Gili Trawangan island: palm trees and pineapples

Gili trawangan island guide

Not all treasure is silver and gold. Gili Trawangan is a treasure for those who want to put pineapples on their heads, climb into palm trees, chase sunsets, drink from coconuts, sit around campfires, lay in hammocks and live like le pirate. So grab yourself some rum and soak up the sun, because island life has just begun.

This tiny tropical paradise is surrounded by white sandy beaches, turquoise water, palm trees and belongs to Lombok. Gili Trawangan has two little sisters and T is the wild one, Gili M and Gili A are known to be the quiet ones. In the southern part near the harbour is the busy area with bars and party places, but the northern sunset side of the island is quieter.

Eat, snorkel, read, repeat
The whole island is a backpackers paradise and cars are not allowed, the only way to get around is by foot or bicycle. Every day is lay day at Gili T as there is not much to do besides snorkelling, eating and partying. So if you came to unwind on a tropical island, drink cocktails and watch sunsets. Gili Trawangan is your place.

Stay at one of the turquoise beach cabins of Le Pirate on the northern part of the island and enjoy the open-air bamboo shower and watch the stars from your hammock at night. Built campfires, listen to jazz and shop for vintage clothes at Casa Vintage or if you want to try out local food visit the night market. Are you travelling to Bali next? Check out my other travel guide about Bali for more island tips!

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  1. It does look like a beautiful and relaxing place – so many palm trees. I would love to visit!

    1. Yeah it’s such a cute tropical little island! You should visit!

  2. Lovely photos! And I love the intro you give, it makes me want to buy a ticket right now and escape to an island without cars. Sounds like paradise. Was it expensive?

    1. Thanks Lindsey! Yeah if you are going to Bali, you should definately stop at Gili! You can just take a boat and go for a day even. It was more expensive than Bali, but still ‘cheap ‘ compared to prices in Europe.

  3. Sounds like the perfect beach to visit if you want to escape city life for a while.

  4. Looks like the perfect place to unwind and relax, just as a vacation should be!

  5. Thanks for sharing. These are amazing photos. Make you want to just jump right in.

    1. Thanks for the lovely compliment Kellyn 🙂

  6. You make it all sound so very appealing and relaxing. Thanks for the post!

  7. Gili T looks sooooooo relaxing and peaceful. I think I’d prefer Gili M or A for the quietness but I’d still love to try out a party on T too.

    1. Yeaaah it was! I expected it to be a lot more party, so I was happy to be on the quiet part of the island haha! But if you want to be on an even more quiet island you should def go to Gili M or A 🙂

  8. So lovely!!! I went to bali years ago and wanted to come here but tour operators lied to me and said you can’t go here and that it was too far!

    1. Oh noooo really? That’s crazy! It’s only a short boat ride away from Bali!! Well it’s a good reason to return I guess 😉

  9. First of all, love your website layout and name.
    Secondly, this has been on my bucket list for so long and now you have me even more keen to go. Did you go diving at all?

    1. Thank you so much for the lovely comment Julia :). I’m sure you will love it! I didn’t go diving actually, but I think you can! There are beautiful spots for snorkling at least!

  10. Your photos are gorgeous! Gili sounds like the perfect place to relax and unwind. Although I typically enjoy having a lot of activities to do on my travels, there have definitely been times when all I’ve wanted is to relax on the beach and this would be the perfect place for that!

    1. Thank you Diana :)!! Yeah for me Gili for two days was enough aswell, I also prefer to have a bit more action going on haha! But it is the perfect spot to unwind !

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