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“For food, diving, and fun Trawangan Dive is the best place to be”

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Trawangan Dive Resort
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Bar Harbor, Maine
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“For food, diving, and fun Trawangan Dive is the best place to be”
Reviewed May 9, 2011

I did my Divemaster at Trawangan dive and it was the peak of excellence. Its right on the beach, so you can't do any better for location.

The food at Trawangan Dive is very good. Especially the breakfast, the ala carte menu allows for many creative combinations, and the salads are refreshingly delicious to those vegggie-lovers who are sick of mie goreng. Great beachfront outdoor dining area. The lunches and dinners are always wonderful, the affable and delightful chef Rodrigo Rodriguez DJ's a party at Blue Marlin on mondays, which is not a party to be lightly missed (especially if its themed, and the TDC divemasters and divemasters in training are going in costume).

Also sunday night roasts and trivia are not to be missed. Banana juice is HIGHLY recommended.

The diving is incomparable. The surrounding sites are rates some of the best in southeast asia. The instructors at Trawangan Dive are all experienced, patient, and knowledgeable about local marine life, diving practices, gear, and the dive sites. All are friendly, funny, expert divers with experience in everything from penetration and cave diving to TEC. The divermasters are very capable (and frequently hilariosu), and great at providing a safe and fun experience for everyone.

Great people, great diving. Also if you are considering doing your rescue, Trawangan Dive is a particularly good and fun place to do it. If you are looking to do your Divemaster, this is the only place on the Island as far as I'm concerned. The people are what make it. They're just the best.

The deluxe rooms are VERY nice, with the good showers and everything. The backpackers rooms....are backpacker rooms. Fantastic for a budget, unbeatable in fact!

The ambiance of the place is one of low-key amiability, where everyone is comfortable and having a great time. The instructors and divemasters all get along very well with each other, they work (and play) well together. Everyone has great attitudes and a solid sense of humor.

Because the restaurant and dive shop are in the same area, diners may often be amused at diver's antics, especially if theres a rescue course going on. Sometimes its very quiet, other times there can be a hustle in and out of the water. The rooms are low-key and quiet.

The best thing about trawangan dive is that its FUN.

Stayed January 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 2, 2011

My partner and I, both divers, stayed few days in Gili Trawangan at the Trawangan dive bungalows.
We were extremely disappointed for the following reasons, already flagged in another review:
- we had Room 1 that extremely noisy (muslim prier twice a day + close to the kitchen and bathrooms)
- the staff is ultra busy, unfriendly and hopeless in case of problem
- the food from the cafe is very average ans the included brekky is a joke
- general atmosphere amongst divers is bad- first time ever I didn t feel comfy
- the dive school is WAY too crowed; too many people on the pool, on the boat, on dive sites
TO AVOID :(

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  • Stayed April 2011, traveled as a couple
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed April 23, 2011

First off, I can understand the reviews that said Trawangan Dive is a bit "cliquey," because this place definitely has repeat customers who know the staff well. That said, it was our first time and while I felt we needed to "break the ice" more with staff than is generally necessary at a hotel, it was well worth it. If you are here to dive, the divemasters could not be better: they know their stuff and will take you to great sites.

The rooms are comfortable and surprisingly clean for an island with this much sand. The air conditioner worked perfectly, and I would not be afraid to stay in midsummer. The bed was soft and the bathroom well-appointed with plenty of hot water. You can pay more and get a lot less on the island. That said, I wish the doors had slightly better locks, because it would not be difficult to break in. For a dive hotel where tenants bring lots of expensive equipment, this is an oversight. That said, I did not get the impression that Gili has a high crime rate.

Lack of internet access is a bit annoying, especially since there is obviously a wifi network there, for use by the divers. But they don't promise internet access, and there are several nearby cafes that will let you use their wireless while eating.

One word of caution: bring enough cash to pay your bill. I would have given a four star review, but on the day we checked out the telephone service to the island got cut, and Trawangan Dive had no way of taking a credit card payment without it. I ended up paying via Paypal.

Room Tip: Rooms towards the front seemed a bit nicer.
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  • Stayed December 2010, traveled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed January 16, 2011

Trawangan Dive is a lovely place to stay on the paradise that is Gili trawangan! The location is great, close to loads of nice restaurants and bars towards the south, and close to the nicer beaches to the north. Our room was very nice, cleaned every day, shower was hot(rare on the island), and great air con. Also the pool was small but had a nice swim up bar where we enjoyed some cocktails! We didnt do any diving, but the team there seemed very professional, and it seems like a good place to do a diving course. The staff were very nice. The breakfast was only ok, just toast coffee/tea and a little fruit, but there were other nice options on the menu which you could pay for.
The only real downside was the nearby mosque which woke us up most mornings at 4.30am which was a little annoying. In terms of value for money, we paid high season rate as it was just after new years, so it was a little expensive, but off peak is probably good value.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled with friends
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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Reviewed September 14, 2010

Trawangan dive is somewhere we booked with great expectations. When we got there the pool looked much smaller than the pictures suggested. The divers sitting around the pool didnt return our friendly smiles, more interested in their own conversations than in getting to know/welcoming new people. The staff were rude and dismissive. One staff member showed us to our very expensive room which was nicely decoratedand air conditioned. Suddenly the call to prayer from the local mosque came blaring through the room. I commented that it was a bit noisy. The staff member looked at me askance and said 'they only do that once a day'. Having muslim friends, I know they pray five times a day. We decided then and there that we were not going to stay and left immediately.

  • Stayed August 2010, traveled as a couple
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Thun
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Reviewed August 12, 2010

Trawangan Dive Bungalows, was a great find! We came with friends and I did a dive course. The dive instructor was fantastic (Donna). We saw some really good sights sharks, turtles and all kinds of fish!
Breakfast was not really big in size but good, and sleeping was quiet and relaxing.
The bungalows are located about 5 mins away from the noise of the centre.
Staff are friendly and prices are reasonable but maybe not in high season.

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed June 15, 2010

We picked the Traw. Bungalows for two reasons. A) They had the best pool bar on the island and B) They had aircond rooms. The bungalows mainly cater for scuba divers, but anyone is welcome to stay there.

I would rate my stay here as good-average. Some pros/cons below:-

Pros
1. Great pool bar
2. Nice locations on northern end of island - good snorkelling right in front.
3. Nice clean rooms
4. Drinks from pool bar were very reasonably priced.

Cons
1. Staff were not overly friendly, and the whole place was a bit 'clicky'.
2. 'Included' breakfast consisted of a stale bit of toast, and fresh juice. For US$50 a night, I felt the b/fast could be more substantial.
3. Rooms were not particularly secure. Even though you could lock the room, it could be very easily comprimised.
4. If your looking to be right in the 'centre' of the action, this hotel is around 5-10 walk from centre. Although for us, we liked being just a bit out.

All in all, our stay was pleasant. There are a lot cheaper options on the island, but we chose to pay a bit more for the pool bar and aircond. rooms. I would say the accomodation was good, but not great!

  • Stayed May 2010, traveled with friends
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Property: Trawangan Dive Resort
Address: Jl. Raya, West Nusa Tenggara 83352, Indonesia
Location: Indonesia > West Nusa Tenggara > Lombok > Gili Islands > Gili Trawangan
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #10 of 242 Specialty Lodging in Gili Trawangan
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Trawangan Dive Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Trawangan Dive is situated on the most idyllic stretch of beach Gili Trawangan has to offer. An award winning scuba dive center we offer courses from beginner up to professional level including tecnical diving and coral reef restoration study. Offering a wide variety of room types including economy, standard, luxury and a two bedroom villa, we have something to suite all budget. All of our rooms have air conditioning, hot fresh water showers, TV, private balcony, mini bar and safety box. Our luxury rooms have private gardens and tea and coffee making facilities. Your buffet breakfast can be enjoyed in our beach front restaurant which also offers a variety of food and beverages throughout the day. ... more   less 
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