A Little Island in Lombok, Indonesia, which Worths a Visit
Indonesia is an archipelago country which has extraordinary natural beauty. Various tourist destinations in Indonesia from Sabang to Merauke have also been global. You can see the natural beauty of Indonesia from mountain views to exotic underwater scenery that entices you to want to see more. An Indonesian tourist destination having breathtaking underwater scenery and absolutely worth a visit is Gili Trawangan
It is the largest of the three small islands which located in the northwest of Lombok, with an estimated native population of about 800. Trawangan is also the only Gili to rise significantly (30 m) above sea level with a length of 3 km and a width of 2 km.
Gili is a small island but it has a full range of tourist support facilities, including lodgings of various standard classes, cafes that provide local and international food, tour guide agents that will take you to interesting places for snorkeling and diving, market art that sell various Lombok souvenirs, villa accommodation, upmarket restaurants that attract the more discerning travelers who opt to spend their days relaxing in the sun or diving. There are also plenty of resorts that cater to families and plenty of bicycles or Cidomo available for rent
Surrounded by white sand’s beaches, very beautiful and amazing scenery, crystal clear water, and exotic underwater scenery with various types of fish, and coral reefs that are still well preserved make Gili Trawangan island highly favored by enthusiasts of marine tourism activities, especially scuba diving and snorkeling activities.
The unique feature of the Gili is that locals and tourists are prohibited from using motorized vehicles on the island. They ride a bicycle or Cidomo (a small horse-drawn carriage) for alternative transportation. The prohibition is intended to eliminate air pollution. The island is free from the plaza, far from the maddening crowds, and the local population is very hospitable, they will love to greet you when you are going around this island.
How to Get to Gili Trawangan Island?
Gili Trawangan is most famous probably because of its location closest to Bali island. You can go to Gili island by fast boat from Bali via Padang Bay and get your Gili fast boat tickets from travel agents in Kuta before exchanging through Padang Bai. A handful of fast boat operators depart from Padang Bai to the Gili islands in the mornings between 9:00 A.M and 9:30 A.M
Gili Cat is the most popular fast boat to the Gili and you can book tickets online through their site and another reputable fast boat is the Blue Water Express or if you have more time you can travel by public ferry from Padang Bai to Lombok departing every hour on the hour, Then continue to use another public ferry from Lombok to the Gili, total trip will take over 8 hours.
Activities You Can Do in Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan is the island where you will find the widest range of activities such as Scuba Diving, Snorkeling, Kayaking, and Surfing. You can also see traditional martial arts called Presean or stick fighting which is usually displayed around the Gili Trawangan art market.
Another popular activity for those of you who want to enjoy the atmosphere of Gili Trawangan island is, that you can get around the island by riding a bicycle or Cidomo which will take approximately 1.5 hours while mingling and getting to know and see the daily lives of friendly locals.
There is also a turtle conservation area on Gili Trawangan, where green turtles are bred, and then eventually released to the sea. The turtle’s conservation area is located close to the port of Gili Trawangan.
To enter the conservation area, you are required to pay an entrance ticket of Rp50,000 Rupiah /person Or about 4 US$. Revenues from tickets to the conservation area is mainly used to subsidize the conservation work.
Another attraction that makes Gili Trawangan is very a worthwhile visit is that it has stunning sunrises and sunsets to enjoy. You can spend most nights watching the amazing sunsets on the beach or at Paradise Sunset Bar where you can also enjoy live music which played in the many cafes and restaurants around the beach.