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My first encounter with Gili Trawangan was quite some years ago.

I was on a liveaboard cruise, and being in the middle of nowhere things were pretty quiet. But that was until the vessel I was in approached Trawangan at around 5am, when suddenly came this sound of thumping house beats.

Living up to its reputation as a party island, Trawangan is home to plenty of bars and nightspots, and they all aim to provide ample opportunity for you to just let your hair down and party every night of the week. That’s right, no matter the season, the party on this tiny island seems undeterred. The variety of music should suit most tastes, with DJs from Bali and even Europe rounding out the hedonistic offerings especially during the island’s popular full moon parties. During the high season the island is crammed with revelers.

Party nights rotate around some of the most popular venues. Currently the schedule is Monday nights for the Blue Marlin rave party, Wednesday nights at the ‘Tir na Nog’ Irish Bar with a mix of funky house music, Friday night at Rudys Bar, and Reggae music most nights at Sama Sama bar. Just keep your ear to the ground to find these parties.

But even with that being said, it isn’t hard to keep that pace of life to a minimum at Gili T; just like every paradise island, Trawangan comes complete with a whole host of things to keep you busy, yet retain a nice relaxing bit of downtime. From hiring stand up paddle boards to snorkeling the many reefs which are a mere stones throw away from the shore, spear fishing to cycling around the island and relaxing at the beachfront bars, you will definitely have a good time here.

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The main draw of the island is the diving though; and with a whole heap of dive schools and dive sites to choose from, you’re pretty spoilt for choice. So whether you want to simply get a taste of scuba diving, fun dive or go all out and complete a dive course or dive master program Trawangan has it all.

The absence of motorized land vehicles on the island makes the Trawangan experience unique. You can always walk your way around Trawangan, especially since the ‘tourist hub’ is centered on one side of island. In fact, circling around the island’s coast on foot will only take around 90 minutes. Alternatively you can rent a bicycle or the horse-drawn carts or known as cidomo. The whole island is pretty postcard perfect.

HOW TO GET THERE

Fastboat service is conveniently offered by BlueWater Express. Well-situated in Serangan, those traveling from South Bali can easily reach this departure point, especially since BlueWater provides pickup/transfer to and from your hotel. If you’re staying in Candidasa area, BlueWater transits at the Padangbai seaport.

BlueWater Express
Jalan Tukad Punggawa, Br. Ponjok, Serangan, Denpasar | Phone: 895 1111

WHERE TO SLEEP

Aston Sunset Beach Resort
The Aston Sunset Beach Resort – Gili Trawangan is a retreat for leisure travelers with a taste for style and substance offering comfort, intuitive service, and relaxation interweaved with respect and admiration for local traditions. With its excellent facilities and services, this resort is perfect for a short break or an extended family vacation. The resort’s beachfront location with stunning sunset views offers 114 spacious and well-appointed rooms, all of which have private terraces, and 10 one-bedroom pool villa and 1 royal pool suite. It has the largest outdoor pool in the area. Connect with the vibe, beauty and laid-back charm of Gili Trawangan.

Phone: +62 370 633 686/+62 828 97816249
email: gilitrawanganinfo@astonhotelsasia.com

Hotel Vila Ombak

Hotel Vila Ombak is the first international hotel in Gili Trawangan. It was built as a place that balances the comforts of first class accommodation with the natural beauty that surrounds. The Hotel Vila Ombak features the traditional building style of Lombok, and its neighboring islands, to blend harmoniously with the island’s landscape.
Phone: +62370 614 2336

Ko-Ko-Mo Resort
Set on the quiet fringe of the buzz of the main strip of Gili Trawangan, ko-ko-mo is surrounded by abundant coconut groves, white sandy stretches of private beachfront, and a tranquility only marred by the hypnotic sound of the waves on the reef, and the whoosh of passing ponies.
Phone: +62370 6134 920

WHERE TO EAT

Gili Trawangan has a wide variety of dining options that you can easily choose from simple eateries up to nice restaurants serving inventive modern cuisine. Quite a number of these restaurants belong to hotels or dive shops in the central area. Barbecued fish is particularly excellent here, and every evening many of the nicer restaurants fire up the charcoal.

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