15 Things You Can Do On The Gili Islands

1. Diving and snorkeling

It’s probably the classic at the Gilis. No wonder, because the islands have a very interesting underwater world.

2. Circumnavigate the islands

On Gili Trawangan, you should rent a bike, which you can get almost anywhere. Often, however, the accommodations have their private bike rental.

3. Island hopping

2 times each day the public boats leave to the other two islands. Around 9:30 a.m. the boat leaves Gili Trawangan to the other islands.

4. Water sports

Very popular is the standing paddling, also known as “Stand Up Paddling” (SUP), which lets you comfortably paddle along the island.

5. Surfing

There are a few surf spots on the Gilis, mainly in the southeast of Gili Trawangan, but also on Gili Meno and Gili Air.

6. Fishing and BBQ

Often fishing tours are offered, where you will be driven out by boat and can catch the fish yourself and then grill it.

7. On tour with the Glass Bottom Boat

Gili Trawangan is clearly the most suitable and best known for partying! Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays are always having big parties.

8. Jamming and live music

Good live music is played every evening at Sama-Sama, but also during daytime from time to time jam sessions take place and everyone can participate.

9. Gili Trawangan view point

The highest point of the island where you can have a superb view on the other Gili Islands, Lombok with the Mount Rinjani and Bali with the Mount Agung.

10. Horseback ride along the beach

Maybe not the most classic activity for us guys, but suitable for families or couples. It is a nice break to ride along the beach at sunset and partly in the water.

11. Visit the night market

About 6 p.m. daily at the market square in front of the boat pier on Gili Trawangan the night market takes place where you can eat well and cheaply.

12. Watch a “Stick Fight” tournament

A “Presean”, as it is called in the language of the Sasak, is a traditional combat between two randomly selected fighters with stick and shield.

13. Going to the movies

At the main beach of Gili Trawangan in the evening there is the possibility to watch movies at a kind of mini open-air cinema.

14. Relaxing or eating at the beach

Most bars and restaurants offer sun protected loungers or giant cushions on the beach where you can simply enjoy a delicious, cool Bintang.

15. Sunset watching

Watching the sunset in one of the beach bars with chill out music and a Bintang is certainly a must on the Gilis.

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