The Gili Islands are a part of Indonesia, located right off of the coast of Lombok. The islands are home to a unique way of life, as no motorized vehicles are allowed to operate on them. This means no motorbikes or cars. As a result of this, the peaceful way of life on the islands is somewhat preserved, despite the fact that they’re very popular with tourists. If you plan on visiting the Gili Islands, reserve some time for these eight fun things to do.
1) Eat at Natty’s Restaurant
Have you ever wanted to eat a meal while inside of a wooden bird cage? If this sounds interesting, then Natty’s Restaurant, located on South Beach on Gili Trawangan is the place for you. This restaurant is right on the water, and thanks to its many wooden porches, you can sit and stare at the sea while you eat. The food is a mix of both traditional Asian cuisine with some Western touches. It’s guaranteed to please any palate. On top of that, some of the restaurant’s booths are surrounded by a partial wooden pavilion that resembles a birdcage. You can eat at one of those tables if you want the full experience.
2) Go Horseback Riding
While it sounds strange to go horseback riding in paradise, after all, this is an activity that you can enjoy back home, you’ll see many interesting sights while on a horse. You can take the horse along the coast of Gili Trawangan. In fact, you’ll find many horses wandering the area on their own, just waiting for riders. No, they aren’t wild horses – they’re rather tame and owned by the people residing nearby. For a small fee, you can rent one of the horses for several hours and enjoy the beach from a completely different point of view.
3) Attend a Presean Tournament
What’s Presean? It’s the Gili Islands own unique type of martial arts. Some places have karate, kung fu, kickboxing, and so on. The Gili Islands have stick fighting, called Presean. This is exactly what it sounds like: two competitors attacking one another with sticks. They hold wooden shields in one hand and the sticks in another. The battles have a judge with a whistle to ensure that things don’t get too out of hand, but you might see a little blood being shed. If you’re brave enough, you can even join in.
4) Go Subwinging
This is an entirely new sport that hasn’t yet reached the height of popularity. You can say that you were one of the first to try it in the Gili Islands. The Subwing is a small plastic board that’s attached to a motorboat. You put on your snorkel gear, cling tightly to a Subwing, and then let the boat pull you around in the water. It’s an easy way to take in the underwater sights without having to swim.
5) Spend Some Time at the Gili Air Lagoon Resort
The Gili Air Lagoon resort is an interesting place to stay. It’s located on Gili Air Island, a place known for its crystal clear waters and beautiful scenery. The resort consists of a number of small wooden huts (with modernized amenities, of course) arranged in a small circle around a pool. Each hut comes complete with pool access and lounging chairs. You’ll have plenty of fun relaxing either in or near the water. If that isn’t enough for you, the resort rents clear-bottomed canoes that you can take out on the nearby ocean. Image what you’ll be able to see!
6) Attend a Boat Party
Some cultures are known for their party buses and limos. On Gili Trawangan, the party is on a boat. Anyone can pay the small entry fee to attend the party, which get them onto the boat. The boat has a fully stocked bar with drinks created by a trained bartender. You can get to know people while circling the area on the party boat.
7) Visit the Exile
The Exile is about as remote as its name implies. This small resort is located on Gili Trawangan and is known for its picturesque scenery. It has bungalows located right on the beach, as well as a set of hammocks and swings located in the water itself. You’ll be able to relax in luxury. On top of this, The Exile also has a beachfront bar. It doesn’t get more relaxing than this!
8) Go Snorkeling.
The waters surrounding all of the Gili Islands are perfectly blue and filled with sea life. This makes them the perfect place to go snorkeling. You can rent the equipment and take some introductory classes at numerous places on the islands, all of which are surrounded by stunning scenery and interesting sea creatures. You’ll see everything from tropical fish to sea turtles and more. This is one of the most fun things to do in the Gili Islands.
Author Bio: This guest post is a work of Paul Lee promoting Bali Ferry. If you’re wondering how to get to Gili Islands from Bali, a Gili Boat is your best companion.