ATMs -- There is only one ATM among the three islands, in front of Hotel Vila Ombak, Gili T. Bring cash.
Business Hours -- Most restaurants on the islands are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but exact times are nebulous. During high season, restaurants will open early and close late due to the influx of customers; in the low season, opening and closing times will depend on if they think customers are nearby. In low season, opening times are not guaranteed. Therefore, we have not listed opening and closing times for most restaurants.
Credit Cards -- You'll have the most luck trying to pay with a credit card at some of the bigger resorts, private villas, and dive schools on Gili T (with a 3% to 5% surcharge). Unless otherwise noted, accommodations and restaurants do not accept credit cards.
Doctors -- All of the islands have a nurse available who can treat basic first aid conditions. For more serious conditions, a doctor's surgery is available 24 hours on Gili T behind Vila Ombak.
Electricity -- Each of the Gilis suffer from a shortage of electricity. Sometimes the local electric company cuts the supply, so you can find yourself walking and dining under the stars. Most accommodations and restaurants on Gili Meno and Gili Air do not have backup generators, but many of the bigger resorts on Gili Trawangan do.
Etiquette -- The majority of Gili Islanders are Muslim, so please have respect and display as little nudity as you can. Do not sunbathe topless. Bikinis should be limited to the beach only.
Internet Access -- There are enough Internet cafes and shops that offer Internet access on the islands but they are all painfully slow. Expect to pay about Rp500 a minute. Some villas and premises on Gili T now offer free Wi-Fi.
Police -- There are no police on any of the islands, which partly accounts for the relaxed vibe. Any thefts, harassments, or complaints can be made to the island Kepala Desa (Head of the Village). They take crime very seriously and will go to extreme lengths to ensure the issue is cleared up, generally taking matters into their own hands. Most of the people associated with the Kepala Desa do not speak English, so always take someone from your hotel or villa with you and give them a contribution of thanks for their efforts. For insurance purposes you may need to visit the nearest police station in Mataram, Lombok.
Post Office -- There are no post offices on any of the islands. However, you can buy stamps from William's Bookshop on Gili T. Some hotels will post letters if you ask nicely.
Seasons -- High season is July, August, Christmas, New Years, and Nyepi (Balinese New Year, typically either Mar or Apr). Book months in advance as accommodations, though plentiful on Gili T, fill quickly and some find themselves camping on the beach (although many are there possibly because they couldn't find their way home). During low season, things are decidedly quieter. Though most accommodations prices are open to negotiation any time of the year, you'll have more success during the low season. Rainy season falls between November and April with less rain than Bali and Lombok, but it is still worth a visit during these times.
Shopping -- Various small kiosks sell drinks, snacks, basic food, toiletries, and suntan lotion on all three islands. Prices are considerably higher than the mainland. A few stalls and shops make and sell souvenirs items, but you're best off doing your souvenir shopping on the larger islands.
Travel Agents -- Perama Tours has offices on all the islands and can arrange transportation back to Lombok and Bali. They can also arrange a selection of tours to the nearby islands.
Water -- The Gilis do not have freshwater. Do not drink water from the tap. Bottled water is widely available. Make sure the bottles are sealed.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.