Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

Gili Trawangan has gained quite the reputation as Lombok’s crazy party island and a monicker as the “Ibiza of the East”. If you haven’t been there yet, you’re sure to have heard rumours of Gili Trawangan’s nightlife, epic parties, and if you’re planning to head there yourself, check out our Gili Trawangan travel tips and then read on for some ideas of what to expect.


Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

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Sama Sama Reggae Bar

This huge, two storey, yellow building is the first thing you’ll see when you disembark at Gili T – quite the fitting welcome for all party animals. Many locals and tourists say that Gili Trawangan’s nightlife starts here. It gets pretty crowded later on in the night thanks to live music, bright lights and cheap drinks. This is a great bar to try on your first night here. It’s centrally located so it’s easy to bar hop if you’re feeling a little bit restless.


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Rudy’s Pub

When you want to enjoy another different Gili Trawangan’s nightlife go to Rudy’s pub and get ready for another rowdy night out with Rudy’s beach parties that are just out of this world. In addition to sick drinks and some very questionable Arak cocktails, there’s a huge wooden sign on the premises that claims the availability of magic mushrooms (which are illegal in Indonesia, by the way).


Gili Trawangan’s Nightlife (Best Gili Island Bars)

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Scallywags Seafood Bar & Grill

Here’s a slightly more relaxed option for those who are still looking for some fun, but without actually going off-the-charts crazy. Scallywags is a good place to relax on the sand right by the water with a wide selection of really delicious, good quality cocktails, wine and drinks and a scrumptious BBQ spread with epic views of Mount Rinjani and the Lombok coastline. Scallywags has it owns resort that suitable for backpackers. But if you would like to seek for more luxury place, there are some recommended luxury accomodations in Gili Trawangan.


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Blue Marlin

Blue Marlin is originally a dive centre – one of the very best in Gili, Lombok and Bali -. There are many beautiful diving sites around Gili Trawangan and Gili Air. Blue Marlin Dive Gili Trawangan is the place to start your evenings and end your nights in the wee hours of the morning. Just behind the dive centre is a pretty little resort, which is also the location of one of the island’s most popular bars and the Famous Monday Night Party.

Gili Trawangan is a tropical paradise only 90 minutes away by fast boat from Padangbai, Bali. Book your trip with Patagonia Xpress, Bali’s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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5 Unique Lombok Hotels

Looking to soak up the solitude in peace and quiet? Head over to Bali’s neighbouring Lombok and stay at these impossibly quirky and charming hotels.

#1 Mentigi Bay Dome Villas

Also dubbed as “Hobbiton”, this dreamy resort is located on a cliff’s edge in Mataram and overlooks the beautiful crystal clear waters of the bay. The resort’s dome-shaped villas allow for inspiring 360-degree views while you lie in your bed. Connecting dome villas with a private pool are also available.

#2 Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

Jeeva Beloam Beach Camp

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This luxury resort sits in the heart of 55-hectares of natural forest reserve and is mostly made with bamboo, wood and alang-alang. Beautifully designed luxurious interiors come with amazing views of the sea. Your stay includes 3 meals per day, all prepared fresh, using only local produce. This is the ideal resort if you wish to feel far removed from civilization.

#3 Tugu Hotel Lombok

Hotel Tugu Lombok

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Inspired by the ancient Hindus of Majapahit, the Tugu Hotel Lombok, like all other Tugu properties in Indonesia, are living testaments to Indonesia’s rich culture and history and houses some of Indonesia’s finest art and antiquities. Guests can expect a full Indonesian experience through cultural performances and refurbished historic buildings. Each room is different and unique, as local artisans carefully curated every room, suite, and villa.

#4 Villa Sapi

Villa Sapi Lombok

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Guests will fall in love with this villa’s whimsical and slightly futuristic design. There are five delightfully decorated bedrooms and all the modern amenities you’ll need. Designed by Canadian designer David Lombardi, the villa is fitted with full-length glass windows to maximize natural light. There is even a home-theatre system, a spa hut in the traditional Lumbung style and your very own private beach!

#5 Rinjani Lodge

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Seeking an alternative to the beach? Rinjani Lodge is located at the foot of a mountain and promises lush jungle views, an incredible infinity pool and immortal views of Mount Rinjani. This luxury property is a jungle lodge at its best and is only 20-minutes’ walk to Sendang Gile, one of Lombok’s most popular and Instagrammable waterfalls.

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Travel Tips to Lombok

Lombok is a pristine paradise, home to a plethora of untouched beaches and waterfalls. Here are our tips on how best to explore Lombok during your stay.

Where To Stay

In this day and age, you could find accommodation options to suit your budget and preferences online. It’s so easy! Just a few clicks and you can secure your stay in the Lombok accommodation of your choice. Be sure to check out TripAdvisor for reviews and ratings.

Things To Do


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Lombok’s beaches are pristine, clean and free from crowds. While many tourists head towards Kuta Lombok or Senggigi, the beaches with the most spectacular settings and soft powdery sands are Tanjung Aan, Mawun and Selong Belanak. Did you know that Lombok is home to a Pink Beach too? Also called Tangsi Beach by the locals, the Lombok’s Pink Beach is located in Jerowaru District, East Lombok. It will take you approximately 2.5 hours by car to get there from Mataram. Definitely one of the most Instagrammable beaches in Lombok!

The Gilis

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Lombok is famous the world over for its three sister islands, the Gilis. While you’re in Lombok, don’t miss the chance to visit the popular party island Gili Trawangan. If you prefer something quieter, then head towards Gili Meno or Gili Air. Or you could just as easily visit all 3 islands; they’re only minutes apart by boat. To get to the Gilis, simply head to Bangsal Harbour and get yourself a fast boat that leaves regularly throughout the day. The lesser known islands Gili Nanggu, Gili Kedis and Gili Sudak are also worth a day trip – the waters here are so clear and clean, you’ll be able to see a plethora of colourful fish swimming near the shores.


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On mainland Lombok, you’ll find some of the most majestic waterfalls. The more popular ones are Tiu Kelep Waterfall and Sendang Gile Waterfall which are located in Senaru, North Lombok. You’ll enjoy amazing views at these waterfalls; a wide expanse of tiered ricefields in the valleys below, as far as the eye can see, and sunrise here is said to be amazing!

Lombok is a tropical paradise that’s only 90 minutes away from Bali by fast boat. Book your trip with Patagonia Express, Bali¹s largest and most luxurious fleet of fast boats, to and from the Gili Islands to Bangsal, Lombok, and Bali.

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Best Instagram-worthy places in Gili Trawangan

When you’re on holiday, the Instagram envy you induce amongst your followers and friends back home is inevitable. A lazy morning sipping on coconuts on a beachside hammock? A selfie by the beach showing off your glowing tan?

Win the ultimate Grid Game at these top Instagram worthy places in Gili Trawangan. If you’re staying in Bali or Lombok, get on a fast boat to Gili Trawangan to fix yourself an aesthetically pleasing Instagram feed.

Open Air Cinema @ Hotel Vila Ombak

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The beachfront hotel hosts an outdoor cinema by the beach every night, depending on the weather. What would look better on your grid than a cinema on a pristine sand to make your followers wishing they were you?

Sunset Swings @ Ombak Sunset Resort or Pandawa Resort

There is no sunset in the world like a Gili T sunset. Floating above clear waters to the backdrop of a picturesque sunset, the famed set of swings is a magical experience to immerse in the sunset. This may well be like the Leaning Tower of Pisa but the shameless tourist shots are, on many occasions, obligatory for the ‘gram.

Swing and hammock in the ocean @ The Exile

Hammock in the ocean and rustically framed swing, The Exile has it all. Here you can bag photos oozing a homely, tropical charm with thatched roof bungalows, bicycles, and pieces of driftwood to pose with. Plus, the water is aqua blue wherever you go in the Gilis, so you won’t ever have a dull backdrop.

Casa Vintage Store

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Imagine the laidback tone of Bali but a few notches higher. You can dine and laze to the view of the crystal clear ocean, while updating your feed with photogenic candid shots. It doubles as a vintage store selling pre-loved apparel, and a bar! It hosts a lovely bonfire every evening and is also an excellent sunset spot.

Bounty Wreck Dive

If you’re a traveling diver, this treasure under the waters of the Gilis is unlike any other muck diving. The Bounty was once a pontoon used by the Bounty Resort in Gili Meno, and whatever’s on the pier sunk together. The pier fell into shallow water along the coast of Gili Meno, which means it’s accessible to all level of divers! There’s also a vibrant coral ridge from 20m to 12m near the wreck. Be the envy of your diver buddies on Instagram!

Patagonia Xpress is now available for Charter! Bali’s largest and most luxurious fast boats are able to transport passengers from Benoa Harbour to tropical neighboring islands. For enquires please contact our Sales Team:

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Scuba Diving in Turtle Heaven

The Gilis are regarded as one of the top turtle-spotting destinations in the world. The waters are calm, warm, and offer visibility up to 30m. The tame conditions are also ideal for children who have completed their PADI open water certificate!

Scuba Diving in the Gili Islands is increasingly becoming popular due to the gorgeous marine life the islands offer, particularly the beautiful bale of sea turtles under Gili Air waters.


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The shallow shores offer as much diverse natural beauty as the deep blue sea, making it possible for you to snorkel among butterfly fish and Moorish idols. But if you want to get a solid turtle sighting, scuba diving is the way to go. Gili Air has around 14 scuba outlets and all operate on a fixed price system, respecting the arrangement with local NGO Gili Eco Trust. With price not a factor to consider, the choice of dive school can be more of a personal preference.

You may be one of the lucky few to spot more than one turtles on your first dive – it will undoubtedly get you hooked to the experience! One useful tip upon a turtle encounter is to refrain from swimming off to get a closer look, you don’t want to catch them off guard and shoo them away.

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While there are about more than a dozen buzzing dive sites within a boat ride from Gili Air, Turtle Heaven is among many travelers favorites, where you can spot the green sea and hawksbill varieties for which the region is known for. It is no wonder the turtles in Pixar’s Finding Nemo are portrayed as extremely laid-back. The Gili residents go about their business without a care in the world, peacefully chomping on coral or resting amid the reef – seemingly oblivious to the human excitement surrounding them.

While your dive instructor will surely assist you in finding the best turtle sighting spot, here are a few tips to find the turtles of Gili Air

  • Head to the North-East. Swim past the sea grass over the rocky mounds before the deep water, and keep your eyes peeled.
  • Scour the sponges. Hawksbill turtles feed on sponges, so it’s likely you’ll spot some turtles munching on breakfast.
  • See where the boats are. It’s worth following the crowd as to where the best sites are.
  • Be patient. It can be quite tricky spotting the turtles, as they can blend in with the coral and sponges.

Patagonia Xpress is now available for Charter! Bali’s largest and most luxurious fast boats are able to transport passengers from multiple Bali harbors to the Gili islands. For enquires please contact our Sales Team:

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Surfing the Gili Island waves

Those who have surfed out the waves of Bali’s major surf points: you’re not running out of surfing options just yet. You might surfing in Canggu  while staying at one of your villa in Seminyak. But, If you’re looking to find new and epic waves – visit Lombok’s Gili islands, about a two hour boat trip from Bali’s harbors.

Surfing the Gili islands hasn’t penetrated the local surf scene, unlike Bali that has earned a global charm. For this reason, the Gilis are an ideal destination to surf, as the crowds are smaller and the waves are as brilliant as Bali’s. Word travel fast, however, so let’s go over why we should take advantage of what the Gili islands have to offer.

Patagonia Xpress offers fast boat services from Bali to the Gilis. If you’re interested to embark on your next surf adventure, we’ll take you to the Gili’s shores safe and sound!

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Gili as a holiday destination

Each island boasts its own unique allure, including its waves. Gili Trawangan is the popular one out of three, attracting backpackers and holidaymakers for its party scene. Gili T’s quieter siblings, Gili Air and Gili Meno manage to retain its local character, mostly appealing to honeymooners and travelers looking for a tranquil getaway.

Surfing in Gili Trawangan

Gili T is a secret blessing for surfers. Those who can drop fast waves will have the time of their lives riding long, big swells with steep barrels in some parts. The wet season (January – June) can provide 1-2 meter (3-6 foot) swells.

  • Good for experienced surfers
  • Small to no crowds
  • Strong, hollow and fast
  • Best during high tides
  • Look out for sea urchins and rocks
  • Friendly locals
  • Lots to do when surf isn’t up

Surfing in Gili Air

Gili Air’s wave break is fast, short, hollow, and daring. Take extra care of strong currents and a treacherous reef during low tides.

  • Short and hollow break
  • Be careful of reef
  • Avoid surfing at low tide
  • Friendly locals
  • Beautiful views
  • Un-crowded

Surfing in Gili Meno

The break, popularly known as ‘Secrets’, is located 100m off the beach at the island’s southeast corner. On a good day, Secrets provide an impressive swell resulting in a fast, long, hollow right with ideal walls and barrels at parts. Be extra careful of the shallow reef.

  • Recommended for experienced surfers
  • Long hollow walls and tubes
  • Helpful locals
  • Careful of shallow reef
  • Inconsistent, but rewarding
  • Rustic desert island atmosphere

Taking a break from the Bali waves? Check out the wild barrels in the Gilis! Book a fast boat from Bali to Gili with Patagonia Xpress, where your safety and comfort are our top priority.