Gili Trawangan

Gili Trawangan truly is a heaven on earth, one of the most attractive tourist destinations in Indonesia. Located in northwest of Lombok Island, it is the biggest of three small islands. The other two are Gili Meno and Gili Air.

The common way to go to the three Gilis is by boat from Bangsal Harbor at Lombok Island. The journey from Bangsal to Gili Trawangan takes around 45 minutes. An interesting fact about the island is that motor vehicles are prohibited by the local government. So, to go around the island, tourists are encouraged to use a cidomo (horse cart), renting a bicycle or simply walk. Despite being the largest of three islands, Gili Trawangan is still considered as a small island, therefore walkable.

Must-do activity in Gili Trawangan is snorkeling or diving. It is to be noted that the underwater current between the Gilis (gili means island in local language) are quite strong. Thus, the risk is big, but the reward is worthy. The visibility is great and divers/snorkeler can find various types of underwater creatures, including sea turtles.

Another must-do activity is enjoying sunset at the ‘Sunset Bar’, a nice wooden installation on the beach where people can sit and enjoy the sunset with great Mount Agung as background.

When the night comes, people gather in the restaurants along the main road where the locals offer all kind of foods – traditional and western. The special and recommended menu is, of course, seafood. Satisfaction is guaranteed as the fishes are fresh and the sauces are delicious. Every night at Gili Terawangan is a festive night, where people from all around the world get together to sip the taste of heaven on earth.

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Eka Iswahyuni

She is an engineer who currently works in Balikpapan, loves traveling and plans to visit all of the big islands in Indonesia. She also loves to take pictures, to write stories and to make new friends.

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