The Gili islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, Gili Trawangan) are set in the heart of Indonesia just off the North Western tip of Lombok. Gili Trawangan is the largest of the three Gilis measuring 3 km long and 2km wide. It is also the only one that significantly rises above sea level (60m) and has a local population of around 1500 people.
Gili T, as it is more affectionately known is the most developed and the most visited of the Gilis. However, it still manages to retain its charm of a tropical island paradise.
The pristine white beaches of Gili T are positioned perfectly for sunsets over Bali’s towering volcano Gunung Agung, sunrise over Lomboks majestic Gunung Rinjani and the warm tropical blue waters between them.
Although originally discovered by backpackers in the mid-eighties, and with a reputation as a party destination, Gili Trawangan now prides itself as a great holiday destination for all age groups. Where families lay on the beaches in the tranquil north of the island, young party goers still find what they are looking for in the South. There are regular rotated party nights with DJ’s playing a great variety of music to dance and party to.
Motorized vehicles are not allowed on Gili T as well as the two other Gili islands – meaning the only way to get around is on foot, by bicycle and cidomo which are small horse-drawn carriages.
The Gili islands are a 2 hour speed boat ride from Bali which is both the fastest and most comfortable way of getting here. As well, there are various ways to connect to Gili T from the surrounding islands Gili Meno, Gili Air and Lombok.
One of the top diving and snorkeling destinations in Indonesia, Gii Trawangan has a fair amount of other activities such as surfing, horse riding, cycling and walking to keep everyone entertained throughout their stay on this tropical paradise.
Trawangan is incredibly hard to leave once you’ve fallen for its charm.