Top 5 things to do in Gili Islands
Although there are 3 Gili Islands next to each other, I focused mostly on Gili Travangan, as I am finding it as the most attractive one, and for sure the one having the most things to do and discover. You can also find here many shops, bars and tourist offices offering various tours.
Top 5 things to do in Gili T :
1. Diving, Swimming or Snorkeling with Turtles.
Best time: between 8-10 am, when the water gets a bit warmer.
Where: Although you can meed turtles all around Gill T and Gili Air, my most favorite spot was in front of villa Amarik in Gili travangan as there water is not very deep there, you can see some corals and there is lots of underwater grass there. Which one of the most favorite snack for those turtles. You can also try to get into one of the boat trips driven by locals who will take you to other spots. Here is a map with some diving spots around those 3 Islands
2. Water sports
There are lot of water sport activities around Gili islands. Paddling, Canoe swimming, diving and snorkeling classes. I even saw people playing volleyball and basketball in water. You can also try sailing or go for a boat party.
3. Take part in one of the biggest island party.
Lots of bars in Gili T offers life music, dance floor, variety of music and drinks. You can find lots of tables for beer pong and other party games. Here is a quick guide of what is happening and when.
- Monday night – Blue Marlin
- Tuesday night – Trawangan (Beach) Cottages
- Wednesday night – Tir Na Nog (“The Irish pub”)
- Thursday night – Sama Sama + Pool party at Gili Hostel + Quiz night at Trawangan Dive (Bar)
- Friday night – Surf Bar + Rudy’s
- Saturday night – Sama Sama
- Sunday night – Evolution + Ladies’ night at the Irish
4. Horse ridding or ride a bicycle through island and all around it.
Cars, motorbikes and anything on petrol are forbidden here. Only way to get from point A to B is by bike, taxi pullet by horse or by walking. Getting a bike is a great idea as there are also plenty of things to discover inside the island. Statues, monuments, hanging chairs, amazing villas.
5. Watching sunset or sunrise from the beach.
Sunsets are stunning to watch here, as the clouds and sky reflected in water are giving you amazing view. There are lots of locals and tourists that go to see the sunset just before they get to the pubs or restaurants. There are also swings, hidden in different parts of the islands located in water just next to the beach. Perfect for a nice photo shoot.
Is that all? Of course not. I can also advise to chat with locals about other activities, as there are several other attractions, yoga, sport sessions and much, much more depends on your interests. And people who are working or living there. They just know, even about those less advertising things 😉
Local food in restaurants is also great, however it might be a bit overpriced. And what you should be aware of is that some places charge 10 or even 20% of service charge. Better read small text on the bottom of your menu before you make an order 😉
And if you would like to try something more western, try Bale sampan cafe. Quesadilla, taco salad or fruits and Musli in jar ( perfect for a quick breakfast ) or fruit shakes. What makes it even better is that, they do not charge service fee. And have quite good Wifi.