1. Gili Trawangan Swings
Let’s start with the most obvious: the famous Gili Trawangan swings. Cliché, but for good reason. There are plenty to choose from, both on the east and west side of the island, but like most people, we’re partial to the ones on the west. Choose from one of the many, slightly varying swings on the
wbest coast to get that quintessential Gili T photo. Because there are so many options, you likely won’t be waiting in [too long of] queues to get your photo at sunset.
Somehow, Gili T manages to have spectacular sunsets nearly every day. As expected, the west coast beaches get pretty packed with people watching the daily show. Grab a drink at a beach bar or find a stretch of beach to set up camp for your photoshoot.
3. Snorkeling with Sea Turtles
As we mentioned before, there’s a high probability that you’ll see sea turtles while snorkeling or diving on Gili T. Be sure to bring your GoPro so you can get that epic shot with these amazing creatures. Always be conscious of how close you are to the turtles and how they react. Many don’t mind humans but some become very visibly agitated. This can result in them drowning, as they are too scared to resurface for air with humans hovering over them.
4. Kelapa Villas
Resembling an Italian flower-filled alleyway, this little road is too pretty not to photograph. Colorful flowers wind around and hang from wooden arbors, contrasted against the white walls. Tucked away in a quiet area in the middle of the island, this peaceful road is just a short bike ride from the west coast. Google Maps search “Kelapa Luxury Villas” — this road is off the northernmost street that cuts across the island.
5. Palm Trees
You can’t leave the island without getting some shots of the abundance of palm trees that populate Gili T. Head down Jalan Villa Kelapa (the aforementioned northern road that runs west to east) and when you approach the west coast, you’ll find plenty of photo ops with luscious greenery as your backdrop.
6. Casa Vintage Beach
This beachside restaurant boasts plenty of Instagram-worthy shots. From its hanging pineapples to the beach blankets and cushions just steps from the water, Casa Vintage Beach is every tropical beach-lovers dream spot. Cozy up on a swing or hammock and be sure to stick around for their nightly bonfires.
7. Horse riding on the beach
Another shot to capture at sunset: horseback riding on the beach. Head to STUD Horse Riding Adventures, where the horses are well cared for and you have to choice to ride through the island or at the beach.
8. Gili Trawangan Beach
You’ll obviously want a beach photo, and you’ll likely have plenty of opportunities to get them. Lay out on the pristine, white sand with the turquoise water as your backdrop. No filter needed, y’all.
9. Gili Meno Statues
The underwater statues at Gili Meno are a must-see sight. There’s no photo op more dramatic and remarkable than the “Nest” installation made up of 48 life-sized statues. Within swimming distance of the beach and only 4 meters deep, Nest is accessible to both divers and snorkelers. Avoid the crowds and come before 9am or after 1pm so you don’t have a swarm of life-jacket-wearing-swimmers in the back of your photos. Go here for everything you need to know about the Gili Meno Statues.
10. Pink Coco
As you probably could’ve guessed, this resort has a plethora of pink decor to photograph. From the pink boat, to the pink swings, to the pink staircase, there are plenty of pretty places to get your picture taken here.
11. Underwater Vespas
For a unique photo op, definitely head to the bio rocks on the east side of the island in front of Villa Ombak Resort. These man-made reefs were created by Gili Eco Trust, a local non-profit, and sponsored by various local organizations. The bio rocks are a coral reef restoration project that has proven to boost coral growth. One of the installations includes two underwater vespas that you can sit on to get a unique underwater shot!
More information about Gili Trawangan Photo Ops
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