From the busy streets in Ubud and some quite serious island exploring on Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Penida, I thought it was time to slow down and just relax for a while. Lucky me as there are some paradise islands just in the area.
The Gili Islands are located just of the northwest tip of Lombok and are famous for having clear water and good reefs for diving and snorkelling. The islands are: Gili Trawangan – the largest and most developed island, also known as the party island; Gili Air – smaller than Gili T but with quite a large number of hotels and hostels, known as the social backpacker island; and Gili Meno – about the same size as Gili Air but the least developed and more quiet, a common choice for couples.
Making my own choices
Speaking to different people about the Gilis I heard some different things like: “if you don’t want to party on Gili T, do two nights on Air and two nights on Meno, that is enough”, or: “I think you should start with Air, on Gili Meno there is almost nothing”. I always listen to recommendations but I also know myself best. So I decided to go directly to Gili Meno with the intention of staying at least four days. Arriving in the harbour on crystal clear water seeing white beaches and some smaller hotels along the coast directly told me that I made the right choice. This is my kind of island.
“A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion”.”