Trawangan is one of the three Gili Islands next to Bali in Indonesia. After a two hour foetal position on an enclosed plastic boat without air conditioning, the sight of its crystal clear beach was a welcome relief. The local Trawangans were hospitable and our boutique hotel, Les Villas Ottallia, had everything we needed from a private outdoor cooking area with a private outdoor pool that we never used. Most impressively was the outdoor the beer-filled fridge. The resort was a few minutes horse ride away from the main street with restaurants and bars.
As we lingered through the sandy streets on our bicycles, provided for free by our resort, it became slowly evident that Trawangan had a serious problem. It had a terrible smell. Or to put it more bluntly it smelled like a sh*thole. In all fairness, it was not the entire island but as soon as we left our hotel there was rubbish littered everywhere that seem to cause this unpleasant scent travelling through the island’s air.
The scuba diving and the sandy beaches were fantastic. These are also two main sources of income for this beautiful island so it did not make sense to me why this place was such a junkyard. Unless the locals were all doped up. And that seemed to be the unfortunate truth.
Les Villas Ottalia
Trawangan, Gili Islands, Indonesia