GILI TRAWANGAN – APRIL 09
Gili Trawangan is one of the three Gili islands off the North West coast of Lombok. Most of the activities listed below apply to the other islands (Gili Air and Gili Meno) as well. It is a great base to explore Lombok as well.
The island is surrounded by a white sand beach which is wider in some places than in others. There is a large hill on the south of the island and the rest of the island is flat. The centre of the island is made up of various types of farms.
The main restaurants and hotels are on the east coast. The food is excellent and there is a variety of accommodation. You may book or just arrive and find accommodation but in the peak season I would recommend to book. Prices seem to vary up and down from 100 000 for fan room, 200 000 for air conditioning and 400 000 for air con and pool including breakfast. Some hotels charge much more.
There are three party nights a week where the music can be loud depending on how close your hotel is to the party. The mosque has an early morning call to prayer which is great as an alarm clock for positioning yourself for the beautiful sunrise.
The locals are friendly, helpful or indifferent. Some call out to women as they walk the street at night but that seems to be the limit.
THINGS TO DO IN GILI TRAWANGAN
Trek to Rinjani – volcano on Lombok
Day trips to Lombok
Snorkel trip to three islands 75 000 rupiah
Surf – board and body board
Cimindo (horse and cart0 around island or to specific destinations
Diving – heaps of professional dive places
Top hill sunrise
Turtle hatchery – but where is it???
Charter boat ½ or full day – fish, snorkel, and laze around on waters, visit islands or combos of these. 400 000 to 600 000 rupiah
Sit at sunset bar at sunset – an area on the south of the island that is a large viewing platform along the beach and shaded by trees.
Cruise and eat at all the restaurants
Mushroom shakes – mind trip
Massage – 185 000 rupiah for 90 stone massage
Snorkel off beach and drift along with the currents – north, north east, between surf breaks.
Catch inter-island ferry to Gili Meno (30 000 rupiah) or Gili Air (35 000 rupiah). Leaves 9:30am and returns at 3:00 (Air) and 3:30 (Meno). Boat also leaves at 4:00 pm so you will need to stay overnight on the other islands.
Public boat to Bangsal – 10 000 rupiah – leaves every hour once it has 25 passengers.
Charter boat to Gili Air or Gili Meno – 250 000 rupiah one way.
Nothing – this usually seems the best thing to do.
Worse points: noise on some nights - take ear plugs, calls from locals. At times sea lice and stinging jellyfish – check before going into the water.
Best points: food, beaches, water and views
Tips: if negotiating for activity make sure both parties clearly understand what will be happening e.g. on a boat trip – where you will be snorkeling.