As underwater addicts we love to spend all day every day diving, diving, diving; staying wet all day long and exploring the awesome underwater realm that surrounds Gili Trawangan.
But come late afternoon when the last log books are filled, the equipment has been put away and the dives are planned for the next day, the fun is still not over! Outside of diving hours there is a whole host of great things to do on Gili Trawangan and over our years here we have come to know the place pretty well: here is our Top Ten list of enjoyable Apres-Dive activities…..
- Enjoy sunset: on Trawangan the sunsets are nothing short of spectacular and are best seen from the northern beaches of the island. Grab a jug of Sangria at Karma Kayak or a yummy cocktail at Wilson’s Retreat, get comfy on one of their giant bean bags on the beach and enjoy watching the sun disappear behind the silhouette of Mount Agung on Bali.
- Get lost in the coconut plantation: the interior of the island is a hidden gem often left unexplored. Go for a walk anywhere off the main streets, wandering wherever your intrigue leads you and enjoy the local village, beautiful palm plantations, a whole host of animals, children playing in the fields…And don’t worry, on such a small island just keep on walking and you’re sure to find your way out again before too long!
- Indulge in a tropical ice cream (or ten!): so having an ice-cream in itself may not seem so special but firstly it’s just a holiday MUST, a well-deserved treat, and secondly you may be pleasantly surprised by the variety of unusual flavours available on a tropical island. Mango and coconut are a couple of our favourites!
- Circle the island on horseback: Gili Trawangan is only 7km all the way round so can easily be completed on foot or bicycle. But even more relaxed and enjoyable is a mosey on horseback, either early morning before the heat of the day kicks in or along the beach as the sun sets.
- Tickle those tastebuds: for such a small island, Gili Trawangan has an astounding array of international cuisine available. Adventure into the Night Market for some cheap and cheerful local treats, or try out some of the bigger restaurants for authentic Thai, Mexican, Sushi, Pub Grub, Spanish Tapas, Indian etc.
- Watch the sunrise over Mt Rinjani: the sunrise on Gili Trawangan is the perfect way to start the day. Get up early (or stay up late!!!), climb the hill in the centre of the island and be blown away as the early morning rays poke out from behind the silhouette of Lombok’s volcano and reflect across the ocean. Within just minutes the ball of fire will have fully risen: time to wander into town for a morning coffee before the first dive!
- Sing along at Sama Sama: like on any small tropical island, the infamous Bob Marley can be heard in pretty much every beach bar and for some really good live reggae pop along to Sama Sama of an evening. You’ll find the local band playing some old reggae classics as well as their own take on some more modern pop tunes!
- Cruise the islands on ‘Pebbles’: South Sea Nomads’ beautiful boat Pebbles can be chartered for afternoon/sunset cruises, a lovely way to while away the hours: enjoy a beer or two out on the ocean wave, cool off in the crystal waters and watch the evening sky turn all shades of pink and orange. For the more wild at heart, South Sea Nomads also runs regular ‘party boats’ to kick start a fun night out!
- Rummage in the rockpools: at low tide, the rockpools of Halik Reef are teeming with life. Go slowly, look closely and you can find all sorts of unusual creatures: if you’re really lucky, the elusive Blue Ringed Octopus might reveal himself!
- Lose your passport: after a few days of diving and exploring the island you’re not going to want to leave! We suggest ‘misplacing’ your passport in the deep dark depths of the ocean…………….