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The Gili Islands, Turtle capital of the world!

 Posted by , May 22, 2011 at 12:02:15 :: Indonesia

The Gili Islands (Indonesian: Tiga Gili [Three Gilis], Kepulauan Gili [Gili Islands]) are an archipelago of three small islands — Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air — just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia.

View of Gili Air, second smallest of the Gilis (Gili Islands), just off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia

Arcing away from the northwest corner of Lombok, are three idyllic atolls, where the sand is still powdery white, the water a clear sparkling turquoise, and the sunsets over Bali’s volcano Mt. Agung in the west simply spectacular.

Home to the largest Irish bar on the smallest island in the world, an authentic Japanese sushi restaurant, a turtle hatchery, ominous sounding dive sites like ‘Shark Point’, 62 Bio Rock reef regeneration projects, and miles and miles of white sandy beaches, Lombok's Gili islands, or The Gilis for short, makes a surprisingly ideal getaway destination for everyone of all ages.

The name "Gili Islands" is a misnomer, because Gili simply means "small island" in Sasak. As a result most of the islands around the coast of Lombok have Gili in their names, although confusion is averted by referring (in English) to the other Gilis around the Lombok coast by their proper names only.


Some efforts on the Gili islands are been taken to preserve the natural turtle habitat that is so abundant there. Eggs are collected by the local people and rather than being sold to a market they are bought by the sanctuary and placed in secure incubation areas. After hatching the turtles are kept in holding tanks until they are large and healthy enough to be released into the sea. The turtles can be seen very easily by either just snorkelling or diving.

Gili Islands, Indonesia

For more information about the Gili Islands, visit Gili-Paradise or Gili Islands Travel .

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