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Gili Destinations

Gili Island Destination, 3 Possibilities

LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – To reach the Gili islands there area three options. The fast boat is the fastest, easiest but also the most expensive way. Several companies operate from various ports in Bali and offer a free transfer from your hotel to the boarding point, depending on your location. Journey times vary from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours depending on weather conditions.

Fast boat, the fastest way, slow boat, local experience!

You can also go to the pier on your own and buy your ticket directly. Below you will find details of schedules and departures. For more information and online booking, visit or see our recomendation in recomendation page.

If you have a limited budget, you can choose the ferry option. The crossing takes five hours from Padang Bai in Bali. If you want to get to the Gili islands in the evening, take a boat in the morning, from 08:00am. Once at Lembar port Lombok, find a means of transport to get to Bangsal port, then take a public boat after buying a ticket at the office. Allow 10-30 minutes to cross depending on your destination.

The last option is by air. Take a flight via the international airport in Lombok Praya, go to Bangsal (about 3 hours) and take the public boat.

Source : Gililife, August 2013
Editor : Jackysan

A Globe Trotter Chef Brings His "French Touch" to Gili Trawangan

A Globe Trotter Chef Brings His “French Touch” to Gili Trawangan

LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – Francois Masson, A man who is, above all else, a passionate entrepreneur of French cuisine and an expert in taste exploration of local products for dishes to order up! Trawangan is the site to sample his delicious and gourmet creative flair!

Specializing in sauces and desserts, Francois takes pleasure in revealing the taste of each ingredient to get a dish that is unique in it’s culinary expression. He also creates a special presentation with each dish because for Francois attention to detail is, “of paramount importance. The dish is first enjoyed through the eyes and beautiful presentation whets the appetite!”

Francois is a character with a big heart who loves new culinary discoveries and sharing his findings. Having now resided in Gili Trawangan for six months, he is the head chef at the restaurant of Wilson’s Retreat Resort on the west of the island, owned in large part by Jakarta born Reeze and his wife. Indulge yourself here with euphoric tastes of all sorts while exploring the different dishes on the menu: clams Provencal, snails with parsley, the St Jacquest roast, Filet Mignon a I’Ancienne …as well as a medley of chocolatey, fruity, and aromatic dessert… Your eyes will widen and your taste buds will be tatalized!

The restaurant features a wine cellar with French selections and menu options also include traditional Indonesian dishes such as nasi goreng, mie ayam and sate…

Francois thoroughly enjoys the atmosphere of Trawangan and what he does and it is not uncommon to see him out of the kitchenl explaining his dishes and simply sharing his passion.

What he especially likes here is the closeness to the people and the challenge of making the semi -gastronomic French and local dishes, creating a new chapter for his sourced cuisine in the Gili Islands!


Francois was born in Lyon, the gourmet dining capital of France. He studied at the Hotel Scholl Balan in Ain and traveled throuhghout Europe as a leader in his field in Italy, England, Scotland and Denmark, where he met his wife, who is Indonesian!. His culinary experience has extended to the United States where he worked in pittsburgh and finally back to his hometown and where he became the head chef of Pell Mell restaurant.

Today he and his wife reside in Trawangan with their 10 month old daughter. And it is here that Francois is ensuring that Wilson’s Retreat stands to become “THE” reference of French gastronomy in Gili Trawangan.

Source : Gililife Magazine, 2015
Editor : Jackysan

Gili Trawangan Indonesia

Gili Trawangan, The Unforgettable Island of Fashion and Fun

LOMBOK TRAVEL GUIDE – When you hear about Gili Trawangan you probably also hear the words “party island” yeah? Thought we should just address that straight away! Gili Trawangan gained this title because it is the largest of the three northern Gili Islands with the most development, hence it offers the greatest abundance of everything-including nightlife.

There are fantasticparties every night of the week that attract large crowds of people from all dofferent walks of life and every corner of the globe. Nightly features start with a sizzling local food market and advance into live music, beach parties and DJ’s. there’s also the option of watching movies screened at an open air beach “theatre” the romored growth of Trawangan from a backpacker island into something of a glam island is supported by the unveiling of new upscale boutiques, restaurant, resorts, spam, and now a heli-pad, however, it remains a hub of charm for a wide spectrum of travelers.

Pearl Beach Gili Trawangan
Pearl Beach Gili Trawangan

It’s an iconic island of variety with numerous options for every budged/lifestyle for eating, sleeping (backpacker dorms to luxury villas), entertainment and activities. Gili Trawangan has extraordinarily beautiful beaches and shimmering ocean waters of crystal-clear visibility for diving and snorkeling. this island boasts some of the finest coral gardens and the widest range of dive conters with the best socializing opportunities.

Although it is predominately known as a party island, Gili trawangan has much more to it and venturing away from the densely developed east coast, you can find a plethora of vacant beaches. renting a bicycle is a great way to see the island, bearing in mind there are some sandy patches! seeing how life works here can be very eye-opening: it’s not an escape from reality-just a slightly different one but understandably surreal nonethelles!

Gili Trawangan Beach
Gili Trawangan Beach
Swing at Gili Trawangan
Swing at Gili Trawangan (c)


There are several conservation organizations based here including Gili Eco Trust (GET) and the Gili shark foundation-ask around (try dive centers) about how you can get involved! As you may know-there is no motorized transport in the Gilis and what a sooting break that can be! surfing is popular off the south and it’s not unwise to speak to locals about the break.  For a supreme viewpoint walk up the hill on the south that was previosly used as a lookout during WW II.

Gili T is the spicy island of Pizzazz with something for absolutely everyone!