Introduction to Gili Trawangan
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!
How to go to Gili Trawangan from Bali?
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).
Diving in Indonesia
If you plan to go to Indonesia, there is one thing you can definitely put on your list: scuba diving! You can dive about anywhere in Indonesia, and admire the Indonesian fishes and barrier reef. You will see the coral, which is made up of over 600 species.
If you are a total beginner, you can learn in very cheap places like Gili Islands or Lombok.
The main places to dive
- Manado, Sulawesi
- Komodo National Park, Flores
- Raja Ampat, Papua
- Wakatobi, Sulawesi
- Pulau Weh, Sumatra
- Gili Islands, Lombok
Muck Diving in Indonesia
Indonesia has such a diversified eco systerm and offers terrific muck diving opportunities. The photographers will be glad to see rare species like the mimic octopus, the ornate ghost pipefish or the flamboyant cuttlefish. The macro lovers would love diving in Indonesia and especially in Lembeh strait, in North of Sulawesi, which is the best location to take some incredible pictures.
You can also find some other places in the North of Bali at dives sites like Seraya Secret or Secret Bay. The upcoming popular diving spot is Raja Ampat, with its high biodiversity, considered as the biggest one in the world! The photographers are coming from all around the world to take some photos of this place and these rare species.
If you dive in Indonesia, you will be able to find some shipwrecked in the deepest level of the Indonesian submarine levels.
The most famous shipwrecked is the world class dive site locatedin Tulamben on the North East coast of Bali. Called “US Liberty Ship”, it is considered among the best wreck diving site in the world. You will also be able to see other shipwrecked from the Second Word War in Papua too.
How to dive in Indonesia?
It is easy to find a place to dive in Indonesia. Most of the diving centers are located in the touristic areas. There are some diving places where it is better to explore like Komodo, the Celebes and Raja Ampat for instance.
You should also pay attention to the diving center you choose. Some have very low stafety standards, so you better check twice for your own safety!
Best time to dive in Indonesia?
You will be able to dive in Indonesia the whole year. But it is important to remember that Indonesia is a very large country and the weather conditions can vary from place to place, so you should check in advance the weather conditions before you plan to go diving in Indonesia. Even if basically, we have the rainy season from November to March, and the dry season from April to October. The best season is the dry one, with a clear visibility for diving.
Snorkeling in Indonesia
Divers can also snorkeling in Indonesia and actually, there are some interesting spots for it. It is possible to rent a cheap snorkel gear for the day and explore the marine landscape by yourself or you can also arrange a day trip with local people or friends. You can snorkeling around numerous islands like Amed, Bunaken, Tulamben or even Padang.
Plenty options are offered to you so if you are keen on diving why shouldn’t you book a trip to Indonesia and explore the amazing Indonesian reef?