Gili is the word for small island in the Sasak language which is native to Lombok Indonesia. The three Gilis located in the North-West corner of Lombok are comprised of Gili Air, Gili Meno, and popular Gili Trawangan.
There are no motorized vehicles on these small islands and the main means of transportation are bicycles and cidomos (small horse-drawn carriages) in addition to good old fashioned walking.
First inhabited by Bugis people of Sulawesi, the islands were primarily used for coconut plantations and fish farming. It wasn't until much later in the 1980s that the beauty of the pristine islands was discovered by a few lucky travellers seeking a different experience from the hustle of neighboring Bali.
Even though the first development on the islands was centered on Gili Air, the closest Gili to mainland Lombok, much of the recent press and development has been focused on Gili Trawangan. This is where our flagship dive resort is located and the home to our famous Monday night parties. Gili Trawangan has a wide range of restaurants, accommodation and activities to suit all manner of guests from basic backpackers to high-end luxury seekers.