Gili Islands is a small archipelago of three islands just off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia. It is the most loved and popular tourist retreat in Lombok area. For long, the islands were the primary destination of backpackers. However, with changing times, Gili islands have become a known scuba diving location. These quite islands have a decent tourist infrastructure of accommodations, restaurants, cafes and bars. The restaurants serve delicious local and international culinary delights. The absence of vehicles and motorbikes has made this area a very peaceful and quite corner. There are countless opportunities for diving and snorkeling. The archipelago is known as Turtle Capital of the world. The water temperatures remain 28°C on the average all round the year and as a result divers and snorkeling enthusiasts keep coming to the islands. There are some 25 dive sites in the area with a variety of landscape and topography. There are slopes, walls, ridges and canyons in the area. Among the inhabitants of this area are included Black and White Tip Shark, turtles (lots of them), lionfish, scorpion fish, cuttle fish, octopus and moray eels. The underwater flora includes hard and soft corals and sponges. The reefs in the area host a variety of critters and macro life as well. You can expect to see frogfish, flying gunard, shrimps, nudibranch and pygmy seahorses in these reefs.
The Gili Islands can be accessed from Lombok and Bali by boat and also from the island of Nusa Lembongan. Boats from Bali leave from Sanur Beach and Padang Bai ferry terminal, boats from Lembongan depart from Jungutbatu beach and boats from Lombok (local boat) leave from Bangsal Harbour or (by fast boat) from Teluk Nara and Teluk Kodek.