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).
Indonesia: the new Eldorado for perfect holidays
Indonesia has already attracted lots of tourists
Indonesia is seeing increasing growth in the number of foreign tourists, with arrivals growing by 7.19% last year to 9.44 million.
Between January and April of this year, foreign tourists have made 3.05 million visits to Indonesia. But we have not spent the peak period yet so an increase can still be expected in later quarters.
These tourists represent a great target and bring money to the country helping it to develop its GDP. Each foreign tourist spent an average of $1,200 per visit.
When people usually travel?
The peak travel period is usually during the dry season between June and October because the weather is perfect, it does not rain a lot, and the sun is always present. However, lots of people escape the cold winter in their country to enjoy the cool weather of Indonesia in December.
Where do the go?
The most popular destination in Indonesia is Bali. It is renowned especially for its surfing area in Uluwatu, in the south of the island but not only. In Bali we can admire some rice paddies near Ubud, chill out on white sands beaches or even dive in the north. Everything is pleasant, and the landscapes are diverse from lush vegetation to typical temples or paradisiac beaches.
How long are they staying?
A tourist stays in Indonesia about 7,6 days. It is average as tourists from Europe spend up to 12 days to make profitable the time spent on the plane and the high price while Asian visitors spend around five days.
The industry is expected to grow again
The Ministry of Tourism aims to increase tourism’s contribution to the country’s GDP from 9% in 2014 to 15% by 2019. For that, it has a budget of 1.3 trillion rupiahs this year equivalent to $98.4 million. It has more than quadrupled the budget from 2014, which stood at 300 billion rupiah. Then, the ministry wants to increase the average time of staying up to 10 days this year. It is a big challenge, but it is possible as the country is attracting more and more travellers.
To do so, it’s launching a promotion of several new locations and attractions beyond the popular resort island of Bali. It is also hoping to draw more locals to domestic travel.
Chinese tourists represent a large target
There is a particular emphasis on Chinese tourists because they represent a colossal target with 1.3 billion potential visitors.
How to communicate?
The ministry launched some ads on China Central Television (CCTV) to focus on Chinese travellers. After it decided to promote Indonesia through international media, including prominent travel and natural science magazines as well as television advertisements overseas.
Which places to emphasise?
The ministry is promoting cities such as Yogyakarta in Central Java, Medan in North Sumatra and Makassar in South Sulawesi. These cities display a combination of culture and nature that the ministry believes will appeal to travellers.
The goal is to motivate people to go to other destinations than Bali because obviously, Bali is nice but Indonesia is huge, has many islands and offer a vast range of landscapes and attractions.
Implement a better transportation
However, to increase the travels to others islands, the country has to improve its transportation infrastructures. Nowadays, there are some trains or buses connecting the main islands but it takes some time and can be complicated to organise before arriving.
Direct flights will begin later this year to Komodo Island helping ease access for visitors who currently spend half a day in transit to reach the destination. Thus, travellers will be able to see the emblematic dragons quickly.
Appeal more domestic travellers
There are now 251 million trips made by domestic travellers. They move in their country to travel mainly but some go for a business purpose.
The minister also wants to develop the domestic trips because there is a significant potential.
More domestic travellers stay within Indonesia rather than travel overseas due to the weakening of the rupiah, which makes foreign travel more expensive.