There is not a single car or motorbike that operates in the entire Gili Islands. Yes, you read that right – all hail fresh air and zero traffic! To commute tourists rent bicycles, ride a horse cart or walk. Fret not as it only takes less than two hours to walk around the biggest of three islands, Gili T, so you could easily spend your days strolling the white sands from one end to the other without losing a breath.
Moving from one island to the other is fairly easy. You will be able to find numerous public boats with a fixed schedule heading to and fro the other islands for a fee of less than $2USD. A fair warning, some of the cheaper local boats may look worn-out or wobbly but rest assured, they are quite reliable to travel short distances. You can also opt for a chartered boat for a more expensive fee.
When is the best time to visit Gili:
The dry season between June and September is the best time to visit the islands. For one, it provides the most favorable sea conditions for traveling as well as visibility for water activities.
Gili is especially happening during the festive season, so you can expect a surge of tourists during the year-end, as well. But be prepared to experience some heavy showers.
If you choose to travel during the Idul Fitri holidays, it is important to keep in mind that the island observes the religious festival by keeping the late-night partying and alcohol consumption to a bare minimum through out the fasting month.
By: Divyha Pridhnani-Bhojwani