There are three Gili Islands: Gili Air (literally, water), Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan. Rumor has it that the young, party people hang out at Gili Trwangan; honeymooners (i.e. Eat, Pray, Love) at Gili Meno; and those in between with larger budgets at Gili Air. I opted for the paradise of Gili Trawangan.
After the hustle and bustle of Kuta beach, Gili T’s tranquil lanes, void of cars, teeming with horse-drawn carts and bicycles, are refreshing. The water is the impossible turquoise blue of romantic movies, and because it’s a largely Muslim place cats, rather than dogs, rule the streets and cafes.
If you’re in for a bit of an adventure, don’t make a reservation before you catch your boat to Gili T. Here I outline a very stringent, diligent strategy to find lodging there.
As you can read here, on Gili Trawangan I met an incredible friend and fellow adventurer who referred to herself as “Princess in Paradise.” She pegged it – that’s how I felt the whole time I was on Gili T. I quite literally cried when I left.