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

1. 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.

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

2. 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.

Gili Kondo, Gili Kapal and Gili Lampu Snorkeling Day Trip

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Tiu Kelep and Sendang Gile Waterfall Trekking Tour

5. 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.

Lombok: Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Waterfalls Trek

6. Lombok: Benang Kelambu and Benang Stokel Waterfalls Trek

Enjoy the cooler climate of Mount Rinjani National Park in central Lombok on an easy trek to the amazing waterfalls of Benang Stokel and Benang Kelambu, over 500 meters above sea level. Upon arrival at Benang Stokel, get the chance to go for a refreshing swim in the pool at the base of the cascades. Marvel at the lush vegetation of the tropical forest as you continue your hike. Arrive at Benang Kelambu and discover a stream of water that creates a beautiful curtain-like effect as it flows through the cracks of plants that grow at the top of the cliff and falls from a height of about 35 meters. 

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

7. 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

8. 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.

Lombok Sunset Tour: Temple, Malimbu Hill and Monkey Forest

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.

The Sasak Trail of Lombok: Full-Day Tour

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Gili Islands

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 53 reviews

Such a fantastic day. The guys on the boat were brilliant, we went to the three Gilli islands and snorkeled in a couple of different locations in each island seeing many different types of tropical fish, turtles and the Statues sunken under water at Meno. We also paid extra for one of the guys to film us throughout underwater which was brilliant. After lunch at Gilli T we chilled out for a few hours before heading home. A great experience and one to recommend.

My friend and I had the best day. Our tour guid Rino was so nice and funny and just an all round amazing guy! He made the day one to remember. We had our own private boat to travel to different beaches and saw some amazing views. Would recommend!

Really fun trip, Krisna was in constant communication with us throughout the journey and we loved every moment. We wish had stayed on the islands for longer though!! Thanks again

Superb tour and guide ! Rido Romance from Trip Guru taking care of Lombok is highly recommended ! attentive, great customer service and great with kids !

Lots of good surprises in this one. Snorkelling and feeding the fish was amazing and the views were spectacular.