Gili Trawangan, eating and sleeping on budget

I could title this article “eating and sleeping for nothing”! Unfortunately, on the Gili Islands, everything is more expensive. You want to pay a swimsuit? Drinking a cold beer? Or enjoy an ice cream, it is possible but it will lighten your wallet.


I spent over a week on this vibrant island with white sand beaches where turtles swim a few meters from the edge and I succeeded, looking good, not to overspend.

Sleeping cheaper on Gili T

The Gili Islands are expensive in terms of housing. If you want a good wifi, clean room with air conditioning and hot water, we have to rethink your budget. Remember to book in advance because everything is often full in high season. To make a classification, I would say there are three types of housing.

Hotels “luxury” with swimming pool and all the ideal comfort. It will take between 800,000 and more than 1 million Indonesian Rupees. The service is impeccable and the rooms on the western.

Then there are smaller hotels with a single bedroom, a king-size bed, a bathroom with cold water and a small terrace overlooking a shady courtyard. Prices vary depending on whether you choose a fan or air conditioning. 300 000 to 500 000 Rp chamber. Breakfast and wifi is generally included.

Finally, there are the backpackers and 12 bed dorms! Again, this is more expensive than elsewhere. Count between 130 000 and 170 000 Rp per bed. No breakfast but the wifi works well.

Eat on Gili T

For once, there’s something for every budget.

The main street, which runs along the beach houses all the tourist bars and restaurants with Western cuisine. Want a pizza? no problem ! Rates are far from what Indonesia can pay easily and it will cost Rp 100,000 per person once the note on the table. Besides all the cards practice the 10% service charge added to the total.

Near the pier, there are also the night market, crowded. Indonesian food is good. Just to show with your hand that you want to add to your plate and seller you adding in the end. Prices are moderately high but it is correct.


This is the place where you are eating the best fish and calamari, freshly sins of the day. It takes between 100 000 and 250 000 Rp fish. If this is beyond your budget, fold about chicken stalls and stews. Rp 40,000 a full plate with small bottle of water.


Finally, for smaller budgets, there is the street food in Indonesia. Located in the arteries inside the village, you can savor the favorite dishes such as Nasi Goreng (fried rice), mie goreng a (fried noodles), soto ayam a (chicken noodle soup) or a nasi campur (white rice with an assortment of different meats and vegetables, spicier). Be careful to specify that you do not want to eat “spicy” because otherwise the taste buds careful, it stings!

Where to go out and have a drink

Be aware that alcohol is imported from the fact that this is a Muslim country and moreover an island. Therefore, drinking a cocktail or beer is not cheap!


Headlights places are:

  • The Sama-Sama that have a large hall with live reggae concert every night and a quieter bar (although this depends on the time!) To the beach.


  • The Irish Bar (yes, there are around the world) where you dance until the end of the night. Indonesians are there every night to dance to hip music.


  • The Joss Vodka, known for its vodka shots accompanied by energizing powder. The explosive mixture created a volcano that literally returns the gut but gives you fishing for the rest of the night! All on music RnB.

There are of course dozens of other places. Ask local “when it happens tonight,” and they will give you the information without hesitation.

Other activites

Snorkeling activities and therefore the rental equipment (fins, mask, snorkel) remains affordable. You can get away for 40,000 to Rp 50,000 per day.

Renting a bike remains as correct. Only Rp 50,000 for 24 hours. Ask your hotel. Often it also offers bicycle to Rp 25,000 only.

If you want a level of diving or doing a first time diving, prices are also available if you come with your budget “Holiday.” This time we talk about dollars, about $ 60 and $ 35 the first time of fun dive.

* All prices stated here are for high season 2014


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