Gili Trawangan | A Glance Info“Gili” means “small island” and derived in the language of the Sasak. Lombok has more than 15 Gili (small islands). Gili Trawangan is one of the most popular island in this archipelago beside Raja Ampat, Nias for spectacular surfing, Alor for divine diving spot.
Gili Trawangan is becoming increasingly popular among people looking for a true tropical island experience. Regarded by many as Indonesia’s best kept secret, it is also a favourite getaway for Bali residents. Gili Trawangan is the perfect destination for all kinds of holidaymakers; families and honeymooners alike. Gili Trawangan is the bohemian paradise you’d expect.
How to get thereFrom Lombok :
Arrived in Lombok International airport, take a taxi (make sure with argo/ taxi metre). Then drop to Bangsal seaport to cross to Gili Trawangan. The duration in between 2 hours to 3 hours. It depends on traffic jam and time to wait for another boat turn. If you arrived in Lombok International around 03:00PM we advise you to take a boat charter, cause the public boat in bangsal is closed already on 05:00PM.
So, the starting point will be at Teluk Nara for boat chartered.
From Bali :
By Speed boat : You will be picked up at the hotel by the speed boat company and it is free. (applied only for certain area for example : Sanur, Kuta, Nusa Dua or other)
Then drop you to Sanur or Padang Bay or Serangan. Then cross to Gili trawangan. It will take for 2 hours then you can take a horse cart to your hotel reserved.
The price for horse cart is around IDR. 75.000,- to 100.000,- (depend on time and season)
Gili ActivitiesThe main activity on the islands is scuba diving and chilling out – the laid-back atmosphere of the island is a major part of the attraction. It has a 7 km (4,3 miles) circumference and no roads, just dirt tracks and sandy paths that crisscross the island. It takes 1 hour to walk around the island and 20 min to walk from far end to “town”. Island inhabitants number some 1200 people. Scuba diving and snorkeling are incredible here, but even if that isnt your thing, a boat trip is an absolute must.
The waters around Gili Trawangan abound with a diverse marine life, including harmless sharks, rays, giant clams and turtles. Other activities include surfing off the eastern tip of the island, horseback riding, sea kayaking, and of course the island’s most popular pastime, sunbathing. Here is the list you can do in gili trawangan :
- Cooking schools in Gili Trawangan
- Horse riding
- Snorkeling trip by glass bottom boat
- Luxury Superyacht for a Private Party on the Water
- UV night dive
- Sea kayak
- Aqua flights
- Sunset Party boat
- Spa and Massage
Whilst you are in Gili Trawangan, you can organise activities in Lombok for may a trekking on Mount Rinjani, Sasak Tour and many more.
Gili trawangan & TourismGili Trawangan is the perfect destination for all kinds of holidaymakers; families and honeymooners alike.
Now, the International Lombok Airport is active. Many tourists find Bali over-exploited and are consequently looking for other less developed destinations within Indonesia. A beautiful unspoiled island paradise offering great food, activities and pleasant atmosphere is what “travel connoisseurs” are asking for. Most welcome to Hotel Villa Julius on Gili Trawangan!
Basically Gili Trawangan is the largest island amongs the the Gili’s which has largest varities of hotel, bungalow, villa from moderate to mid range to luxury villas including Villa Julius. It has dive centre with already fulfilled the international standard verification. Nowadays, many new building developing. And there is no worry about the transportaion to cross to the gilis from Bali either from Lombok. The most tourist interested to this island is crystal clear sea water, far from crowded, Diving in and around the Gilis, beautiful marine life and attractive coral formations and turtle conservation. Gili Trawangan is the popular destination for tourists looking for a remote island experience. Also, Party scene which has lots of fun, only Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays get noisy and which are supposed to finish at 4am.
No motorized vehicles
The price :
Bicycle : IDR. 50.000,- per day
Horse Cart : IDR. 100.000,- one way
Other interesting facts
The Gili locals are also incredibly friendly – by your third day, the women selling fruit on the beach will not only know your name, but whether you prefer mangos or coconuts. Approximately 100 Westerners live permanently on the island. There are no recorded cases of malaria on the island. Talk to the staff at Hotel Villa Julius and they will give you more interesting facts.