Things to do on Gili Trawangan
Diving the Gili Islands
Diving on the Gilis is an all-year-round activity and there are a number of dive centres to choose from. All reputable dive centres are members of GIDA (Gili Islands Dive Association) and are part of a price agreement policy. They also adhere to strict safety standards to ensure that you have the best experience possible.
There are many dive sites based around the Gili Islands that suit a range of experiences with a maximum boat ride off about 20 minutes.
We recommend Manta Dive which is a 10 minute walk away. They have been operating on Gili Trawangan since 1999.
For prices and information about diving, please contact Manta Dive directly on the button below.
Snorkelling and Glass Bottom Boat Tours
A fabulous way to see the islands is to join a daily glass bottom boat tour. Most leave each morning around 10am and stop for lunch on Gili Air, returning back to the island about 3.30pm.
Alternatively, the snorkelling area in front of Bale Sampan Bungalows offers you the chance to see turtles and other marine life.
Please enquire at reception for information on these tours, private charters or guidance on hiring snorkelling equipment.
Horse riding is a great way to explore the island, especially at either sun-rise or sun-set. The horses are very well taken care of at the local stud and you will have a local guide with you at all times.
Stud Horse Riding Adventures cater for all levels from beginners to advanced levels and there are even ponies suitable for children. For more information, please click the button below.
Yoga has always been popular on the Gili Islands, but even more so now that there is a professional and highly experience yoga centre on the island – Gili Yoga is located a 5 minute walk from Bale Sampan and shares its office with Freedive Gili.
Daily drop-in classes are run each morning and evening for all levels of experience, as well as a variety of yoga and meditation workshops. For more information, please click the button below.
There are many Spas on Gili Trawangan – offering everything from a hot stone massage to pedicures and facials.
Please ask at reception and we can help to arrange a massage for you at Azure Spa. They can either come to Bale Sampan or you can visit their Spa which is a 10 minute walk away. Click here for their treatments menu.
Surfing and Stand-Up-Paddle Boarding on the Gili Islands
The Gili Islands are unfortunately not renowned for their surf but when conditions allow, there is a fast right hander on the South-East corner of Gili Trawangan, but be aware it is definitely not for beginners as it is a sharp, very shallow reef break.
Stand-Up Paddle Boards can be rented from numerous places close to Bale Sampan Bungalows and this is a great way to explore the waters around Gili Trawangan.
Bike Rides and Bike Rental
We have our own fleet of bicycles to hire and the rates are comparable to other rental shops around the island so please ask at reception should you require one.
Hiring a bike is a fun way to explore the island, which is only 3km long by 2km wide – and you can’t really get lost!
There is one main road that hugs the beach all the way around Gili Trawangan, but be aware it can be a bit sandy in parts so you may have to get off and push. For the more adventurous, there are many tracks leading into the interior of the island, where it is easy to lose your bearings in amongst the coconut groves – but rest assured, you will eventually pop out on the beach somewhere, where you can follow the beach road back to Bale Sampan.