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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.