Gili Trawangan is the kind of tropical island getaway people dream about. It’s beach vibes, perfect weather, and abundance of things to do make it the perfect holiday destination. However, if you go, be prepared to miss it and want to book your next trip back as soon as possible. These are 10 things you’ll definitely miss about Gili T when you have to leave.
1. The Sunsets
Gili Trawangan is known for its epic sunsets. Think of the perfect end to a tropical island day and you’ll be picturing sundown on the beaches of Gili T. Pinks, purples, and oranges paint the sky the most beautiful colours that look spectacular against the white sand beaches, and bluer than blue water.
2. The Warm Water
Speaking of the water, it’s almost like dipping into a soothing bath when you get in the sea in Gili Trawangan. The currents are generally gentle and you can float or snorkel the day away. In front of Villa Almarik is the perfect spot for a cooling dip anytime of the day.
3. The Sea Turtles
Sea turtles are one of the star attractions of Gili Trawangan. Snorkeling and swimming with them is truly a wonderful experience. You’ll miss the feeling of being in the vicinity of one of nature’s most incredible creatures once you’ve left the island.
4. The Smell of Satay in the Market
So many visitors to Gili Trawangan love to head to the night market for freshly cooked satay and other Indonesian dishes. The smell of satay on a charcoal grill will stick with you long after you’ve flown back home.
5. Digging Your Toes in the Warm Sand
Is there any better feeling than digging your toes into soft, warm sand? It’s a feeling that can take you back to childhood or past holidays. Gili Trawangan has very fine, white sand that is ideal for wiggling your toes in. This is a feeling we definitely miss when it’s time to leave the Gilis.
6. Sleeping Peacefully
Gili T may have a reputation for its wild parties, but there is also a completely peaceful side too. Villa Almarik is set away from the main strip where most people party. This means nothing but the sounds of nature at night. There is no more peaceful sleep than a tropical island sleep.
7. The Sound of the Waves
Speaking of sounds, there is no more relaxing sound than the waves rolling onto the beach. This is the voice of the island and can lull you into total relaxation. Unless you live by the sea, we bet you will miss this sound.
8. Island Bicycle Rides
Since there is no motorized traffic on the Gili Islands, bicycles are the best way to get around. Riding through quiet palm tree groves and along the coastal pathways is an absolute pleasure. Plenty of people ride the 45-minute loop around the island numerous times while they are holidaying on Gili T.
9. Breakfast by the Beach
When most of us rush through breakfast before work or school, a chilled out breakfast by the beach is a luxury. Every morning when you wake up and head to Villa Almarik’s restaurant, you will feel the sea breeze and enjoy a breakfast of fresh tropical fruits and other local and international favorites.
10. The People
Indonesians have a reputation for being some of the most hospitable people in the world. They are easy to smile and enjoy showing visitors what the country is all about. Add to this the island vibe of life on Gili Trawangan and it’s impossible not to make friends everywhere you go. You’ll be remembered the next time you come back as well as Indonesians have excellent memories for people they have met in the past.
Have you been to Gili Trawangan? Does this remind you of all the wonderful things you miss from your time there? We’d love to hear about what you miss most in the comments below.