How to Make the Most of Your Visit to Gili Islands

Located off the north-western beaches of Lombok, the Gili Islands are three small islands grouped together that offer great beaches and scenic views to visitors. The surrounding waters provide incredibly diverse tropical marine life with great visibility no matter what time of year.

These peaceful and serene beaches provide a variety of dining spots and an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. These fantastic beaches and breathtaking sites are just a few of the fantastic opportunities and attractions available on the Gili Islands. Let’s take a look at some of the other options available.

Snorkeling and Diving

Spending time under the water is perhaps the most common attraction of the Gili Islands, due to the fantastic underwater world that can be viewed. Diving schools are offered on each of the islands, where visitors can borrow or rent snorkel equipment as needed.

Walk the Islands

It only takes a few hours to walk the islands, and on Gili Trawangan, you can rent a bike. More than likely, however, your hotel will have a private bike rental as well. Enjoy the peaceful, relaxation of the waves as they beat against the shore on your walk around the Gili Islands.

Water Sports

The most common water sport of the Gili Islands is standing paddling, which is usually called Stand Up Paddling. This sport lets you paddle comfortably around the islands. Another water option is kayaking or canoeing, for one or two people.

Other water sports tourists enjoy include kitesurfing and wakeboarding, but be sure to stay safe as strong currents are often found in the waters around the islands. Last, but not least, is surfing. Head on over to Gili Trawangan, which is where you can find the best surf spots.

Beach Horseback Riding

This attraction is great for families and couples, and offers a nice break to hop on a horse and ride along the beach and in the water. Rides take place at sunset and are available at the two stables available on the islands.

Night Market

Daily at six in the evening, the market located directly in front of the Gili Trawangan boat pier opens. This market provides the opportunity to buy and eat food on the cheap. There is a broad range of options, including fresh fishes and seafood, various rice, and noodles. Don’t forget to leave room for dessert by having a grilled, corn on the cob, spiced with chili sauce.

Stick Fighting

The traditional combat fighting with a stick and a shield is called a Presean. It is accompanied by music and is often fairly brutal. Usually, after the fight has finished, there is singing, dancing, and laughing as the participants typically have a good bond with one another. Tourists are welcome to join in on the fun and usually are allowed to get in a few hits of their own. Watching a stick fight is a great way to spend some time on a Sunday afternoon in the marketplace.

Enjoy the Beach

Of course, if you’re visiting the Gili Islands, you should be spending time on the beach. Many of the bars and restaurants that line the beach offer giant cushions and lounge chairs, which allow you to sit back and enjoy a delicious dinner or drink. Some of the foods include fresh fruits, fried vegetables, and grilled meats, all of which you can eat while digging your toes into the sand.

Watching the Sunset

Since you’re on the beach, why not make the most of it by staying out and watching the sunset. If you enjoy the peace, just take a walk along the beach until you find a deserted area. The clear blue water will provide a glorious sight as the sun dips below the horizon.

Turtle Sanctuary

Turtle shells are gathered together and incubated at Bolong’s Turtle Sanctuary to protect the endangered animals from wild predators. These babies are kept in a small pool for about eight months and then released back into the ocean. With a donation, guests can adopt a turtle and release it themselves. These proceeds go to protecting and supporting the turtles of the Gili Islands, to prevent these creatures from becoming extinct.

There are a variety of activities and attractions for tourists to enjoy while visiting the Gili Islands. Whether you’re visiting for a few days or a few weeks, you won’t have a shortage of opportunities to discover and learn more about the islands. You might want to take a few hours to walk around the islands or spend a Sunday afternoon watching a stick fight. But no matter what, be sure to sit back, relax, and unwind on the glorious shores and in the crystal clear waters surrounding the Gili Islands.

Author Bio: Paul Young, the author of this guest piece, writes occasionally in support of Bali Ferry. If you’re wondering how to get to Gili Islands from Bali, do visit today to book a ferry.