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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Why we love Gili Air, a tropical island destination

Gili Trawangan is deemed the most developed Gili island, it is a magnet for backpackers and party seekers out of the three special islands. Gili Meno is the most underdeveloped, staying true to its local values, thus the quietest. Gili Air, however, has it all! The tiny island dances around the idea of a vibrant beach life, and a wilderness for travelers seeking bliss. It is our epitome of a tropical paradise getaway.

Patagonia Xpress provides the safest, most comfortable fast boat services from Bali to the Gili islands. As Gili lovers ourselves, here are a few reasons why you should visit the quiet Gili Air:

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The best of both worlds

The sand is silky white, the waters dazzling blue, the coast is warm and long – perfect for a romantic walk with a loved one. There are parts of Gili Air where you can cycle and enjoy a private beach of your own. Feeling a bit groovy? One thing you’ll notice about Gili Air is wherever you go, you’ll find mini Bob Marley’s hosting a relaxed party. Despite its chilled out ambiance, it’s possible for you to have a two dollar cocktail in hand and dance the night away.

The food

On a small Indonesian island, you would expect to only be able to feast on Indonesian staples like nasi goreng, mie goreng, or nasi campur. Worry not as Gili Air offers you a range of dining options that are served to perfection for local and international tongues. Mowies’ dishes are not unlike those served in a typical hipster joint in Melbourne or Bali. Another favorite is Zipp Bar, which conveniently serves 2-4-1 happy hour cocktails until 8 pm.

A range of high quality accommodation

From beachside bungalows to three-star hotels with stunning pools, Gili Air has plenty of accommodation for everyone. Those on a budget can opt for a standard bungalow from IDR 350,000/night, while island-view bungalows can start from IDR 650,000/night.

Snorkeling on Gili Air

Snorkeling in Gili Air

The visibility of Gili Air’s underwater realm during dawn is excellent. You’ll undoubtedly spot turtles grazing seaweed and swim around corals. The east side of the island is believed to boast the best snorkeling opportunities, however, the beach isn’t as idyllic as the one on the west. Best time to go is in the morning to avoid snorkel boats packing up the surface. Wear reef shoes or fins to protect yourselves from sea urchins and sharp corals.

Patagonia Xpress can conveniently take you to Gili Air from Bali. View our schedule to start planning your Gili trip.

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The Gili Islands Travel & Money Saver Tips

Although not as tranquil and cheap as they were years ago, The Gili Islands are still a quieter and inexpensive alternative to Bali. The three hidden gems attract numerous travelers from backpackers on a budget, to a higher spending holidaymaking crowd. If you fall into the former boat, we’ve compiled some Gili Island travel tips for you to make the best out of your Gili holiday without having to break the bank.

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Top things to see & do in Gili Islands

  1. Lounge on the beaches
    If you’re on a white sand paradise, it’s a no brainer that you should spend your time basking in the tropical sun and immerse yourself in the clear, turquoise waters. After all, it’s completely free! If you find yourself on the southern tip of Gili T where most upscale beachfront resorts are located, you may have to put in a bit of cash on beverages or sunbeds.

  2. Go scuba diving
    All three islands are dotted with qualified dive centers. With lionfish, scorpionfish, cuttlefish, octopus, and different types of rays littering the waters of Gili, marine life enthusiasts may argue that the dive scene is better than Bali’s – it is also cheaper to learn diving in Gili. An Open Water course will cost around IDR 6,000,000.

  3. Go surfing
    Like Bali, the Gilis are ideal for surfing all year round. The south side of Gili T boasts the best waves for both novice and pro surfers. A surf camp on the island ranges around IDR 6,000,000 a week – all inclusive of accommodation, meals, lessons, yoga, and other activities.

  4. Visit the sea turtles
    Gili T and Gili Meno have hatcheries that lie on the island’s main beaches. However, many may opt for snorkeling around the turtle populations for a closer encounter. Ask around for gear rentals and how to get there.

  5. Bike the islands
    All three Gili islands are small, pedestrian-friendly, and won’t take you a long time to tour around by bike. Make a morning out of it! Bike rentals typically start from IDR 135,000.

Typical costs

  1. Accommodation
    The islands are abundant of inexpensive lodges. Airbnb is available throughout, with shared rooms starting around IDR 130,000 per night. Cheap hotels and guesthouses with a private bathroom and air conditioning may cost around IDR 300,000. If you’re feeling fancy, expect to pay IDR 2,000,000 for beachfront resorts.
  2. Food & Fun
    A meal can cost as low as IDR 35,000, while a nice seafood dinner may cost IDR 135,000. A bintang will cost you around IDR 30,000 and a week’s worth of groceries, around IDR 275,000 – 400,000. Get a sense of the local culture and go for food stalls rather than luxurious restaurants. If dining in at a resort or restaurant, keep an eye out for hidden taxes. Relaxing massages start around IDR 100,000.

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