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Gili Islands

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Lombok 83354, Indonesia
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The locals are really nice always saying hello and welcoming. The vendors don't bug you too much like in Lombok island. There's plenty of restaurants and all have happy hour. Some all day long. The sunset beach side is really nice for sunsets bean bag...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank patw767
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After speaking with a lovely couple who owned a resort on Gili, we decided to visit for 3 nights. Since the earthquake in August, this place has been quite desserted. There are still a few buildings under construction. Selfishly I think it is a great...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Cheryl G
Reviewed January 8, 2019

Unsure how people explain this place to be beautiful. First walking onto the island from the, yes the beach is nice. But the abuse of horses, poor restaurants, poor quality of food, poor coffee with less than feasible waiting times. If it rains slightly, the...More

Date of experience: January 2019
3  Thank billyjohn10293
Reviewed January 4, 2019

I do not see how some people describe this as a paradise. Gili T is full of garbage - everywhere. The beaches are at best, just average, and in most places - not even usable with all the deal broken coral. Restaurants are just average....More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank Mark J
Reviewed December 30, 2018

I’d heard before that the Gili islands were “not pristine” but I really wanted to visit. Sadly it’s true .. place is awash with plastic rubbish: on the sides of the road, on the beaches, in the water. And it appears to have no connection...More

Date of experience: December 2018
2  Thank DeeDeeLex
Reviewed December 5, 2018 via mobile

We loved the people here but the poor horses upset me, the coral reefs are dead, there's plastic and rubbish everywhere The shops just sell crap. We saw investment companies building large modern resorts which just adds to the ecological desater. The Gilis must have...More

Date of experience: November 2018
3  Thank vincentmF1975BI
Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Really amazing and wonderful non polluted gili islands beach resort, once in a life every one has to visit here for relaxing and enjoying with family.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank MehulP343
Reviewed November 6, 2018

A somewhat calm and at the same time busy place to have fun and dive. The water is clear. People are nice.

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Stay100730
Reviewed November 6, 2018

My boyfriend and myself visited the Gili Islands in sep - october this year as we heard how beautiful it was. This was a very quiet time as it was shortly after the Lombok earthquakes. Within 5 minutes of arriving I was in tears. There...More

Date of experience: September 2018
8  Thank ChelseaKristieh
Reviewed September 18, 2018

I visited Indonesia with the plan to visit the Gili Islands. However, everyone in Bali told me not to visit as there was nothing to see after the earthquakes in Lombok. My gut feel (after praying about it), was to go. I’m glad I did....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Do the Bali Experts recommend going to the Gili Islands. (10 Replies)
My husband, myself and our 16 month old son are visiting Bali for the first time in late February for 2 weeks. It is also our first time anywhere in South East Asia, although we have traveled in Africa, South America and Europe. We enjoy getting off the beaten path, exploring culture and meeting locals, so essentially we aren't just going to pull up a chaise lounge on the beach and read a book. We already plan to stay in South Bali in Jimbaran for for 5 days and explore all the beaches and...More
January 26, 2012|
Response fromSoulmotion|
I am by no means a Bali expert but I would look into Sideman. It's in the hills, nice village and great walking about. Lovely Bali feel to it and of course lovely people. Definitely not the beach but it's something different. There's my two cents worth.
Queenstown, NZ
Cost of fast boats to the Gili Islands (0 Replies)
On the boat websites the price advertised (600rp one way) is more than you should pay. We got to the Gilis for 350rp each (our accomodation on the Gilis booked and pre-paid for us.) Other tour operators on the Gilis were selling tickets for 450rp each way. We went Gili Gili Fastboats over and Wahuna back because the GIli Gili motor was being fixed. Both were good- Wahuna a bit faster and more comfortable.
July 30, 2011|
New Delhi, India
How to reach Gili island from Ubud? (6 Replies)
Hi All, I am visiting Bali for 6 days in July..Pls suggest if its a good idea to visit Gili Islands for a day trip? 1.) How to reach Gili islands from Ubud? How much does it cost? 2.) How to reach Gili islands from the airport? I've rescheduled my tickets and i'm reaching one day early. Is it a good idea to head straight from the airport to Gili islands for a day, stay there and come back the next day in the afternoon? Regards, Ashish
June 25, 2017|
Response fromElSaif|
No, it is not a good idea to visit the Gilis on a day trip or even stay one night. The Gilis are part of Lombok, not Bali. It is a long trip to get to the Gilis and return. You should spend a minimum of two nights in the Gilis to make it worthwhile.