Gili Trawangan – much more than just a party island!

Just 1.5 hours from Padangbai, Bali by speedboat (with average tickets costing around Rp 1,000,000 return, though mine only cost Rp 550,000), Gili Trawangan is a pretty spectacular place if you explore past the crowded harbour where (often drunk) tourists are the norm. In between circumnavigating the island on foot, swimming in the (mostly) pristine waters, riding through the local villages on the oldest bike on the entire island that broke down every 5 minutes (that’s not an exaggeration), pigging out in the night market and sipping drinks at sunset, my 3 days in Gili T were well spent. Given more time I would have loved to check out the much quieter Gili Air and Gili Meno as well.


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