Gili Islands Vacations


Gili Islands Vacations

The three Gili Islands in Indonesia are a backpacker and scuba diver’s mecca as well as Lombok’s most popular tourist destination. The Gili islands are very relaxed and laid-back, with countless little beach side cafes, seafood shops, dive shops, and no cars or motorbikes to disturb you. The islands are popular as a cheap out of the destination but the main draw here is the diving. Most people come here for great and inexpensive diving and tourism on the islands is centered around that.tropical destinations tropical destinations

Cost and Budgeting for the Gili Islands
Indonesia is a cheap destination and the Gili Islands are no exception. You can stay on the Gili Islands for around 20 USD per day. A budget of about 30-40 USD per day will allow you more comfort as well as lots of diving. While the diving is inexpensive, multiple dive trips can add up so be sure to budget for that. There is one ATM on Gili Trawangan. Credit cards are accepted at the more upscale shops as well as all dive shops. Some will also arrange credit card advances but the fee is usually 7-10%.
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Thing to do on the Gili Islands
Scuba Diving- The Gili islands are famous for their world class dive sites, with an impressive assorrtment of sea creatures, coral, and plant life, such as green and hawksbill turtles, manta rays, and bumphead parrotfish. Visibility is commonly in the 15-20m range. However, due to the exposed position of the Gilis, keep in mind currents can be quite strong and drift diving is the norm.
Snorkeling- You can rent masks and fins on the beach and you can swim right off shore. For trips to the reef, the dive shops arrange snorkeling trips. A daily snorkeling program usually involves a 10AM departure and 4PM return that includes a few spots around the three islands and a long lunch break.
Surfing– The surfing on the Gili Island is also amazing and Gili Trawangan has a fast right wind that can create huge waves with the right conditions. The best waves are during high tide. The underlying reef can be sharp so make sure you cover your skin.
Relax- If none of these activities suit your fancy, just relax. There isn’t much to do here and you can enjoy a cheap and somewhat unspoiled tropical paradise.
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Gili Islands Weather
The Gilis are drier and hotter than nearby Lombok. The evenings are cool and refreshing and air-con is often not needed. The rainy season lasts from November to April. The islands lies just south of the equator and has a tropical monsoon climate with two seasons: wet (October to March) and dry (May to September). The temperature here is usually around 34 C.

Gili Islands Vacations

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