Bali to Gili Trawangan – Lombok – Indonesia
When traveling through Bali, Indonesia you constantly hear about the infamous trip from Bali to Gili Trawangan. So here is a guide of not only how to get from Bali to Gili Trawangan but what to do once you get to these beautiful Gili Islands. Just a quick break down: Gili Islands consist of three islands; Gili Trawangan ( Party Island ), Gili Meno, and Gili Air (Which are more laid back and mainly dedicated to Honey Mooners or people who want a nice relaxing time on white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. When I myself traveled to the Gili Islands I was looking for a party, like most backpackers, and I found it.
How to get from Bali to Gili Trawangan
The great thing about heading from Bali to Gili Trawangan is that everyone does it, which means there are a lot of services set in place for you to get there quick and easy. Here is a website set up for just that Transfers from Bali to Gili Trawangan and I recommend booking the Gili Island fast boat. From this site, you should expect to pay around 300.000 to 400.000 Rupiah for a return trip. Most hostels in Bali offer these deals as well for about 500.000 but I recommend sorting it out yourself to save some money. The beauty of these transfers is that they pick you up from your current accommodation and transfer you to your port and then they drop you off where your next destination in Bali is. Don’t be afraid to organize a trip to the Nusa Islands in Bali (which can also be done on the link provided above) before heading back to mainland Bali.
Once you get on the boat on the way from Bali to Gili Trawangan you have the option to sit inside, OR, you have the option to go to the upper deck which I highly recommend. It is refreshing to get some fresh ocean air especially in such a humid place as Indonesia. Also, there will be music playing and beers being sold for about 25.000 Rupiah, you’re welcome.
The transfer from Bali to Gili Trawangan takes about two hours and flies by with the beautiful scenery. Once you the Gili islands come into view you will be amazed by how crystal clear the beautiful water is and you will instantly be satisfied with your decision to travel from Bali to Gili Trawangan.
What to do once you have arrived at Gili Trawangan
Once you have arrived in the ever beautiful Gili Trawangan you will be met with an amazing island vibe. All you have are dirt roads, horse-drawn carriages, and no gas powered motors, except for the boats of course, on the entire island. These horse-drawn carriages will be waiting to take you wherever it is you would like to go and I would highly recommend just walking it. The horses look dehydrated and exhausted and unfortunately, was one of the first things I realized when arriving from Bali to Gili Trawangan.
Not only will you save these guys a trip, but you will get to take in more of the main city, which is tiny and consists of one dirt road filled with places to eat, drink, and to book activities. I was starving and decided to have some lunch right on the beach.
A short walk from the port and you will arrive at your accommodation. Get settled and then it is time to explore this beautiful paradise. Below are some of my favorite things to do during my trip from Bali to Gili Trawangan.
Turtle Point Gili Trawangan
This adventure to turtle point Gili Trawangan was by far the highlight of my trip from Bali to Gili Trawangan. For only 100.000 Rupiah you get a whole day of adventure starting out in Gili Trawangan and circling around all the islands in search of turtles, coral, and amazing underwater statues. Don’t worry about where to book this snorkeling tour as you will be denying requests to enjoy these tours your entire time in Gili T. Make sure you don’t pay more than 100.000 Rupiah and feel free to haggle for a better price. From just about every hostel or any other accommodation on the island, you can find that this tour will be available, do it you won’t regret it. During the trip, you will be supplied with a snorkel, fins, and great beats while you cruise around the beautiful crystal blue water. As I said before, Turtle Point was the highlight of not only this snorkeling tour but my entire time from Bali to Gili Trawangan.
Of course, there will be Bintangs available on this tour, as Gili Trawangan is the party place. They will cost you about 25.000 Rupiah and be sure to drink quickly because there is a limited supply. No need to pack a lunch or anything because after you visit turtle point Gili Trawangan (stop number two) you will stop off on Gili Air for some lunch. I sincerely hope you meet these guys while you are there, they were hilarious.
We chill out on the beach on what seems to be our own private cabanas. It is your choice to have lunch, party, relax in a hammock, or go for a swim. It is a certainty that you will be hitting a joint that seems to be in constant rotation while at this bar top, these guys don’t stop! I call him the Balinese Easy-E!
After about an hour on land, you are back to the boat to enjoy the last and final stop of the tour. The transit to each new spot is almost as amazing as the dive sites themselves. Enjoying beers with new friends and sunbathing on the top of the boat always make for a great time.
This snorkel tour was well worth the 100.000 Rupiah that was spent and those memories that were made that day at Turtle Point Gili Trawangan were priceless.
Sunset Point Gilli Trawangan
Another one of my favorite highlights of my adventure from Bali to Gili Trawangan was Sunset Point. From the main street on Gili T, it is just a short 10-minute bike ride to Sunset Point. Your bike rental will cost you no more than 40.000 Rupiah and it is well worth it as everything on the island is accessible by bike.
It is a different world on the other side of the Island. You go from the crazy party side to the calm relaxing side and it is a great change of pace. On the way, my bike chain broke, but there was no issue. The people of Gili Trawangan, Lombok are so nice and always there to help. It just so happened that there was a bike rental place right where I broke down and there was also a bar. So naturally, I got my bike fixed and stopped for a beer.
In 5 minutes the bike was fixed and we were on our way to the beautiful Sunset Point Gili Trawangan. My first time seeing it I was amazing at the difference it possessed from the other side of the Island, I was instantly convinced I would spend every sunset there for the rest of my time in Gili T and I recommend you do the same, it is incredible.
Where to stay in Gili Trawangan, Lombok
There are many places to stay staying on Gili Trawangan but there but the best spot to stay is, “My Mates Place”. On the ferry over on my way from Bali to Gili Trawangan, I was looking places to stay on up on Hostel World and I came across My Mate’s Place both because the name was catchy and the reviews were great. Staying there was probably the best decision I have made on this trip. The place pristine, comfortable, and very well designed. The staff were instantly our friends and the vibes couldn’t be better.
The way Gili Trawangan works all accommodation is priced out relatively the same to keep things fair on the Island. I believe if you are looking for a party hostel, which, if you are staying on Gili Trawangan you most likely are, then My Mate’s Place will offer you the best value on the Island. The owner Brandon is awesome and is there every night handing out shots and hanging out with the travelers. Not only does he own the hostel, but he owns the best and only air-conditioned club in Gili Trawangan. Every night the party starts at the hostel around 8 p.m. and then at 10 p.m. we all venture to The Jungle (his club). So many amazing memories and friends were made during this trio and I can’t wait to go back. Also, they are building many more rooms, a new restaurant (by the way the food here is cheap and AMAZING), and a pool! Don’t forget to book here and let them know Wandercast360 sent you 🙂 Enjoy your two vodka joss shots for 20.000 Rupiah!
Cheers for the read guys and I hope you enjoy your adventure from Bali to Gili Trawangan! Let me know in the comments section how you liked your stay on the Island and feel free to ask me any questions you might have.