Go scuba diving and snorkeling
Gili Trawangan is surrounded by idyllic azure coloured waters which make snorkeling and scuba diving one of the best things to do in Gili Trawangan. Underwater enthusiasts will find a plethora of tropical fish and brightly coloured corals within the numerous offshore reefs to explore. Divers will be pleased with top dive spots like Manta Point filled with large manta rays and Shark Point which is perfect for diving among black tip sharks. Snorkelers will marvel at the beautiful underwater delights at Simon’s Reef as well as almost any offshore spots of the islands.
Bike around Gili Trawangan
The best way to explore Gili Trawangan is on a bicycle. Motor vehicles are not allowed on this island, so you will not be the only one pedalling your way from one beach to another. With the gorgeous coastline and charming town features, cycling your way on ‘Gili T’ is an adventure in itself. It takes less than two hours to circle the island with your bike, but you can always set your own pace and stop by any cafe you want for a power-up.
Go out and have party
Gili Trawangan is clearly most suitable and best known for partying. Mondays (Blue Marlin), Wednesdays (Tir Na Nog or simply known as the Irish Pub) and Fridays (Rudy’s) are always having the big parties. You cannot overlook or miss it, simply follow the crowd.
Discover panoramic views and history
Another perfect activity on Gili Trawangan is to hike to the highest point on the island. At 60m above sea level this unnamed point is packed with highlights. As you climb you will pass a strange white temple, a Muslim burial site and the remains of a WWII Japanese bunker. Once on top, your eyes will feast on panoramic views of the Bali Sea as well as Mount Rinjani on Lombok Island to the east and Mount Agung to the west on Bali.
Gili T’s hippy youthful vibe creates the ideal atmosphere to add a bit of mindfulness into your day. Wash your physical and mental tension away with some poses and breathwork. It does not matter what kind of yoga you practice or even if it is your first time on the mat, just walk down to one of Gili T’s yoga studios and book a session most appropriate to you. If you are feeling adventurous, try flying yoga at the beach or SUP yoga on the waters.
Take Indonesian cooking classes
A fascinating thing to do in Gili Trawangan is to learn about the culture and history of the island through lens of a foodie. During your cooking class you will learn more about the inhabitants of the island, how the island was developed and more about the culture through the food. You can learn innovative Indonesia farm to table cooking techniques as well as feast on divine treats like beef Rendang, Nasi Rawon and Sweet Martabak.