Indonesia’s Hidden Gems Part 2: Gili Islands

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If you are tired of the noise, crowded streets, and busy Western lifestyle, Indonesia offers several great travel options besides Bali.

One of the most popular destinations for travelers looking for a remote island experience is the Gili Archipelago.

Permanent settlement on these islands only began in the 1970s. Prior to this time, the location had only been used for a few years by the Japanese, who built a camp there for prisoners of war during the Second World War.

In the 1980s, tourists, mostly backpackers, began visiting the islands.
Nowadays, the Archipelago attracts visitors to each of its 3 distinct islands, each of them offering a different atmosphere. Motorized vehicles are forbidden on all of the islands.

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The Gili Islands (Photo Kok Leng Yeo)


Gili Meno: The Lo
ver’s Island

Gili Meno is the the smallest and quietest of the three Islands. Only 500 people permanently live on the Island. The location offers tourists a real honeymoon feeling, with some of the best beaches of the three islands. The Island is also home to a turtle sanctuary.

 

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Gili Meno Beach (Photo Yeowatzup)

 

Gili Trawangan: The Party Island

Gili Trawangan is the largest, most populated, and most lively of the three islands. It is famous for its parties. Each night a different bar or club hosts an event. If you need to meet people and party during your vacation, Gili Island should be your pick.

In the past, Gili Trawanga had a reputation for being the place where many drugs were freely available. This is less true nowadays, and tourists need to be aware that Indonesian drugs laws are extremely strict, with sentences including the death penalty.

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Gili Trawangan (photo Midori)

Gili Air: The Chill-out Island

Gili Air is the perfect option if you cannot choose between the two other Gilis. The Island offers facilities similar to those found on Gili Trawangan but in a much more chill atmosphere.

The waters of the Island also contain the wreck of a patrol boat from the Second World War, which is now a very popular dive site.

Prepare your trip now with our : Gili Islands Indonesia Tours

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