White sands and coconut palms are what consists of a beautiful view in the Gili Islands. These islands are located on the northwest coast of Lombok. The moment that you see it with your eyes, you might exclaim that it is a vision of paradise.
Unfortunately, these islands were shaken by an earthquake in July and August 2018. But now, they are slowly getting back on their feet, stronger and safer than ever. The people in the Gili Islands could surely use some money from your visits to get back on solid ground.
If you are not familiar with the Gili Islands yet, the first thing that you should know is that there are three Gili Islands. This article will describe each one of them so you could determine which is the perfect island getaway for you.
1. Gili Trawangan: The Party Island
The Gili Trawangan island is the most developed, liveliest and largest among the three islands. It is also considered to be the safest and cheapest place to learn how to dive because of the existence of different reputable diving schools on the island.
You can successfully circumnavigate the entire island in just two hours when walking and only for an hour or less when running.
Once you set foot on Gili Trawangan island, you can feel that it has a friendly vibe, and it seems that everyone is keen on getting to know everyone. There is a massive draw in the social atmosphere of the place. Each week, a club or bar would host an event that gets the people to end up in one place.
If you are not into parties, you can still enjoy the island through sunbathing, freediving classes, and scuba diving.
2. Gili Meno: The Romantic Escape
This island is considered to be the quietest and smallest of the three Gili Islands. It is said that this island also has the most beautiful beaches. You can enjoy the crystal clear water, squat trees, and white sand.
The moment that you step on the island, you will instantly feel the honeymoon-friendly atmosphere. The island has huts suitable for two people, and you can also see a lot of couples being romantic by the seafront.
There are only a few numbers of hotels that you can stay in Meno. Unfortunately, some hotels were destroyed during the earthquake in 2018, which affected the price for each stay. If you are going to choose Meno, you can stay either in Gili Meno Eco Hostel and Rabbit Hole.
3. Gili Air: The Chill-Out Spot
Gili Air is the perfect mixture of the other two islands’ atmosphere. It has some of the facilities of Trawangan like the restaurants and cooking schools but still has the quiet feel of the Meno.
In Air, you can enjoy the hippy feel and music. You can hear Bob Marley’s songs and guitar strumming everywhere you go.
Moreover, on this island, you can have an uninterrupted view of the Lombok’s mountainous northern coast.
Are you looking for a beautiful place to escape? If you are tired of all the work-home cycles, you can surely find the Gili islands near Bali are amazing as tourist destinations.