Most of the visitors of the Gili Islands fall instantly in love with these three islands. Among them, Gili Trawangan is probably the most striking. This island is one of the best islands in Asia to spend some romantic moments. The place is also quite inexpensive; accommodation, food, beer, everything a backpacker wants are cheap, which is the reason this island is very popular among backpackers.
How to get from Bali to Gili Trawangan?
Daily, fast boats depart from Bali to the Gili islands. If you choose to embark from Bali, you have to catch the boat from Padang Bay. It is best to stay overnight in Kuta and get a taxi to the pier early in the morning.
Here is the list of some awesome activities you can do on this stunning island.
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The Gili are popular for the surrounding tropical waters; no wonder the snorkeling is the top thing you can do in these islands. The underwater world around the islands is a true treasure for marine wildlife, but best of all the turtles. You will not believe your eyes seeing the size of the turtles and how they are friendly and let you touch them. They keep on eating underwater plants and let you go by them without even moving. This magical experience is a must-do when you are in the Gili Islands. You can also visit Gili Trawangan Turtle Hatchery for some unusual experience. There is also a sunken ship at Wreck Point near Mentigi Beach where you can snorkel. However, this spot can get very crowded as most of the snorkel tours visit here.
The Gili Islands are very close to each other, so you can visit all of them easily. There are two ways to reach the islands. You can either take a public boat from Gili Trawangan that leaves around 9;30am; it costs between 20-30k Rupiah; beware, ticket sellers might try to charge you more. Or, you can get a private boat which many costs about Rp200k in one way. We recommend you to take this only if you are in a group. And the islands are very close that it is not worth getting a private boat. You can also head to mainland Lombok where you can see beautiful beaches, temples and get unique local experiences.
Nusa Penida, the stunning island that contains one of the most breathtaking beaches in the world. You can reach Nusa Penida from the Gili Islands by a fast boat that takes around one and a half hours. It will cost you Rp450k per person for a round trip. You can find it even cheaper if you ask some guys to work on the beach. There is so much to see and do in Nusa Penida, so it is totally worth visiting from Gili Islands.
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Massage is popular throughout Indonesia, and it might not be that different in Gili Trawangan than in other parts of Indonesia. But, the cost is cheaper and is worth every Rupiah you paid. You will come out feeling relaxed and fresh and have the most peaceful sleep. Prices of the massage vary depending on the massage shop you choose on Gili Trawangan, but you can find bargains during the day when the shops offer out deals.
After a whole day in the warm sun, lay back and watch as the sun drop over the Gili Islands, and the sky starts turning red. You will find lots of hammocks, swings, and pretty benches to chill out and enjoy the moment. Watching sunsets is one of the best ways to end your day in Gili Trawangan. Don’t forget to bring a camera; you can capture amazing pictures of ocean swings that are so famous in the Gili Islands. Capturing a picture in these swings has also been a Gili thing.
After watching the sunset, why not head out to one of the beach restaurants of the island and enjoy some mouth-watering dishes. A
Gili Islands are world-famous for scuba diving. If you love swimming underwater and want to explore the underwater world more than just snorkeling, you must take a diving course in Gili. It will be a waste no to dive in the waters of Gili Islands and experience the stunning underwater world. Over a few days, of course, on the island, you can even get a world recognized PADI qualification. There is an abundance of diving hubs in the Gili, and they all have a relaxed vibe and looks pretty cool with people hanging around enjoying a beer.
It is popular to enjoy delicious BBQs while on the island. Here, you will get to taste some of the most delicious freshest catches of fishes. With just about Rp 180k, you will get an ample amount of meat and unlimited side dishes. The Beach BBQs have an attractive setting and usually lit up the surrounding with cute lighting.
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Among the three siblings, Gili Trawangan is the most popular for its nighttime party culture, including a beer crawl that lots of backpacker love. Another popular is the beer pong. However, it is not as wild as you might have imagined as there is a mix of bars and clubs offering you the choice to have a quiet drink or go partying and dancing. If you truly want to let it all out, opt for boat parties; these parties have everything you could ever need to party; in addition, the blue ocean will be all around you.
Gili Island is very famous for paddleboarding. Paddleboarding involves renting a board that looks like a surfboard and then using balance to stand and paddle around the coastline of either of the islands. You can find hire stations all over the island that offers a variety of price. So, use your bargaining skills to get price lower.
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Another best activity to do in Gili Trawangan is cycling. Cycling around Gili Trawangan and its sister islands can be a magical experience. The ride is easy, and you can take breathtaking views of these serene islands. The bikes are cheap to rent; it costs about Rp 50k per day. However, many hotels and lodges offer free bicycles to their guests. The island is about a 7-mile circumference, and you can cycle around at about one and a half hours. But, you can bike at your own pace, enjoying the views passing you and the tranquil environment.