These small coral-fringed islands have become enormously popular with visitors who come for the very simple pleasures of sun, snorkelling and socialising. It's cheap, and the absence of cars, motorbikes and hawkers adds greatly to the pleasure of staying on the Gilis. Indeed, the islands' popularity is a backhanded boon, as numbers sometimes exceed the available rooms and raise environmental pressure, especially regarding waste disposal and the supply of fresh water.
Most accommodation is in basic bungalows, and there are shuttle boats between the islands so you can sleep on one and swim from another. Visitors should respect the islanders' sensibilities by not swimming nude (or topless, for women), and covering shoulders and knees when away from the beach.