Gili Trawangan - Meno - Air Faq

Frequently Asked Questions

What´s the best way to get to the Gilis from Bali?
We recommend using one of the Fast Boat services that operate daily between Bali, Lombok, Lembongan and the Gili Islands. You can now check availability, rates, schedules and book your trip using the blue button on our website.

Is there Malaria on the Gili Islands?
No, despite what you may have heard there is no malaria on the Gilis. Some areas in Lombok however are known to have it. If you have to take anti malarial medication don't use Larium, as in about 50% of cases it produces unpleasant side effects when combined with diving.

How can I pay and do I have to bring much cash?
We accept Visa/Mastercard, Travellers cheques, and almost any foreign currency. There are now ATM/cash point machines on Gili Trawangan. Occasionally none of them work so you can change money at the local money changers and even get cash on credit cards but the exchange rates will not be in your favour and commissions will be charged.

Is Gili Trewangan safe for children?
There are no cars, motorbikes, in fact no motorized transport on Trewangan, so children are free to run around and play. Everything is very close together so there's no chance of getting lost. The locals are also very friendly and always keep an eye out, so finding a babysitter or nanny is never a problem.

Can we swim to the other Gilis?
While it is perfectly safe to swim and snorkel around the Gilis you should never try to swim to the next island, it is much further than it looks and the currents in the middle of the channel can be very strong even for the best of swimmers.

Are there hawkers on the island?
No, the aggressive hawkers you may have had experiences with in Bali are not allowed onto the island. However on your way to the Gilis you will possibly come via Bangsal harbour. The hawkers there will try to sell you everything from cigarettes to return tickets, telling you that these are not available on the islands. Everything they offer is available on the island and probably cheaper.

Are there police on the island?
Most of the time there are no police on Trawangan, however the local population have put together an equivalent organization called SATGAS. They answer to the Kepala Desa (Head of the Village) so if, for example, you lose anything they'll be your best chance for finding it. Their office is located just behind the harbour.

What else can I do other than diving?
Apart from the tourist attractions like temples and waterfalls, and the usual beach activities like sunbathing and snorkeling, you can go fishing, horse riding, water skiing, wakeboarding, yoga classes, free diving courses, and there is a surf break to the south of the island for the experienced surfer. If any of you are golfers there is a fantastic 18 hole course 10 minutes away in the speed boat. It's not a cheap day out when compared to everything else in Indonesia, but good value for western standards: transport, green fee, clubs, buggy, caddy, lunch and drinks will cost you about $100.