23 Cool Things to Do on Gili T, as Tried By Me

I spent six days on Gili T, or Gili Trawangan to give it its full name. The beautiful paradise island attracts party people, scuba dubas and snorkel lovers as that’s pretty much all there is to do there. I like to think that despite my injury, I made a good effort at doing all the cool things to do on Gili T and would like to share my new found knowledge with all my beautiful readers.

Gili T is pretty cheap, but the trouble for me was that it was so cheap I consumed more, totally cancelling out the cheapness. Standard behaviour. I spent around £200 for the week, accommodation, beer money, food and all. Here’s how…

1. Stay at La Boheme for a cool hostel and to meet people.

Cool Things to do in Gili T

2. Don’t stress about finding the best price for scuba diving.

There’s a cap of $35 for everyone. Just chat to people and go with one you like.

3. Take a day trip to Gili Meno or Gili Air, or both.

Exploring Gili Meno

4. Do yoga at the Yoga Palace.

You get a discount if you stay at La Boheme as it’s just opposite.

5. The snorkelling trip that’s advertised everywhere on the island is actually pretty shit as you don’t see much and you’re packed onto a boat. I’d still recommend it though as it’s cool to get out on the water and dive in from the sides.

Cool things to do on Gili T

6. Watch out for steps.

Don’t stub your toe worse than you’ve ever stubbed it before at Sama Sama Reggae Bar, like I did. Meant I couldn’t do anything but drink and eat for the week. Terrible.

7. Don’t pay to get on the daily boat party, find the right people at night by this bar and you can get a band to get in free.

Where to find the boat party in gili T

8. Eat huge burgers at La Petit Grill.

Or the falafel, or the veggie curry, or the Nasi Goreng, it’s all good. They also have happy hour between 6 and 8 and you can get cheapo beers and cocktails with tapas.

9. Hang out at the treehouse at Kuta Bar.

Cool things to do on Gili T

10. Watch the nightly turtle show at the Lombok Grill.

I didn’t actually get to do this but apparently the turtles all come up as the sun sets and you can see them from the restaurant.

11. Rent a cycle and explore the island. The ones that charge 30k probably don’t have brakes so you might be better off paying 50k. I randomly saw this reggae band having a photoshoot.

Explore the island

12. Chill out in the day at The Surf Bar.

They were playing Tracy Chapman when I went. Loved it.

13. Go there at sunset too. We played Frisbee as the sun went down and they pumped out some minimal techno tunes. In those minutes life was brilliant, even more so than usual.

Cool things to do on Gili T

14. Find the nightly party.

There are loads of clubs but every night there will be one particular one that holds the party. It will be crazy.

15. Eat as many desserts as possible at the night market. Us three girls agreed the donuts were some of the best we’d ever tasted.

Gili T things to do

16. And get some fresh fish or meat.

You can pick what you want and then it’s all cooked to order.

17. Chill out at the nightly cinema at Villa Ombak. Free popcorn!

Villa Ombak open air cinema

18. Drink from a coconut from the stall at the top of the island.

Not only will you really feel like you’re on a desert island, it’s also good for you.

19. Spend all your spare money on jewellery, or bikinis, or I heart GT tshirts you’ll never wear again. There are actually some really nice shops.

Things to do on Gili T

20. Just relax. There’s virtually no crime on Gili T and if anything goes wrong the facts are brought to the village head who decides the punishment.

Check out this tourist mug who was forced to do the Walk of Shame on Gili T after robbing another tourist last week.

21. Sit on the beach bean bags lining the beach and read a book – no need to even buy a drink at most places, unless you feel too guilty.

Cool things to do on Gili T

22. Eat at Kaya Café. I had a delicious halloumi and quinoa salad with a smoothie.

Perfect for lessening the guilt of all the huge Bintangs I was drinking.

23. Watch the sun set at Exile Bar. I had fish fingers here too and they were huge and delicious.

Cool things to do on Gili T

I had a brilliant week on Gili T and was sad to leave but excited to get away from all the delicious temptations the island offers. If you’re ever in Indonesia I’d definitely recommend adding it to your list of things to see and do.

Has this made you want to go to the Gilis?

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21 Comments

  1. by Mstraveltipsy on March 26, 2015  1:07 pm Reply

    Oh how I miss Gili T. However it looks like it has changed a lot since I was there, think the last time was in 2009 or something. I presume it has gotten even more touristy. It really had it charm in 2006 (the first time I was there) when it wasn't that many people around. Gili Meno and Air wasn't even possible to go to, nothing there. I would go back though.

    • by Vicky on March 26, 2015  2:14 pm Reply

      Yeah quite a few people said it had changed a lot in just a few years. I loved it, but I'm sure if I went back in a few years it would've developed a whole lot more. You could see them building more hotels on Meno, so that could be the next one to get the backpacker treatment!

  2. by Emily Ray on March 26, 2015  1:29 pm Reply

    Gorgeous photos, Vicky - what camera do you use? Makes me want to jump on the first plane out there, gah! x

    • by Vicky on March 26, 2015  2:12 pm Reply

      Thanks Emily :) It's just my iPhone 5, which sadly is no longer with us after a water injury. Hopefully I'll get something to replace it soon!

  3. by Jenia on March 26, 2015  2:23 pm Reply

    So neat - I am bookmarking for our future visit to Indonesia :)

  4. by Alexandria on March 26, 2015  8:51 pm Reply

    It's definitely made me want to go, this is an awesome guide. I'll have to keep all of it in mind! I'm not sure how I feel about the head of the village deciding on punishments. I mean it's cool but quite a bit strange for me.

    • by Vicky on March 27, 2015  1:42 pm Reply

      Ha, I think it's a great idea! I don't think it happens very often there which kind of shows that it works. Loved Gili T. I can see it from where I am in Lombok :)

  5. by Sally on March 27, 2015  4:54 am Reply

    Gili T Was amazing! your post has made me want to go back! La Boheme was the perfect hostel.

    • by Vicky on March 27, 2015  1:43 pm Reply

      Yeah, it was great there. I met so many people and the owners were really cool. Loved the free pancakes!

  6. by Dan Lawrence on March 27, 2015  8:41 am Reply

    Looks great, was it Digital Nomad friendly as in WiFi freely available in most places or was it limited availability or had to pay for it etc ?

    cheers
    dan

    • by Vicky on March 27, 2015  1:46 pm Reply

      Hey Dan, I've actually found Indonesia really difficult with Wi-Fi. I wouldn't recommend Gili T for a long time if you need to work. It kept cutting out in the hostel and there was a few places around with WiFi but I wouldn't recommend them if it's important.

      • by Dan Lawrence on March 27, 2015  1:52 pm Reply

        Ok thanks Vicky thats really useful info!!

        I need to put in few hours work online each day, then rest of time on the beach preferably
        So looking for that dream location , super cheap, super chilled, lovely beaches, people, food, low crime etc etc BUT with reliable & fast WiFi :)
        Should you, or have you, discover/ed such a place pls do let me know? :)

        Happy Travels !

        • by Vicky on March 28, 2015  8:56 am Reply

          Hey Dan, I know a lot of people go to Chang Mai – but yeah, no beaches. Otherwise another popular place is Ubud in Bali, but you're still an hour from the beach. I will let you know if I do find somewhere as I'm also looking for somewhere similar for next year. I was recently in the Philippines and loved it, but I need to test out a few islands as it fulfilled all the other requirements apart from the fast Wi-Fi so far.

          I'll keep you updated!

          Vicky

  7. by Graham Franklin on March 27, 2015  12:48 pm Reply

    That sunset at the Exile Bar looks seriously cool, not so sure about the fish fingers though lol

    • by Vicky on March 28, 2015  8:57 am Reply

      Ha, they were deelish! Not like a crappy Birds Eye fish finger but a big chunky fresh fish in delicious batter x 5. Maybe I should've said 'goujons'.

  8. by Jen on March 31, 2015  10:09 am Reply

    Aaaa you make me want to go back sooo bad! I think a did a fair few of your points. Hope you are enjoying India... my fave place! xx

    • by Vicky on April 4, 2015  4:10 am Reply

      Thanks Jen! Yep enjoying it so far – ups and downs! Just met up with my friends so today should be a good day :)

  9. by Claudine on April 20, 2016  9:01 pm Reply

    Hey Vicky ! Thanks for your tips. It's making me want to go even more. I'll probably be there next November by myself and the La boheme hostel seems really cool to meet fellow travelers ! :)

    • by Vicky on May 1, 2016  3:10 am Reply

      Oh brilliant news. Still to date my favourite hostel experience!

  10. by Hafid on August 29, 2016  7:07 am Reply

    Hi.. My name is Hafid live in Makassar South Sulawesi Indonesia.
    It is interesting blog.
    Have you been to South Sulawesi ?

    • by Vicky on September 7, 2016  1:39 pm Reply

      No, not yet! Hopefully I'll get there one day but not yet. How is it over there?

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