Gili Trawangan – A Popular Resort Island in Lombok

Part of an archipelago of three small islands known as the Gili Islands, Gili Trawangan is the biggest and most popular resort island off the northwest coast of Lombok. Getting to the island is convenient & easy with just a 30-min boat ride from Sengiggi.

After breakfast, we had a quick drive to the pier to board the 30-min fast boat ride (as the locals call it) to beautiful Gili Trawangan. Enroute, we were all mesmerized by the scenic coastal views.

Splendid view of the coastline enroute to the pier

Splendid view of the coastline enroute to the pier

As with all tourist spots in Indonesia, there're a few peddlers here trying to earn the tourist dollar ;)

As with all tourist spots in Indonesia, there’re a few peddlers here selling hats & souvenir tees 😉

It was a breezy & smooth boat ride to Gili Trawangan. If you wish to visit the Gili Islands, do wear flip-flops/ slippers & bermudas/shorts because often, the boat will disembark passengers when it hasn’t even dock at the pier, so you may need to tread in water (probably up to knees depending on your height) to get on land. See what I mean in the photo below:

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Anyway, our first island activity was to check out the beautiful corals in the clear shallow waters with a 1-hour ride on the glass-bottom boat (IDR75,000, S$7.75). Nothing too unique about the wooden boat except that it is fitted with glass panels in the middle to allow passengers to view the corals below. The glass panels weren’t spotlessly clean so frankly we couldn’t really get a perfect view of the corals. It was better through the naked eyes than through the camera lens haha. So don’t dismiss the corals based on my photos below haha…

A glimpse of the side of glass bottom boat :)

A glimpse of the side of glass bottom boat 🙂

This was 1 of the clearer pic of corals I managed to capture

This was 1 of the clearer pic of corals I managed to capture

View of the corals just beside our boat

Photo taken of the corals just beside our boat

One of the popular activities to do on the island is to snorkel to spot the dynamic coral reefs & marine life. We could see many people doing that too:

A great way to explore life under the clear shallow waters

A great way to explore life under the clear shallow waters with a snorkel

The original plan for us was to have some free & easy time on the island to roam about. But probably because of the super-warm weather, most of the group didn’t want to spend time getting burnt in the sun. So my wish to go on a local horse cart tour round the island had to be abandoned. 😦 I had thought it’d be quite an interesting experience on the Cidomo (local way of calling the local horse cart) since no motorised vehicles are allowed on the island, too bad… only could watch them pass by…

Cidomo - the most common transport on Gili Islands

Cidomo – the most common transport on Gili Islands

So all we did on this lovely island were taking a glass bottom boat tour, having lunch by the beach & inspecting Hotel Vila Ombak. Maybe it means I’ve to come again for a relaxing free & easy tour on the island on my own next time! Haha… I shall end this post with an awesome sea view during our lunch that day!

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