Gili Islands - 5 Things to Know Before Visiting
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About Gili Islands
An archipelago of three small islands. Automobiles and motorized traffic are prohibited on the islands, so the preferred method of transportation is by foot and bicycle or the horse-drawn carriage called a cidomo. Scuba diving and free diving in and around the Gilis is very popular due to the abundance of marine life and attractive coral formations
Attractions Near Gili Islands
Pura Batu Bolong
17.6km from Gili Islands
Pura Batubolong is a Hindu temple south of Senggigi. The temple is built on a rock by the sea. Batu Bolong is Indonesian for hole in the rock . From the temple, in good weather, Mount Agung in Bali can be seen. It is now one of the beautiful attractions in Indonesia which attracts a lot of tourists.
27.46km from Gili Islands
Mayura Park was built by Anak Agung Gde Ngurah Karangasem in 1866, located 2 km east Mataram. Mayura Park is a garden built by the king as a complement to the palace of the king. The Mayura Park also has a royal residence in the sense of being occupied by the king while resting in the garden, located in what is now the Padmasana.
28.35km from Gili Islands
Pura Lingsar was built by Anak Agung Ngurah in 1714, located 15 km from Mataram. Lingsar origin from sasak language mean clear revelation from God, the area has a spring, which scared by Sasak people, who belief Wetu Telu. Some parts of the Lingsar Park complex have been taken over which used to have an area of 40,000 m², leaving only half of it, in the complex, there are 2 religious buildings of Pura and Kemaliq, of which there are 3 large ponds and a public bath.
Lake Segara Anak
38.56km from Gili Islands
Segara Anak is a crater lake in the caldera that formed during the explosive volcanic eruption of Mount Samalas in 1257. The caldera is next to Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island in Indonesia. "Segara Anak" means "child of the sea" and refers to the blue lake's resemblance to the sea. The volcanic cone Gunung Barujari is at the eastern end of the lake and is responsible for its crescent shape. The lake temperature is 20–22 °C, which is 5-7 °C higher than normal for a lake at its altitude. Hot magma
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Gili Trawangan is the largest and most popular of the 3 Gilis, thanks to its well-established infrastructure that preceded the other two islands in the group: Meno and Air. Therefore, if you’re a first-timer, you can opt for Trawangan as your first ‘landing point’, where you can enjoy most of the action. It has the best range of facilities among the three islands, with a larger land size and a good mixture of hotels, bars and restaurants, catering to different styles and preferences. The beaches of the Gilis are still powdery white, the water a beautiful clear blue and they are positioned perfectly for sunsets over Bali’s Mt Agung and sunrise over Lombok’s Mt Rinjani. As a premier diving destination, Gili Trawangan is home to some of the Gilis’ pioneering dive shops where you can get your PADI Open Water or Advanced diver’s certification, or just roll up and take part in a fun dive. Alternately, the easiest way to enjoy the underwater beauty of the Gilis is by snorkel and fin, widely available for rent from local seaside stalls. The waters around the islands are shallow, with abundant coral reefs and regular sightings of sea turtles roaming freely.
For more information about Gili Islands, visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gili_Islands#Gili_Trawangan