The Gili Islands (Kepulauan Gili) are an archipelago of three small islands – Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.
The islands are a popular destination for Western tourists looking for a remote island experience. Each island has several small resorts, usually consisting of a small collection of huts for tourists, and a restaurant. Most local inhabitants live in the hilly interior of the island. Automobiles and motorized traffic are prohibited on the islands by local ordinance, so the preferred method of transportation is bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Diving in and around the Gilis is also popular, although the prices are fairly high due to local cartel activities. The name “Gili Islands” is a bit of a misnomer, because Gili simply means “small island” in Sasak.
- Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three small islands or dyke contained in the northwest of Lombok. Trawangan is also the only dyke which height above sea level is significant. With a length of 3 km and 2 km wide, Trawangan population of about 800 inhabitants. Among the three dyke, Trawangan has facilities for tourists of the most diverse; shop “Tir Na Nog” claims that Trawangan is the smallest island in the world that is his Irish bar. The most densely populated part is east of the island.
Trawangan has the feel of a “party” more than Gili Meno and Gili Air, because many parties all night every night of the show rotated by some public places. Popular activities conducted in Trawangan is scuba diving (PADI certification), snorkeling (on the northeast coast), kayaking, and surfing. There are also several places for tourists to learn to ride around the island.
Gili Trawangan (as well as in two other dyke), there are no motor vehicles, because it is not permitted by local regulations. Common means of transportation are bicycles (rented by local people for the tourists) and cidomo, simple horse-drawn carriage which are common in Lombok. For traveling to and from the third dyke, people usually use motorized boats and speedboats.
Gili Trawangan excess compared to other beaches is we can enjoy the sunset and sunrise at the same time on this beach! This happens because Gili Trawangan has a beach facing east and west facing, and the distance is not too far away. So that both sunrise and sunset can be enjoyed at this beach.
Gili Trawangan also we can see the traditional martial art called Presean or stick fighting art market usually exhibited around Gili Trawangan.
Historically, the island was once used as a dumping ground inmates. At that time because all the prisons are full, the king who was ruling throwing 350 people rebel Sasak to this island. Only around 1970 the island is visited by people from Sulawesi, who later settled here.
- Gili Meno
Gili Meno is one of three small islands, in addition to Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, which became of nautical tourism. This place can be reached from the city of Mataram approximately 45 minutes drive overland journey through Senggigi Beach set in the stunning coastal scenery and protected forests. Here there is a bird park which has a collection of rare birds from Indonesia and abroad. White sand and pristine. Gili Meno is very limited motor vehicles, as well as the use of electricity.
- Gili Air
Gili Air is one of the three famous Gili islands in Lombok, namely Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno. The third island is famous for its beautiful beaches, it is no wonder if Gili Air became one of the favorite tourist destinations in Lombok.
Of the three island dyke that has been mentioned above, Gili Air is an island that is located closest to the island Lombok.Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan is located in the western coast of Lombok, and capable of displaying a picture of the beauty of the beaches are in Lombok. Location Gili Air Gili precisely teletak beautiful village, District Winner, North Lombok.
Been to Gili Air travelers can explore some point to enjoy the Indonesian marine biodiversity. Among the visitors can see the spot seahorses, turtles, diverse fish with a variety of colors, as well as the diversity of other marine inhabitants. Local community mnyebut Gili Air with the name “Tengaq Aiq” which means ditengha-sea. Gili Air majority indigenous population were ethnic Bugis and sasak, and their main livelihood as fishermen, traders, and tourist guides. The majority of visitors Gili Air merupaka foreign tourists, such as from countries UK, France, Australia, the Netherlands, Italy, and other countries. Gili Air is crowded in July and August.
Facilities and Access
Tourist facilities in Gili Air is very complete, there are facilities such as hotels, restaurants, and bars, so as to create a comfortable tourists visiting the island. to get to Gili Air, Visitors can travel by motor boat (boat) with a history of port Ward takes about 25 minutes.
While to reach the port of Ward, visitors can reach it from Mataram by riding public transportation or private transportation with two route options, namely Mataram – Rembiga – Gunung Sari – Kekait – Pusuk – Winner – Ward or through Mataram – Meninting – Batu Bolong – Senggigi – Kerandangan – Melimbu – Winners and Ward.
Along the way tourists were spoiled with the beauty of tourist attractions in Lombok. When using the first route, tourists will pass through the area pusuk included in Rinjani mountain region. While passing through the second line, tourists will be treated to the beauty of the coastline of Lombok to get to the destination in the port Ward.
To go to Gili Air visitor will not be charged, while for the cost of a motor boat to cross the harbor to Gili Air Ward charged a fee of 8,000-25.000 per person depending on the type of boat motors are used. To schedule crossings in the morning around 08.30 and afternoon.
If you want to get around the island of Gili Air by bicycle, on this island there is also a bicycle rental facility at a price of Rp 30,000. Obviously with the price you are able to all day around the island of Gili Air with the rented bicycle.