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Are the Gili-islands overrated?

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Are the Gili-islands overrated?

I am going to Indonesia this summer, and a lot of people have reccomended the Gili-islands as a must-see spot, especially Gili Trawangan. It's my first time in Indonesia, and I wonder if it really is worth going to Gili? There seems to be a lot of other beautiful places, and we can't seem to decide wether or not to spend a few days on one of the Gili islands.

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1. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

Hi, just spend a few days on the islands and really can recommend them, no cars, no motorbikes...... personally I preferred Gili Meno and Gili Air which are a bit quieter than Gili T.

Quite useful information about the islands and how to get there you can find on

wikitravel: http://wikitravel.org/en/Gili_Islands

and this page: http://gilis.asia/

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2. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

We are on Gili Air now and I can tell you it definitely isn't overrated. It's like something out of a travel magazine with crystal clear waters and soft white sand. Coming from Western Australia where we have some of the nicest beaches in the world it's pretty hard to impress us in that department but impressed I am. Haven't been to Gili T yet but I'm sure you wouldn't regret going.

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3. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

Thank you so much for the feedback! We have decided to stay 3 nights at Gili Meno :) I read that the beaches are best there. I hope we will like it :) Found some bungalows that had good reviews, so I think it will be nice.

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4. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

Well we're on Gili T right now, was at G Air 2 days ago. Loving it. I too am from West Aus where we do have beautiful beaches but there's just that touch of magic at the Gilis. Hey ssssh dont tell anyone!

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5. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

I have to say that I honestly found them overrated. That probably won't be a popular thing to say!

Don't get me wrong, we had a great time while there, we just expected a bit more after hearing so much about them.

There is a really nice small island feel to them which is great. We were disappointed by the beaches though. On Air it's very small, lots of rubbish and also a lot of seaweed and coral. We did a snorkelling trip which was disappointing to say the least.

The beach on Meno was better. We didn't get to Trawangan.

We found the beaches in Kuta (Lombok) to be a lot nicer, though they also have litter problems.

We arrived on Nusa Lembongan today and on first impressions I'd prefer it to Gilis. Having said that they are still nice and worth a visit.

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6. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

Did a day trip around the Gilis 2 days ago and can say with gusto. Definitely NOT overrated. The snorkelling is awesome, beaches are nice. Plenty of places to stay and eat. And very easy to organise travel between Islands.

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7. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

I heard so many different things about the Gili' s I didn't really know what to expect, but I extended my stay here from three day to a week. It's got a buzzy nightlife but at the same time manages to keep in other parts a really chilled vibe. The food is incredible, lot of choice and really fresh. And there's load of places to stay (like 150 hotels!) So don't believe the scare stories when people say they had to sleep on a beach or they know people that have. Honestly, there's heaps of places to stay!

I'd definitely recommend it, get here before it completely commercialises and turns into Koa Phangam or Bali.

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8. Re: Are the Gili-islands overrated?

DO believe stories of people not finding a room especially at peak season, it happened just a few weeks ago. It really depends on when you go and what you are prepared to pay. Glad you are enjoying your stay, I'm guessing you are on Trawangan island ?

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