Visit Gili Trawangan: Your Travel Guide

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-top reef sharks prowl these waters, but they're usually pretty shy around human divers, thankfully. There are plenty of other fantastical creatures that call Shark Point home too, of course. Plus, it’s 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 look at coral. There are hard and soft varieties here – some of which are funky, colorful housing for the fish. In addition to the reef itself, you can get up close and personal with a range of reef sharks, octopus and manta rays (if you’re there in season.)
Deep Turbo's Site (East of Gili Trawangan)
Deep Turbo takes you down more than 100 feet below the surface, so it's recommended for advanced divers only. The topography includes rugged terrain that must be navigated, so your buoyancy control needs to be on point. The reward is an entertaining and varied dive, with the chance to see sea fans, giant rays, and an array of garden eels at the bottom. If you’re lucky, you might even see a leopard shark.
Simon's Reef
Wait for it… The best part of this deep-dive route is saved for the end. During the dive, you swoop around mounds and over outcrops, bobbing between canyon walls plastered with colorful coral. Then, in the final straight, you end 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 slightly 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 with decompression dives. As the name suggests, this dive takes place at the wreck of a Japanese military boat from World War II, now sitting nearly 150 feet below the sea's surface. 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 close enough, you might just spot a porcelain crab scuttling along among the sponges. If you want to find Nemo, you could be in luck – clownfish frequent Mirkos.
Meno Wall
Ever wondered what all those fish do at night? Meno Wall’s the place to find out. This wall drops down 52 feet, and it’s home to all kinds of crabs, scorpionfish, cuttlefish and even turtles. Float your way down the steep wall face and check out the nocturnal antics of Meno Wall’s residents.
Gili Air
Gili Air has an almost 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 can see straight to the bottom – even without a snorkel and mask.
If you’re trying to rent a snorkel, mask and pair of flippers, look no further than the Scallywags branch over on Gili Air. They also have boat trips out on the shimmering waters, where you can spend the day mesmerized by the beautiful coral reef below. Ready to make the jump from snorkeling to scuba diving? The PADI-registered dive center has all kinds of fun dives and training courses, too.
Gili Meno
The smallest of the Gili Islands, beautiful Gili Meno features quiet snorkeling spots along its northern and southwestern coastlines. Immerse yourself in the crystal waters and discover the tropical sea creatures that can be found beneath. The loggerhead and green sea turtles you’ll be swimming next to are usually raised 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 rent a bike to explore this car-free island. The outdoor pools offer a break from the sun – if you can manage to tear yourself away from lounging!
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 beachside paradise. Turquoise waters ripple towards the horizon, framing a view you'll never get tired of. If you’d rather stay off the sand, relax on luxurious lounge chairs as the sun beats down. With bars serving food and drink, there’s no reason to leave this tropical paradise.
The North Coast
Even the most experienced sunbathers would find it hard to think of any place better for relaxing. Trawangan’s northern coast is usually a little quieter than the rest of the island, so it’s perfect for lounging on the sandy shores – usually popular with snorkelers and those looking to catch a glimpse of baby turtles hatching!
The South Coast
The transparent waters on Trawangan’s gorgeous southern coast are completely mesmerizing. Trees line the shores to provide a welcome break from the sun – you could spend the whole day just relaxing here. And if you do, make sure you stay a little longer to catch the 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 has a quiet, sandy shore that overlooks the horizon. Whether you’re traveling solo, with your main squeeze, or with family – all's well with the world when the sun slowly sets and the bay is basked in a gorgeous orange-red glow.

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Traveler's Reviews & Photos

We loved Gili the clear beaches and the great people on the Island. We highly recommend the snorkling trip on the glass botton boats!
May 17, 2017
Very Good
The island of Gili T was quite beautiful. Even got to swim with sea turtles right off the main beach! The night life is out of this world great! Also the Banyan Tree had amazing vegan food.
May 19, 2017
Went with the family we all had a great time great food and water sports .We will be back.Pam and David Australia.
May 17, 2017
We loved the simplicity, back to basics feel. The beautiful beaches and relaxed atmospher... oh great food and night markets.. EVERYTHING!
May 19, 2017
Cheaper than staying in bali more relaxing great for family, very friendly people
May 17, 2017

Accommodations and Hotels in Gili Trawangan

Aston Sunset Beach Resort - Gili Trawangan

8.1 Very Good

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Vila Ombak

8.2 Very Good

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Vamana Resort

8.5 Very Good

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Kokomo Resort

8.8 Excellent

Score from 87 reviews


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Gili Amor Boutique Resort

8.2 Very Good

Score from 521 reviews


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Luce d'Alma Resort & Spa

8.5 Very Good

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Ombak Sunset

7.9 Good

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Oceano Jambuluwuk Resort

7.9 Good

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Samba Villas-Beachfront View

8.4 Very Good

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Recommended in 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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