Gili Trawangan

Your Magazine Guide to Gili Islands

The unforgettable island of fashion & fun…


When you hear about Gili T you probably also hear the words “party island” yeah? Thought we should just address that straight away! Gili T gained this title because it is the largest of the three northern Gili Islands with the most development, hence it offers the greatest abundance of everything – including nightlife.

There are fantastic parties every night of the week that attract large crowds of people from all different walks of life and every corner of the globe.

Nightly features start with a sizzling local food market and advance into live music, beach parties and DJ’s. There’s also the option of watching movies screened at an open air beach “theatre.”

The rumoured growth of Trawangan from a backpacker island into something of a glam island is supported by the unveiling of new upscale boutiques, restaurants, resorts, spas, and now a heli-pad, however, it remains a hub of charm for a wide spectrum of travellers. It’s an iconic island of variety with numerous options for every budget/lifestyle for eating, sleeping, entertainment and activities. Luxury Villas abound and less expensive accommodation is available for the budget traveller.

Gili T has extraordinarily beautiful beaches and shimmering ocean waters of crystal-clear visibility for diving and snorkelling. This island boasts some of the finest coral gardens and the widest range of dive centers with the best socializing opportunities.

Although it is predominately known as a party island, Gili T has much more to it and venturing away from the densely developed east coast, you can find a plethora of vacant beaches. Renting abicycle is a great way to see the island, bearing in mind there are some sandy patches!

Seeing how life works here can be eyeopening, its not an escape from reality, just a slightly different one, but understandably surreal none the less!

There are several conservation organisations based here including Gili Eco Trust, The Gili Shark Foundation, Cats of Gili and Horses of Gili. For getting involved in beach clean ups visit one of the dive centres on the island, make your vacation meaningful by giving back to the island!

As you may know – there is no motorized transport on the Gilis and what a soothing break that can be!

Surfing is popular off the south and it’s not unwise to speak to locals about the break. For a supreme viewpoint walk up the hill on the south that was previously used as a lookout during WW II.