With Bali been a fairly busy place there is a great alternative to Bali, Gili Islands is a great option with a great beach vibe. The Gili Islands are a group of 3 small islands called Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
The Gili Islands are definitely less touristy and crowded to Bali but the attractions and amenities are as good as Bali.
The Fun Things To Do
You can spend your days on Gili Islands to get a tan, lounge in the tropical haven or go exploring.
Here are some fun things to do on the Gili Islands for an amazing trip.
The Gili islands is a great spot to go diving for both novice and experienced divers. There are more than 20 dive sites around the islands so there’s still a lot to explore.
You can do your Open Water certification and go on fun dives, there is plenty of diving operators around the islands. Many divers will see sharks, sea turtles and wrecks around the Gili Islands.
Including equipment rental, one fun dive costs around IDR 550,000 and the PADI Open Water certification costs around IDR 6,000,000.
One important note when you are diving or snorkelling on the island is not to touch anything living in the sea and also the corals.
There are plenty yoga studios around the Gili Islands. You can do yoga within a studio or on the beach.
There is no shortage of daily yoga classes, that styles ranging from meditation to Reiki healing.
Finding the yoga package is not a problem, however, you should know that some of the instructors and classes are just awful.
That is why you need to read reviews on the style, instructor and background before enlisting in particular yoga class.
Ride the Wave
Even though surfing is more popular in Bali but Gili Islands is also not a bad place to ride the wave.
There are plenty spots mainly in the southeast of Gili Trawangan but also on Gili Meno and Gili Ai that you can try to catch a wave.
According to local people, Gili Trawangan is the most famous place for surfing.
If you want to catch a wave, it is also important to never underestimate the possibility of strong currents.
Watch The Sunset
You can sit and relax by the beach waiting for sunset and sip some good drinks. That can be said that the sunset in Gili is not something that you should miss.
If more interested in more quiet surroundings, there is plenty of spots along the beaches to walk, sit and watch the sunset in peace.
Go On The Swings
There are several ocean swings that can be found around Indonesia and you can also find one in Gili Islands. Some resorts even build their own swings.
The combination of swing and sunset is unbelievably instagram photo. No wonder people are willing to stand in line to get the chance to pose on the swings.
If you visit the island during peak season, you have to be ready to stand in line on the sunset swing spot.
Go Island Hopping
The Gili Islands consists of three smaller islands which are Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. There are boats that operate to the other islands, 2 times a day.
You can check the schedule if you want to visit the other islands. If you miss the public boats, you can also charter a boat with affordable price.
Trek Up Mount Rinjani
Mount Rinjani may not be located in the Gili Islands but located in Lombok Island. The mountain is a famous volcano with a beautiful view.
If you want to go mountain trekking, you can try hiking up Mount Rinjani.
To reach the top of the mountain, you will need to set a camp for a day or two. Thus, you need to plan your trekking accordingly.
Even though trekking in Mount Rinjani is hard but the experience is definitely worth a try.
Eat Good Food At The Night Market
Starting from 6pm, the night market will have any food happy. Located next to the boat pier in the Gili Trawangan, the night market is the place to eat good cheap food.
The Food is freshly cooked was fresh and prepared. The fresh seafood is grilled on an open fire. There is a lot of tourists and locals eating here.
There are wide ranges of seafood, fresh fish, satay, noodles, rice, vegetable dishes, grilled corn and many more options to choose from.
Party The Night Away
Compared to Bali, nightlife in Gili Island may be more laid back. From the three islands, Gili Trawangan is best if you want to party.
There are several party spot and nightclub available. You can also ask the hotel for recommendations. The island may not as busy as Bali but the nightlife and party are also worth to try.
Other activities you may want to consider is taking glass bottom boats or take a horse ride to the beach.
The beaches on the islands are also a great place to simply relaxing in the daytime.
If you have the time, you can also try the spa or simple body massage for a really affordable price.
The spa’s on the Gili Islands is definitely a bit classier and more expensive than in Bali.
Where to Stay on Gili Islands Indonesia
Gili Islands has a good variety of guest houses, hostels and hotels. Here are a few places to check out and give you an idea of what is available in Gili Islands Indonesia.
Remember to check the reviews and book a place that suits you interests while traveling.
Rating 9.0, Prices start from $80 for Double room
This property is 5 minutes walk from the beach. Aaliku Bungalows is situated in Gili Trawangan, a 4-minute walk from Gili Trawangan Harbour and features air-conditioned accommodation with free WiFi, as well as access to an outdoor swimming pool and a terrace.
Senang Private Villa
Rating 9.2, Prices start from $140 for Villa with private pool
Offers a tropical garden surrounded by palm trees, Senang Private Villa is situated in a quiet area of Gili Trawangan. Offers free WiFi.
The accommodation is equipped with a satellite flat-screen TV. There is a seating and/or dining area in some units.
Finally, you will never go wrong with the Gili Islands, with a myriad of things to do. And is a great alternative to Bali. Just, sit back and enjoy the golden beaches and the natural beauty.
Also, it is important to consider the right time when visiting the islands because, during peak season, the prices will be more expensive than other periods of time.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on the things to do on the Gili Islands Indonesia has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if you go.