Trip to Lombok

Backpacking to the Gili Islands, Indonesia

Posted on 10/01/2015

Located off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, are three small islands; Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. Collectively, they are known as the Gili Islands. Being a cheaper alternative to Bali, these islands have become a popular go-to destination of backpackers over the years. Although not as quiet or exclusive, the Gili Islands have a lot to offer vacationers.

Aside from being less expensive than staying in Bali for a quiet beach holiday, the Gili Islands have made a name for their beautiful beaches and scrumptious seafood. Backpackers and budget travelers can attest that the Gili Islands can really give a good value for your money as you enjoy the sand, sea, and sun! But aside from soaking up the sun, other activities you can try are as follows:

  • Scuba diving (they say dive spots here are better than Bali's)
  • Snorkeling
  • Try the local bars
  • Give water sports a try (i.e. parasailing, waterskiing, wake-boarding)
  • Go kayaking
  • Surf
  • Visit the sea turtles in the Gili Trawangan and Gili Meno hatcheries
  • Go cycling around the islands
  • Try freediving

Truly, a holiday in the Gili Islands can give you a bang for your buck. Make this your next holiday destination!

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