Monday, October 5, 2015

Gili Trawangan, Lombok - Our First Honeymoon


After me and my wife had our wedding amazing sunset wedding reception at The Sanctus Villa by the Uluwatu cliff in Bali, we went to Gili Trawangan for our first honeymoon trip.

Gili islands are located between Bali and Lombok island and Gili consists of 3 small islands, Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.

To get to Gili Trawangan, there is only mode of transportation which is by speed boat. We bought speed boat tickets from Bali tour agent and it includes pick-up and return transport to our hotel in Seminyak by  van.

The speed boat journey takes 1 hour from Padang Bai, Bali to Lombok. The speed boat is comfortable with air-conditioned and passengers can also sit on sun deck roof of the speed boat.

The boat goes to Lombok jetty first then it goes to Gili Air to drop off passengers. The last destination is Gili Trawangan, hence total the speed boat journey with the 2 island stops takes almost 2 hours.
A horse cart for 100,000 Rupiah (one-way)

There are no motorized vehicles on Gili Trawangan. We stayed at Ombak Sunset Resort & Spa, which is far from the jetty; we hired a horse cart for 100,000 Rupiah (one-way). To move around, you can either rent a bicycle for 24 hours at 50,000 Rupiah (from bicycle rental shops) or 75,000 Rupiah (from Hotels).

When the weather is hot, you can always have Gili Gelato apart of iced cold Bintang beer. The Gili Gelato has plenty of gelato flavours and my favourite is Banan flavour.

At Gili Trawangan small town, most of restaurants serve western and local food. If you wanna have a local food, you can dine at an Indonesian restaurant with a great view. It is located next to Gili Dive Resort.

Next to the Indonesian restaurant, there is a massage place. Body and foot massage is pretty cheap at this shop and the view is amazing.

At the jetty area, is the only perfect place to swim and it is the only beach which is not covered with rocks.

Gili Trawangan is an island you must visit and experience. We might return to Gili but we would visit Gili Air and Gili Menon. The downside of Gili Trawangan are:

a) There's no motor vehicle which makes most tourists hard and difficult to travel from hotels to main town. I would not recommend to ride bicycle at night as the road is made of pebbles and very risky to ride on uneven pebbles and potholes at night.

b) The only beautiful and safe to swim beach is at the jetty area although it is deep. Unfortunately, the accommodations at the beautiful beach / jetty are Lodgings / BBs / Inns type which are suitable for single / young travelers and not suitable for honeymoon and family travelers.


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