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1. Relax at the Beach

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Relax and spend your time at leisure at one of the many beaches in Gili Trawangan. Some popular beaches on the island include North-East Beach, Sunset Beach, Malibu beach and South-east beach. These beaches have bars, beachside resorts, and shacks where you can lounge poolside, sunbathe and enjoy some great cocktails and food under the sun and in the evening.

2. Snorkelling in Gili Trawangan

Snorkelling in Gili Trawangan
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Snorkeling in Gili Trawangan is a fantastic way to explore the island's underwater beauty. Explore the coastline near Sunset Point or the beaches on the island's northeast for vibrant marine life and coral reefs. Local operators also offer guided boat trips to nearby sites, including Turtle Point and Shark Point, where you can encounter turtles, colorful fish, and sometimes reef sharks.

3. Scuba Diving in Gili Trawangan

Scuba Diving in Gili Trawangan
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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 getting 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.

4. Cycling in Gili Trawangan

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Cycling around the island of Gili Trawangan is the best way to explore the entire area. Many cycle rentals offer them for cheap rates, and there are many scenic spots to stop at and enjoy the breathtaking scenery around the island. However, bear in mind that the tropical weather might make cycling too long at a stretch uncomfortable.

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5. Watch Sunset

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Gili Trawangan has many spots where one can experience a mesmerizing sunset. Gili Trawangan Hill viewpoint is the highest point on the island and arguably offers the best panoramic views of the region. On the island's southwestern side are many beautiful beach spots, beachside bars, cafes, and even swings that provide the best instagrammable sunset shots to capture. Sunset cruise is also popular here.

6. Gili Trawangan Swings

Gili Trawangan Swings
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The Giant Swings in Gili Trawangan or Gili T Swings are probably the most sought-after spots on the island. Popularly known as ocean swings or floating swings, these swings are the most Instagram-worthy spots and are unique to the Gili islands in all of Indonesia. Most of the swings are associated with the resorts on the island. Ombak Swing and Gili T Swing can be found on Sunset Beach on the island's western side.

7. Kayaking in Gili Trawangan

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Kayaking around Gili Trawangan is a fantastic way to explore the island's coastline and its surrounding beauty. You can leisurely explore hidden coves, rocky formations, and tranquil spots inaccessible by larger boats. Sunset kayaking is popular here. Several rental shops along the beaches of Gili Trawangan offer kayak rentals. You can rent single or double kayaks by the hour or for the day.

8. Enjoy the Nightlife

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Among the three Gili islands, Gili Trawangan is undoubtedly the best for parties and shopping. Nightlife on the island is an irresistible mix of live music, buzzing nightclubs, pub crawls, cocktail specials, beach bars, night markets selling trinkets and clothing, delicious seafood, and incredible sunsets. Some of the best places are Sama Sama Reggae Bar, Tir Na Nog Irish Bar, The Jungle Pre-Drinking Bar, Jiggy Boat Party, Ombak Bar, and many more.

9. Take a Cruise

Take a Cruise

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Gili Trawangan serves as a launching point for island-hopping tours, allowing travelers to visit nearby islands like Gili Meno and Gili Air. These tours often include snorkeling, beach visits, and exploring the unique charms of each island. Many cruises from Gili Trawangan cater to snorkelers and divers. Longer expeditions departing from Gili Trawangan might include multi-day journeys to Komodo National Park.

10. Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Gili Trawangan

Stand Up Paddle Boarding in Gili Trawangan
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Glide across the turquoise blue waters on a paddle board and enjoy the cool breeze. A very popular sport, paddle boarding is quite popular, especially for those who may not want to jump into the water entirely. Many shacks and larger operators provide boards on rent at affordable rates.

11. Watch Sunrise

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The best spots to watch the island would be the eastside beaches. Be sure to rise early and watch the pale orange hue in the sky turn yellow as the sun rises. A hotel with a rooftop or a room with a balcony is highly recommended for those who dont think they can make it to the beach to experience the sunrise.

12. Go Island Hopping

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Island Hopping is fairly simple across the Gili Islands as they are quite close to each other. The most popular way is to hop on the Island Hopper boat, which runs at 9 AM and then again at 4 PM. The more premium options include a public speed boat and a private speed boat which get you across the islands much faster.

13. Enjoy Some Live Music

Enjoy Some Live Music
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Sama Sama Reggae Bar in Gili Trawangan is probably the most popular spot to enjoy some live music while sipping on some fantastic cocktails. The Irish Bar Gili is another popular spot, open and close to the beach for some live music, great food, and beer. Finally, Irish Bar Tir Na Nog is a resort hotel which also has an open bar lounge that offers great live music to guests.

14. Horse Back Rides in Gili Trawangan

Horse Back Rides in Gili Trawangan
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Several operators and schools on the island offer horseback rides and lessons for beginners and experts alike. These rides are generally done in the morning or late afternoon to early evening to avoid the hot midday sun and temperatures. Many vendors can also be found on beaches, such as Sunset Beach, offering tourists leisurely rides for the perfect Instagram-worthy beachside photograph.

15. Day Trip to Lombok

Day Trip to Lombok

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Touted as an 'unspoiled Bali', Lombok Island can be visited on a day trip from Gili. It is popular for its gleaming waterfalls, pearl farms, quaint villages, rice paddies and white-sand beaches. Transportation between the islands typically involves a boat transfer from Gili Trawangan to Lombok, followed by private or shared transport to explore the island.

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How can I commute within 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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