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Things to do in Gili Trawangan

Shark Point (north side of Gili Trawangan)
Shark Point is named after its most famous residents. Black and white-tip reef sharks prowl these waters – but are generally very timid around human divers, thankfully. There are plenty of other fantastical beasties that call Shark Point home too, of course. It’s also a great spot for a drift dive, when you can sit back and let the sea current do the legwork.
Manta Point (south side of Gili Trawangan)
This gently sloping reef is a great place to gaze at coral. There are hard and soft varieties on show here – some of which act as funky, colourful housing for the fish. Aside from the reef itself, you can get up-close-and-personal with a range of reef sharks, octopus and manta rays (provided you’re there in season!).
Deep Turbo´s site (east of Gili Trawangan)
Deep Turbo takes you down 32 metres below the surface, so is recommended for advanced divers only. The quirky topography includes undulating mounds which have to be navigated, so your buoyancy control needs to be on point. The reward is an entertaining and varied dive, and the chance to see sea fans, giant rays and an array of garden eels chilling at the bottom. If you’re lucky, you might even spot a leopard shark.
Simon's Reef
Wait for it… The best bit of this deep dive route is saved till the end. During the dive, you swoop round mounds and over outcrops, bobbing between canyon walls plastered with colourful coral. Then, in the final straight, you finish up on top of a section of coral that always teems with sea life, including parrotfish, sweetlips and angelfish. Amazing!
Meno Bounty
Wreck dives always have a certain spine-tingling eeriness to them. And while Meno Bounty isn’t a ship, it still delivers on the mildly spooky front. Once upon a time, it was a floating platform – until it stopped floating and sank. Check out the array of scorpion fish, stone fish and drummers, as well as a long-lost bicycle bolted to the railings, now encrusted with sea debris.
Japanese Wreck
Rookies beware – Japanese Wreck is for seasoned divers only. You need a Nitrox certificate for this one, as well as some experience of decompression dives. As the name suggests, this dive takes place at the wreck of a Japanese military boat from World War II, now sitting forty-five metres below the surface of the sea. These days, it’s home to a whole army of lionfish and scorpionfish.
Mirkos (also known as Secret Reef)
Mirkos is a coral paradise. Made up of a collection of sea mounds, it’s home to a beautiful garden of sea fans and soft coral. In between the mounds, you’ll find blue spotted ribbon-tailed rays and giant frogfish, and if you look closely, you might just spot a porcelain crab scuttling along among the sponges. And if you want to find Nemo, you could be in luck – clownfish frequent Mirkos.
Meno Wall
Ever wondered what all those fish get up to at night? Meno Wall’s the place to come to find out. This wall drops down sixteen metres, and it’s home to all kinds of crabs, scorpionfish, cuttlefish and even turtles. Float your way down the sheer wall face and check out the nocturnal antics of Meno Wall’s residents.
Gili Air
Gili Air offers a practically untouched paradise away from the hustle and bustle of popular ‘Gili T’. Plunge in on the island’s eastern side for beautiful coral reefs, a vibrant variety of fish and up-close encounters with amazing sea turtles. Waters are so clear you’ll see straight to the bottom – even without a snorkel and mask.
Scallywags
If you’re looking to rent a snorkel, mask and pair of flippers, look no further than the Scallywags branch over on Gili Air. They also offer a boat trip out on the shimmering waters where you’ll spend the day marvelling at the beautiful coral reef below. Ready to make the leap from snorkelling to scuba diving? The PADI-registered dive centre offers all kinds of fun dives and training courses, too.
Gili Meno
The smallest of the Gili Islands, beautiful Gili Meno offers quiet snorkelling spots along its northern and south-western coastlines. Immerse yourself in the crystal waters and discover the tropical sea creatures to be found beneath. The loggerhead and green sea turtles you’ll be swimming alongside are often reared at the nearby Meno Turtle Sanctuary.
Villa Almarik Resort & Spa
Accessible by boat only, the turtle-friendly shores of serene Gili Trawangan demand nothing too strenuous. This island resort offers the chance to enjoy a massage as the sea air wafts its way towards Lombok-style buildings. The toughest decision you’ll have to make is whether to spend the rest of your day lazing on beach-based loungers, or cooling off in the pool.
Exqisit Villas Spa
Step out of these tropical villas and onto Gili Trawangan’s powdery white sands, with nothing in front of you but the turquoise sea. Treat yourself to a Balinese massage, or hire a bike to explore this car-free island. The outdoor pools provide a reprieve from the sun — if you can tear yourself away from the loungers for long enough.
Aston Sunset Beach Resort
With Gili Trawangan’s gorgeous waters literally on your doorstep, no spot could be more relaxing. When you’ve had enough of the inviting outdoor pool, step off the wooden deck and onto a private beach. Enjoy sunsets with a cocktail in hand, before you dine under a canopy of stars –— pure paradise.
Trawangan beach
Sink into white sands as soft as sugar in Trawangan’s veritable beachside paradise. Ripples of turquoise bob their way towards the horizon, capturing a view you’ll never tire of. If you’d rather stay off the sand, doze off on sumptuous, sofa-like loungers as the sun beats down. With bars serving food and drink, there’s no need to leave this tropical paradise.
The North Coast
Even the savviest of sunbathers would find it hard to name a place more suited to leisurely lazing. Trawangan’s north coast tends to be a little quieter than the rest of the island, so it’s ideal territory for lounging on sandy shores, which are usually popular with snorkellers and those hoping to catch a glimpse of baby turtles hatching
The South Coast
The translucent waters along Trawangan’s gorgeous south coast are truly mesmerising. Trees line the shores to provide a reprieve from the sun. You’d be forgiven for whiling the whole day away here and if you do, make sure you stay put a little longer to view a gorgeous, orange-tinted sunset.
Aston Sunset Beach
As the name suggests, this beach is the place to be at sundown. The western side of Gili Trawangan island boasts a quiet, sandy shore that overlooks the horizon. Whether you’re travelling solo, with your better half or amongst family, all feels well with the world when the sun slowly descends and the bay is basked in a gorgeous orangey-red glow.

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Traveller's reviews and photos

Candice
8
Very good
I don't like the fact that horses are so overly used! They should be able to ride bikes or scooters instead of horse drawn carts! Also the locals abuse these animals and it definitely adds a negative feel to your stay
Candice
South Africa
25 April 2018
10
Exceptional
The boat getting across was a long and stressful crossing. Once on the island it was lovely . Only had 4 nights but felt like we had been there a wk . Very slow pace of life , great food and value for money . Great for snorkelling 😊
United Kingdom
28 April 2018
Debra
10
Exceptional
Been to Gili T a couple of times and would definitely be going back. There are lots and lots of restaurants/cafes and bars with live music. Very easy to get around by foot or push bike. Great for swimming, snorkelling and stand up paddle boarding.
Debra
Australia
28 April 2018
Monica
8
Very good
Fun island with lots to do. Dirty though as lots of dirt and horse poo, Don’t forget the inner parts of the island / that’s where we found the best restaurants like pituq cafe.
Monica
New Zealand
25 April 2018
Wendy
10
Exceptional
The ocean was amazing, so clear & blue. Snorkelling was well worth doing. The food choices were great, & well priced. Didn’t like how hard the horses get worked & the loads they had to carry. It’s a beautiful place to visit, would highly recommend.
Wendy
Australia
29 April 2018

Accommodation and hotels in Gili Trawangan

Aston Sunset Beach Resort - Gili Trawangan

8.4 Very good

Score from 1,294 reviews

£45

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  • “great pool area”
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Vamana Resort

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 238 reviews

£61

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Ombak Sunset

8 Very good

Score from 1,121 reviews

£64

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  • “great pool area”
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Luce d'Alma Suites Resort & Spa

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 560 reviews

£46

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Vila Ombak

8.5 Very good

Score from 1,044 reviews

£66

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  • “great pool area”
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Villa Almarik Resort

8.5 Very good

Score from 181 reviews

£63

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Samba Villas Beachfront View

8.6 Fabulous

Score from 376 reviews

£52

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Gili Amor Boutique Resort

8 Very good

Score from 475 reviews

£31

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  • “wonderful staff”
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Oceano Jambuluwuk Resort

7.9 Good

Score from 1,018 reviews

£45

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  • “great pool area”
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Recommendations for Gili Trawangan

There are all types of international cuisines available but if you want to sample local food head for the Art Market square for the nightly food fest - delicious and so cheap its almost free.

Amazing tropical fish & the world famous green turtles inhabit the reefs just offshore

go to the sunset bar ... use "cidomo" (you'll what that is know once you're there)

Love the beach, serene and not crowded, the color of the sea is incredible!!!

Sitting in the pool in the evening looking up at the stars.

Local seafood, vegetables & poultry are fresh and clean.

Anywhere is great

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