As on Gili Air, most of the island restaurants do not take credit cards. When ordering, always check whether the fish is fresh or frozen. Most places offer frozen fish during the day and a fresh fish barbecue in the evening. Various restaurants serve pizzas from their own wood-burning ovens. BiBi's Cafe, part of Villa Nautilus , is also a good choice for pizza and Indonesian food.

Located on the northeast of the island, Balenta Café (tel. 08/1933122903; Rp20,000 -- 50,000) is ideal for day-trippers from Gili T. The kitchen offers a daily catch served to your order or as a delicious fish satay. Stop by in advance to tell them if you are hoping to visit for lunch and dinner and would like fresh fish -- that way you are guaranteed it. The restaurant also has a turtle hatchery with a breeding program.

Beach Café (Rp25,000) is a simple idyllic beach bar serving a mean curry and the usual local offerings. After supper, lie beside the fire lit on the beach in the softest sand and enjoy star gazing.


Situated bang in the middle of the main drag, visit Rust Warung (tel. 08/1805241600; Rp15,000 -- 50,000) in the evening for one of the island's best seafood barbecues. You can often enjoy listening to someone strumming on a guitar.

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.