Top attractions in Gili Islands
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1. From Bali: Private 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Snorkeling
In between Bali and Lombok, 3 idyllic islands can be found: Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno and Gili Air. These little coral islands have a real laid-back tropical island feel and make perfectly placed hideouts from the hustle and bustle of the mainland. With no traffic and nothing but fresh ocean breeze, this 3-day 2-night tour takes you to see two of these islands for an excursion full of relaxation, and special moments to remember for a lifetime. Your first day starts with a 7:00 AM pick-up from your hotel in Bali, which will take you to the Patagonia Express, a speedboat that will arrive at Gili Trawangan in just a few hours’ time. On the way, catch breathtaking views of Mount Agung and the deep blue sea. Once on the island, spend the day relaxing at a beautiful tropical island resort – lounge by the pool, dive in the sea or hop on a bicycle to explore the coastline. Don’t miss the sunset...
Make sure you have the get your guide app and stay in contact with the tour guides. I feel like they all knew what. Was happening but I didn’t...a “sit back and enjoy the ride” experience! All in all though, absolutely amazing trip, personalized, and relaxing!
2. The Sasak Trail of Lombok: Full-Day Tour
Following pick-up, travel to the southern part of the island. After about 1.5 hours by car, reach your first stop at Kuta Beach. Admire its white sands and healthy reefs. Relax and grab some lunch before heading to the Sade Sasak village. This village was built in the traditional style of the indigenous Sasak people of Lombok. Learn how to weave as you interact with the locals. Next, visit the pottery village of Banyumulek. This village is one of the main pottery centers of Lombok, specializing in decorated pots and pots with fiber covering as well as urns and flasks. Here, if time permits, enjoy a short ride in the traditional horse and cart. End the day with a visit to Pura Batu Bolong, the oceanside temple known for its rocky surroundings, numerous pagodas, statues and sunset views, before returning to your hotel.
3. From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort
Discover a tropical paradise of soft white beaches and lush vegetation on a 2-day tour of the Gili Islands from Bali. Escape the crowds and get back to nature with time to swim and snorkel with the exotic marine life. Day 1 Climb aboard a fast boat and cross from Bali to the Gili Islands. Get the chance to stroll along a white sand beach on arrival, soak up the sun and refresh yourself with a swim in the crystal-clear sea. Spend the night listening to the gentle sound of the waves and watching the sunset at your beachfront resort. Day 2 Start the day with a private 2.5-hour boat ride around the 3 Gili Islands, and snorkel with marine life, such as butterfly fish, clown fish and different species of turtles. Get the option to extend your stay for more time to swim, snorkel and dive.
Great tour, everything was well organized and on time. They picked us up from our hotel and took to the port. Boat ride was very calm, but I assume this depends on weather conditions. Hotel in Gili Air was very nice, and we really enjoyed snorkling tour, so much wild life to see there.
4. Transfer Between Senggigi and Teluk Nara and Bangsal Harbor
Experience a relaxing start to your Lombok visit with this private transfer service. Your personal driver will pick you up at either Teluk Nara or Bangsal Harbor and drive you directly to your hotel in Senggigi or vice versa. This service that’s priced for up to 4 passengers saves you the hassle of searching and negotiating for a taxi at the harbor. The driver will be waiting for you and holding a sign with your name on it. You’ll be assisted with your luggage, escorted to your vehicle. The service operates on a 24-hour schedule so that you can travel safely to your destination at any time of day or night either from/to the harbor.
5. Full-Day Gili Islands Snorkeling Trip from Lombok
Experience all 3 Gili islands on the same day with a snorkeling trip from Lombok. Begin by taking a boat to Gili Trawangan, and enjoy the view of beaches and hills along the way. Upon arriving, spend 3 hours exploring the island on your own, and consider visiting the local mosque or venturing into the tunnels on the island. Next, make your way to Gili Meno to snorkel along the reef, keeping an eye out for colorful fish and even sea turtles. Then continue to Gili Air, where you'll have free time to get lunch. You may also choose to rent a bike or take a ride in a cidomo (a small horse-drawn carriage), before returning to Lombok. Enjoy!
From the pick up to the drop off this was our stand-out highlight of our trip to Bali and Lombok!! Our guide Ronnie was so friendly and professional and helped my wife who was a little apprehensive as a first time snokeller but after 10 minutes she was away and he helped guide her around.
6. Gili Kondo, Gili Kapal and Gili Lampu Snorkeling Day Trip
Following pick-up from your hotel in Senggigi or Mataram, journey in air-conditioned comfort on the 2.5-hour drive to the east coast of Lombok. Upon arrival, board a local boat that will take you to your 1st snorkeling spot on the island of Gili Lampu. Marvel at the colorful corals and tropical fish, before making your way to the tiny sandbar of Gili Kapal, where you can walk on water, depending on the tides. Get some time to swim and snorkel in the crystal clear waters before going to Gili Kondo to swim and snorkel in the pristine sea. Experience the extraordinary colors up close before the return trip back to your hotel.
We have booked this trip and it exceded our expectations! We have seen many different fish and as we were the only ones at small boat we could adjust trip to our needs. Lunch was at one of the islands and it was the best food we had in Indonesia, the cook/boat driver did really good job giving us different dishes but all were delicious! The guides were also very friendly and even bought for us bananas! I would recommend this to everyone:)
7. From Lombok: Private Gili Islands Trip w. Glass-Bottom Boat
Spend the day exploring the Gili Islands' breathtaking beauty, snorkeling in the clear waters, chilling at the beach, and watching marine life swim by through a glass-bottomed boat on this fun-filled full-day tour from Lombok. Discover what makes Gili Air, Meno, and Trawangan each unique. Get picked up from your accommodation early in the morning and travel to the Teluk Kodek Harbor, where you board a glass-bottom boat so that you can see the fish as they swim about in the waters below. The first stop is Gili Air. Don snorkeling equipment and dive into the clear waters of the island. If lucky, you might spot colorful fish, coral, maybe even a lurking turtle. Head to Gili Meno next and visit a turtle sanctuary before diving underwater to see the famous underwater statues called “The Nest”. Make sure to bring a waterproof phone case or waterproof camera to capture some photos of the uni...
8. Gili Nanggu, Sudak & Kedis Islands Full-Day Snorkeling Tour
Discover why Gili Nanggu is known as Paradise Island on this private 7-hour tour from Lombok. Hop on board a traditional lebar (motorized outrigger) for the 30-minute cruise. Experience the stunning beaches and crystal clear waters where you can snorkel, dive or simply swim. The beaches are quiet and there are no beach vendors to bother you as this is a private island. Move on to the islands of Gili Sudak and Gili Kedis. As spectacular as Gili Nanggu, both of those islands also boast white sandy beaches and secluded bays. There will be time to swim and snorkel at both islands before the return boat trip to Lombok.
We were starting in a villa 30 mins from town so we had to pay extra transport charge but only found out about this after booking the tour. I was able to agree via email beforehand if we could pay transport on the day which was fine. The first island was where we snorkelled and there were so many fish. Such a shame about the pollution. The second island we had lunch and final island we took some great photos and swam.
9. Lombok Sunset Tour: Temple, Malimbu Hill and Monkey Forest
The first stop on this 6-hour tour is Pura Lingsar, the largest and most important temple in Lombok. The Hindu temple features shrines associated with the holy mountains of Gunung Agung on Bali and Gunung Rinjani on Lombok. This holy site embodies both the cultural connection between Bali and Lombok and also the multi-faith nature of Lombok. Next is a visit to the Pusuk Monkey Forest in Rinjani. Feed the wild monkeys living in the Puncak/Daun Pusuk rainforest, situated 900 meters above sea level. At Malimbu Hill enjoy sunset views of the popular Gili Islands. It is also possible to see Mount Agung on Bali.
10. Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile Waterfall Trekking Tour
Following pick-up, admire the large green mountains, beautiful beaches and coconut trees during your 2.5-hour drive. Drive up through the mountains to begin the hike to the first waterfall. This hike is quite brief and is down a beautiful and easy trail that leads to the Sendang Gile Waterfall. Admire its beauty and take photos to capture your memories. After a short break, venture on to the Tiu Kelep Waterfall. This 45-minute journey involves climbing up a flight of stairs, crossing a bridge and following a dirt path through a lush forest and across running streams. Feel safe as your guide helps you throughout the trek until you reach the beautiful Tiu Kelep Waterfall. Here, take a break and go swimming. Trek back to the starting point to be taken to the Senaru Village, a traditional village where mountain tribal life and the civilization of past centuries still exist. After spending...
I went on this trekking tour with my family of five. The waterfalls were very enjoyable. In the first one I stood under it (not under the heaviest part!) and enjoyed a heavy cold shower. In the second one (the main, bigger one), I was amazed to find a perfect circular rainbow in the spray underneath it, a few metres wide. In terms of the organisation, there were some problems. After we'd been waiting to be picked up for 20 minutes, I called the local partner and was told they had no knowledge of my booking. I called GyG and it was sorted out, but it meant that we left an hour and a half late. Our driver was helpful and friendly, and the guide who took us on the waterfall tour was also helpful and friendly. But to be honest the cost of a local guide plus a driver would have been a lot cheaper than the total price for this trek, if we'd just booked them locally. We didn't have time for the village part of the tour, but that was fine.
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What people are saying about Gili Islands
The booking was very easy, Krisna who organizes my tour was very helpful. I booked it only one day in advance, but The Seven Holiday made it possible for me to go the next day. The tour itself was great, the Gilis are a must see if you are nearby. No traffic (only bicycles and horses), clear water, silence beaches and a fun nightlife (many opportunities to meet new people). My pick up in the morning was on time at my hotel, the speed boat was exiting. The snorkeling tour was amazing, there are a lot of different fish, beautiful coral riffs and I even saw two turtles. The whole time I could reach Krisna from The Seven Holiday by WhatsApp, what I appreciated a lot. I would highly recommend the tour and The Seven Holiday and would definitely book with them again. Thank you very much!
Thank you for the good organization of the host company and many thanks to Krishna for being in touch with us and helping with the recommendations. We had an amazing vocation on the most beautiful islands. Everything was perfect, snorkling was incredibly beautiful. Gili Air at sunset is just a fairy tale. Its like Must seen for everyone who come to Bali.
This was a nice trip. South Gilis are much nicer comparing to North ones, less crowded. Our guide was competent and with good English. We enjoyed out trip and can recommend it to anyone.
Anton our guide was fabulous, very helpful and knowledgeable. Brilliant day
Really well organised trip with great support would recommend