Best Time to Visit Gili Islands

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On this page, you will find information about the climate and the best time to visit Gili Islands. We created climate tables and charts for the location of Gili Trawangan. These contain details about temperatures, precipitation and more.

Furthermore, we analyzed all climate data and provide a recommendation about which months are best to visit Gili Islands for your holiday.

Climate Overview

Thermometer Symbol 21 °C to 32 °C
Waves Symbol 27 °C to 29 °C
Rainy Cloud Symbol 0.168.5 in (2 – 16 Days of Rain)
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Geographical location: Gili Islands

The Gili Islands are a small group of islands in the northwest of the Indonesian island of Lombok. The archipelago consists of the three sister islands Gili Meno, Gili Air and Gili Trawangan.

The Gili Islands have enjoyed great popularity for years, especially among backpackers, but small boutique hotels with high standards have long since found their way to the island paradises. From Bali the Gili Islands are best reached by speedboat in about 1.5 hours from the ferry port Padang Bai.

Gili Trawangan is the largest and best-known of the three Gilis, and is also often described as a party island. In fact, Trawangan has a collection of hip bars and restaurants with live music. But there is no real hustle and bustle – for example in comparison to Kuta in Bali: To this day, the Gili Islands prefer to travel on foot or by horse-drawn carriage.

Since there are no real roads, motorized vehicles are also unusual. This applies all the more to the smaller islands of Gili Meno and Gili Air. While Gili Meno is perfect for relaxing, Gili Air offers travellers just the right mix of great beaches, fantastic restaurants and pleasant relaxation.

Climate on the Gili Islands

Lombok Trip-1482 (Matiinu Iman Ramadhan)  [flickr.com]  CC BY-ND 
License Information available under 'Proof of Image Sources' The climate of the Gili Islands does not differ from that of the directly neighbouring main island Lombok. Due to its location just south of the equator, the region is characterised by an alternatingly humid climate, which is known as monsoonal-tropical. This means high humidity and warm tropical temperatures all year round.

Compared to Bali, Lombok and the Gili Islands have less rainfall. But the rainy season is also noticeable on Gili Air, Gili Meno and Gili Trawangan. From mid-October there is a change in the weather, November is on average the wettest and most uncomfortable month in terms of weather records.

The rainy season generally runs from about the end of October to the end of March. In recent years, however, there has been heavy precipitation during the dry season as well as several weeks without serious precipitation during the actual rainy season. The inhabitants therefore like to speak of the “weather diva”, who has become somewhat moody.

Best Time to Visit Gili Islands: Overview

JanuaryJan
Rainy Season GilisRainy Season
wet and stickywet + sticky
FebruaryFeb
Rainy Season GilisRainy Season
wet and stickywet + sticky
MarchMar
Rainy Season GilisRainy Season
wet and stickywet + sticky
AprilApr
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mostly perfectmostly perfect climate on
the Gili Islands
MayMay
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PerfectPerf. climate in Gili
Air, Meno & Trawangan
JuneJun
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Air, Meno & Trawangan
JulyJul
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Air, Meno & Trawangan
AugustAug
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Air, Meno & Trawangan
SeptemberSep
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Air, Meno & Trawangan
OctoberOct
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mostly perfectmostly perfect climate on
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NovemberNov
Rainy Season GilisRainy Season
up to 8.5 in of rainof rain
DecemberDec
Rainy Season GilisRainy Season
wet and stickywet + sticky

When to visit the Gili Islands off Lombok?


Despite these irregularities, the classic dry season offers the best conditions for a pleasant trip to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. We are aware that especially backpackers can have fun in the pouring rain, but also the visibility during snorkeling and diving is limited in the rainy season.

The lower humidity is another big advantage for the drying time. We therefore recommend the period from May to September as the absolutely best travel season to the Gili Islands, with minimal restrictions also the (usually much cheaper) transition months of April and October.

Nevertheless, as everywhere else, in the high season – from mid-June to early September – prices rise sharply in all Gili Islands. So if you are travelling individually and have to keep your budget together, you will find the best price-performance ratio, especially at the end and beginning of the rainy season.

Climate Chart Gili Islands

Gili Trawangan

Climate Chart Gili Trawangan
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Source of Data: German Weather Service (Offenbach) and Wikipedia

Climate Table Gili Islands

In the following, you will find the climate table for Gili Islands, containing information about Temperatures, Precipitation, Water Temperatures, and Hours of Sunshine.

Temperatures, Precipitation, Sunshine in Gili Trawangan (Gili Islands)

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Day Temperature31°31°31°32°32°31°30°31°31°32°32°31°
Night Temperature24°24°24°24°23°22°21°21°22°23°24°24°
Water Temperature29°29°29°29°29°28°28°27°27°28°29°29°
Precipitation (inch)3.824.85.313.622.361.060.710.161.14.298.55.51
Rainy days121314117532391614
Hours of Sunshine888899910101099
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Temperatures
The annual average temperature in Gili Trawangan is 27.1 °C.

For comparison: London 11 °C, NYC 12 °C, LA 17.9 °C

Warmest month: April (28 °C)
Coldest month: July (25.5 °C)

The maximum water temperature in Gili Trawangan is 29 °C. You can take a bath at these temperatures.

Months with water temperature of at least 21 °C (adequate for beach vacation):
all months

Precipitation
Overall annual precipitation: 41.26 inch on 109 rainy days

For comparison: London 24.06 in, NYC 41.57 in, LA 12.01 in

Rainy season (months with more than 6.9 in of precipitation): November
Overall precipitation in the rainy season: 8.5 in

You cannot expect snow in any month in Gili Trawangan.

Sunshine
As our climate table shows, September is the sunniest month with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day. Over the year, there are 8.7 hours of sunshine per day on average. For comparison: London has 4.1, NYC has 7 and LA has 8.9 hours of sunshine per day on average.

What do you actually do on the Gili Islands?


The Gili Islands logically do not have the abundance of leisure activities and sights like the big islands Bali and Lombok. During the day, the Gilis are very tasteful, the most popular places to stay are the hip “Beach Clubs” with beautiful sun loungers and cushions right by the sea.

Although tourism has already noticeably affected the corals, the underwater world of the Gili Islands is still an absolute highlight for snorkellers and divers. Turtles are not uncommon here either! There are diving schools on Gili Air and Gili Trawangan, the prices for open water diving courses are extremely reasonable.

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Current Weather and Forecast

Current Weather in Gili Trawangan (Station Pemenang)
moderate rain     moderate rain, 29 °C
Clouds: 40 %       Wind: 2 mph W
Air Pressure: 1006 hPa       Humidity: 74 %
0.04 in of rain (last 3 hours)
Last updated: 4th Dec 2020, 09:22 am
The next days …
4th Dec 20205th Dec 20206th Dec 20207th Dec 20208th Dec 20209th Dec 2020
moderate rain28 °C to 29 °Cmoderate rain28 °C to 29 °Cmoderate rain25 °C to 29 °Cmoderate rain26 °C to 29 °Cmoderate rain26 °C to 28 °Cmoderate rain28 °C to 30 °C
28 °C to 29 °C28 °C to 29 °C25 °C to 29 °C26 °C to 29 °C26 °C to 28 °C28 °C to 30 °C
Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 77 %Clouds: 94 %Clouds: 100 %Clouds: 93 %Clouds: 92 %
0.32 in of rain0.42 in of rain1.04 in of rain0.73 in of rain0.53 in of rain0.29 in of rain
Weather information provided by OpenWeatherMap. (CC BY-SA)
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Indonesia: Regions

Gili Islands is part of the holiday destination Indonesia. We analyzed the climate for additional regions, in order to provide you with information about the best time to visit and the expected holiday weather:

Gili Islands: Experiences of our Visitors

There are 4 reviews for Gili Islands holiday already. Average rating is 4.5 of 5 stars.
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    Susann, 32 years old was there in May

    Full sun, 31° for 7 days, a short 5-minute shower shortly after arrival there, but now I have great beach rainbow photos.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Iza, 34 years old was there in May

    Beautiful island, wonderful weather, only one short rain in 9 days.

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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    Meik , 21 years old was there in February

    Rain”Partial sun breakthrough but rather changeable. It was still very good. Significantly cheaper in the rainy season

    Weather Rating: 3 stars – Mixed

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    Jens, 29 years old was there in October

    Bomb weather on the Gilis, much sun hardly clouds and only a short shower in 8 days. Unforgettable experience!

    Weather Rating: 5 stars – Excellent

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