Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three Gili islands, including Gili Meno and Gili Air. The islands are located about 30 minutes boat ride from the northwest coast of Lombok and 1.5 hours from the east coast of Bali. Gili Trawangan is known as more of a party island than the other two, there are a number of lively bars and clubs on the island.
How to get there
If you’re in Bali you’re looking at about a 1.5 hour boat ride from mainland to Gili Trawangan on a fast boat, the boats usually stop off at Lombok, Gili Air & Gili Meno before reaching Gili Trawangan. If you’re staying in Lombok then it’s only about a 30 minute boat ride to the island which is approximately 1.500.000 IDR, which is £85.00 and $140.00 AUD.
Where to stay
There are heaps of hotels and hostels on Gili Trawangan, as soon as you come off the boat you’ll be overwhelmed with choices. We stayed on the northern end of the island in a hotel, called Trawangan Oasis, just a short ride from the hectic centre. They have 17 bungalows with ensuite bathrooms, televisions and dvd available to borrow, a great swimming pool and lounging area and bikes available to rent! The hotel was one of the pricey ones costing, 518950.00 IDR, which is about £30.00 per night and $50.00 AUD.
Where to eat
Wilson’s retreat is a beachside boutique hotel and restaurant, just 10 minutes walk from Trawangan Oasis. We dined in the fine dining restaurant which was rather romantic sitting in an open air candle lit restaurant next to the ocean. We enjoyed a delicious seafood risotto and indonesian style curry and of course some cocktails!
What to do
Of course you’ve got to soak up the paradise that is Gili Trawangan on the beach with a bintang or two! However if you’re looking for something a bit more active there’s lots of snorkelling day tour from the island, we went on a day trip which including snorkelling equipment and lunch which was about 350000 IDR, £20.00 and $32.00 AUD. We also rented bikes and cycled around the whole island which is a must, we were able to hire bikes from our hostel for as cheap as £5, $8 and 86424.81 IDR!
But my favourite by far was visiting Turtle Point, where we swam with sea turtles. We were recommended to head there after not seeing any turtles on our day trip. When we arrived there was a guy renting snorkeling gear for a couple of quid/dollars, he pointed us in the right direction and told us the afternoon was the best time to see the turtles. After swimming around for about 20 minutes we saw over 6 turtles swimming around, it was amazing.