Gili T Islands
Just a short two hour, exciting (or terrifying – depending on how much of a thrill-seeker you are) fast-boat trip away from the Bali shores, are a set of picturesque atolls which promise a tranquil island holiday.
Crossing the Wallace line from the Oriental region over to the northernmost tip of the Australasian region, you will find the West Nusa Tenggara province and three of its most attractive gems – the Gili Islands of Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan.
Gili Meno is the smallest of the three islands, and with its castaway feel is perfect for honeymooners or those simply wanting an escape from civilisation. Gili Air is probably the least developed of the three and provides a real Indonesian island community experience for those who fear the tourist masses, with Gili Trawangan the most popular of the three atolls and as a result is commonly called the party island, with its spattering of bars and restaurants.
However unique characteristics aside, all three idyllic atolls are home to the powdery white sand beaches and sparkling turquoise waters, which provide an idyllic time away from the rowdy shores of Bali. With its clear turquoise blue waters and stretches of white beach, with the land and island marine life it’s a holiday that is both relaxing and exciting. Go diving or snorkelling, watch the marine life dart by, see the pretty corals in their glorious colour and watch the turtles laze in the warm tropical sun.
Cat-haters beware, being trapped on the island these feline creatures have bred and now rule the roost basking on the beach or in a café chair – just look before you sit.
Being car free may seem like another problem to city slickers, but these islands are so small going for a walk around doesn’t take long at all; and if you do get tired on your way back there is always one of the horse-drawn taxi carriages.
For those staying the night there is a range of accommodation suited to all budgets; from the five-star villas with all the perks, to a small beach-side bungalow.
For more information go to: www.gili-paradise.com