If you are planning a visit to Gili Trawangan in Lombok Province, you are most likely going to enjoy some diving action. Of course, there are so many other things to do in this top destination in Indonesia. It is no wonder more visitors are opting to come here as opposed to the busier Bali. One reason more visitors are attracted to Lombok is of course the Gili Islands, namely Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air.
Popular Diving Destination
Of these three islands, Gili Trawangan is the largest and most popular with 800 permanent residents. This was a Mecca for backpackers back in the 1980s and was the first island to start attracting visitors who wanted something more than what Bali offers.
It is easily accessible from the main Lombok Island with a 30-minute boat ride. There are fast boats from Bali for visitors who want to access diving sites and go back. The thriving diving industry is the mainstay of this island and the fact that distinct diving sites offer unique experiences makes it even more alluring.
To maintain the island in pristine conditions, motorized transport is not allowed. To get around, visitors use bicycle rentals and pony cart otherwise known as cidomos. This form of transport allows you to slowly explore the beautiful landscape and drink in the fresh air. There are well maintained bicycle tracks. You can now follow the beach round the island on foot or on a bike and this is one of the most popular tourist activities.
What to Do and See
Gili Trawangan is a laidback destination which is suited for different activities. The most popular beach stretches to visit include Goodheart and North Beach for the perfect snorkeling experience. There are world class resorts from where you can access the multiple dive sites on the island.
There are diving schools where certified instructors take you through the basics to ensure you enjoy a piece of the action. These have outrigger boats to take divers out to the diving sites for practical lessons. Other activities to enjoy include parting at the fascinating sun bathing, swimming, beach clubs and fishing trips.
A visit to the Gili Eco Trust funded Bio Rock is also a must-visit to catch a glimpse of the beautiful metal reef cages where corals are growing naturally. These corals are also an attraction to different marine life and a diver’s haven. After a busy day, shopping at the Trawangan night market wraps it all up perfectly. The dishes are finger-licking and you can’t afford to miss this dining experience.
Villa Almarik is on the island of Gili Trawangan. Originally home only to a handful of fisherman, it is surrounded by underwater coral gardens and covered in tropical blooms and trees. Whether you’re looking to dive some of the best sites in Gili Terawangan, snorkel, explore or simply relax in sun, Villa Almarik is the place for you. We will feed you with the best of local and international cuisine, show you the best parts of the island both on land and under the sea, spoil you with massages and make sure you have everything you want and need.