve just a chainsaw on the islands. And the Nature Thanks. Just few kilometers outside Bali the three Gili Islands were alredy been nicknamed “The New Bali”.
Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan are leading in many environment protection projects, Coral protection above all, through Gili Eco Trust organisation.
Among the three Gilis, Trawangan is the more lively. Worldwide well known as the party Island, Gili Trawangan has improved over the years the services quality, with a special consideration to the sustainability, and now you’ll find what you’re looking for, for sure, from deep relaxation, to the nicest dives, finishing with a never ending nightlife.
the biggest of the three – is a true party island. There is a party every night of the week. During the day you can enjoy an abundance of boutiques, restaurants and spas. The name of the Island comes from the Indonesian word ``terowongan`` meaning tunnels. During the Second World War the Gilis were occupied by the Japanese, who used the islands as a lookout post and a camp for war prisoners. The Japanese forces dug a whole tunnel-system into Gili Trawangan. Legend has it, that not all holes have been filled since!
is the island of water, charm and balance. This little gem is named after the Indonesian word for water -“air”. It received this name as it is the only one of the trio of islands to have subterranean fresh water wells.
is famous for its beautiful beaches and is the ideal spot for couples or honeymooners. It's the smallest of the three islands and the least developed. Other points of interest on Meno are the bird park, a little salt lake and the turtle conservation pools.
How to Reach Us
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There are several speedboat companies operating from various ports in Bali. (Amed, Padang Bai, Sanur, Serangan and Benoa) Most of them offer a free transfer from your hotel to the pier. There are normally two departures per day - around 9am and 1pm. The crossing time depends on weather and sea conditions and normally takes between 1.5 – 3 hours.
The ferry leaves Padang Bali, at 8am and arrives in Lembar, Lombok, 5 to 6 hours later. From Lembar you can arrange a taxi or shuttle bus to get to Bangsal (another 2 hours) and then hop on a local boat to the Gilis (20min).
You can arrange flights from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or Perth to Lombok Praya international airport. From their catch a taxi to Bangsal port (roughly 2 hours), and from there is just 20 minutes by local boat to Gili Air.
By public boat
As mentioned above, there is a local boat leaving from Bangsal, Lombok to the Gilis. Make sure you purchase your ticket in the harbor office to avoid local touts charging you extra. The ticket office is open from 8am to 5pm. The last boat of the day departs from Bangsal at 5pm.
By private charter boat
Should you miss the last local boat you can also charter a private boat in Bangsal. At around USD20-30 this is relatively cheap, especially if a group of you get together and share the cost.
Yes you read that right...Air Bali offers to fly you directly to Gili Trawangan. The heliport is based in the south of Bali, at the port town of Benoa and Air Bali offer a pick-up service from your hotel. The flight takes roughly 45 minutes. From Gili T. you can get a speedboat to Gili Air, which leaves every hour, or catch the twice daily local boat. Please contact Air Bali directly for up to date information on prices and departure times.
There are locals boats driving between the islands: the so called ``Island hopper``
Morning: GA 8:30 to GM: 8:45 to GT: 9:00 and back. GT: 9:30 to GM: 9:45 to GA: 10:00.
Afternoon: GA: 3:00 to GM: 3:15 to GT: 3:30 and back. GT: 4:00 to GM: 4:15 to GA: 4:30.
Please don't attempt to swim between the islands, no matter your skill level. The Islands are exposed to the open ocean and sometimes strong currents run between and around them.