My experiences on Gili Trawangan thus far have been more incredible than I could have ever expected – the people are all so lovely, the weather is perfect and there are turtles everywhere! There are some things, however, that many people don’t realise (or don’t care to question) that I really believe cannot be ignored. The Gili islands were initially established as a tourist destination due to its beautiful white sand beaches and abundant surrounding reefs. But as time goes on the sustainability of the island and the health of the environment is quickly degrading due to sea temperature rises, overdevelopment, destructive fishing, inefficient waste management and a lack of knowledge amongst tourists and locals. Without trying to manage or stop these issues, the island will lose its beautiful natural environment and the tourism economy will cease to exist.
What is being done? Cue Gili Eco Trust.