Located just off the northeastern coast of Lombok and to Bali' west, Gili Trawangan is a part of the Gili Island archipelago comprising Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air and more than 20 other smaller islands. It is also the most developed and tourist-friendly among them. The largest of the Gili Islands, because of its tourism-centric infrastructure and fantastic marine biology, it has blossomed into the ideal place to go freediving, scuba diving, and snorkelling.
Gili Trawangan is also known for its raucous parties that feature techno beats that rave on into the wee hours of the night. Gili Trawangan is just 45 minutes away from Bali and can be reached via aeroplanes as well as ferry rides.
Gili Trawangan has resorts with small huts, pools, restaurants and is quite frequented by tourists. Unlike other islands that are a little secluded, Gili Trawangan has local inhabitants of various ethnicities living in a township along the east coast of the island.
It is also blessed with marine life and coral formations in the bounty which renders it a favourable spot for adventure tourism. A favourite amongst honeymooners who want tranquillity and privacy, Gili Trawangan has also boomed in popularity as a destination wedding site.
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Gili Trawangan has become a world-renowned destination for its pristine diving sites and for the variety of seascapes seen underwater. You can also become a certified diver by undertaking training from local dive shops and get PADI Open Water or Advanced diver’s certification. Dive sites such as Shark Point, Manta Point, Sunset Reef, and Secret Reef make up some of Gili Trawangan's internationally-acclaimed diving sites.
Go snorkelling under the supervision of experts which you can easily pre-book or hire their services on the spot for local seaside stalls. The coral reefs are stunning and abundant in the shallow waters of the island especially Simon’s reef.
Trawangan has amazing spas in a cosy hut-like set up with beach view to unwind and an array of therapies to choose from. Relax and rewind!
Nightlife 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.