The largest and liveliest of three small islands off the coast of Lombok, Gili Trawangan showcases an idyllic shoreline. It’s known for its white-sand beaches, clear turquoise waters and main street packed with beach bars, hippy restaurants and boutique bungalows.
Things to do in Gili Trawangan
Discover Gili Trawangan’s amazing underwater world, home to giant turtles, manta rays and reef sharks. Grab a snorkel and head to the coral reef at North Beach or learn to scuba dive at one of the island’s many diving schools. Explore some of the area’s best dive sites, such as Shark Point, Turtle City and Meno Wall.
Take a romantic stroll around the island, which can be circumnavigated on foot within one to two hours. Time your walk for incredible sunset vistas, when the warm sky fades into an array of pinks, oranges and purples.
Spend a day relaxing on one of the island’s many beaches or go island hopping to check out the shores of nearby Gili Meno and Gili Air. Explore the sparkling waters on a stand-up paddleboard or surf the best breaks at the south-east beaches.
Keen for a feast? Head to Gili Trawangan Night Market and try the mouth-watering peanut skewers. Afterwards, soak up the lively evening atmosphere with reggae music at Sama Sama or depart on a sunset party boat excursion. Quiet nights are best spent watching a movie under the stars at Pearl Beach Cinema and rising early for a morning yoga session at The Yoga Palace.
Getting around Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is only accessible by ferry or boat. Fly into Lombok International Airport and take the shuttle bus to Bangsal or Teluk Nare Harbour, where you can catch the fast boat. With no motorised vehicles on the island, walking, cycling and horse-drawn carts are the only transport options.