Northwest of the Lombok island you can find three small islands: Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. You can get to them either by a local boat from the Bangsal harbor or by combined transport (a taxi and a speedboat) from Bali. In the first case, the journey takes ten minutes, in the other, two or three hours. All the islands have beautiful beaches with absolutely clear water and their reefs offer the best possible conditions for diving and snorkeling.
Gili Trawangan is rather a party vacation spot - a disco island. There is a number of resorts and bungalows with prices ranging from 10 dollars to 300 dollars per night. But the island itself is very busy and most of the tourists are tattooed from head to toe. The atmosphere here is tempestuous but pleasant. The island of Gili Air is much less touristy, but it is cuter and cheaper. It has beautiful beaches and you can find places where nobody comes for a whole day. Gili Meno is the smallest and the quietest of the Gili Islands. We go there every year to relax since 2012 for four to six weeks. Beautiful sea, peace and quiet, hammocks, lovely and warm climate, good food, cats and fresh mango, melon and pineapple juice are things that nobody would refuse, and the local Bintang beer is also very good. All this plus low prices for accommodation - that is just the right combination for us. There has never been any car on any of the islands. When you need to get from one place to another, you can use the services of a horse-drawn cart. The islands measure between three and five kilometers in circumference. Here, the low tide is an excellent phenomenon because the water recedes very far, and so, in certain parts of day, you have to walk up to 150 meters before you reach the sea. Lots of fish, turtles and other animals get stuck in the pools, this way they can be easily observed. The water in the pools heats up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit during the day.
At that time, the exposed corals which are usually under the water can be seen above its surface. For twenty minutes, on a single day in a month, it is possible to see a wonderful natural phenomenon: the rays of the rising sun flood the corals and light them up in a wide spectrum of colors.