Off the south-west coast of Lombok lie fourteen small islands known as the South Gilis. The South Gilis complement the famous trio of Gili Islands (Gili T, Gili Meno, Gili Air), and the four islands of the Secret Gilis on the opposite side of Lombok. Together, the Gilis are known as ‘The Maldives of Indonesia’ – a tropical paradise that’s not overrun by tourist crowds.
There are 14 tiny islands in a small South Gilis archipelago. Only a few feature necessary infrastructure, while many promise terrific snorkeling in the surrounding waters. The most notable islands among South Gilis include Gili Nanggu, Gili Gede, Gili Kedis, Gili Genting, Gili Asahan, Gili Tangkokg, Gili Sudak, Gili Layar, and Gili Rengit.
The western islands, Gili Asahan, Gili Layar, and Gili Gede, are the biggest islands that offer basic amenities. The eastern part of the South Gilis archipelago is known as a deserted tropical paradise without many tourists and things going on. It’s a perfect place if you’re looking for a real and authentic tropical experience. Island hopping day trips to South Gilis are available from the southwestern part of Lombok island that itself is the road less traveled. You can also take a private boat tour to South Gilis from Bali with Islander.
South Gilis tour
A perfect island-hopping destination for a day trip
All 14 islands are within easy reach from each other
Picturesque beaches on Gili Nanggu and Gili Tangkong
Heart-shaped’ Honeymoon Island’ on Gili Kedis
Fantastic snorkeling on Gili Asahan, Gili Rengit, and Gili Layar
Untouched nature and authentic local lifestyle on Gili Gede
Diving pristine coral reefs around Gili Asahan and Gili Genting.
When to visit South Gilis
Arguably, the best time to visit South Gilis is anytime during the high season from April until November. During the high season, the waters are bright blue with visibility reaching up to 30 meters, making these islands an ideal destination for diving or snorkeling. During the low seasons, there is barely any operating tour or boat line that brings to the South Gilis. If you’re looking for fewer tourist crowds, head over to South Gilis in October or November.