Four months have gone by since I first visited this paradise in Indonesia, yet the lucid memory of this place never fails to make me smile. I had the worst first day in touristy Kuta in Bali and wanted to leave the place as soon as possible. I had heard about this magical place, where time just stops and the party never ends but I had to see it to believe it. Everything that I had heard about this place does not justify the marvel that it is. Now imagine a place with pristine beaches, kind locals, mouth-watering food and amazing nightlife – well this is Gili Islands for you!
How to reach Gili Islands?
It is super easy to enter Indonesia as an Indian, thanks to the 30-day visa free entry for us. I took a round-trip flight to Bali from Delhi for approximately Rs 15,000. The best way to reach Gili Islands from Bali is to take a fast boat, which costs around 500,000 Indonesian Rupiah (Rs 2400) for a round trip. The boat company arranges a pickup from hotels in touristy areas such as Kuta as the trip starts usually from Sanur, one of the ports in Bali. The return ticket is generally open ended and you have to confirm your reservation with the respective company two days before the departure date. You can commute across the three Gili Islands using the inexpensive local boats. Unlike any other boat trip, this 1.5 hour ride to the island is the beginning of the party that you are in for, complete with beer and music on board.
How expensive is Gili Island?
Travelling in Indonesia is pretty cheap. There are diverse options available to suit the needs of all kinds of travellers. You can find mind-blowing hostels for as cheap as 50000 Indonesian Rupiah (Rs 204) for a night. You can also book a luxury villa on the beach to spoil yourself for as low as 400000 Indonesian Rupiah(Rs2000) . Drinks on the island are pretty inexpensive as well, with the average price of a beer at a fancy beach bar being around 40000 Indonesian Rupiah(Rs200). An amazing variety of food is available on the island at very reasonable prices too.