Sandwiched between Bali and Lombok, Gili Trawangan is one of three small gorgeous Indonesian islands that you have to visit.
Known to many as ‘Gili T’ , it is becoming increasingly more popular to travellers and I can see why. Like most backpackers that visit, I stayed a lot longer than I had initially planned to. Gili T steals your heart and soul. I’m not being cheesy, it really does. An unstable power grid and a road system that consists of no motor vehicles makes Gili T quite unique and gives many travellers a sense of escapism. But it is also a great place to party.
Gili T has more than a handful of restaurants. However, the local market is the real show stealer for flavourful dishes. Every evening a local market sells a wide selection of Indonesian food at cheap prices. Eat there!
My favourite thing about Gili T is the ocean. Undeniably beautiful to look it, what lies beneath is even better. Swimming between the sparkling surface and the heavily occupied coral foundation are Green Sea and Loggerhead turtles. I don’t know how many hours I spent snorkeling in the ocean of Gili T, but it wasn’t enough. I don’t think there is such a thing as enough.
Naturally, Gili T is full of people looking to have a good time. There is an area (near the food market I mentioned before) that has several bars that play good music and offer cheap drinks. Gili T even has its own full moon party every month.
Ombak sunset viewpoint is located on the lesser occupied side of the island. The best seat in the house is definitely the swing that is positioned a few metres out into the ocean. I spent the majority of my evenings on this side of the island taking in the natural masterpeice.
In comparison to other transportation methods in and around Bali, the “speed boat” (you’ll have to experience it to understand the need for sarcastic quotation marks) to Gili T is not very cheap, but it is worth the effort, there is no excuse! GO!