Others, both singles and couples, come to stay in the more up-market hotels, dine in the increasingly stylish restaurants and to spend their days relaxing in the sun, swimming, snorkelling and diving at the many fantastic dive sites around the islands.
Snorkelling is extremely easy just off the shore and, while much of the coral in the shallow waters has been destroyed, there is still an amazing variety of tropical fish species to enjoy. Further out, the island is famed for its vast gardens of coral and array of underwater wonders, and is one of the best dive spots in Lombok.
Continually evolving, the face of Gili Trawangan is becoming more stylish and cosmopolitan each year, with luxury resorts and villas now being developed alongside the budget and mid-range places, and new restaurants and bars opening all the time. Slowly a world-class tourism destination is emerging -- a fusion of eastern island meets west, which works beautifully and offers choices for all tastes.