Information about Gili Trawangan
Imagine an island that boasts crystal clear
aquamarine waters, pristine white sands, stunning
sunrises and sensual sunsets where the only
means of transport are walking, cycling or
horse-drawn cart…. Sound idyllic?
Located to the east of Bali and just off the
coast of West Lombok lies an island that provides
the modern day traveler with their creature
comforts, whilst retaining the charm and local
spirit of the indigenous people.
It was only thirty years ago that Lombok’s
native Sasak people came to settle on Gili
Trawangan where farming on the islands fertile
soil and fishing in the crystal clear water
was the main source of income. Over the years
the island has developed into one of Indonesia’s
top draw holiday destinations for foreign
visitors. As Bali becomes more and more overcrowded
many people are turning to Lombok and the
Gili’s as an alternative destination for a
paradise island get-away. With Lombok’s International
airport due to open in 2010 Gili Trawangan
will become even more accessible to visitors
outside of Indonesia.
Without the noise and pollution of cars or
motorbikes, life on Trawangan ambles along
at a laid back pace making it one of the many
reasons people return time and time again.
To quote the cliché, Gili Trawangan really
does have ‘something for everyone.’ Diving,
snorkeling, cycling, horse-riding, surfing
not to mention soaking up the rays on the
clean, white sandy beaches are just some of
the activities you can enjoy. Day trips around
the other two islands Gili Air and Gili Meno
are a wonderful way to while away a day here
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If you are coming to Trawangan to experience
the diving there is an abundance of dive
shops to choose from all offering PADI
courses from Open Water to Technical Nitrox.
Some of the underwater wildlife you can
expect to see is white and black tip sharks,
rays, nudibranches and lots of turtles
amongst many other species. Diving in
Lombok is widely regarded as having some
of the best dive sites in Indonesia.
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Eating out is an important part of any
holiday. Bad food = Bad holiday. Not on
Trawangan. With a huge variety of restaurants
to choose from and all catering for different
tastes and budgets you certainly won’t
go hungry. From Sushi at Ryoshi to Indian
at Pesona, from fajitas at The Irish to
wood fired pizzas at Coral Beach you’ll
be spoilt for choice. However, freshly
caught fish barbequed to perfection is
the main speciality with prawns, snapper,
lobster and barracuda as just a few of
the different types of fish you can sample.
Almost all restaurants cater for western
tastes whilst including traditional Indonesian
fare such as nasi goreng, fish and chicken
curry, and beef rendang.
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Trawangan has been dubbed the ‘party island’
of the three Gili’s and rightly so. With
evening entertainment at various bars
there’s no shortage of good nights out.
You can hear Live Reggae music every night
at Sama Sama Bar, fly to the sky at Rudy’s
and dance the night away at Blue Marlin
on a Monday night.
Alternatively, if big nights out aren’t
your thing then why not watch a dvd at
The Irish, catch a movie at A Beautiful
Life or simply take a walk along the beach.
Other things to know
There are now plenty of ATMs located on the island so you don’t need to take out a lot of money before you come. Most restaurants accept credit cards too.
Internet – There are
plenty of places to check your email and
most now offer broadband services. You
can also buy phone credit for your mobile
if you have an Indonesian number.
Transport back to Lombok
or Bali. We can help you arrange your
departure either by fast boat or flying
from Mataram to Bali.
Indonesia is a predominantly
Muslim country and whilst Gili Trawangan
is very relaxed in its approach please
bear in mind that it is not advisable
to go topless on the beaches here.
Getting Around Gili:
Cidomos (horse drawn carts) bicycles or
your own two feet are the only means of
transport but as the island is only 8
kms long, nowhere is very far!!
There is a small clinic
at Villa Ombak that will deal will with
minor illnesses and common holiday ailments
but for anything more serious the nearest
hospital is in Lombok.