Gili Trawangan is the biggest of the 3 Gili islands, and the first one who opened its gates to tourism. But the island has lost its authenticity because of the mass tourism these last few years. You will find numerous hotels, restaurants and boutiques. If you are looking for the crowd and a lively nightlife, you came to the right place!
From Bali, it is quite easy to reach Gili Trawangan by speedboat. If you live in the South (Bukit, Seminyak, Kuta, Legian, Sanur) or in the center (Ubud, Sidemen) you should take the speedboat from the harbour of Padangbai. The trip from from Padangbai to Gili Trawangan last only one hour and thirty minutes! And if you live on East of Bali in Amed or Tulamben, you can join Gili Trawangan straight from Amed within an hour!
4 things to do at Gili Trawangan
Bali is known to be a fantastic place for outdoor activities. Thanks to the richness of its environment and its biodiversity, you can find many activities and enjoy the beauty of Gili Trawangan. One of them is snorkeling, you will be able to see the reef and the fishes around Gili.
There is a route that goes through the entire island. Only a few morsel of the route is in the sand and you would have to push your bike with your hands. But most of the part can be made by bike. This is the best way to get used to the island and get to know the best spots around: the restaurants, the boutiques and bars. You will even be able to bike at night without any problem.
Admire the sunset
To watch the sunset, you would have to go to the West of the island. You can go through the south road, or even cross the island through the roads in the middle of the islands.
Make some boat party
During the dry season, many parties are organized in Gili. You only have to buy a ticket and be part of big parties in a cruise. Most of the people you will find there are foreigners and you will find musics and an atmosphere close from what you can see in the most famous boat party in the world!
Places to eat in Gili Trawangan
Eating on Gili Trawangan is way more expensive than on the other islands of Gili, and more expensive than Lombok or Bali as well. It is almost impossible to find any warung, where we can eat well for 15,000 rupees.
Diner at Green Café
In the evening at 19pm, is taking place the night market close from the harbor. A lot of merchants are proposing brochettes among many other meals. Although this is a night market, this is not a local place anymore and everything is designed for tourists.
But the Green Café offered a wide range of plates, for very affordable prices. The dishes are tasty and you can have a regular meal for 30,000 to 40,000 rupees per person ($2 to $3).
Eat a pizza in a gazebo on piles
The restaurant Coral Beach Pizza is famous in Gili Trawangan for its traditional pizzas and its gazebo on piles overlooking the sea. Order a pizza or anything else, the menu gives Indonesian and western dishes, and enjoy the gazebo with a great view on the sea. This experience is not something you want to miss! The dishes and the pizzas are about 40 to 60,000 rupees ($3 to $4).