Blogs from Gilli Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia, Asia


Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 1st 2022

A fortnight in Lombok has been quite the surprise packet, after the all too familiar chaos and charm of a return visit to Bali. A long drive out to Padang Bai is required to board the fast ferry across the Lombok strait, and it can be quite a precarious trip as the strait is very deep and prone to inclement weather. Our fast boat navigated the choppy seas without drama, and within two hours arrived at Bangsal, the main port in the northwest of the island. The differences are stark on arrival, with gojek riders nowhere to be seen, nor for that matter the prodigious traffic that is the only downside of visiting Bali. I hooked up with a driver for the long trip south to Senggigi, it was a serene drive on calm and open ... read more
Beautiful view
Lovely waterfall

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan May 29th 2018

Today Issy, Taylah and I have booked a full day snorkelling tour of the Gili Islands, which are off the north-west coast of Lombok, about twenty kilometres north of our resort. We learn that Gili is the Indonesian word for island, so I guess that makes today’s destination the Island Islands. Our guide for the day introduces himself as Rudy, and our transport is a traditional outrigger canoe. Surfs up again, so we have to scramble up onto the canoe from the beach between waves, while Rudy tries very hard to stop it from either running aground or getting sucked out to sea. We get our first view of Mount Rinjani, which is Lombok’s highest peak. This is a serious mountain at 3,676 metres above sea level, which makes it the second highest of Indonesia’s 129 ... read more
Gili Trawangan
Transport, Gili Trawangan
Gili Trawangan

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 14th 2018

February 13th: An Amazing Day of Diverse Experiences in Three Parts Every year for the past six years, since we first discovered this island paradise off the coast of Lombok, Indonesia, we make a point of returning. In our extensive travels throughout Asia since 2006, we have visited many beautiful countries and places, but some take a piece of our heart and keep it in safe keeping until we return. Gilli Trawangan is one of those. It was the first island we visited in Indonesia in 2013, and the first time we encountered pony driven carts - the primary mode of transport for everything -as there are no motorized vehicles on the island. It is where we first swam with turtles, then a year later took our Open Water Diving course, and met our very dear ... read more
Alang Alang School Teaching Area & Courtyard
Teacher Sylvie, Gaby, Bev, Anna and Teacher Eriani
Alang Alang School Teachers with Founder Gaby Sti

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan February 9th 2018

It was Stan’s birthday yesterday, February 8th. He is seventy one years young. He has just completed a month long 150 hour intensive yoga course, and is about to do another scuba refresher course to prepare for the somewhat challenging dive excursions we are undertaking next week in Komodo Marine Park in Flores, Indonesia. He is seventy one years young. I am very proud of him. I am fortunate to have been able to share his birthdays with him since he was twenty six years old, and excited to continue our lifelong adventures together. His birthday tributes began on February 7th, one day early. We were still in Kuta, Bali, enjoying a sunset dinner overlooking the beach with his sister Annie, who had just completed a forty hour global trek across the planet, to celebrate the ... read more
Stan’s Indonesian Birthday Serenade
Kuta, Bali now added to The Bev Zizzy World Tour ?
“Steven Tyler” and His Accompanist

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan December 2nd 2016

As my window of time closed on Bali, another was to inevitably open for me to go through on Lombok, the next island east in the archipelago. I made my way to Lombok via the four hour public ferry ($IDR36,0000) which called at Lembar harbour some 22km south of the capitol Mataram. Here I once again had to deal with the transport mob trying to rip me off so I again just started to walk. It worked in Bali and I had nothing to lose. Turns out it worked here as well as the crazy white guy walking down the main road to town got a fair price for the thirty minute journey north. Most people show up in Lombok and make a beeline for the Gili Islands. Once in Mataram I transferred to a public ... read more

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan November 21st 2016

Für die Erholung nach dem Wandern hätten wir uns kein schöneres Fleckchen Erde aussuchen können. Die drei Gilis (Inseln) nur 15 Fährminuten vor der Nordwestküste Lomboks sind der neue Hotspot Indonesiens und bieten für jeden das Passende. Gili Meno ist die Honeymoon-Insel, Gili Terawangan die Action- und Partyinsel und Gili Air ist irgendwas dazwischen. Wir haben uns für Terawangan (das erste e ist stumm) entschieden, einfach weil es am meisten Möglichkeiten bietet, etwas zu unternehmen und man der "Party" wohl auch ganz gut aus dem Weg gehen kann, indem man nicht an der Promenade eine Unterkunft bucht, sondern etwas weiter aus dem Ort heraus. Mit gerade mal 800 Einwohnern ist "Gili T." wie die Einheimischen sagen, die größte der drei Inseln und kann dennoch zu Fuß in zwei Stunden locker umrundet werden. Wir wohnen in einem ... read more
Boote am Strand
Das göttliche Frühstück in unserer Unterkunft
wohin geht's?

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan October 30th 2016

David here... We got up early and packed our things before a light breakfast and heading to the harbor to catch the 08:50 island hopper boat. We had thoroughly enjoyed our stay on Gili Meno. It helped that our room at Putri Bungalows was nice and had good facilities, mainly aircon I'll admit, and we left feeling relaxed and happy. Gili Meno feels like a small village where everyone knows each other and is very different to Gili Air which is laid back and relaxed but still caters much more to the tourist trade than Meno. So, onto Gili Trawangan, the party island, described as a backpackers paradise. The island hopper boat arrived and we set off on our way to Gili T, as it is known. All the boats when embarking and disembarking are done ... read more
Gili Trawangan - Kid feeding
Gili Trawangan - White Sangria's
Gili Trawangan - Drinks by the beach

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan May 19th 2016

Our adventure continues as we leave Bali for the Gili Islands.... read more
Bartering at the boat dock
Our boat to Gili T
Welcome Sign at Gili T

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 10th 2016

I have a really bad story and a really good story. I'm going to start with the really bad one. I have had an easy go of things on this trip. I've gotten lucky with the weather and with people and, although I've had cranky days, nothing horrible has happened to me. It still hasn't, but Kuta was pretty close. So my flight was delayed an hour, which pushed it from an 8:40pm flight to a 9:40pm flight. I got on the plane and was seated in a middle seat (which I knew) in the row IN FRONT OF THE EXIT ROW (so the seats don't recline. UGH) and in between two guys with really bad breath. The flight was spent attempting to sleep even though the lights were on in the plane the whole time ... read more
Gili T Sunset
View to Gili Meno

Asia » Indonesia » Lombok » Gilli Trawangan March 8th 2016

Tuesday 8th March 2016 After a quick breakfast we headed to the mini bus with Nicole and after 30 minutes we arrived at a small restaurant by the port and were told to wait for 1 hour as the boat didn't leave until 10am. At 9:55am we were told to get into a horse drawn cart which would take us 100 metres to the port. As we were about to climb in I asked whether we had to pay for this and the driver said 'yes'. My South East Asia conning radar was now switched back on having been turned off in Malaysia. I told Nicole who was climbing into her own cart and 2 other girls getting into their cart. I told them that we should walk, but the sneaky horse men had left our ... read more
Underwater shot
Chris and his turtle
Our turtle friend

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