ISLAND WEDDINGS - Best kept wedding venue secret

Bali’s best-kept wedding secret – Gili Trawangan Island for stunning wedding photography.

Feeling a bit adventurous and want a fun Bali wedding with a difference? Gili Trawangan Island near Bali is your answer. With beautiful accommodation available and stunning scenery for your Gili wedding photography, a Gili Island wedding adventure is guaranteed to please.  Gili Trawangan Island ( or Gili T as it is fondly known) is a tiny island and part of a three-island group known as the Gili Islands northeast of Bail. The islands are low coral islets and have been formed over coral reefs through thousands of years, unlike the neighboring and larger Lombok Island which was formed from a volcanic action and can be seen towering from the sea in the distance.

 Wedding photography at Gili Trawangan Island 


Gili Trawangan or Gili T as it is affectionately known is a 1.5 – 2-hour boat trip NE from Bali across the Sunda Strait which separates the islands of Bali and Lombok (see the maps below). Travel by boat from Lombok is about 15-20mins but you need to travel across Lombok to get to the departure point on the NW of the island. The island of Lombok has an international airport like Bali so it is possible for you and your wedding party to travel either way enroot to Gili T. There are several operators offering boat transfers from Bali. Bluewater express run a couple of services daily to the Gili Islands and Lombok from Bali. Their high-speed boats seat 25 and cross the Sunda strait at about 30knots (but still take 1.5 hours to cross). Passengers are completely protected from the sun and the wind on these boats but you can sit on the roof of the boat to enjoy the wind in your face as the boat motors across the strait. The morning trips are the best as the seas are generally calmer than the afternoon when the sea breeze picks up. The boat transfers to Gili cost around $60 one way.

Bali and Gili islands 

Bali and Gili Trawangan Islands.

Boats arriving at Gili T nose up on the small white sand beach and passengers disembark down a ladder on the front of the boat. Once your bags are unloaded visitors can find the islands main mode of transport, horse, and cart, to take them to their hotel. The small horses and bright yellow carts are a feature of the island lifestyle here and are cheap to hire. It is a bit of a mission to get to the Gilis and I would recommend it to people that are adventurous and relatively mobile but what a fun adventure! Wedding Celebrant - Liz Hayes for your special day. 

High speed boat transfer between Bali and Gili Is

Boat transfer between Bali and Gili Trawangan Island.

There are beautiful hotels on Gili Trawangan and all are fairly discreet in appearance in keeping with the small community of the island. The main hotel area of the island is situated along a narrow esplanade that stretches for a km or so with many places to dine or book diving or fishing trips or hire snorkeling equipment. There is also some surf here. Locals live in the streets behind the hotels and a casual stroll away from the esplanade will give you some insight to family life here. You can also ride around the island on a pushbike in about an hour and a half at a casual pace. Push bikes can be hired for a couple of dollars for a day and are readily available.

 Pondok Santi EstateVila OmbakSunset Palms Resort and Kokomo Villa Resort offer stylish accommodation experience some with beautiful private villas with their own slate lined swimming pools large trendy bathrooms that have to be seen to be believed and all the comforts of home plus great air conditioning. There are many accommodation choices on Gili T and online booking agencies such as and will display just about every hotel available and their rates. Wedding parties and their guests shouldn’t have any trouble booking rooms provided they book well before the wedding date.

Kokomo Vila Resort Gili Trawangan Island.

Aerial photos of a Gili T wedding (left) and resort.

Please contact me if you would like advice on planning your Gili Trawangan wedding or where to stay. Your wedding ceremony photography can be done on the beach or if the timing is right wedding couples can take a special horse and cart done up with special wedding ornamentation to a western beach to catch one of the spectacular sunsets this area is famous for. The beach sands are coarse and formed from crushed coral so it’s a good idea for brides to bring along another pair of comfortable shoes or sandals to negotiate the beach while you are having your wedding photography done.

Some of my Destination Wedding Photography


I love working with stylish and adventurous Brides that like my cinematic style of wedding photography

If you are considering a Bali wedding or Gili Trawangan wedding I would be glad to give you further advice on travel and where to stay and some wedding photography ideas. As an Australian wedding photographer working in Bali and Indonesia and one of the most experienced photographers in the region, hiring me as your Bali or Gili T wedding photographer will give you peace of mind that you have a highly experienced destination wedding photographer to take charge of your wedding photography and or wedding video for the most important day in your lives. My wedding photography packages offer a one off price incorporating unlimited wedding day photography and can include a world class wedding album, digital files, video coverage, parent albums and pre or post wedding day photography. Once I have given you a price there will be no additional cost. You will be surprised how affordable it is to have me as your Bali wedding photographer or Gili T/Lombok wedding photographer.

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