Gili Islands, One Of The Places To Visit In Indonesia

Another of our favorite places to see in Indonesia are the small Gili Islands that are less than two hours by boat from Bali.

These three small islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air, surrounded by a spectacular seabed, are a paradise for those seeking a few days of relaxation after a great trip through the country and for divers.

Keep in mind that there are many things to do in the Gili Islands and that each one of them has different characteristics and a different atmosphere, so you have to choose well where you are going to stay or change, if you have enough time.

Gili Trawangan is the least peaceful island and has many hotels, villas, restaurants, nightclubs, diving companies and young people ready to have fun.

Gili Air, although it has grown a lot lately, still has a backpacker atmosphere and a good infrastructure, which make it the best option for us and one of the essential places to visit in Indonesia.

Gili Meno, located between Gili Trawangan and Gili Air, is perfect for couples who want to enjoy the beach and a more relaxed atmosphere, although it is also the one with the least infrastructure.

To get to the Gili Islands, the best option, either from the touristy Bali or neighboring Lombok, is with a fast boat. Most travelers hire a package that includes transportation from the hotel to the port and fast boat transfer to the island. The price is between 70 and 90 dollars, round trip and a good option is to book the ticket in advance at a similar price and with a trusted agency. to avoid last minute surprises.

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If you have less time, we recommend you reduce the number of islands to visit in order to be able to maximize the number of places, but always with the time necessary to enjoy them.

Based on the route that we did, we believe that the ideal is to fly to Jakarta in Java, and from there catch a flight from Java to Yogyakarta , one of the cities that you cannot miss on the island, in addition to getting to know the culture from the country, visit the Prambanan Temples and visit Borobudur from Yogyakarta, two of the most impressive places in Indonesia.

All these visits can be done on your own, moving by public transport or taxi, the last option being much faster, since public transport in Indonesia is not very reliable in terms of times, routes and routes.

The next stop, after visiting Borobudur will be the Dieng Plateau, one of the most impressive places in Java, where in addition to incredible landscapes, you will see a caldera in the area of ​​the active Dieng volcano.

The next stage of the trip is a flight from Semarang to Borneo , where you can see orangutans in Tanjung Puting aboard a klotok or typical boat for several days, which we assure you, will be one of the unforgettable experiences of traveling to Indonesia .

Tanjung Puting National Park

After this stage in Borneo, you will catch a flight from Borneo to Java , to transfer after Solo to Malang by taxi , visiting on the way the impressive Candi Cetho and Candi Sukuh temples.

Once in Malang, the trip continues with an incredible sunrise in Bromo , and after this impressive experience, finish the stage in Java , catching a flight to Bali and transferring from Denpasar airport to Ubud .

Once in Bali, where we recommend staying an average of 5-7 days, to visit the most touristic places on the island such as Tegallalang, Gunug Kawi, Tirta Empul, Lake Batur, Pura Besakih, Pera Kehen or Peglinpuran, which you can visit hiring a car with driver, to get to know Bali with a guide in Spanish or by booking excursions in Bali .

Other places that you cannot miss are Kuta and Impossibles Beach, which are two of the beaches in Bali.and of course, a sunset at Pura Luhur Uluwatu, one of the most famous temples on the island besides Tirta Gangga and the Pura Goa Lawah Bat Cave .

The last part of the trip will start by taking a boat from Lombok to the Gili Islands , a true paradise, where you can enjoy diving , beaches as well as taking an excursion from Gili Trawangan to Gili Meno by boat , where the trip will end, flying from Lombok to Spain.

Some extra tips for traveling to Indonesia would be:

  • Although it is not impossible, it is not advisable to rent a car to visit Bali if you have never driven in Asia. We rent it for a month and a half on the island and we assure you that driving is not easy. On the other hand, from what they have told us, with a motorcycle it is much easier.
  • Remember that Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism coexist in Indonesia, which is the official religion of Bali.
  • In Bali, to enter the temples, you must wear a sarong, which is a piece of cloth that is tied at the waist as a skirt and worn by men and women. Normally they lend them to you in the temples themselves, sometimes for free and other times leaving a donation, but we recommend buying one at one of the stalls, so that it becomes one of the souvenirs.
  • In addition to the fact that in most hotels you will have the possibility of using Wi-Fi, at the airport itself you can buy a SIM card for your free phone and thus have internet.
  • It is highly recommended as an application for Indonesia, to use Maps.me as a GPS both online and offline.
  • In Indonesia the voltage is 230V, the frequency is 50 Hz and the plugs are type C / F.