Gili Trawangan is the most famous of the three Gili Islands, situated furthest from the mainland. It is also the largest island, complete with a small hill at its southern end. Gili Trawangan is known as the party island thanks to the many wild parties held at its bars and restaurants.
As with all of the Gili Islands, there is no motorised transport on Gili Trawangan, just cidomo (horse and cart) transport and plenty of bicycles available for rent. The walk around Gili Trawangan takes anything from 90 minutes to all day, depending on your pace. Electricity is generator supplied and fresh water is brought in by boat.
Backpackers are been coming to Gili Trawangan since the late 1980s when the first dive shops were set up. These days, they still flock here to enjoy the gorgeous white sand beaches, cheap accommodation, and the parties, which are held at different locations every night, allowing the merrymakers to groove into the early hours. Over the last few years, however, the scene has changed rapidly on Gili Trawangan. It hasn’t lost its magic but it has begun to move in a more upmarket direction. The backpacker accommodation and reggae hangouts will always be there, but Gili Trawangan also flaunts a glamorous plumage, with some very stylish hotels, villa accommodation and upmarket restaurants that attract the more discerning travelers who opt to spend their days relaxing in the sun or diving. There are also plenty of resorts that cater for families.