5 Reasons to Visit the Gili Islands

Being the island just East of Bali means that Lombok, Indonesia is over shadowed and often forgot about. While Bali is fantastic in its own regard, here are 5 reasons why you should visit The Gili Islands next time you find yourself in South East Asia.

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

Turquoise water and white sand beaches

In all my travels there are a few places that stick out in my mind as places I will never forget. The beaches of Koh Phi Phi, Thailand, the shores of The Dominican Republic, and even the plush beaches of Siesta Key in Florida are some of my favorite beaches. None of those places come close to being as luxurious as the beaches of The Gili Islands.

The Gili Islands, Lombok, IndonesiaThree different islands with three different atmospheres

The Gilis are made up of 3 islands.

Gili T is the largest and the busiest. If you’re looking for beautiful beaches with lots of restaurant variety and a very healthy nightlife scene Gili T is right up your ally.

Gili Meno is the smallest of the islands is by far the quietest and most expensive. Perfect for someone looking for nothing but beautiful white sand beaches and tranquillity.

Gili Air is some place right in between Gili T and Gili Meno. Boasting the same beautiful white sand beaches as the others with just a touch of nightlife.

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

There are no motorized vehicles allowed on any of the islands

The Gili’s are special not only for their natural beauty but because they’re completely free of all motorized transit. Not even motorbikes that are so beloved in Southeast Asia are allowed on the Gilis. There are 3 ways to get around the island: walking, riding a bicycle, or riding in a carriage taxi.

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

It’s an awesome place for scuba diving

Not only that, but the Gili’s are a great place to complete your scuba diver certification if you don’t already have one. The main road of Gili T is home to plenty of shops where you can earn your scuba certification in a few short days.

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

The Gili Islands, Lombok, Indonesia

The surfing is great

The shores of Kuta in Bali get a lot of credit for the best surfing, but Gili T is home to some impressive surfing waves as well. Along the North side of the island you’ll find surfer bars and places to rent boards and even take lessons.

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  • This is just stunning! I’ve been to the Cayman Islands before but I think I was too young to appreciate the beauty. I’d say the drive along the Pacific Coast Highway was one of a kind. I also really loved hiking around Mt. Olympus! I hope to see clear water again one day, though. Marty has never been to a clearwater beach and I think he’d just love it 🙂

    • carrie

      I’ve heard great things about the Cayman Islands and the Pacific Coast Highway! it’s really cliche, but driving down Bug Sur is on my bucket list.

  • Your pictures are absolutely fabulous.

    I didn’t even know this place existed.

    • carrie

      Thank you so much Steph! Unfortunately since Bali is right next door the Gilis don’t get near the attention they deserve. Bali is great, but as the pics prove, this place is something special (and so much less crowded than Bali!)

  • Just the pictures convince me I need to go! I love that there’s no motorized transportation though. That would really be like getting away from it all.

    • carrie

      I couldn’t agree more! we spent about 5 days here in the middle of our 6 week travel through asia and at this point i had spent a lot of time in big cities with lots of motorbikes and cars and TONS of air pollution. coming the Gili’s was like stepping onto a another planet.

  • Seriously you didn’t even need to give me ONE reason to visit haha those pictures are already convincing enough! 3 different islands?! Seriously it sounds amazingggg! I’ve never even heard of Gigi islands (apparently I live in a box) but now they’re on my list of places to travel for sure! 🙂
    xo, Candace | Lovely Little Rants

    • carrie

      i was actually going to title this post “8 reasons to visit the Gili Islands” and then just post 8 different pictures of the beach. haha 🙂

  • stephaniestraveldiary

    I was on the Gilis last summer and really enjoyed it. It really is like the photos….nice beaches and blue sea…However there was a lot of coral in the sea that hurt my feet.
    x

    • glad you liked it! The photos make it seem almost unreal because they’re so beautiful, but it really is just that gorgeous.