Page - Gili Trawangan & Getting Here
The Gilis (meaning “small islands” in Sasak, the dominant indigenous language) are a chain of three small paradisiacal islands just off the northwestern corner of Lombok, Indonesia. On all three Gilis, motorised vehicles are non-existent. The main way of getting around are bicycles or cidomos (small horse-carts).
Located a couple of kilometres south of the equator, the Gilis have a tropical climate with a dry and a wet season. Throughout the year, they enjoy an average temperature of 28°C and water temperatures ranging from 25 to 30°C. The wet season runs from about November to April and the dry season is usually from May to October.
The majority of the local community on the Gilis is Muslim and throughout the day, you can hear the mosques singing the call to prayer. In a country home to over 700 indigenous languages, Bahasa Indonesian is the national language that ties the country together. However, you may hear many Gili locals speak Sasak, the dominant culture on nearby Lombok.
Trawangan is the largest and most populated of the three Gilis. Lonely Planet recently referred to it as “a paradise of global repute, ranking alongside Bali and Borobudur as one of Indonesia’s top destinations”. During the day, stroll along the main strip to enjoy an abundance of boutiques, restaurants and spas. Enjoy a game of beach volleyball on Trawangan’s idyllic white sand beaches, visit the turtle sanctuary and croon over baby turtles, or take a bike cruise over to Sunset Point to watch the sunset over Agung volcano on Bali. Trawangan is truly a holiday paradise.
Fun Fact: The name of the island comes from the Indonesian word “terowongan” meaning tunnels. During the second world war, the Gilis were occupied by the Japanese, who used the islands as a lookout post and a camp for war prisoners. The Japanese forces dug a whole tunnel system into Gili T. Legend has it that not all holes have been filled.
There are many options when it comes to travelling to Gili Trawangan. For your convenience, Kelapa Luxury Villas is happy to arrange boat transfers, domestic plane tickets, as well as pickups from Lombok International Airport to the island. Flights from Bali to Lombok take about 20 minutes. Alternatively, it is also possible to fly directly into Lombok via Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta or Perth.
- Via Bali
By Speedboat – Several fast boat companies operate from various ports in Bali. (Amed, Padang Bai, Sanur, Serangan and Benoa) Most of them offer free transport from your hotel to the pier and they generally offer two trips/day (around 9 am and 1 pm). Ocean crossing time depends on weather and sea conditions but takes between 2 – 3 hours.
By Helicopter – Air Bali offers to fly you directly to Gili Trawangan. The heliport is based on the south tip of Bali (at Benoa) and hotel pick up service is included in your booking. The flight takes roughly 45 minutes.
- Via Lombok
By Speedboat – We are happy to arrange a boat transfer from Lombok. This trip usually takes about 20 minutes.
Once on Gili Trawangan, make your way to Kelapa Luxury Villas via horse carriage for about IDR 100,000.