Our aim is to give you a one-of-a-kind Gili Island experience you will cherish. We're Gili Island Snorkel, a professional snorkeling and tour company in Gili Meno. If you'd like to book a trip with us or find out some more information, get in touch.
Gili means 'small island' in the local language and there are many gili's surrounding Lombok's coastline. The 3 Gili's we visit are Meno, Air , and Trawangan.
Indonesia is rich in culture from art to religion. Be sure to check what festivals and local holidays coincide with your visit to lombok and get involved for a full cultural experience.
Lombok is famous for Pottery, hand loom weaving, and stick fighting (Paresan).
Stick fighting takes place at certain times of the year in the Pasar Seni, Gili Trawangan.
Another very common tradition you may witness is Nyogkolan, which is a wedding procession which follows the traditional ceremony. This is a lively event with the wedding party separated into females and males, and each has a traditional band or drummers.
When to Visit
The Peak season is during the dry season. This is from May until October.
The Wet season generally starts in November and continues until April. Temperatures range between 22 °C to 34 °C, with an average annual temperature of around 28 °C.
Snorkeling can be enjoyed year round, and we will tailor our route based on the latest weather and currents.
There is no motorized transport allowed on any of the Gili Islands, aside from the recent introduction of electric scooters. The islands are small enough to walk around in a couple of hours, and bicycles can be hired from designated stalls and most accommodation. Horse and carts called 'cidomo's' are available.
Gili Air is the only island which has a natural water source hence the name 'air' - indonesian for water.
The local population on Gili Air is 1800, and this is the closest island to mainland Lombok.
‘The Nest’ is an underwater sculpture by Jason DeCaires Taylor, who also has underwater sculptures in the Thames, Canary Islands and the Caribbean. Just off the western beach of Gili Meno, this sculpture features 48 life size figures representing the circle of life, made from pH neutral, environmental grade concrete and is expected to turn into a man-made reef for hard and soft corals alike over the coming years. It is accessible to all both from the beach and from boat and is a reminder of the fragility of life and the coral reef – and as a bridge between the land and water worlds. .
Come on a snorkeling trip with us and a visit to ‘The Nest’ is sure to be a highlight.
Although a popular destination for holiday makers from Bali, the Gili Islands actually belong to the regency of northern Lombok.
Known as the Honeymoon island, Gili Meno arguably has the most pristine beaches of the three Gili's.
Gili Meno has a population of approximately 500 people, and it's main industries are Tourism, coconut plantations and fishing. Since early 2017 fresh water was installed on the island and is supplied by underwater pipes from Lombok.
All rubbish generated on the island has to be taken to main land Lombok daily by boat. We ask that you are conscious of this and make sustainable choices where possible.
It is common for customers to be given everything in a plastic bag. Please refuse. Bali has recently banned single use plastic bags, let's do what we can to help Lombok follow suit.
There are over 100 water refill stations on Gili Trawangan alone, so we ask you please bring a re-usable bottle when you visit the Gili Islands. Don't worry if you forget as there are also plenty for sale also. "It's only 1 plastic bottle...." If every visitor said this daily, the Gili Islands would be inundated.
85% of the population on Lombok identify as Sasak. They are related to the Balinese in ancestry and language however are predominately of Muslim faith. Lombok had a population of over 3.1 million in the 2010 census.
Known as the 'Party Island' Gili Trawangan is the most built up of the three Gilis, and is host to many bars and restaurants. It has a thriving night life but also has plenty of activities for families too.
How to get here
-Fast boats arrive from Bali daily
-A 30 minute flight from Denpasar airport (DPS) to Lombok's international airport (LOP). This airport is located south of Lombok's capital Mataram, and is a 1.5 hour drive to the harbour of Bangsal.
-From Bangsal, the public ferry has multiple departures for all of the Gili Islands daily, or a speedboat ticket can be purchased from the ticket office.
At Bangsal there are many touts and people out to make a dime. Only buy boat tickets from the ticket office. There are no official porters at the harbour, but many people will offer their services to carry your bag. please be wary, and if you would like to use their service, arrange a price beforehand.