Relaxing In The Gili Islands – Which Island Is Best For You?

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The Gili Islands Off Lombok are perfect for a romantic getaway or a few days partying with your friends.

If you find yourself a little sick and tired of the traffic and hustle and bustle of Bali, consider heading to the Gili Islands.

The Gili Islands, a small archipelago off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia, have become a significant attraction for travelers worldwide. Comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air, each island offers a distinct experience. Whether you're seeking a serene escape, a vibrant nightlife, or a perfect diving spot, there's a Gili Island tailored for you. Let's dive into what each one has to offer, helping you in determining the best fit for your next tropical adventure.

Which Gili Island should you choose?

The 3 islands are very different in style. They all offer great diving opportunities, white sand beaches with amazingly clear water, none have powered vehicles and all will enable you to have a great vacation. Whether you are a group of women on a getaway or a couple looking to embrace some RnR, any of the Gili Islands will be a great choice.

Gili Islands crystal clear waters
The crystal clear waters of the Gili Islands, Lombok

Gili Trawangan: The Vibrant Party Island

Regarded as the liveliest among the trio, Gili Trawangan is where energy meets paradise. Known for its vibrant nightlife, this island provides the best of both worlds—azure waters by day and rhythmic dance parties by night.

Gili T (as its known), has a real backpacker vibe and is the closest island to Bali. While it is known for its nightlife, you can also find some accommodation in a quieter location that will enable you to ,chill and relax or head into the village on the nights you might like to join in on one of the dive bar's happy hour events.

Sunsets over the main island of Bali are a highlight of Gili T with many sunset bars and restaurants catering to the 3 hours over dusk and into the evening.

  • Activities: Snorkeling, diving, beach hopping, and cycling.
  • Nightlife: Beachfront bars, nightclubs, and live music.
  • Accommodations: A wide range from luxury resorts to budget-friendly hostels.
  • Diving: There are multiple diving companies on Gili T. Try Manta Dive for all levels of social diving and qualifications
  • Horse Riding: Check out STUD Horse Riding and Rescue if you would like something a little different.

Where to stay on Gili Trawangan

Gili T has a lot of accommodation. From backpacker hostels to more upmarket retreats. You won't have trouble finding somewhere to stay on Gili T. If you are from a country where you experience a warm summer, February is the time to get accommodation deals on the Gilis. We went at the end of February one year and it was so quiet and so cheap. We are Australian and live in a tropical climate so didn't think it was that hot so it was as great time for us to go.

Budget Accommodation Gili T

Try Gili La Boheme with traditional style accommodation. Its a very cool little place with a pool and a variety of beds and rooms starting at only $20AUD per night for a double room with and Air Con and a shared bathroom. $35AUD per night will get you a room with a private bathroom.

Gili Desa offers double rooms with AC, bathrooms and breakfast included for around $22.50 AUD per night

Mid Range Accommodation on Gili T

If you would like to spend a little more consider Gili One Resort which has twin rooms starting at around $60 AUD per night. They also have Family Suites that sleep 4-5 from $92 per night. The resort has a pool, breakfast is included, WiFi is free and all rooms have AC.

If you have 2 couples consider a private house like Is Oke House. This villa has its own private pool and 2 double rooms and everything you might need for a great stay on Gili T. At only $80AUD per night for the 2 bedroom villa this is a great deal for 2 couples.

Luxury Accommodation on Gili T

You can't really go past any of these hotels. They are all lovely and offer a great stay in quality surroundings. Try The Pearl of Trawangan which is a beautiful beachfront resort. Starting at around $130 AUD per night they have a variety of room options available.

The Two Bedroom Villa at Gili Kama Hotel & Villa will set you back around $270 per night, however it sleeps 4, has a tantastic fit out and even its own private pool. Cinta Cottages offer private villas with plunge pools starting at $170 AUD per night. These are really cute little cottages with everything you might need, sun beds and circular plunge pools to cool down when you need it.

Find you own accommodation to suit your style and budget below.