For many years, the Gili Islands - Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno - have lured backpackers, divers and beach-lovers alike, drawn by the promise of that perfect paradise experience. Each of the three islands has their own particular charm, but all offer great diving for beginners and more advanced divers, good options for families plus a fantastic range of accommodation and nightlife possibilities.

GILI ISLANDS HIGHLIGHTS
  • Great visibility and easy conditions
  • Encounter turtles, reef sharks, cuttlefish and even mantas
  • Perfect destination for an Open Water course, or to advance your skills
  • Great for divers with families
Beautiful beaches
Turtles
Great nightlife
Learn to dive
Reef sharks
Ideal For
SINGLES
COUPLES
FAMILIES
GROUPS
Diving at the Gili Islands

The Gili islands are sheltered from the currents and upwellings that flow through the Lombok Strait and make the dive sites in eastern Bali so rich. Normally the water is warm and clear, meaning better conditions underwater, but less diversity of marine life. All the islands are ringed by coral reefs, some in better condition than others, and dive sites are mostly shallow sloping reefs with sand or rubble at around 25m+.  Some sites have deeper areas with channels or 'canyons' separated by coral ridges and there are isolated pinnacles and plateaus further away from the islands.  The coral around all of the Gilis has suffered in the past but things are improving and there are some very nice hard corals, undulating gardens of soft corals and sea fans, whips and large sponges in the deeper areas.

The marine life is generally good with lots of colourful reef fish in the shallows to keep beginners and snorkelers interested.  Small schools of snappers, sweetlips, goatfish and barracuda can all be seen, as well as the occasional napoleon wrasse and bumphead parrotfish.  There are always plenty of lionfish, morays, scorpionfish and stingrays, as well as mantis shrimps and anemones with transparent commensal shrimps.  The Gilis are certainly not considered ‘muck’ destinations, but if you spend some time searching, you can find a few 'critters'.  Giant frogfish are guaranteed, whilst ghost pipefish, leaf scorpionfish, ribbon eels, nudibranchs and even pygmy seahorses can be found with a bit of help from the dive guides.

The Gilis are also capable of a few surprises.  Rather than reefs and abundant fish life, it is the friendly turtles and cuttlefish, small reef sharks and, in the right season, close encounters with manta rays that make the islands special for many divers. Hawksbill and green turtles can be seen on most sites and there are a few places where they are pretty much guaranteed.  Large cuttlefish are also very common.  Whitetip and blacktip reef sharks are frequently seen and, in the season, divers have a good chance of diving with manta rays.

DIVING DETAILS
Type
Reef, learning
Level
Beginner upwards
Diving Season
All year round
Depth
5 - 30m
Visibility
10 - 25m
Temperature
27 - 29c
SPECIES
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Blacktip reef shark
Likely
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Devil ray
Possible
Devil ray
Possible
Devil ray
Possible
Devil ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Eagle ray
Possible
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Schooling Reef Fish
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Trevally
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Giant frogfish
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Plentiful reef life
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Snorkeling at the Gili Islands

The warm, clear seas, gentle currents and shallow reefs make the Gili Islands a perfect destination for snorkelers. And with the fish life, turtles and even manta rays up in the shallows during the season, it is sometimes easier to snorkel rather than dive! At many of the resorts, non-diving guests can join the dive boat and have a snorkel guide join them to point out interesting marine life and keep an eye open for any boats in the area. There are also many fantastic sites - such as the Biorock artificial reefs - where snorkelers have a great opportunity to witness and learn about reef restoration. 

Given how conducive the conditions are to learning on the Gili Islands, snorkelers may wish to take the plunge and book a course.

DIVING DETAILS
Diving Season
All year
Temperature
27 - 29C
SPECIES
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Whitetip reef shark
Very Likely
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Manta Rays
Possible
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Green turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Hawksbill turtle
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
Artificial reefs
Very Likely
About the Gili Islands

Situated off the northwest coast of Lombok, the Gili Islands are considered by many to be the perfect tropical getaways. The three different islands have something to offer everyone - those looking for more nightlife can head to Gili Trawangan, whilst Gili Meno and Air are more tranquil. All have that perfect mix of white sand beaches, coconut palms and a sleepy, ‘island life’ atmosphere and of course, that beautiful, inviting sea.

Where to stay

The Gili Islands first found fame in the 1980’s and 90’s as a popular stop on the SE Asia backpacker trail and developed a reputation as a party destination, in particular Gili Trawangan. Today, the tourism industry on the islands has evolved, and there is a huge range of different accommodation options - from tiny backpacker hostels and funky dive resorts, to boutique villas and sophisticated resorts.

Getting to the Gili Islands

The best way to reach the islands is from Bali using one of the many private transfer boats that run regular daily schedules. Alternatively, visitors can use the public ferry that runs between Bali and Lombok, or fly to Lombok and make the transfer by road. Given the ease and cost, the transfer boats from Bali are by far the best option. Resorts can also arrange transfers.

Seasons & Weather

Diving the Gilis is year round.  July to September, and December to January are normally the busiest seasons and many of the best options for accommodation get booked up in advance.  April to June is hot and dry, with great diving conditions - although you can get winds blowing from the south and southwest, making some sites more difficult to dive. The rains arrive between December and February/March, which means lots of plankton and lower visibility, but a better chance to see manta rays.  Generally, the visibility around the Gilis is 15-25m+ in the mornings, less as the winds pick up later in the day.  In the rainy season this drops to 10-15m, but can be worse with tidal changes and algal blooms.

Conservation in Gili Islands

In the 1980’s and 90’s the reefs around the three Gili Islands were damaged by the use of destructive fishing methods, the impact of a powerful El Nino event and by unregulated tourism. However, from 2000 onwards, the businesses and communities on the islands realised that something would have to be done to protect the reefs and the Gili Eco Trust and Gili Island Dive Association were born. Together, these organisations help to conserve the reefs and regenerate areas that were damaged in the past, develop solutions for waste management and strive to educate businesses, locals and tourists alike about sustainable tourism and conserving the environment.

Read more about the work being doing on the islands in our article about Conservation on the Gili Islands.

OTHER AVAILABLE RESORTS

Tailored for you
FEATURED PACKAGES

7Seas Dive Gili is one of the best locations to take your PADI Open Water course. This 5 day, 4 night package is run by some of the Gill’s best instructors and gives you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful island scenery.

  • 4 nights accommodation in a Superior or Deluxe Bungalow
  • Daily breakfast set
  • PADI Open Water Diver Course: gear, 
guide & insurance included
  • 1 hour spa treatment
  • Traditional horse-cart tour around Gili Air
  • Transfer from / to Bali

  • Lunch & dinner
  • Beverages

Learn to Dive on Gili Air

Complete your Open Water course on stunning Gili Air at the beautiful 7SEAS cottages

Duration
5 Days
4 Nights
Starts At US$570
Diving

Enjoy 9 days, 8 nights of diving, relaxation and island life, staying in a shared standard room at the beautiful Villa Almarik. This package includes 10 boat dives around the Gilis. Upgrades to a superior or deluxe room and meal packages are available - please let us know your preferences when making a booking. High season rates may apply - we can confirm these when you make an enquiry.

  • Accommodation in standard room, sharing
  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • 1x massage
  • Snacks and drinks on boat
  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • Course material and certification, if doing a course
  • Equipment rental, when doing a course
  • Transfer from Bali to resort and back, to Padangbai or Serangan, or between resort and Lombok airport
  • Equipment rental, unless doing a course
  • Lunch and dinner

Ultimate Gilis Diving

at Villa Almarik

Dive, eat, sleep, repeat - the best diving in the Gilis

Duration
9 Days
8 Nights
Starts At US$873
Diving

The ultimate combination!  5 nights at the Lotus Bungalows in Candidasa, and 4 nights at Villa Almarik on Gili Trawangan, including  a total of 12 dives and accommodation in a shared standard room. Upgrades to a superior room at both resorts and meal packages are available - please let us know your preferences when making a booking.

  • 8 dives at Lotus bungalows, 4 dives at Villa Almarik
  • Transfer between resorts
  • Welcome drinks
  • Breakfast at both resorts
  • Afternoon tea at Villa Almarik
  • 1x massage at Lotus
  • 1x massage at Villa Almarik
  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • Snacks and lunch on boat during dive days from Lotus Bungalows
  • Equipment rental
  • Transfers to airport
  • Lunch and dinner

Bali & the Gilis Combo

at Lotus Bungalows

Dive the best of Bali and the Gilis in one trip

Duration
10 Days
9 Nights
Starts At US$1150
Diving
More options
STANDARD PACKAGES

Gili Dive Package

at Villa Almarik

Explore the reefs of the Gili Islands

Duration
6 Days
5 Nights
Starts At US$560

6 days, 5 nights staying in a shared standard room at the beautiful Villa Almarik - with enough time to dive, enjoy the beach and relax. This package includes 6 boat dives around the Gilis. Upgrades to a superior or deluxe room and meal packages are available - please let us know your preferences when making a booking. High season rates may apply - we can confirm these when you make an enquiry.

  • Accommodation in standard room, sharing
  • Welcome drink
  • Buffet breakfast
  • Afternoon tea
  • 1x massage
  • Snacks and drinks on boat
  • Free nitrox for certified divers
  • Course material and certification, if doing a course
  • Equipment rental, when doing a course
  • Transfer from Bali to resort and back, to Padangbai or Serangan, or between resort and Lombok airport
  • Equipment rental, unless doing a course
  • Lunch and dinner
Diving

Explore the Gilis

7 days and 10 dives with one of the Gili's best resorts and dive centres

Duration
7 Days
6 Nights
Starts At US$595

This fantastic package gives you the perfect length of time to dive and explore all that the Gili Islands have to offer - both above and below the waves. Divers have the choice of accommodation in Superior Rooms or Deluxe Cottages and a variety of different activities such as spa treatments and a tour of the island is included in the package. Upgrades are available for family bungalows or a private villa.

  • 6 nights accommodation in a Superior or Deluxe Bungalow
  • Daily breakfast set
  • 10 day dives: gear, 
guide and insurance included
  • 1 hour spa treatment
  • Traditional horse-cart around island Gili Air
  • Transfer from / to Bali
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Beverages
Diving

Dive in to the Gili Islands

4 days and 5 dives with one of the Gili's best resorts and dive centres

Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Starts At US$365

For those with a little less time, this 4 day, 3 night package with 5 dives is the perfect way to sample the fabled underwater environment of the Gili Islands. Divers have the choice of accommodation in Superior Rooms or Deluxe Cottages and a variety of different activities such as spa treatments and a tour of the island is included in the package. Upgrades are available for family bungalows or a private villa.

  • 3 nights accommodation in a Superior or Deluxe Bungalow
  • Daily breakfast set
  • 5 day dives: gear, 
guide and insurance included
  • 1 hour spa treatment
  • Traditional horse-cart around island Gili Air
  • Transfer from / to Bali
  • Lunch & dinner
  • Beverages
Diving

Improve your diving skills on Gili Air

Complete your Advanced Open Water and take your diving to the next level

Duration
4 Days
3 Nights
Starts At US$515

7Seas Dive Gili is one of the best locations to take learn and improve your skills. This 4 day, 3 night package is run by some of the Gill’s best instructors and gives you plenty of time to enjoy the beautiful island scenery.

  • 3 nights accommodation in a Superior or Deluxe Bungalow
  • Daily breakfast set
  • PADI Advanced Open Water course: gear, 
guide & insurance included
  • 1 hour spa treatment
  • Traditional horse-cart tour around Gili Air
  • Transfer from / to Bali

  • Lunch & dinner
  • Beverages
  • Any air fares
Diving

Rescue Diver & EFR Courses

Become a Rescue Diver and complete your EFR - the final steps before going pro!

Duration
8 Days
7 Nights
Starts At US$765

7Seas Dive Gili is the perfect place to complete your Rescue Diver and EFR courses - the final step before going pro. This 8 day, 7 night package gives you 2 days for your EFR and 5 days for the Rescue Course. Your final step before going Pro!

  • 7 nights accommodation in a Superior Bungalow, double occupancy basis
  • Daily breakfast
  • PADI Rescue and EFR courses: gear, 
guide included
  • 1 hour spa treatment
  • Traditional horse-cart tour around Gili Air
  • Transfer from / to Bali

  • Lunch & dinner
  • Beverages
Diving