Tag: Gili Islands

If you’re done with hostels but want something more interesting and less pricey than a big chain hotel, there are some places that you can struggle to find somewhere good to stay, but Bali wasn’t one of them. After two hotels from this trip had already made in onto my favourites list the island of Gili Trawangan made it a hat trick with Scallywags. Gili Trawangan has a bit of a reputation as a party island so we wanted to be within easy walking distance of the beach and a few bars and restaurants, but a far enough away from the clubs that it wasn’t too noisy.
You can’t beat a good sunset photo, and some of the most beautiful sunsets I’ve seen were from the beaches of the Indonesian island of Gili Trawangan. Just off the coast of Lombok, the island is a laid-back backpacker haven. We came across a beach-side sunset bar at the south of the island, where people gathered to watch the changing colours over a cold bottle of Bintang. The shallow coral reefs just offshore gave some interesting rock formations and the huge flat pools of water reflected the colours in the sky above – from blue to yellow, pink and orange – as the sun began to dip behind the clouds.
Just off the coast of Lombok are the three small, teardrop-shaped Gili Islands. Only reachable by boat from either Bali or Lombok, news of their turquoise seas, white sand, coral reefs, laid-back atmosphere and fab seafood is definitely out. Now well and truly on the Indonesian backpacker circuit, the islands attract a mix of visitors – mainly couples, solo travellers and a few families – but haven’t lost their relaxed charm. It’s a great place to kick back and relax for a few days with a touch of luxury without blowing the budget.

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