Diving The Gilis are one of Indonesia's top dive destinations and are renowned for bigger fish and drift diving - there is always something to see here. With many dive shops on the island, there is plenty of choice depending on what time you want to dive and what atmosphere you prefer. Most operate within the Gili Islands Dive Association (GIDA) which helps to maintain high standards and which sets common fees across the island for diving, courses and equipment rental. You will be asked to pay a one-off reef tax of around Rp50,000, which goes to the Gili Eco Trust for managing the installation of biorocks to help with coral growth and other projects dealing with eco issues such as recycling and rubbish management and tree and grass planting to fend off erosion. Book ahead for special internet offers or just turn up for discovery dives, courses and fun dives, but make sure that you bring your certification card as proof of your dive qualifications.
Snorkelling Just off the beaches on the north east and eastern sides of the island there are plenty of shallow reefs where you can see the fish without going deep. Masks and fins can be bought or hired from a number of places along with lifejackets and guides if required. If you want more than the reefs attached to the island, you can get a snorkelling tour on a boat, and, if you don't fancy getting wet, even pick up a glass-bottom boat. Most trips leave mid morning and give you some time on one of the other islands for lunch, before heading back mid afternoon.
Beaches Generally clean and never packed to overflowing, the beaches are a great place to sit and watch the boats and your fellow holidaymakers. There are a few sellers, mainly with jewellery and the local Lombok pearls, but they won't bother you unless you encourage them.
Kayaking Why not hire a kayak and head around the island. You can do this with or without a guide.
Horse Riding Guided tours around the island are available. This takes about an hour and you can either simply trot around or gallop along the beaches in the breaking waves.
Cycling Hire a bike and head off to explore the island. There is a track that goes all the way round, or you can cut through the village and say hello to the locals. There are also tracks through the coconut groves, but look out for the grazing cows!
Walking Circumnavigate the island in a couple of hours, stopping along the way for lunch or a refreshing drink. Or wander to the top of the hill at sunset for a birdseye view of Gili T and its neighbours.
Island Hopping There is a shuttle boat that links Gili Trawangan with Gili Meno and Gili Air, so you can head over just for the day, or you can spend the night for a change of scenery. Otherwise there are many boats offering a day of island hopping and snorkelling, stopping for lunch and a sunbathe to suit your schedule.
Parties Gili Trawangan is famous as Lombok's party destination and parties are held on three nights of the week through the night and into the sunrise. Dance till you drop at Blue Marlin on Monday; meet new people and boogie to iconic anthems at Tir Na Nog (locally known as Irish) on Wednesday; mingle with the locals and try the famous mushroom shakes if you dare at Rudy's on Friday.
Massage There are many spas on the island, catering for all treatment types and massage genres. You can visit a spa, call in at one of the homestays where local massage is on offer, or arrange for someone to come to your room.