Gili Islands and Bali- Summer 2018

…Following on from last week’s post about Bali.

We travelled to Gili T from Padang Bai (an hourish from Ubud) on a fast boat (Patagonia express). It was a fairly bumpy ride but worth it! The island is pretty busy but there are no motorised vehicles allowed on the island so you only have to worry about being run over by the horse and carts that are used to transport people around the island (these are quite costly and we felt very sorry for the horses!)

The staff where we stayed were amazing and told us where to go if we wanted to swim with turtles, we had bikes too so we could get around the island really easily which was fab!

Gili Trawangan:

  • Banyan Tree: Amazing healthy, vegan and veggie options- great vibe, close to where the boat drops you off.
  • Moomba Beach Cafe: The best location for snorkelling to see Turtles and a good place to stop for lunch and a bintang as well as sunbathing and swimming.
  • Sama Sama Reggae bar: A great place to spend an evening, live reggae music all night and a laid back atmosphere.
  • The underwater statues (snorkelling trip): Very cheap snorkel trip which takes you to some great places. It was a bit overcrowded and keep a lookout for the jellyfish but all in all a day well spent (top tip- stay behind a turtle as they eat the jellyfish in the way!!)
  • Swings and sunsets on the west of the island: A nice place to spend an evening, having a couple of happy hour drinks, watching the sunset and taking photos on the many ‘sea swings’.


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We had booked Scoot fast boats to take us to Gili Air, but they ended up ushering us onto a tiny speedboat with 4 other people and our cases, interesting experience! Luckily the journey is only short (about 10 minutes) because it was pretty bumpy- I’m pretty sure the driver let go of the controls multiple times! We arrived and immediately found a horse and cart to take us where we were staying, a similar but less fancy ‘beach’ bungalow.

Gili Air:

  • Blue Marine Dive Centre- SUP Yoga: Very professional service and good quality equipment. The staff were friendly and offer a range of water activities.
  • Pachamama’s restaurant: Tucked away in the back streets but worth a visit. Delicious, fresh vegan, vegetarian and meat meal options as well as a wide range of Kombucha and healthy juices.
  • Mowlie’s bar and restaurant: Fab lunch spot on the beach, again a wide range of vegan and veggie food too. I recommend the pulled jackfruit tacos.
  • Krishna’s Sunset Bar: Great place to watch the sunset with a cold beverage.

Seminyak was the final stop of our trip. It is a busy, touristy place with more upmarket restaurants and bars. There are also tons of great shops which we didn’t really get time to explore properly.


  • Potato Head Beach Club: A nice place to spend the day, quite pricey compared to other places in Bali but worth it. Get there early or book if you want loungers/ a daybed.
  • Waterbom, Kuta, Bali: A fun day out which is a bit of a change from sunbathing on the beach. A few pretty good waterslides here that will keep you busy for a good few hours.
  • Seminyak Beach: If you want to try surfing this is the place to be, there are loads of instructors offering lessons. If not its a good place to sunbathe, people watch and jump the waves.
  • Principle Bali: Amazing restaurant, really fresh food and a wide variety to choose from.


These are just some of the highlights that we thought were worth sharing. I would highly recommend Bali and the Gili Islands as a travel destination and hope this blog post was helpful!

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Happy Travels!



Let us know if you’re visiting Bali or if you have any questions.

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