The Certified Gili Trawangan Hostel Guide

The Best Hostels In Gili Trawangan For Backpackers

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The Certified Gili Trawangan Hostel Guide

{The Best Hostels In Gili Trawangan For Backpackers}

Gili Trawangan is an absolute sanctuary for those who love one (or both) of these two things: perfect beaches and/or non-stop partying.

While this island lacks a variety of activities to do, Gili T really is blessed with the most beautiful of sunsets, along with stunning turquoise waters that you would be foolish to miss out on.

I can’t help but associate Gili T with partying, because every night this island transforms its travelers into senseless party animals.

It’s way too easy to get lost in the black hole of the Gili T madness… that is partying all night and relaxing all day (unless of course you make it to the Jiggy boat party during the day).

Related: The Ultimate Gili Trawangan Party Guide To Bali’s Most Sinful Island


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Things you must know about Gili Trawangan:

  • WiFi is not the best on the island.
  • Don’t come here expecting 5-star resorts because there are none.
  • There are no cars or even motorbikes on this island. Strictly walking, bicycles, or horse & carts.

Without further ado, get your livers prepared for the abuse it’s about to cop and keep reading our certified Gili Trawangan hostel guide!

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Best Hostels in Gili Trawangan For Backpackers


My Mate’s Place is by far our favorite of the Gili T hostels for a multitude of reasons.

Firstly, the cleanliness of this hostel is outstanding compared to the other hostels on the island.

Secondly, the atmosphere is always lively, and people are ready to party at any given moment.

And the third thing is the location. Although it is not beach front (like most of the Gili T hostels), it is located basically just one street away from the beach and anything you may need is about a 5-minute walk away.

My Mate’s Place has rightfully earned top spot on our certified Gili Trawangan hostel list!

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Sunday Funday, a pool, and 6-meter rock climbing wall with cliff jump are only three reasons as to why Gili Castle is one of the best hostels in Gili Trawangan for partying.

Gili Castle has one of the best social atmospheres and is a go-to accommodation choice for many backpackers.

Everyone is always happy when they’re staying at Gili Castle, and you’ll walk out of there with a whole new group of friends you didn’t have before.

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Gili Mansion is not only the sister hostel to Gili Castle, it is pretty much its identical twin.

It is one of the most popular Gili Trawangan accommodation choices amongst backpackers due to its location and social atmosphere.

They have a pool and one big common area so it’s perfect for meeting other travelers.

In my opinion, it’s not as clean as some other hostels I’ve been to and the showers definitely didn’t have hot water, so keep this in mind when booking.

Regardless, it’s still one of the best hostels in Gili Trawangan and you’ll enjoy your stay here!

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You can already tell by looking at the photos that Mad Monkey is one of the best hostels in Gili Trawangan.

Their infinity pool overlooking the killer sunset is giving us major Bali beach club vibes and we cannot get enough!

Mad Monkey Gili T is located on the west side of the island (the quieter part of the island), so if hitting the bars and clubs every night is a priority for you, then you may want to rethink your stay here.

However, keep in mind that Mad Monkey does have quite a social atmosphere and they do host their own events every night.

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If you have stayed at M Boutique Seminyak before, you already know M Box Gili T is going to be amazing!

Let me just start off by mentioning that this place has some of the most non-hostel-looking dorm rooms you’ll ever find in a hostel.

The social atmosphere is A1, they offer free tea and coffee, their beer is CHEAPER THAN GILI MART (whaaat?) and there’s even a gym and yoga room.

Need I say more?

Safe to say that M Box is certifiably one of the best hostels in Gili Trawangan.

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Gili Beach Bum is yet another very social hostel and is located right next to LAVA bar, which is one of the best places to party on the island.

With that being said, it’s going to be noisy until the bars close at 2 or 3am so if you’re trying to get a full night’s sleep then you best stay somewhere else!

Although this hostel does love to party, it is a very chilled out and relaxed atmosphere during the day, as the name implies!

Did I mention it was located pretty much on the beach?

It’s not hard to figure out why Gili Beach Bum deserved a spot in our certified Gili Trawangan Hostel Guide!

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This is probably the tamest Gili Trawangan hostel in this list.

It’s not a party hostel, so if you cherish your sleep then this is the hostel for you!

In saying that, it’s located 100 meters from the beach and the bars, so if you’re still keen on partying a bit then you’re still in prime location to do so.

Gili Pirates is clean, comfortable and the rooms are quite nice.

With a 9.1 Hostelworld rating, you can’t really go wrong!

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What’s the best way to get from Bali to Gili Trawangan?

The best way to travel from Bali to Gili Trawangan is via the fast boat. For more information on getting from Bali to Gili Trawangan, read this blog!

How long does the fast boat to Gili T take?

The fast boat to Gili T only takes 1.5 hours from Padang Bai Harbour to the Gili Islands. It’s best to book at least one day in advance.

How long should I stay in Gili T?

Well seeing as Gili T doesn’t have too much to do except partying and beaching, 2-3 days is more than enough time to lay on the beach, watch a few sunsets and get a taste of what it’s like to party along the beach at night.

However, we definitely got sucked into the black hole and spend 5 days here of straight partying and we don’t regret it.


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