Hostels in Gili Islands Hostels in Gili Islands

You are looking for hostels in Gili Islands? Good news, you have come to the right place.

On this page we list every single city with hostels and other budget accommodations. helps you to find your Gili Islands hostel and compare its prices on the major booking sites such as Hostelworld, Hostelsclub and So you can sleep on a budget and save money while backpacking Gili Islands.

All Cities in Gili Islands

We list every single hostel in Gili Islands and the world. In total, we have 3 cities in Gili Islands for you. Please note that not all cities actually have a hostel to stay in. Below you can filter for cities with hostels and with no hostels-type accommodation, but guesthouses and budget hotels. This will help your planning.

All Gili Islands hostels on a map

Alright, you are more the visual type? Planning your trip with a map is always handy.

Therefore, this map shows you all cities with hostels in Gili Islands. It will help you to plan your trip. Just zoom in the map and click your destination for more details. Just so you know: If we do not have a hostel in a city, it is likely that there is no hostel in that city.

Our handwritten guide on Backpacking Gili Islands

Just to the west of the island of Lombok are the paradise islands of Gili Islands, Indonesia. These three islands are only a short boat ride away from the mainland and you can easily hop from one island to the other. The islands are surrounded by pristine white, sandy beaches and they host a wide range of activities including snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and also partying.

The three Gilis all have their distinct character. Gili Trawangan, or colloquially called Gili T, is furthest removed from the mainland and is known as the party island. It is the busiest and most touristy island of the three. Gili Meno, which lies in the middle, is known as the honeymoon island. It is by far the most quiet and least developed of the islands, making it an ideal place for newlyweds. Gili Air, the island that is closest to the mainland, is more quiet than Gili T but still there are many activities to be done here. Come here if you want to avoid the crowds and the noise and relax in a natural environment. Plenty of diving schools operate from Gili Air and some wonderful diving can be done from all three of the islands. In these blue waters, you can feel like a mermaid diving between the corals together with giant sea turtles and the infamous mola mola, a fish so big several divers can fit in.

An interesting fact is that none of the islands allow motorized traffic. That means no noisy motorbikes or cars driving around! Instead you can take a bicycle or horse cart to drive around the islands. The islands are actually small enough to be explored on foot.

When it comes to Gili Islands, Indonesia hostels, Gili T as a backpacking haven has the largest range of options. You do not need to look far, because Gili Islands, Indonesia hostels are scattered across the island. Gili Air and Gili Meno have a somewhat smaller range but a few gems of Gili Islands, Indonesia hostels are also found here.

To reach the islands, you can take a boat from Bangsal Harbour on Lombok, or take the fast boat directly from Bali. To travel between the islands, take a small public boat at the island's harbour. Public boats leave at irregular times whenever they are filled up with people.

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Travel Tips for Gili Islands - from the Community

Hey fam! Here are a few more tips from the community, from them to you, and you to them. This space is dedicated for travellers to share their best tips on backpacking Gili Islands. Have a closer look - the Hostelz community share real hidden gems, insider knowledge and overall impressions of Gili Islands. Everyone is welcome to add something useful, funny, unexpected and the "absolutely necessary to know before you go" - share, share and then share a little more!

FAQ on Hostels in Gili Islands

There is a lot of travel planning to do. So let us help you once again by putting together the frequently asked questions:

Finding Hostels and Prices

What hostel booking sites are best to use?

There is several hostel booking sites, such as, and While every platform has its pros and cons, there is a universal truth you as a traveler should be aware of: Not a single booking site can always offer the best prices.

This is where comes in. You can compare all major booking portals with one click.

For you as a traveler, is the best booking site to actually save money.

How much are hostels in Gili Islands?

Prices always vary, depending on various factors. Weekends tend to be more expensive, same goes for special holidays. Please also take into account local vaction time.

You can search for exacty hostel prices in Gili Islands here on Pick your destination and pick a date. The system will track down the prices to give an idea of what budget and prices you can expect.

When to book hostels?

If you want to stay at the best hostels, it is a good idea to have your hostel booked around 1 month before you travel. For the regular hostels, booking one week before should be okay. Yet again, this always depends.

We dedicated a full article to the topic of when to book hostels.


Safety and Packing

Are hostels in Gili Islands safe?

Generally speaking, hostels are as safe as you make them. We highly recommend always to bring your own padlock, using the lockers and taking care of your belongings. Make sure you pick a safe hostel, offering lockers and a safe location. Please always pay attention to the reviews; they can give you a great insight on what to expect and safety tips.

What to pack when staying in hostels?

There is a few basics you should always pack when staying in hostels.

  1. Padlock
  2. Earplugs
  3. Sleeping Mask
  4. Quick Dry Travel Towel
  5. Head Lamp

There is more actually. We wrote a complete guide with more details. Read our full hostel packing list.

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