Gili Trawangan: The Party Island
Gili Trawangan is the largest, liveliest, and most visited of the Gili Islands. Unofficially, Gili T is known as the party island and as such it attracts young backpackers and holidaymakers seeking a trip of hedonism and excitement.
Expect plenty of late-night bars, cocktail shacks, and busy clubs lining the narrow streets of the island. You can even head out on a boozy boat trip under the beaming rays of the sun if it takes your fancy.
However, it’s not all about the parties on Gili T. There are also plenty of quality restaurants serving fresh seafood and mouth-watering Indonesian fare, as well as high-end resorts and clothing boutiques. In the day, visitors can also embark on a snorkelling trip around the islands to swim alongside sea turtles or can try their hand at scuba diving.
As the crystal-clear waters offer such sublime snorkelling conditions, Gili T is a popular island for travellers to learn their PADI open water course. Plus, there are plenty of postcard-perfect sand beaches to relax upon. Being the biggest island, the best way to explore is by hiring a bicycle and cycling around the dirt path roads.
With all there is to see and do, it’s easy enough to escape the all-night parties and thumping tunes. If you stay away from the main street, you should be able to avoid any noise at all.
If you’re looking to keep busy with lots of shopping, eating, and boozing it may be that Gili T is the ideal for you.
Where to stay: Away from the hustle and bustle of Gili T’s main strip sits the luxurious Pondok Santi Estate. Spacious, secluded, and serene, the resort offers 18 private bungalows and a tranquil swimming pool that lies among seven hectares of preened grounds.