Welcome To The Gili Islands

Hello. Nice to meet you! We are a group of locals and expats who are lucky enough to call the Gili Islands in Indonesia our home. We love to share our favorite places and insider tips with you, help you to organize your trip to the Gilis , answer the most frequently asked questions and tell you all about the amazing activities you can do on The Gilis. Of course, we will also keep informed about the best deals and make sure you stay up to date with the latest news.

We hope you enjoy our online travel guide about Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air. Do you have a suggestion, question or tip for us? Don’t be a stranger and just say hi. We would love to get to know you! Send an email to favoriteplaces@Gilis.Asia or send us a message via Facebook or Instagram.

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The Many Sides Of The Gili Islands

Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air are where we work, live and play. We’ve been returning to these islands for years and have a heap of locally curated knowledge to share. What we love most about The Gilis are their unique personalities. They can be slow and super easy going; The lazy beach bum who loves a bit of Bob. To absolutely action packed; The party animal who’s last to leave the dance floor. Its been repeated a lot throughout Google, but we can’t fault the fact that there really is something for everyone on The Gili Islands.

It’s what’s beneath the surface however, that truly defines The Gilli Islands. This scuba hub’s underwater world with its easy diving and even easier to spot green turtles is definitely worth a dive or two. Let’s take a deeper look!

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All You Need To Know About The Gili Islands

Gili Trawangan

You could say Gili T has a bit of a split personality. Half the island is grungey and action-packed, suited to backpackers of the night owl variety. The other, a much more private, secluded setup, suited to someone who needs to be spoilt and spaed.


Online Travel Guide To Gili Trawangan


Image by: Thomas Heer


Gili Air

Gili Air is definitely the crowd pleaser. It will connect with just about anyone, popular with many different types of travellers for many different reasons. Sunset strip – yoga retreats – vintage shops – brekky bars – badminton centre, this island doesn’t want for much.

Online Travel Guide To Gili Air
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Gili Meno

Due to its central location, you’d think Gili Meno would be the centre of attention, but this shy little island happily hides in the shadows of its siblings. Fewer tourists reach these shores, which make it the perfect retreat for those seeking some peace and absolute quiet.



Underwater Sculptures Gili Meno. Image by Jason Decaires Taylor


The Many Moods Of The Gili Islands

Although The Gilli Islands can be enjoyed at any time of year, high season runs from July to August – December to January. Weather-wise, these islands generally have a sunny disposition, yet rainy season starts in November, heaviest from January to February.

Insider Info: The Gilis actually have their own micro-climate experiencing significantly less rainfall than Lombok and Bali. So if you are travelling to Indonesia during the more rainier months, why not hit them up?


Getting Around The Gilis:

The best way is by bike. Rent one for around Rp 40,000 per day through your hotel or homestay. The prices can vary depending on the condition of the bicycle and your bargaining skills, so make sure not to get taken for a ride before you’ve even hired one!

Cycling around Gili Air islands, Lombok, Indonesia


Cycling around Gili Air. Image by Off The Path 

One of the best things about The Gili Islands is that there are no motorised vehicles. Beyond bicycle, transportation is by cidomo – horse-drawn carriage – or your own two feet! So soak up the serenity and go for a stroll across soft sandy beaches and streets.