Big swells and elusive wave – even the sea is giving a challenge to the surfers in Gili Trawangan. Every day is always a great day to surf. For beginners the less crowd gives a lot of chance to ride whilst for the pros, the quality of the breaks offer a unique experience.
Biking around the island
It’s so easy to find a bicycle rental that you can use for the whole day wandering around the island. All you need to do is bring backpack, some snacks, a bottle of drink and your snorkeling equipment – and you’re ready to start your adventure.
Horse cart taxis
Yes, apparently the Roman-like chariots are used despite the fact that it’s an act of animal cruelty. Often called Ben Hur or Cidomo, the horse drawn carriage is one of the transportations allowed in Gili Trawangan. You’ll see them in the busy streets, being exploited day and night. As a responsible tourist, you can refuse to ride the carriage because it’s contributing to the endless abuse.
Dozens of homestays and guesthouses with fan-cooled rooms or full air con are available around Gili Trawangan and some of them are close to main attractions. Blue Moon Homestay for instance, is a few minute walk to the beach. It’s got spacious rooms with off-white walls and nice bedroom settings.
Jalan Ikan Todak and a few other Jalan Ikan are probably backpackers’ favorite street as there are a plethora of guesthouses, boarding room with plenty of amenity choices – hot or cold shower, WiFi, comfy bedding and decent breakfast. Gili Gipsy has a dorm room with its bunk beds made of woods, and free water refill.
Here some approved examples of quality budget accomodations:
Some mid-range bungalows are not that far from the pier. Manta Bungalows is divers’ favorite. Not only that it provides rooms for rent but the services offered include boat rental to the best diving spots around Gili Trawangan. If you wish to be close to nightlife scenes, Tir Na Nog is a strategic hotel with bars and restaurants just a stone throw away.
Here some approved examples of quality medium price range accomodations:
The scattered resorts at the strip of the beach provide all the convenient and luxuries in a tropical paradise. Some resorts provide top notch services with features like sea-view balcony, infinity pool, private beach, and more. Kuno Villas lets you experience living in a lodge with pool view secluded in lush greeneries. Another alternative for luxury hotel in Gili Trawangan is definitely the Pearl of Trawangan. It is a cottage in tropical haven that makes you feel happy disconnecting yourself from the internet and the world. It has a relaxing atmosphere with compact space and rustic style restaurant overlooking the sea.
Here are some of the most exclusive resorts on Gili Trawangan:
Note: Some tours don't start on Gili Trawangan, so please control before the pickup spot of the tour prior to booking the tour.