The Gili Islands
East of Bali and just off the north west coast of Lombok are the Gili Islands. The welcoming people of the Gilis make them the perfect destination for holidaymakers, families and honeymooners alike. Although still on the backpacker trail the Gili Islands have moved with the times and now offer quality restaurants, a range of Hotels and a variety of activities.
Accommodation options on the Gili Islands now suit every budget ranging from a bamboo hut to luxury resorts and villas. The island now also has an active night life so there can be quite a bit of noise from parties until late. The eastern side of Gili Trawangan is bar far the busiest, while the more peaceful atmosphere typically associated with a tropical island is now on the other sides.
Motorised transport is not permitted on the islands so a local taxi comes in the form of a traditional horsecart, called a Cidomo. Bargaining with the drivers is all part of the fun but make sure you do this before you start your journey. Most cidomos now have a price list. Bicycles can also be rented at reasonable prices but remember you are on a small island so nothing is very far away. It is also advisable to get a lock.
The broadest range of hotel accommodation and the largest variety of restaurants can be found on the east side of Gili Trawangan. Here you find Thai, Japanese and Indian amongst the international and local restaurants available. It also claims to have the largest Irish bar on a small island in the world, catering mainly for the western palate. Live sport is televised inside while the beach bar is propped up by the majority of the island visitors washing down pizza with an ice cold Bintang (local beer). Most nights there is a party at one of the islands bars, and live music featuring local artists play nightly at Sama Sama.
Although known as mainly a diving destination the Gili islands now also offer visitors a variety of other activities and indulgences, from water skiing and golf to manicures and massages. Whatever your holiday needs the Gilis will more than do them justice.
For more information contact Manta Dive.