The Gili Islands are world renowned for their white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and fringing coral reefs. They are best visited from Padangbai Harbour on Bali or from Lombok, and can even be visited as a great snorkel day trip from Lombok. The accommodation is not as luxurious as Bali or Lombok but the beaches, snorkeling and seclusion more than makes up for it. Three islands make up the Gili Islands; Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three and, as the most visited, is known by many as a party island, similar to Ko Phangan in Thailand. Gili Meno is probably the least visited and, situated between the other two, has very good snorkelling and a chilled out vibe. Gili Air is the closest island to Lombok and, because of this, has the largest local community.