- Southeast asia
Paradise on Earth: Exploring the Gili Trawangan
After a pretty crazy experience climbing Mount Rinjani in Lombok, a reward for my hardship was at hand. Right after Mt Rinjani, I split up with my friends and headed for a paradise to rest my body and soul for a few days. That paradise is one of the Gili islands, the Gili Trawangan. Gili Trawangan is the most popular out of the 3 islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, and Gili Air) and I was bombarded with backpackers and loud noises from parties as I arrived on the island late in the evening. All was not lost though as you will find out below that you can always find solitude in this small island.
Day 4 - 5: A Walk around the Gili Trawangan island
As you arrived, you will be welcomed by a beautiful white beach with stunningly clear water.
I started my walk from the east side of the island and walked toward the north. It's so much nicer out here without all the backpackers.
The beaches here are great for snorkeling but not so much for swimming because of the shallow water with sharp rocks in them.
The Gili islands' facilities catered to those who are looking for a nice laid back day. Imagine sitting here, sipping beer overlooking the Lombok island and the beautiful Mt Rinjani from afar.
As I walked toward the east coast, I started to see more high-end accommodations with a considerably fewer people. I believe this was a wedding aisle built for couples who want to get married in this paradise.
As I walked toward the east more, I stumbled upon this lone wooden swing in the middle of the shallow sea. I took the opportunity to jump on it and took this photo. Stunning isn't it? :)
Do you wanna know how shallow it was? I took this from the beach with a maximum zoom on my camera and the water level is still knees high.
The east part is definitely the calmest most beautiful part of the island. If you have time, do go for a walk.
As I approached the south side of the island, the beach started to become rocky again. Still a stunning view nonetheless.
I found a very nice abandoned wooden platform at the south of the island. It was perfect for me to rest a bit from the walk, and enjoyed the breeze of Indonesian air.
As the sun was about to set, I decided to set up camp at the Paradise Sunset Bar down the tip of the South of the island to thoroughly enjoy the sunset.
The bar set itself at the perfect spot to watch the sunset behind Mount Agung, the tallest mountain on Bali.
You don't actually have to be at in the bar to get access to the beach. You can just sit nearby and enjoy the same view I did.
This was where I met Friso and Michelle, a couple from Holland. We talked about all sort of stuff from the culture differences (did you know what in parts of Europe, you have to pay taxes for dogs and cats?) to career future. Michelle has a great website sharing recipes for models who wants to be healthy in a modeling world. Even though, it's in Dutch, do check her website out.
Night time approached, so it was time to find something local and cheap to eat. As I approached civilization, I stumbled upon a night market down the southern part of the east coast. This was a great place to eat local cuisine at a reasonable price and mingle with the locals.
Or you can choose a more high end western restaurant for some seafood. I much rather preferred the night market.
Day 6: Sunrise and then Goodbye
I ended up walking the whole day on my fifth day in Indonesia so I decided to wake up early on my sixth day and strolled down the beach and watch the sunrise. This is what I saw.
A stunning view of Mt Rinjani and Lombok casted by the sunrise.
There is always a sense of wonder when I stare at sunrise during my travel. The gradient of the sky is just too captivating to sleep in.
I could even hold the sun!
The sun casting shadows on rocks made it even more beautiful!
And the end of paradise has arrived. In the afternoon, I took a speedboat to Bali and spent 3 days just resting and mingling with other travelers. I was so tanked by the trek that I barely took the time to plan what I wanted to do on my second visit of Bali so I ended up doing nothing worthy for another entry to the journal. Hell, I didn't even take more than 10 photos during my stay there.
I hope you enjoyed the final entry of the Solo Traveler's Journal #11. Next up, you will be following me on an adventure across the land of nature in the southern hemisphere, New Zealand for a whole month so stay tuned!
Further Reading for Indonesia
I hope this travel guide will help you plan your Indonesia trip. I have visited Indonesia more times than I could count and I have written a ton of articles about the country.
If you are looking for more articles about Indonesia, here is a selection of articles that might help you plan your trip to Indonesia even further:
- Looking for a complete itinerary and travel guide for Indonesia? One Month Itinerary for Indonesia.
- Are you planning to travel to Indonesia as part of a big Southeast Asia trip? Check out our 3 months backpacking itinerary for Southeast Asia.
- Jakarta is the capital city of Indonesia and if you are flying into the country, you will likely have to go through the city. Do not let that go to waste and check out our travel guide on things to do in Jakarta in one day.
- Yogyakarta is a great place to break your trip through Java island towards the East. There are plenty of things to see in Yogyakarta so here’s my top 6 things to do in Yogyakarta.
- Did you know that there is an island in Indonesia that is free of tourists? One of that is Karimunjawa, a true hidden gem island of Java. Here’s a complete guide on how to travel to Karimunjawa island.
- Looking for an article that summarizes a trip through the Java island? Check out my photo essay of Java, Indonesia.
- Lombok is now gaining in popularity but one of the best things you can do on the island is to trek Mount Rinjani, a volcano on a lake in another volcano on an island. Here’s a complete guide on how to trek Mount Rinjani.
- Komodo Island is one of the most unique experiences you can never experience anywhere. Here’s a backpacking travel guide on how to explore the Komodo Islands (what to do, which cruise to pick and more).
- Flores is another great island that deserves way more credit than it deserves. There’s the Komodo islands, Kelimutu tri-colored lakes and so much more. Here is a 10 days travel guide for Flores and Komodo Island.
- Talking about Kelimutu, here’s a complete travel guide on how to get to Kelimutu lakes in Flores.
- Are you planning your Indonesia trip as part of a big Southeast Asia trip? If so, be sure to check out my photographic journey through the sub-continent. Here are 64 photos that will inspire you to visit Southeast Asia.
- Wondering where you want to go next? How about Timor Leste? Visit Timor Leste Travel Guide page for more travel guide about Timor Leste.
- To see all articles about Indonesia, visit Indonesia Travel Guide page.
- Looking for more travel guides for the Southeast Asia? You can find more on my Southeast Asia Travel Guide page.
- For more of my travel guides, visit my Destinations page.
The Solo Traveler’s Journal is a series of posts by Pete Rojwongsuriya, the founder of BucketListly Blog where we will follow his solo journey around the world as he experiences different cultures, people, and historical locations one country at a time.
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