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"The youngest of the three Gili islands."

Gili Trawangan Tourism

Gili Trawangan, often referred to as Gili T, is the largest and most popular of the three Gili Islands located off the northwest coast of Lombok, Indonesia. Known for its stunning beaches, vibrant coral reefs, and laid-back atmosphere, the Gili Islands are a popular destination for travelers seeking a tropical paradise. Bali and Gili Trawangan are relatively close geographically, and it's common for travelers to visit both destinations during a single trip. 

Gili Trawangan is known for its lively nightlife, with beachfront bars and restaurants offering a vibrant atmosphere. The island hosts beach parties and events, making it a favorite among those looking for a mix of relaxation and entertainment. 

The island boasts pristine white-sand beaches and crystal-clear turquoise waters. The coral reefs surrounding the island make it an ideal destination for snorkeling and diving. Water activities like kayaking, paddleboarding, and glass-bottom boat tours are also popular. You can reach Gili Trawangan from Bali by taking a fast boat or speedboat from Padang Bai in East Bali. The journey takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours, making it convenient for a day trip or an extended stay.

The absence of motorized vehicles on the Gili island creates a peaceful atmosphere. Visitors often explore the island on bicycles or enjoy horse-cart rides, known as cidomos. Gili Trawangan offers a range of accommodation options, from budget-friendly hostels to luxurious resorts. Many accommodations are located along the beach, providing stunning sea views.

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Gili Trawangan is the largest of the Gili islands in the Lombok area. The locals and the tourists use motorised boats and speedboats to travel between the Gilis.  

Moreover, once you reach Bali or Lombok, you can reach Trawangan through speed boats only.

You can consider Gilicat boat service provider for a safer and more convenient ride to the island.

You can consider other fast boat service providers namely Wahana Gili Ocean, Eka Jaya Fast Boat, BlueWater Express, Mahi Mahi Dewata, Scoot Fast Cruises, Marina Srikandi, Blue Water Express.

You can use gilibookings.com to book your boats and check the timings of the boat and plan your schedule accordingly.

The best option is to reach the Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP), and from there, hire a taxi to the Bangsal Harbour which takes approximately two hours in the northwest area of Lombok. It can cost you anywhere between RP 260000 to RP 300000 for this ride which is of great worth owing to the scenic beauty and wild animals one sees on the way to the harbour. Then from Bangsal, take a public fast boat to Gili Trawangan which will cost you around RP 85000. The boat will take you to your destination in just twenty minutes.

However, should you miss the fast boat, you can stay there at Lombok for a night or hire a private boat for Rp 180000 per person.

The public fast boats operate 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. So, make sure you reach LOP maximum by 2:00 PM.


Local transport in Gili Trawangan

The governing body of the Gili Trawangan has barred motorised vehicles and automobiles under the local ordinance to maintain the natural sanctity and keeping the area clean, pure and pollution-free. Hence, the best way to commute is on foot or by bicycle (rent for a bicycle is RP 50000 for a day or RP 15000 for an hour). Another means could be a horse carriage which is locally called cidomo. One can also find electric scooters which are easily available, the rent for these is anywhere around RP 30.000 to 40.000. Most stays can provide these on request.

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Who should visit Gili trawangan?

Gili Trawangan is sure to be a slice of paradise for all adventure seekers, beach lovers, explorers, and party-goers. 

What is the best time to visit Gili trawangan?

The best time to visit Gili Trawangan is from June to early-October. It is an ideal period to enjoy the best weather of Gili Trawangan. experiences a tropical climate and is usually on the warmer side. The islands experience dry and wet spells too. The dry season is from May till October. The wet season starts from November and continues till April. The temperature usually stays between 22 °C to 34 °C thereby making the climate come down to an average annual temperature of 28 °C.

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What is the local food in Gili trawangan?

Nasi Campur is a local delicacy which is a wholesome helping of rice with a wide variety of curries/sauces and accompaniments.

The Beach House Restaurant is a seafood lover’s paradise. With a beachfront view and a wide selection of gourmet meals at good rates, this place is just spectacular especially for backpackers and budget travellers. Sumptuous seafood like lobsters, king prawns, lobster, coral trout etc and yummy barbeques on the wooden deck, well lit with candles and dim lights at night is an experience beyond imagination. The grilled satay and beef preparations are to die for.

Gili Trawangan Night Market has a plethora of options available catering all palettes. Open food stalls and conventional warung style cafes offering local varieties in Sasak cuisine that don’t burn a hole in the pocket are a must-try. Chinese woks, fresh catches, local delicacies like soto ayam chicken broth and bakso meatball soup take your taste buds for an adventurous ride.

Continental and casual American fare can also be found at most of Gili Trawangan's beachside shacks and within the resort restaurants

Note - Anything with “Sambal” is spicy.


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What is the best way to reach Gili trawangan?

Gili Trawangan is the largest of the Gili islands in the Lombok area. The locals and the tourists use motorised boats and speedboats to travel between the Gilis.  

Moreover, once you reach Bali or Lombok, you can reach Trawangan through speed boats only.

You can consider Gilicat boat service provider for a safer and more convenient ride to the island.

You can consider other fast boat service providers namely Wahana Gili Ocean, Eka Jaya Fast Boat, BlueWater Express, Mahi Mahi Dewata, Scoot Fast Cruises, Marina Srikandi, Blue Water Express.

You can use gilibookings.com to book your boats and check the timings of the boat and plan your schedule accordingly.

The best option is to reach the Lombok International Airport (IATA: LOP), and from there, hire a taxi to the Bangsal Harbour which takes approximately two hours in the northwest area of Lombok. It can cost you anywhere between RP 260000 to RP 300000 for this ride which is of great worth owing to the scenic beauty and wild animals one sees on the way to the harbour. Then from Bangsal, take a public fast boat to Gili Trawangan which will cost you around RP 85000. The boat will take you to your destination in just twenty minutes.

However, should you miss the fast boat, you can stay there at Lombok for a night or hire a private boat for Rp 180000 per person.

The public fast boats operate 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM. So, make sure you reach LOP maximum by 2:00 PM.



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What are the places near Gili trawangan?

The top places near to Gili trawangan are Lombok which is 46 km from Gili trawangan, Bali which is located 104 km from Gili trawangan, Gili air islands which is located 4 km from Gili trawangan, Surabaya which is located 381 km from Gili trawangan, Gili gede which is located 30 km from Gili trawangan

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