Travel Tips in Gili Island

Travel Tips in Gili Island


Essential Travel Tips in Gili Trawangan:

  • You will get your feet wet when you board the small boats for the Gili islands especially when the low tide because the water is to shallow for the boat to land to the shore, use slippers/sandals and short.
  • Do not buy any mosquitoes coil from some kids at the harbor, as they are trying to sell things at the highest they can. There are lots of shops on the Islands selling those stuffs with better prices
  • Do not try to look at the things that they offers, and do not make any promises to say “maybe later”. Those guys can recognize your face and ask for the promises.
  • When you returned from the Islands, many kids brings water to wash your foot. At first you may feel convenient, but at the end they ask some money.
  • Carry some amount of cash to pay Cidomo (horse cart). The Cidomo in Gilis Island is bit expensive. Ask for the price before you use it.
  • Stonefish are found on the coral reefs where they are camouflaged and almost invisible.  watch your steps they are poisonous if stepped on.
  • Also, be aware of strong currents while swimming or snorkeling. It is best to ask the advice of a dive master before swimming alone.
  • Although it is pretty rare case, but Jelly fish could be very dangerous. Ask for local expert before you decide to enter the section of water.
  • Do not leave any valuable belongings unattended at the beach while swimming or snorkeling. Ask for a deposit box at the hotel where you stay.
  • Most tourist facilities in Lombok (Gili Islands & Senggigi) remain open during Ramadhan. Local Restaurants might close in residential area in Mataram or Cakranegara to respect the majority of Moesleem Fasting. Tourist are suggested to eat and drinks in hotel’s or resort’s area.

Essential Information in Gili Trawangan:

Several hospitals are located on the nearby mainland in city of Mataram including the islands principal public hospital Rumah Sakit Umun and also the Risa Hospital in Cakranegara near Mataram mall.

Mobile phone towers ensure you’re never out of touch. Telekomsel’s Simpati SIM card has the strongest and most reliable coverage on the Gili islands.

There are few internet cafes in Gili Trawangan but connections are pretty slow while the costs are pretty high. You cannot compare the internet price in Gili Trawangan and other cities in Indonesia. The rate in Gili island is around 18.000 – 25.000 Rupiah per hours. If you have a mini computer on you, you prefer use it with mobile internet service. Use daily package or volume package.

There is no post office on the Gilis, but William’s Bookshop, right behind the Art Market on Gili Trawangan, sells stamps and can mail out your postcards.