Before we went to Bali, I was researching what to do there. I saw so many people advising on not to miss the Gilis. So we booked 2 nights in an amazing beach house villa at Le Pirate Beach Club. We chose to stay on Gili Trawangan since the ferry stopped there (the deck in Gili Air was under maintenance and we had to change boats if we wanted to go to Gili Air or Gili Meno). For the ferry company we are so glad we chose Patagonia Xpress, a new company. The boat was new, there was Wi-fi and the staff very helpful. The ticket was also cheaper compared to other companies.
Of the three beautiful islands, Gili Trawangan fits the image of “party island”, with quite a selection of accommodation, restaurants and nightlife (you can chose to stay on the quieter side of the island). Gili Meno is the smallest of the islands, has no nightlife and is known as the “honeymoon island” due to its secluded vibe. Gili Air is a mix of the two, you have plenty of restaurants and accomodation in the south and more peace and quiet elsewhere.
The thing that I loved about these islands is that there are no cars. You can chose to move around the island by bicycle or by a horse carriage. So, after we checked in at our beach villa, we rented our bikes and off to explore the island.
Everything was nice and good, until there was no longer road but sand, so we had to push our bikes for a while. When we reached the road and hoped on our bikes, our bums were hurting so we ended up stopping at the beach bars every 15 mins and have a cocktail and a snack while lounging in a hammock! Our workout from pushing our bikes being gone at this point!
Since we reached the food chapter, I have to say that I am in love with the local food! Even if you choose to eat at a restaurant it will be quite cheap, but if you really want to save money go at the night market (you will find it next to the port area from 18:00). Locals are preparing your delicious food on the spot for nothing!
The beach is perfect for snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. This is the place where you can come and get your diving certificate, since it is so cheap and at the same time so beautiful (sea turtles, colourful corals and fish await you!). Since I am a bit claustrophobic I chose to stay on the safe side and do a snorkelling day. Maybe one day I will come back and get my certificate 🙂
Have you been to the Gilis? Which one is your favourite? Please share your own tips in the comments. I would love to hear from you!
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