Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND -

No cars, no mo­tor­bikes – just miles and miles of white sandy beaches and amaz­ing turquoise wa­ters with some of the best div­ing and snorkelling in In­done­sia – this is what you’ll find at the Gili Is­lands.

Just off the coast of Lom­bok and well worth the boat trip, the three tiny is­lands – Gili Trawan­gan, Gili Meno and Gili Air – first came to the at­ten­tion of the world as a back­packer mecca through the 1980s and 1990s.

But times are chang­ing, and there is now an ar­ray of glam­our ac­com­mo­da­tion on the is­lands, es­pe­cially on Gili Trawan­gan.

The three is­lands are very re­laxed and laid-back, with beach­side cafes, restau­rants and bars serv­ing a va­ri­ety of tastes in lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional cuisine.

Best of all, there are no cars or mo­tor­bikes to dis­turb the peace, just horses and carts.

Gili Trawan­gan is known as the party is­land and has a mul­ti­tude of din­ing and par­ty­ing hotspots at restau­rants and lively bars on the south.

Gili Meno is the ul­ti­mate Robin­son Cru­soe es­cape – with beau­ti­ful beaches and a lo­cal vil­lage ban on late par­ty­ing.

Gili Air is the clos­est of the Gilis to Lom­bok. The white sand beaches are ar­guably the best of the Gili bunch and there’s just enough nightlife to keep the so­cia­ble happy.

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