Three tiny islands jut off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, in the Bali Sea.
crystal waters and sugary sand.
The water is as clear as a swimming pool and blends from turquoise to deep azul.
Boats loaded with bronzed backpackers and locals alike make their way between islands.
Cars are prohibited on the islands so your main form of transport is your feet, bike, or horse drawn carriage.
Life is slower here. Cat naps are usually part of the order of the day ...
Sunsets are a big production here. They bring out the crowds, but they deliver day in and day out.
Back on the mainland of Lombok, you somehow find yourself on a deserted beach straight out of a movie.
The sand is so white it almost hurts your eyes to look at it ... almost.
And we chase the sunset from beach to beach.
After 5 days at the Gilis, we bid adieu to these windswept, sun bleached islands,
not sure if we'll ever return but grateful to have dipped our toes in their waters
at least once.