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From Bali: Private 3-Day Gili Islands Tour with Snorkeling

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 an early morning pick-up from your hotel in Bali, which will take you to the harbor to 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 at one of the beach clubs – it’s a true spectacle of nature you don’t want to miss out on! Your second day features a private snorkeling tour on Gili Trawangan’s quieter but equally beautiful sister island, Gili Air. The 3-hour snorkeling tour takes you to see several amazing spots, beautiful coral reefs and colorful marine life. You’ll also get to swim with giant sea turtles, a magical experience! Spend the rest of the day as you like at another tropical resort – sipping cocktails, swimming, sunbathing – before another magnificent island sunset kicks in. If you’re an early bird, start day 3 early to catch the awe-inspiring sunrise of Gili Air. Otherwise, snoozing in bed to the sound of the sea is a lovely way to spend the first hours of your last morning on the Gili Islands. Enjoy one more swim in the turquoise sea, sit down for breakfast and say goodbye to these gorgeous islands. The speedboat will bring you back to the mainland of Bali where you will be transported to your hotel by shuttle bus.

From Bali: Gili Islands 2-Day Tour with Beachfront Resort

2. 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.

Bali and Gili Air: Fast Boat Transfers

3. Bali and Gili Air: Fast Boat Transfers

Benefit from a fast connection between Bali and Gili Air, and travel between the islands on board a boat with generous luggage allowance. Avail of a service with daily departures in the morning so that you can spend more time on the beach and less time traveling. Get a complimentary pick-up at your hotel or villa in selected areas of Bali by air-conditioned vehicle, or make your own way to Serangan Harbour for check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time. From the Gili Islands, depart Gili Air at approximately 11:45 AM and get dropped off at your hotel in Bali on arrival around 2.5 hours later.

Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

4. Fast Boat Transfers between Bali and Gili Trawangan

Benefit from a swift connection from Bali to Gili Trawangan, or vice versa, and travel between the islands on board a fast boat with generous luggage allowance. Spend less time traveling and more time on the beach! For journeys from Bali to Gili Trawangan, the boat departs daily from Serangan Harbor, just 30 minutes from Kuta. Get a complimentary pick-up at your hotel or villa by air-conditioned vehicle, available from Kerobokan, Seminyak, Legian, Kuta, Tuban, Jimbaran, Nusa Dua, Denpasar, Sanur, the airport and parts of Canggu (as far as Canggu Club). Pick-up from other locations is provided for an additional fee. Alternatively, you can make your way to the harbor for check-in 30 minutes before the scheduled departure. Depart in the morning to enjoy Gili Trawangan to its fullest. Boats back to Bali are at around 14:30 and hotel drop off is provided on arrival. Relax on board the 2.5-hour journey each way, and take in the stunning views.

From Lombok: Private Gili Islands Trip w. Glass-Bottom Boat

5. 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 unique art installation by sculptor Jason DeCaires Taylor. Have lunch at Gili Trawangan, and spend a few hours chilling by the shores or diving back in for some more Gili snorkeling and other water activities. Then head back to the harbor and return to Lombok to make your last stop of the tour. One of the best photo-op spots in the area, Malimbu Hill is a viewpoint that boasts scenic views of the sea and the shoreline. Snap a few photos to remember the trip by before returning to your accommodation.

From Lombok: Gili Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

6. From Lombok: Gili Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

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!

Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile Waterfall Trekking Tour

7. 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 some time there, head back to your hotel.

The Sasak Trail of Lombok: Full-Day Tour

8. 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.

Gili Nanggu, Sudak & Kedis Islands Full-Day Snorkeling Tour

9. 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.

North Lombok: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

10. North Lombok: Sendang Gile Waterfall & Senaru Village Tour

Spend a day exploring Lombok's northern part, visiting pristine natural landscapes and learning about the history and culture of the locals. In the morning, first make your way out to Malimbu, a lookout point. From here you can see the nearby Gili Islands and Bali's Mount Agung. Continue to Sendang Gile Waterfall, on the foot and slope of Mount Rinjani. The cool, fresh air and calm hill will provide a comfortable resting point, and you may choose to swim in the inviting waters. Then visit Senaru, a traditional village where mountain tribal life and the civilization of past centuries still exist. Finally, visit Bayan Old Mosque, one of the inestimable historical Islamic heritage sites in Lombok which is believed to have been built upon the Islamic people's arrival in the 16th century.

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Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 262 reviews

I went to Gili and came back with Gili Getaway and everything was just perfect! Everyone is so kind, always helping you if needed. I even saw dolphins while on the boat, just unbelievable! They give you water and some fresh towels to cool down.

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

Great transfer with a comfortable boat and lovely staff.