I had heard a lot about the Gili islands and their beauty before my trip, and was determined to make them part of my Bali itinerary. The speedboat from Bali was about an hour and a half-2 hours. As soon as you arrive at the Gilis, this blue water is surrounding you. Literally jaw dropping as I climbed off the boat into the water. I was in love from the first sight!
Gili T, where I stayed, is the largest of the GIli Islands(Air and Meno being the others). There are no cars, or roads, so the main transport is biking, as well as walking. Upon arrival I started walking into town looking for accommodation. Many places were booked up already as it was the high season but within 20-30 minutes I was able to find a private bungalow for 25$ a night.It is definitely an island for the younger crowd, and the beach bars are really fun! I was mainly looking to dive here, and I did indeed! There's a plethora of dive shops on the island(I counted 10 in a 5 minute walk radius), but I chose Manta Dive due to the fantastic reviews online. After securing the accomodation I went to their dive shop and booked my dives for the next few days. They were so friendly and introduced me to all the dive masters and made me feel welcome. Also their cafe and restaurant is delicious!
The first few minutes of the dive I knew I was in heaven. The water was clearer than anything I had ever experienced! My dive instructor was fast to point out a shark, turtles, and rays on the dive, knowing I was eager to see all those. Other the course of 3 days I did 4 dives on Gili T. Living was easy; wakeup,dive, lunch, dive, chill, sleep. I could get used to that routine!
I would go back to Gili T and the other islands, Gili Air and Gili Meno in a heartbeat. The locals were friendly, the beaches beautiful, probably the best food I had in Indonesia as well! If you want to relax, get away from the busy/touristic feel of Bali, please come to the Gili Islands!