Clear sandy beaches dotted with palm trees; the Gili Islands present a perfect picture of tranquility to sea lovers. They are located just northwest of Lombok Island near Bali. They are just a speedboat ride away in case you are holidaying in Bali. The three islands have their own characters and attract different sets of people. In fact, each island has something to offer for all kinds of tourists, and there are many things to do in Gili Island. Gili Trawangan is the most popular of the three islands owing to the hottest party destination here. Gili Air has a mixture of both serenity as well as the party buzz. The third island, Gili Meno is the quietest of the three perhaps and has an eccentric local character and indigenous culture that you find in this part of the world.
Here is a list of the best things to do in Gili Island and explore the places to the fullest –
Let us first talk about the party paradise, Gili Trawangan. If you are looking for a happening place to party in Southeast Asia, this is the place you must try. Every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, the parties get more prominent, and the crowd is merely mind-boggling. You can visit the famous Sama-Sama for a brilliant party scene in the evening and enjoy live Reggae music. Some of the best Indonesian bands play live music in these pubs and parties. Share a beer with other travelers or your friends and shake a leg to the energetic music before you start pub-hopping for the night. Gili Air Island, too offers some great party scenes at the Legend Bar and the Space Bar. Party all night or till your heart wishes to.
Movies on the beach
In case you are not a party animal, there are other exciting things to do as well. Enjoy a movie on the beach in the evening post-sunset. Look out for the list of movies playing that night on the beach and relax yourself to the core.
Read a book and relax
Those who love to sink themselves in the islands’ tranquility can just leisurely spend their time doing nothing. Bibliophiles can spend their time reading a book on the beach, watching the waves flow and recede. It is the best atmosphere to read a book and thoroughly relax the mind.
The underwater world and the range of activities on offer at the Gili Islands will leave you stunned. Adventure lovers will surely want to try water sports like diving and snorkeling. You can learn and enjoy these activities if you’re going to have a different experience amidst the beautiful coral reefs and marine life. You can even find yourself swimming with the turtles. This is one of the best things to do in Gili Island.
Watching a sunset
Watching a sunset is also one of the best things to do in Gili Island and carry back an experience of a lifetime. Gili Trawangan even has a Sunset Bar where you enjoy a drink while the sun sets beautifully across the sky. If you also wish to be trendy, visit the Ombak Sunset Resort for the famous Gili Trawangan sunset swing shot.