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Gili Trawangan – Stunning Photo Gallery, Map and Accommodation

Updated on May 30, 2016
Impossible blue-turquoise sea and white soft sand of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.
Impossible blue-turquoise sea and white soft sand of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. | Source

Gili Trawangan, One of The Beautiful Gili Islands

Gili Trawangan is one of the 17, 000 islands that compose Indonesia and one of the three famous but tiny Gili Islands, described by Elizabeth Gilbert in her marvelous and bestselling book “Eat, Pray, Love” (although she travelled to Gili Meno). It is also a fantastic and unbelievably beautiful piece of Earth with the potential to conquests even the toughest, most demanding traveler, which is sure to leave one hundred percent in love with the place.

The beach goes for 360 degrees around the island and keeps as beautiful as the isolated stretch you can see in the picture above. In Gili Trawangan you can have the beach to yourself if that is what you are looking for.


One of The Best Places in Indonesia

Cristal clear waters and amazing colors of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia.
Cristal clear waters and amazing colors of Gili Trawangan, Indonesia. | Source

Gili Trawangan, The Perfect Indonesia Holiday

The Gili Islands are located between the considerably bigger Indonesian Islands of Bali and Lombok. Of the three Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan has been unjustly reputed as being the “party island” -while Gili Meno the “quiet, chilled-out” one. This is not exactly true.

From my point of view, Gili Trawangan has the perfect balance amongst nature, beauty, quiet-relaxed atmosphere, human interaction (not too crowded but a nice number of locals and visitors with whom to talk, should you feel the need of human contact), recreational activities, touristic infrastructure –meaning nice beach front restaurants, eco-friendly bungalows made of natural elements such as wood, palm, bamboo; local minimarkets- and hey, who doesn't want a nice accommodation and good food to keep you comfortable and complement a beautiful and natural experience such as this amazing island?

What I am trying to say is that Gili Trawangan has the quiet isolated aspect of a pristine natural environment as well as the human interaction that is especially heartwarming with the incredibly hospitable and friendly locals.


Gili Trawangan: Charming Accommodation

Garden Bungalow one of Gili Trawangan's Beautiful Accommodation Options.
Garden Bungalow one of Gili Trawangan's Beautiful Accommodation Options. | Source

Map of Indonesia - Bali, Gili Islands & Lombok

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Indonesia, Extreme Natural Beauty

Gili Trawangan, View of Lombok.
Gili Trawangan, View of Lombok. | Source

Gili Islands: Clean Immaculate Perfection

A thrilling fact about Gili Trawangan is that it has no motorized traffic and thus, no sound pollution what-so- ever. The Island in general, as well as the ocean and the beach remain very clean and unpolluted. Hurray!!!! Let’s keep it that way.

Gili Trawangan: Top Dinning

Fish Grill Open Air Restaurants at Gili Trawangan. Indonesia. Delicious, pleasant, romantic, inexpensive dinners and the best of food.
Fish Grill Open Air Restaurants at Gili Trawangan. Indonesia. Delicious, pleasant, romantic, inexpensive dinners and the best of food. | Source

Gili Trawangan & Food

Gili Trawangan has an outstanding dining offer, with a considerable amount of nice candle lit open air restaurants and a romantic chilled out atmosphere that always makes you feel like a king. Here you can go out for drinks and dinner in a different place every day and enjoy a very pleasant and charming night, eating anywhere from Indonesian specialties (nasi, satays, curries, gado gado ) to meat cuts, vegetarian dishes and seafood. The Islands trademark is the fish grill; Blue Marlin for example exhibits the catch of the day and lets the customer take its pick. You can choose from a variety of fish to be grilled for you and they offer a salad buffet to go with it.

Gili Trawangan also has its night life pretty well organized with three weekly parties –each one with a particular music genre. Every party is held in a different bar and the rest of them close for the night, this is thought to avoid competition between the different bars that would put some of them out of business, and give them all a chance.


Sunset at Gili Islands

Banana grilling fish "all natural" during sunset at the beach. Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia.
Banana grilling fish "all natural" during sunset at the beach. Gili Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia. | Source

Things to Do in Gili Trawangan

  • Snorkeling and Diving: among the marine specimens to be seen are turtles, black and white tip reef sharks, seahorses, pipefish, crustaceans, bump head parrot fish, barracuda, manta rays, coral reef.
  • Surfing: Gili Trawangan has a fast right break that can be surfed all year round. Gili Surf Shop rents boards.
  • Kayaking: Kayaking School "Karma Kayak"(also hotel and tapas bar) organizes half day kayaking trips around the Gili Island when currents allow it.
  • Walking / Cycling: Walk the circumference of Gili Trawangan in around 2.5 hours.

    Bicycles are also for rent within the island.

  • Day Trips: a visit to Lombok or any of the other Gili Islands is quite recommendable.

Gili Trawangan's Friendly Locals

During my stay in Gili Trawangan I became acquainted with many of the locals that work at the beach. I have never met such hospitable, kind, loving people. They really made me feel at home. Every morning, as I walked along the beach, I received smiles and friendly greetings wishing me a good day, and they all addressed me by my name! The humanity and genuine interest of the people was astonishing to me, specially coming from the sad but natural apathy and indifference of people in the big city where I live in.

I particularly became good friends with an Indonesian young man, whose name is too complicated to remember for us occidentals, and chose to go by the nickname of Banana. He made my days in the Gilis utterly unforgettable. I actually cried when I left after just 10 days, but they were definitely some of the most beautiful days of my life.

Among many things, we once went fishing and Banana prepared a sunset, all natural fish barbeque at the beach. He cleaned up our catch, made an Indonesian coconut-chili marinade for the fish, a perfect fire on the sand, and skillfully cooked the fish for our dinner; delicious and very special.

When I asked him about his motivations, he spoke of his personal mission to make visitors happy and welcomed. He actually didn’t receive much from me (a pretty much broke backpacker) beside a true friendship that was mutual, extraordinarily open, and selfless. These are the kind of valuable experiences you can live in Gili Trawangan.


Traditional Indonesian Wedding at Lombok

Traditional Indonesian Wedding, Lombok, Indonesia. Here you can see the procession walking through the jungle, headed by the bride (dressed in black with a golden headdress).
Traditional Indonesian Wedding, Lombok, Indonesia. Here you can see the procession walking through the jungle, headed by the bride (dressed in black with a golden headdress). | Source
Family and friends, as well as the entire village, join the bridal procession and dance to the music played by the accompanying orchestra. Lombok, Indonesia.
Family and friends, as well as the entire village, join the bridal procession and dance to the music played by the accompanying orchestra. Lombok, Indonesia. | Source
Bride and Groom stand together to receive congratulatory speeches from friends and family. Banana and I took a photograph with them as well. Lombok, Indonesia.
Bride and Groom stand together to receive congratulatory speeches from friends and family. Banana and I took a photograph with them as well. Lombok, Indonesia. | Source

Lombok: an Authentic Local Experience

Banana also invited me for lunch to his family home in Lombok, right across Gili Trawangan (the blue mountains you can see in the background of the first picture on the top of this article is actually Lombok). One of his childhood village friends was getting married and he wanted me to experience a traditional Indonesian wedding, Lombok style.

The celebration was a huge surprise for me, and the environment in which it was held a true blessing. We didn't attend the actual ceremony but joined the bridal procession that walked from the village of the groom, to the village of the bride, through the jungle, accompanied by what seemed like the whole town.

The bride and groom are dressed in very different attire from our occidental white gown; they head the procession, in a very somber upright attitude, followed by a marching band, family and a more cheerful dancing mob of friends, acquaintances and extras like myself. In the images on the right you can also see the Indonesian attires of the wedding guests.

I did feel like a documentary film maker while witnessing this extravagant event and I thank Banana for his generosity and all the precious moments he gifted me with.


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      Claudia Tello 4 years ago from Mexico

      Cyber Shelley, thank you for your interest and very nice comments! I really loved this place and name it every time I am asked what the best place I have ever been to is. If you do get the chance to visit Indonesia, you should definitely go to Gili Trawangan. Thanks for all the votes and input, I really appreciate them.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Thank you for writing the guide on this very beautiful island. The photographs make you wish that could be there to physically experience this beautiful place. Well done. Voted Up, interesting, useful and beautiful.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hey addingsense, thank you very much for that compliment :) and thanks for dropping by.

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      Akhil S Kumar 5 years ago from kerala

      i just want to say,

      You are cool

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hey Daniel! Thanks for dropping by. You are right, Gili Trawangan is an incredible place; in general, all Indonesia is. I am glad you liked the hub and truly hope you get that week in Gili T one day, it is VERY worth it.

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      Daniel Peebles 5 years ago

      What an awesome article about an incredible place. I want to go and visit for a week!! It's a travel guide wrapped up in an HUB. Thanks again!!!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      TwilightDream, thank you very much for your lovely comments and encouragement, it is my pleasure.

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      TwilightDream 5 years ago from Chennai, India

      Congrats! Thanks for sharing great information. Stunning snaps. Keep writing!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      howtojunkies, thanks for your vote and nice comments, I really appreciate it.

      mydubaistay, thanks for reading and making such kind comments; I like your enthusiasm for the photographs, Gili Trawangan is a breath taking place indeed.

      ayuyanti, so you are one of the lucky ones to have visited Gili Trawangan in Indonesia?..... :) I truly intend to go back some day. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      ayuyanti 5 years ago

      I've been there, nice places...

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      mydubaistay 5 years ago from Dubai

      Amazing Hub and photography is just breath taking. Good job!

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      howtojunkies 5 years ago

      Very Informative and Nice place! voted up!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Happyboomernurse, thanks for your kind comments, I am glad you liked the Hub; I feel much honored by the nomination and I am as happy as can be.

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      Gail Sobotkin 5 years ago from South Carolina

      Beautiful hub about a place I never heard of. I loved the photos and the cultural information. Congratulations on earning the Hub of the Day.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Athena2011, that is what is nice about these communities and about internet writing, we can share our experiences and visit faraway places through others. Who knows, maybe someday you will write from Gili Trawangan, sitting comfortably at its beautiful beach while you publish hubs! ;) Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

      Hally Z, thanks for your input, I am flattered you enjoyed it and cared to comment.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Nyanyicute, you are certainly lucky to have born in Indonesia, it is my favorite country in the world! I can't wait to go back and visit other islands, including your recommendations. Thanks for commenting and adding your tips of beautiful places to the list of gems in Indonesia.

      Pstraubie48, hi! Thanks for your lovely comments, I totally agree with you, water –and especially the ocean- has some incredible magic. You might not come back from Gili Trawangan…… :)

      Apryl Schwarz, thanks for your interest, input and comments. Indonesia is indeed a special place not only beautiful but culturally rich. I am happy you liked the pictures.

      tnvrstar, thanks! I am very happy and honored.

      M. Dasgupta, thanks! It was a big surprised that made my day.

      Paradise7, thanks for the heads up, I will edit straight away….. I am pleased you enjoyed the ride and got hooked by Gili Trawangan, very good option for next vacation. You make me feel flattered, I am certainly very proud of my trophy. Thanks!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Bail Up !: Thanks for your input and nice comments, sharing with you my adventures in Indonesia and particularly in the Gili Islands is my pleasure.

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      Hally Z. 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

      What are wonderful experience! I enjoyed your photos of the bride and groom, who are certainly dressed in a different style than expected out here.

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      athena2011 5 years ago from Beachfront - In My Dreams:)

      I've never heard of this place before reading this hub. Really enjoyed the pictures. Looks like a fantastic place to visit, but in the back of my mind I'm thinking of how far away it is and if I'll ever get there. I guess one can dream about it at least. Nice hub.

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      Paradise7 5 years ago from Upstate New York

      Music gender? Music genre. Please fix, thank you! Great hub, I really enjoyed the pics and felt I was visiting there through cyberspace. Thanks! I'll keep it in mind for my next vacation, whenver THAT is! You definitely earned the "Hub of the Day" trophy.

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      tnvrstar 5 years ago from doha, qatar

      Congrats for Hub of the day :)

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      Apryl Schwarz 5 years ago from Nebraska

      Beautiful pictures. I have an aunt that is from Indonesia, such a beautiful place and culture. Congrats on hub of the day!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Claudia Tello: Hi and Congratulations on the hub of the day....I am ready to pack!!! The islands look gorgeous.. Not to mention the opportunity to soak in the culture of others...and,I love the water...it is part of my soul so this is very appealing to me..it looks like somewhere one might not want to come away from...

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      nyanyicute 5 years ago from ohio, New york

      gili trawangan is beautiful place, i already go there. but i can give you another place with magnificent view. that name Danau toba (toba Lake) in north sumatra and komodo Island. I thank to God he make me born in Indonesia. A beautiful country with a thousand Island and a hundred tribe culture. Welcome to Indonesia.

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      Bail Up ! 5 years ago

      Claudia you are a very lucky girl indeed to be able to travel to such a beautiful place. Thanks for sharing your photos and experience there. The map pinpointing the islands was a nice addition to the hub. Hope to read more about your backpack travels.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      MosLadder, :) I am glad you enjoyed this Gili Trawangan Hub, it is my privilege to make you feel that way! Thank you so much for your words, they also make a very good start for my day!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      thesingernurse, thank you for dropping by and commenting. This are of Indonesia gives a very good opportunity to experience their traditional background, way of living and background. It is part of what makes Gili Trawangan so special!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      geetbhim, you are very kind, thanks for dropping by and commenting, it is my pleasure to share this with you.

      Thelma, thanks for all the praise, I am very flattered. It is a great honor to be Hub of the Day and share this with you, I am glad you got to know Gili Trawangan through this Hub.

      gryphin423, nice to know you liked the pictures, I try to be a good photographer because it is one of my favorite art forms, thanks for reading and commenting, it means a lot.

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      Chris Montgomery 5 years ago from Irvine, CA

      That was a lot fun! Nothing like a pristine island paradise to start the day,thanks for sharing this!

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      thesingernurse 5 years ago from Rizal, Philippines

      Great hub! I especially like your inclusion of some of their natives' tradition and heritage, like that wedding and the procession. Travelers should emulate your example. It's much more meaningful to appreciate not only the beauty of the surroundings but the cultural practices innate in each area you visit as well. Looking forward to more of your travel hubs.

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      gryphin423 5 years ago from Florida

      Interesting hub, gorgeous pictures!

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! Beautiful photos. I never heard of this place before. Thanks for sharing. Congratulation!!

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      sangeeta verma 5 years ago from Ludhiana India

      congratulation for the hub of the day! awesome article with stunning pictures,thanks for the lovely trip that you have shared through this article.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Simone, thanks for checking out the hub and commenting. I know!!!! The list of incredible places pending to visit never stops growing!!!!! I have a big one myself, and that is why I also have a policy of never to visit twice the same place -because there are so many places more to go that I haven't been to- but Gili Trawangan is the exception, I would love to go back again. What am I saying…. I WILL go back some day.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 5 years ago from San Francisco

      I had never heard of Gili Trawangan before reading this Hub. What a magical place, and your photos are indeed stunning. Gosh... I'll have to add it to my world travel bucket list!

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Gordon! Well it is also good to have made you laugh?, I am glad you enjoyed reading the hub. Thanks for your kind comments and for the luck wishes.

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Fabulous pictures and real life stories as always, Claudia. I am sorry, I laughed at the bit where you asked your friend Banana his motivations! :) He sounds like a wonderful person, as do the people in the area in general.

      Good luck in the contest!

      Gordon

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi anglnwu, I am glad you liked the photos. You should definitely take advantage of your geographic location. When the opportunity comes, I would cross half the world again to visit this beautiful country once more.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Wow, amazing pictures and since Indonesia is not too far from Singapore, this would very well be a destination for me to visit. Rated up.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi CyclingFitness, thanks for your comments; you are right, Gili Trawangan is one of the 5 best places I’ve visited in terms of beauty, but also in the experience of interacting with other cultures, it couldn’t have been better; you certainly should go whenever you have the chance.

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      Claudia Tello 5 years ago from Mexico

      Hi Ardie, it feels very well to know you enjoyed this hub and its photographs, thanks for commenting!

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      Liam Hallam 5 years ago from Nottingham UK

      This is a fantastic article. I'd never heard of Gili Trawangan before so it came as a pleasant surprise to see how fantastic the place looks. Indonesia is on my must see list and has just gone up a few places as a result! You must have truly enjoyed your visit

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This hub is amazing! The photos show the atmosphere of the island and the people who live on it. I don't get to travel so I appreciate the pictures and descriptions - they let me take a trip right at my computer. Excellent!