How to Successfully Travel Gili Island on a Budget?

By comelah, January 03, 2018

When planning for a trip, we want it to be the best and most memorable holiday we’ve ever taken, at least until the one after that. With a long list of destinations, we can travel to most of the world, but many would start with places that are serene and not visited by lots of tourist. We want to kick back at peaceful and beautiful places. The Gili Islands are very popular because of that. Gili, literally small islands in local Sasak, is an archipelago of three smaller islands.

The islands are Gili Trawangan, Gili Air and Gili Meno. Most of the locals live in Gili Trawangan and life here is very different from the frantic bustle of mainland Indonesia. The islands are surrounded by crystal clear waters and boasts rich marine life you can enjoy. It is the epitome of island life.

If you are visiting in summer, getting a perfect sun tan will not be hard. Sandy white beaches give you ample room to choose your spot and soak up the sun. The whole experience you can have from the island is surely different and remarkable. However, if you are on a budget, you will surely think of the best ways on how to enjoy and make the most out of it!
Good thing, we have listed few simple things you have to remember when it comes to that.

Checking Accommodation Options
Just like any other travel destinations, there can be different accommodations available. Accommodation can vary, and there are options in the Gili Islands for every price range. We found backpacker’s rooms, chic boutique rooms, hotels, bungalows and villas. If you can source a Gili Island tour package, accommodation should be included. You should check with the travel agency beforehand, so you know what to expect.
Just like any other travel destinations, there can be different accommodations available. Accommodation can vary, and there are options in the Gili Islands for every price range. We found backpacker’s rooms, chic boutique rooms, hotels, bungalows and villas. If you can source a Gili Island tour package, accommodation should be included. You should check with the travel agency beforehand, so you know what to expect.

Foods and Beverages
There are many places scattered around the island that serve different foods and beverages. Often, free meals are offered by accommodation facilities. We found we could easily get full without being too picky about what we eat. Local warungs, small shops run by locals, cafes and night markets all offer different culinary experiences.

Activities Fees and Attractions
We found a whole host of different activities and attractions to try out. However, these didn’t come for free. Prior research was important and extremely useful, allowing us to know the right amount to pay. From our experience, hiring a personal tour guide allowed us to travel around the island and avoid tourist traps.
Logically, staying longer should cost you more money. However, we found that a longer stay opened up more discounts from tour packages. It also gave us more time to comprehensively explore the islands. You may enjoy higher value for your dollar if you decide on a longer visit to the Gili Islands.

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