The Gili Islands of the northwest coast of Lombok are one of Indonesia’s most beautiful (and popular) destinations. The largest of the three Gili Islands, it’s a tropical paradise with white sand beaches and some of the best snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.
As Gili Trawangan has increased in popularity, accommodation prices have increased. However, it’s not impossible to find a great place to stay on a budget. Just look at hostels!
In this post, we’ll take a look at 12 of the best hostels in Gili Trawangan. All you need to decide is which one best suits your travel style and budget. Let’s go!
Best Overall Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Atlas Gili
The social and vibrant Atlas Gili doesn’t quite tip over into a party hostel, so it’s easy to meet other travellers without having a constant hangover. There are daily boat tours so that you can easily see one of the island’s main attractions – the sunset! Back on land, you can take advantage of a restaurant and bar, swimming pool, and bike rental. In the evening, free dinner is on offer and there are vegan and vegetarian offers too. The only negative is you have to pay for breakfast. It’s not a lot though!
Best Hostel for Solo Travellers in Gili Trawangan – My Mate’s Place
My Mate’s Place was voted not only as the overall best hostel in Gili Trawangan, but the whole of Indonesia in 2019. So, you don’t just have to take our word for it that this is a top place to stay. It’s the biggest hostel on the island, so solo travellers will have plenty of opportunities to strike up conversations and make friends. Each morning, you’ll be treated to a free breakfast with tea and coffee. And in the evenings, there’ll be drinking games at the hostel bar before hitting the town. This is a party hostel, so it can get loud at night!
Best Party Hostel in Gili Trawangan – M Box
Gili Trawangan is known for its party hostels, and M Box is one of a few in and around Jalan Kepiting. As well as having a lively and cheap bar on-site (drinking games available most evenings) you’re just four minutes from the nightlife on foot, and fifteen from the night market. Even if you don’t spend the next day with a hangover, it’s nice to soak up the sun on the loungers around the outdoor pool at M Box. Want to keep up your workout regime on holiday? There’s a yoga and gym room too!
Another Awesome Party Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Gili Mansion
When we said Gili Trawangan was awash with party hostels, we meant it. This hostel is famous for its Thursday Pool Party, which starts at 2pm. As well as a live DJ, there’s a BBQ, drinking games, and of course, free shots! Even if you’re not here on a Thursday, the bar is open daily from 8.30 am – 11 pm, so grab a cocktail or a beer and pull up a table around the pool. Though this hostel is a lot of fun, it’s not recommended if you’re looking for peace and quiet!
Best Diving Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Compass Divers Hostel
From the hostels you’ve seen so far, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Gili Trawangan is a party destination and not much else. However, you couldn’t be more wrong. It’s not only one of the best scuba diving sites in Indonesia, but the entire world. Let that sink in! And while you do, check out this hostel. Compass Divers is a boutique hostel near the main strip, and it offers scuba tours with expert divers.
Another Great Diving Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Gili Pirates
Here’s another awesome Gili Trawangan hostel for divers. It boasts a dive center which has courses from beginner to professional level, and there are two guided dives a day for certified divers. Prefer other water sports? Well, you’ll have to choose between snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, kayaks, and tubing. If you fancy a lazy day, you can just chill out by the hostel’s pool and order a few beers from the bar. Paradise!
Best Hostel for Couples in Gili Trawangan – Gili La Boheme
Staying with your other half? A sweaty and smelly dorm probably isn’t what you have in mind. Thankfully, that’s not what you’ll have to settle for at this colourful and friendly hostel. As well as a comfortable double room, you can expect a nice swimming pool with beanbags all around it, and if that’s not enough you get free breakfast too. There’s even a cinema room where you can catch a romantic flick together… as long as other guests agree to it! This lovely hostel in Gili Trawangan can give you both the privacy you expect as a couple and the friendly atmosphere hostels are famed for.
Best Beachfront Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Gili Beach Bum
If you want a short walk to the beach, then look no further than Gili Beach Bum. It’s the island’s only hostel that is right on the beach, and the hostel’s Lava Bar is one of the hottest nightspots on the island! While the bar is open to all visitors, the rooftop terrace is for guests only. That’s where you’ll go in the morning for your complimentary breakfast, where you can watch the waves lapping against the shore.
Best Budget Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Gili Divers Divecamp
PADI and SSI dive courses can cost a lot of money, even in a country where the cost of travel is fairly low. Luckily, this hostel in Gili Trewangan means you can have a great time without breaking the bank. It even offers diving courses with a discount! Saving money on your accommodation doesn’t mean you have to compromise on quality, with Gili Divers Divecamp offering a pool surrounded by tropical plants, a cool common room, and a book exchange.
Best Hostel with a Private Room in Gili Trawangan – Deep House
Okay, you got us. This one isn’t quite a hostel. Instead, it’s a bed and breakfast. What that means is a huge range of private rooms including twins, doubles, and triples. It makes it perfect for travellers who want the hostel atmosphere but don’t want to share their space. Deep House offers traditional Balinese bungalows on a tree-lined lane set around a swimming pool. The BnB also offers a bar which is perfect for meeting other travellers.
Most Unique Hostel in Gili Trawangan – Gili La Boheme Sister
You’ve already seen Gili La Boheme – our best hostel in Gili Trawangan for couples. But if you’re looking for something a little unusual, then head for its sister hostel, which is made from a reclaimed boat! There’s a cinema room and swimming pool here, as well as a vegetarian restaurant. If you want to explore more than just Gili Trawangan, you’ll be delighted to know this hostel offers Rijani trekking and discounted tours to Komodo.
Best Small Hostel in Gili Trawangan – La Boheme Mini
If the idea of a huge hostel with loads of people gives you anxiety just thinking about it, there is a solution. La Boheme Mini has just four rooms – yet you get all of the benefits of the two La Boheme hostels you’ve seen earlier in this list. Chill and relax on the terrace on a beanbag after a day of exploring the island, or head inside and catch a movie in the common room. Not only is the hostel small, but it’s located on a quiet street, so you’re assured a good night’s sleep.
Final Thoughts on the Best Hostels in Gili Trawangan
Well, there you have it. Those are the 12 best hostels in Gili Trawangan. We’ve seen wild party hostels, budget bed and breakfasts, and delightful dive hostels. Now, it’s over to you to decide where you want to be.
Still struggling to make a decision? Let us recommend our overall favourite hostel in Gili Trawangan just once more: Atlas Gili. It’s in an awesome location, it’s easy to meet fellow travellers, and it offers great value for money.
No matter which hostel in Gili Trawangan you choose for your stay, we hope you have an incredible vacation!
Featured image: Gili La Boheme Sister