History

While the Gilis have served as landfall for fishermen and a base for Japanese military, permanent settlement only began in the 1970s, inititated by Bugis fishermen from Sulawesi. Gili T was then discovered by travellers in the 1980s, seduced by the white-sand beaches and coral reefs. By the late 1990s it had mutated into a kind of tropical Ibiza, a stony idyll where you could rave away from the eyes of the Indonesian police. And then the island began to grow up – resident Western hedonists morphed into entrepreneurs, diving rivalled partying in the economy, and outside money poured in to build resorts.