Lying off the northwest coast of Lombok, just over 2 hours direct from Serangan Harbour on the BlueWater Express, and 1 hour 15 minutes direct from Padang Bai Harbour on the BlueWater Express, is a trio of islands known as The Gili Islands. These idyllic islands have long attracted travellers in search of sea, sun and sand in simple surroundings. On Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno, life is laid-back and full of rustic charm, with numerous little beachside cafes. There are no cars, motorbikes or dogs to disturb the peace; transport comprises bicycles or horse-drawn carts, locally known as “Cidomos”.
The Gili Islands were “discovered” by back-packers in the 1980s, when they became popular with the adventurous types who were seeking to escape. The waters are crystal clear and teeming with marine life, the beaches are of pure white sand. Here, you can snorkel straight off the beach and enjoy a timeless paradise lifestyle.
Although the first island to develop homestays was Gili Air