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Gili Trawangan

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Reggae music, crazy-beautiful panoramas, white powdery sand and young travelers – Gili Trawangan, or Gili T as it’s been affectionately called, is the hippest of the three Gili islands, situated off mainland Lombok next to Bali. As for the other two islands, Gili Meno is the most mellow of the three and some say it even touts the best beaches. Gili Air is also beautiful, but of the three islands, Gili T is the most developed and I’d venture to say, the most fun. Travelers usually stop through after or on their way to Bali for a more personalized touch to their vacation. Backpackers, honeymooners and beach eager tourists alike fill the small, charming party island because of the mountainous backdrops and beautiful waters. No motorized transport is allowed on the island so horse buggies called Cidomos allow for a nice respite away from any puttering and pollution. Dive centers galore and cool cafes to lounge at, there’s not much else to do rather than dive spot hop, snorkel, sunbathe, relax and drink on the jaw-dropping beaches. The main street features international fare and a myriad of semi-cheap spas to choose from (you can also get de-stressed on the beach). By day, my days were spent laying by the beach while sipping on my beloved pineapple juice. The feeling of falling asleep on a lounge chair with the waves whooshing away and music in my ears was heaven. By night, you can choose from one of the many restaurants and bars to chow down and then dance the night away. Relax, party and repeat. I would gladly go back in a heartbeat.

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