Gili Trawangan, Lombok Indonesia
Trawangan, the most popular among the three Giliís. Just
kick back and enjoy the sun, nightly beach parties and sea.
The main stripe is full of accommodations, restaurants, and
are seeking a quieter place to stay there are bungalows in
the north. This Island is also known as "Party Island",
where mostly young European find themselves "Lost In
come during the Peak Season (July-August, December-January),
most places are full and prices are doubled. An advanced
reservation is a must.
With spectacular sunrises over
Lombok's Mount Rinjani volcano and breathtaking sunsets that
illuminate Bali's towering Mount Agung volcano, together
with warm hospitality of the Gili Trawangan residents, it's
not surprising that most visitors end up staying longer than
Accommodation on Gili
Most of the accommodation
centrally located on south east of Gili Trawangan. A few new
establishments of bungalows with a better facilities are now
available. Places in the front (beach line) are more
expensive. The upmarket accommodation is no longer dominated
by Villa Ombak and Villa Almarik. There are
many new quality boutique resorts are now available (see
places to stay, updated recently). Gili Trawangan is
more developed than other Gilis for the last few years.
There are also a few places to stay around the north and
south west coast in more quiet atmosphere.
sunbathing, swimming, or join any dive trips with any dive
operators which colored the lines. There are quality dive
schools available to cater the needs of tourists, offering
complete range of PADI courses, as well as Fun Dives for
those already certified.
By night, the waterfront comes
to life as various foreign and locally restaurants and bars
start to fire up, with fresh snapper, grouper and tuna,
cooked over charcoal flames, readily available.
A local initiative was set up to help the turtle population around Gili
Trawangan. The poachers are paid for their find and the turtles are
re-buried and kept under surveillance. Once they hatch, the baby green
and hawksbill turtles are placed in a tank and left to grow until they
are approx. 6 months old when they are big enough to fend for
themselves, and are released into the sea.
The project still relies purely on donations by locals and tourists and
has grown bigger and bigger over the years.
In 2004, Vila Ombak Diving Academy began a project to encourage the
re-growth of the coral using a method called Bio-rock. The process
involves using a safe low-voltage current that is applied though the sea
water. The electric current attracts the minerals in the seawater to a
steel structure where they grow into limestone very similar to coral
In 2006, after the success of the original project, all the dive
operators on the island came together to construct more Biorock
structures. The 14 structures can be found in the shallower waters
(5-8m) at different points just in front of each dive shop.
GILI ECO TRUST
Gili Eco Trust was set up to protect the coral reefs around the island
against destructive fishing practices.
A one-time donation of Rp 40,000 charged to the guest by dive centres on
Gili Trawangan to pay fisherman to stop using fishing methods that are
damaging to the reefs. Funds are also used for beach cleaning, rubbish
management and monitoring.
Line fishing, spear fishing and surface nets are permitted as these
methods are not harmful to the reefs and the eco-system.
Although the island once had a reputation among the back-packing
community as wicked party destination, many establishments which once
laid claim to hosting wild dance parties today trade on their
By a tradition that continuous today, only one establishment per night
can play music and host dance party until 4 am. Of the seven weekly
venues hosting parties, the one most anticipated by tourists and locals
alike are the funk house and hard music parties with local DJ's in
If wild dance parties are not to your liking, many restaurants and bars,
including the Tirnanog - Irish bar, provide a range of more sedate and
social gathering point for Al fresco dinning and drinking by the water's
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