The Gili Islands, Trawangan, Meno and Air lie just off Lombok, Indonesia. Trawangan is the largest island followed by Air closest to Lombok and then Meno which lies in the middle.
Gili Trawangan might be the largest of the 3 lozenge shaped paradise islands but it’s by no means huge. Only 3kms long by 2kms wide, it’s small enough to easily navigate ones self around either by foot, bicycle or a cidomo – the horse and cart transport which is the backbone of the islands transportation system. These long suffering horses carry not only tourists around the island, but all the food and drink supplies shipped in from Lombok, including heavy sacks of concrete and building materials. There is no motorised transport on the island.
There are lots of places to stay and if you go in low season October-April there is no need to book. Take pot luck and find something when you arrive. Unless you stay in one of the hotels you can find somewhere reasonably cheap. Stewart and I stayed at Indigo Beach which was a little off the beaten track (6 minutes walk from the beach) and paid 200,000 Idr per night including breakfast.
The Gili’s are a water babies heaven. Surfing, snorkelling and diving are the main events here. On our last day we hired a glass bottomed boat and went snorkelling off Meno and Air. The coral is teeming with tropical fish and turtles.
There are elements of Magaluf to the island but if you venture right instead of left when you arrive then you will be spared the teeming bars, budgie smugglers and beer bellies.
Our favourite haunt was the Gili Café which served up great food and had a wonderfully good-humoured team of hard working staff.
Supran was my jolly driver. He speaks excellent English and loves his horses. He has 4 horses in total and they work in shifts of just 4 hours so as to not overwork them. His taxi is no.29 and he can be contacted on 087889243207 – tell him that Lottie sent you!