Indonesia South Gilis Guide
South Gili Islands is a tiny archipelago that features remote islands with very little tourism going on. You’ll experience a pure nature immersion surrounded by white beaches, palm trees, colorful coral reef, and green wilderness. Together, the Gilis are known as ‘The Maldives of Indonesia’ – a tropical paradise that’s not overrun by tourist crowds. If you’re looking to explore the most beautiful beaches and secluded islets in the world, then South Gili Islands are the ideal location for your next trip.
Off the south-west coast of tropical Lombok lie fourteen small, remote islands known as the South Gilis. The southwestern part of Lombok island itself is the road less traveled, featuring untouched nature, diverse wildlife, thick rainforest, and of course, world-class beaches and diving spots. Island hopping day trips to South Gilis are available from southwestedn part of Lombok, as well as Nusa Penida and Bali by speedboat. Islander also offers private boat tours to South Gilis for an ultimate island-hopping experience.
There are 14 tiny islands in a small South Gili Islands archipelago. Some of the islands feature only necessary infrastructure, while the majority of islets doesn’t have any infrastructure such as accommodation options or restaurants. The western islands, Asahan, Layar, and Gede are the three biggest islands that offer a variety of accommodation and restaurants options. The eastern part of the 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.
Arguably, the best time is anytime during the high season that starts in April and ends around November. During the high season, the waters are bright blue, and the visibility reaches up to 30 m, which makes 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 Gili Islands. If you’re looking for fewer tourist crowds, better prices and more options, head over to South Gilis in October or November.