Indonesia Travel Guide – Need an idea for a place to visit in Indonesia? Try Gili Trawangan. This small yet beautiful island has everything that you’d expect from a tropical island. Beautiful beaches with white sand and crystal clear water, exotic animals, rich culture and delicious cuisine, the island has all of these. Below, we will give you a brief guide in exploring the island.
How to Get to the Island
There are two ways you can get to Gili Trawangan from Bali or from Lombok. From each position, you have two options: the budget and luxurious ways. Below are the details.
- If you are from Bali:
The shortest route to get to the island from Bali is from Amed. You can also reach the island from Padang Bai. If you are prone to sea sickness, we recommend you to go from Amed. From Amed/Padang Bai, take a fast boat. The cost is around USD 18 to 60. The journey takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and a half.
Want a more luxurious way to reach the island? You can either book a luxurious sailing boat (cost around USD 1,200 to 4,200) or fly in style in a helicopter (cost around USD 300). It takes about half to full day (depends on the tour you take) to reach the island in a sailing boat and about 45 min in a helicopter.
- If you are from Lombok:
Go to Bangsal harbor and take the public boat. The public boat is available only twice per day. The first is in the morning, at 8.15 am and the second time is in the afternoon, at 4.30 pm. It costs USD 0.60 and takes about 2 hours to reach the island. If you are planning to go using a public boat, be on time.
You can also charter a private boat to get to the island. Unlike the public boat, there is no schedule for the private boat. It costs around USD 45 for a one-way trip. The journey using a private boat is significantly shorter than a public boat. It takes only 10 minutes to reach the island.
Things to Do in Gili Trawangan
Here are some of the best things you can do on the island:
1. Getting Around the Island
The island is so small you can walk around it in less than two hours. Want a faster way to explore? Just rent a bike or ride a horse cart, which is known as cidomo, to get around the island. The lack of motor vehicle on this island is truly a blessing indeed.
2. Diving and Snorkeling
The Gili Islands are among the best diving spots in the country. Under the water, you will see many exotic animals including sharks, and coral reef. If you are lucky, you may even see the frogfish.
3. Watching the Sunset at the View Point
Watching the sunset from the highest point of the island is always a breathtaking experience. The view at the point is already outstanding in itself. With the sunset, it will be absolutely amazing. Be sure to take a photo or two here.
4. Get on the Giant Swing
The island has many nice spots to take photos. One of them is the enormous swing on the shore. This giant swing is located in the northern part of the island.
5. Enjoy the Local Food
Your trip to Gili Trawangan isn’t complete unless you eat the local food. The island offers a lot of delicious cuisines. Here in the Trawangan Night Market, you can enjoy all those.
Where to Stay in Gili Trawangan
There are many places you can stay on the island. Below are some of the best places:
- Le Pirate Beach Club (starting price: USD 100/night)
If you are on the island for the beaches, this is one of the best places to stay.
- La Cocoteraie Ecolodge (starting price: USD 70/night)
A perfect place to enjoy the tropical nature of the island.
- Belukar Resort (starting price: USD 80/night)
Want to enjoy both the calmness and the nightlife of the island? This resort allows you to enjoy both.
- The Bhuvana (starting price: USD 250/night)
This villa allows you to enjoy the place as if it is yours.
So, what do you think? Are you interested in visiting this beautiful island? While there are many tourist destinations in Indonesia, Gili Trawangan Island is certainly among the best in the country. You should put this paradise in your must-visit list. It is a destination that you certainly don’t want to miss.
Also, while you can go to the island on your own, there are many tour packages offered. With a tour package, you will be able to enjoy Gili Trawangan thoroughly, all without having to worry how to go to the island, where to stay, where to go, what to eat, etc. Going to the island with a tour package will give you amazing, unforgettable experiences.