Gili Trawagan, Lombok
Welcome to Gili Trawangan – ” Gili T “! The largest island and furthers from the mainland. But easily to reached in less than an hour by local boat and few hours from Bali by fast boat. This is the most famous of the three Gili island with a reputation as “party island”. Gili Trawangan also called by travellers “GILI T”, While this reputation refers to the many fun parties held at different bars and restaurants on the island, it is a misleading description of this lovely place.
The Gili Trawangan beaches invites visitors for swimming, snorkelling, sun bathing, or just lazing around chatting to the locals under the shady trees.
“If you come during the peak season (July, August – December – January) most places are full and doubled prices, an advance booking is a must.
Accommodation in Gili Trawangan
There is a wide variety of accommodations on Gili Trawangan, ranging from simple home stays to up market hotels, bungalows and villas with swimming pools, for more accommodation please see places to stay. There’s a great selection of bars and restaurants to suit all tastes, particularly toward to the southern end, known locally as “Central”. Many of these host night time parties which start late and go on till there are finished.
Gili Trawangan Activities and attractions
The Pasar Seni is good shopping spot for souvenirs and necessities and there are quite few places offering internet access. Dive Companies abound, catering for all levels divers and in many languages. it is possible for snorkellers to accompany dive trips off the island. for activities such as water skiing wake boarding or kayaking, try some of the diving companies.
Glass bottom boats can also be hired for viewing the marine life and the fantastic coral. Trawangan is home to the Gili Eco trust which involves the dive companies and the local community working together to preserve and improve the marine environment around the islands.
As the island known as the party island, many establishment which once laid claim to hosting wild dance parties today trade on their reputation. By a tradition that continuous today, only one establishment per night can play music and host dance party until 4 am of the seven weekly venues hosting parties the one most anticipated by tourists and locals alike are the funk house and hard music parties with local DJ’s in spinning disks.
If wild dance parties are not to your liking, many restaurants and bars, provide a range of more sedate and social gathering point for all fresco dinning and drinking by the waters edge.
To get around the islet, you will not find any Cars or Motorcycles on Gili T because they are prohibited by local living there. The only means of transport are Cidomos, horse drawn carriages. Bicycle rental are available too. Expect higher prices for most tings there since all food and goods must be brought over from the mainland.
Snorkelling is extremely easy just off the shore and there is still an abundant variety of tropical fish species to enjoy. The island id famed for its vast gardens of coral and is one of the best dive spots in Lombok.
The island provide ample opportunities for visitors to do scuba dive with many internationally accredited dive operators base in Lombok. Popular dive company are own and operated by westerners with PADI qualifications and professional standards of safety and environment awareness.
The new Turtle hatchery on the beach are built by Ko Ko Mo Resort with help from funds donated by recent delighted guest. Housing 30 young turtles aged between 5 days and 3 months old.
Gili T Activities
• Swimming off the beach is safe.
• Canoe or Kayak hire is available on Gili islands
• Wind Surfing
• Sunset watching
• Learn To Surf with Adventure Lombok Surf School
Electricity supply are now available on all the three Gilis. The electrical voltage in Indonesia is 220 Volt, if you bring any devices which require recharged at lower voltage (110 Volt) bring an electrical voltage converter or ask the hotel where you stay for STAVOLT.