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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Sophisticated and Minimalist: Gili Air

When you have tranquil beaches, clear waters, sea turtles, and amazing marine life at your fingertips, you are living the life. Gili Air ticks all the boxes and will undoubtedly spoil you for the rest of your trip. Compared to its two sister isles, Gili Air is the perfect balance of relaxation, the laid-back beach life, while being able to stay active. With today’s volume of fast boats from Bali to the Gili Islands, accessing the islands are easy and breezy.

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The island is dotted with the right amount of bars and restaurants where visitors can hang around and chat until late hours. Big parties rarely occur in Gili Air – it is certainly quieter than Gili T.

Gili Air boasts excellent water activities. From stand up paddling, kite surfing, diving, snorkeling to going on an excursion on a glass bottom boat. The island has a number of good dive schools that will sufficiently teach you how to dive and bring you to the best locations around the island. Visit Manta Dive for more information. Sea turtles, sepias, colorful corals and beautiful fish await you!

If you fly solo, you can easily rent out snorkel equipment and explore underneath the turquoise waters on your own. Not only it is a cheaper alternative, it will feel rewarding once you spot large groups of rainbow colored fish and meet a group of nemos! If you, for some reason, don’t fancy getting wet but are still curious about the underwater marine life, you can go on a glass bottom boat and watch through it.

As a quiet island with not many residents, Gili Air gets fairly dark at night. It is the perfect opportunity to switch off with the island and enjoy the stars above you. You may even spot shooting stars – priceless and romantic.

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Before sundown, however, one of the island visitors’ favorite pastimes is to find a spot on the east side of the island after 6pm and watch the sunset. Immerse in the stunning view and calm atmosphere when the ocean uncurls and the sun disappears. It is also a great photo opportunity. Sunsets over Bali are guaranteed to be breathtaking!

Believe it or not, you can also go on a mini shopping spree on the mini island. Despite not having a high number of shops to choose from, the available shops have a range of interesting clothes, accessories, shoes, as well as souvenir trinkets to take home with you.

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Luxury getaways in Gili Trawangan

Since tourism in Gili Trawangan picked up tremendously, glamorous resorts and restaurants have been emerging one after the other.

Whether you are on a budget or blessed to have deep pockets, Gili T’s beachfront villas and bungalows are worth a visit. Now that traveling from Bali to Gili Trawangan is easy and affordable, you have more reasons to give those holiday plans a green light. Have a look at four of the most stunning hotels on the island that are perfect for your stunning Gili islands getaway.

  1. Hotel Vila Ombak
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    This beachfront gem is ranked second on TripAdvisor for its price and popularity, with reviewers labeling the resort ‘fabulous’, ‘trendy’, and ‘luxury’. Hotel Vila Ombak claims to be the first international hotel on the vibrant Gili T and offers four star accommodation services and facilities. With Balinese art inspired architecture, the hotel boasts stunning views of Lombok’s rolling hills and towering Mount Rinjani as well as a view of the other two Gili Islands. Hotel Vila Ombak has easy access to a myriad of local and international cafés, restaurants, pubs, and boutique shops.
  2. Mala Garden Resort & Spa
    malagardenPic credit: malagardenSituated on the quiet western side of Gili T, this resort is great for couples, individuals, or families of all ages who are seeking a relaxed getaway. The resort is a veritable haven of modern Indonesian design and antiquities that complement perfectly with their ideal beachfront location, stunning sunset view and Mount Agung as a backdrop. You will experience your own private oasis while you immerse in a sense of traditional Indonesian lifestyle.
  3. Ko Ko Mo Resort
    luxury getaways in Gili TrawanganPic credit: kokomogilit Set on the calm fringe of the main strip of Gili T, ko-ko-mo is surrounded by abundant coconut groves, white sandy stretches of private beachfront, and a tranquility only marred by the calming waves crashing on the reef. This resort is a unique deluxe villa resort that combines boutique level accommodation with 5-star international beachside cuisine.
  4. Gili Meno
    Luxury getaways in Gili Trawangan gili jogloPic credit: tripadvisor Promoting ‘luxurious privacy’, Gili Joglo takes pride in the highest standards of comfort and service for guests. The villas are set up in such a way to isolate yourself from the rest of the world, with staff and 5-star services available 24/7. Gili Joglo boasts a stunning tropical garden ambiance while only located a two minute walk from the beach. Their luxury villas are eco-orientated and follow the principles of sustainable hospitality establishment.

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Which Gili Island is for you?

What brings you to the Gili Islands? Are you desperate for an escape away from the hustle and bustle? Or are you looking to party all week and come out as a licensed diver? If you and your summer fling are merely craving a secret getaway from Bali to Gili, all three islands can accommodate every traveler’s wants and needs.

Blessed with pearly beaches, clear waters and azure sky, these three miniature islands are how you would envision heaven on earth. With each having a distinct personality, find out which one is for you.

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Gili Trawangan: the wild one

The largest, most developed, and lively one out of the three islands, Gili T is perfect if you’re looking to let your hair down and dance the night (or three) away. The island has a welcoming vibe, mostly visited by like-minded crowds looking to mingle and make memorable nights out. The social atmosphere is the massive charm – each night of the week, a different bar or club hosts a different party.

Gili T is also one of the cheapest and safest places to dive with many reputable dive schools to choose from and dive spots to die for. If you’re not into the nightlife scene, the snorkeling, diving, and sunbathe opportunities are aplenty. The best marine life is believed to be on the northern side of the island, while the western side is dotted by serene high-end resorts.

Gili Meno: the romantic one

The smallest of the Gilis, Gili Meno is a perfect honeymoon spot for lovebirds. It arguably offers the best beach and has a definite romantic atmosphere. Different to Gili T, there are only a handful of restaurants and accommodations are fairly limited to exclusive resorts. There are about three dive schools in Gili M. The western side is practically deserted so you can take advantage of having a private beach. The island is mostly about tranquility and relaxation, so if you are one to get bored easily, go for a day trip from Gili T.

Gili Air: the quiet one

Gili Air is the perfect mix of the two. It has sufficient amenities and dive franchises like Gili T but still boasts the peaceful ambiance like Gili M. There is a slight hippy feel to it. Clubbing is not a priority in Gili Air – visitors typically go for the laidback, chilling by the beach type of night. Full moon parties are held each month for Gili Air-goers. The eastern side offers great snorkeling opportunities – you might see clownfish or spot turtles. Its key allure is the authentic, local feel, hence many are hoping that the ongoing development will not take that away from the island.

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Motorized vehicles are forbidden on all three Gilis. Getting to the Gili Islands from Bali, however, is easily done with fast boats. Visit Patagonia Xpress for your fast, safe, comfortable fast boat to Gili Trawangan, Meno and Air.

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