The largest of Indonesia’s three Gili islands, Gili Trawangan is a peaceful, cat lover’s paradise. No cars, scooters or dogs inhabit the island – just lots and lots of cats.
Seemingly hundreds of felines roam the island’s streets and restaurants, lounging next to hotel pools and on beach chairs, jostling for scraps whenever and wherever people eat. My fiancé – a cat lover – was in her element, as were a lot of people who’d share their beach chairs with the small animals.
Most cats on the island are surprisingly affectionate, living something of a nomadic lifestyle as they roam around looking for food and affection. And most have either curled or stumpy tails, perhaps as a result of isolated breeding.
Now, dog lovers may feel slightly aggrieved by news of a cat-only island in Indonesia – but it’s on religious grounds that man’s best friend has been banned from Gili Trawangan, considering most of the island’s inhabitants are Muslim.
Gili Trawangan: no dogs, no cars, no worries – unless you’re allergic to cats.
Man vs World will feature more about Gili Trawangan in the future; manly stuff, like the remarkable true story of my tussle with a sea snake and a turtle (not at the same time). Until then, happy travels!