Exploring Gili Kedis and Gili Nanggu- Lombok

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Gili Kedis, Lombok, from above.


If you’re heading to Lombok, snorkeling out at Gili Nanggu and relaxing on the beach at Gili Kedis, needs to be on your list of things to do. Not to be confused with the more famous Gili Trawangan, these small islands are just a 10-minute boat ride off the coast!



Thomas and I really were not into paying for a boat tour, we didn’t even look at the cost. Our big plan was just to drive to the shore that was as close as possible to the three islands. I figured there would be boats leaving from there, and we were right! We were able to book a tour out to Gili Kedis, Gili Nanggu, and Gili Sudak for 300,000 Rupiah. We had an entire boat for ourselves for the entire day for just $20 USD!

The place where you rent the boat from is just a gazebo on the side of the road in between someone’s house and a little shop. There is also a small sign saying boat rentals, so it is pretty hard to miss. If you plan on snorkeling at Gili Nanggu, they also rent snorkel gear here for 20,000 Rupiah.

You can also go on an organized tour to the three islands, as we saw people from our hotel out there, that had been picked up earlier that morning. Funny to see how different kinds of people, travel differently. 


I have attached a map below with the exact location of the boat rentals.



Thomas and I started our venture around 9 am, we rented our boat and were on our way. The first stop of the day was Gili Nanggu. We really had no idea what to expect as we haven’t really heard of, or seen anyone that had been there. Gili Nanggu is a place that hasn’t been blown up by social media yet, and that was pretty cool. 

There are several little islands just off of the coast of Lombok, however, the main ones you will see being promoted are Gili Sudak, Gili Kedis, and Gili Nanggu. Thomas and I only visited Gili Nanggu and Gili Kedis. We spent so much time at Gili Nanggu, that we didn’t have the time to go to Sudak. 


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Thomas enjoying the clear waters of Gili Nanggu.


Most people hang out on the right side of the island, (if you’re facing the island) and swim at the beach. However, Thomas and I headed to the left, this is where you’ll find this picture perfect dock you’ve seen on my INSTAGRAM


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Thomas and I spent around 3 hours on Gili Nanggu, Lombok. We hung out on a perfect little dock, grabbing photos, and watching the batfish swim in the clear waters below us. We didn’t bring our snorkel gear (big mistake) but we heard the snorkeling at Gili Nanggu is really nice! 


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Spent the day hanging out on the dock on Gili Nanggu.


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Diving into a sea of Batfish.


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Thomas enjoying the clear waters of Gili Nanggu.


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So many dives…

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If you head to the left, you will find both of the docks pictured above.



If you’re out for the whole day, Gili Sudak is a great spot to grab some lunch. Chances are your guide will try and take you there and sell you a coconut. We didn’t personally visit this island, so I don’t have much else to tell you. HA! Sorry! 


The beautiful Gili Kedis, before it filled up with boats. LOL


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Gili Kedis


Haning out on a rock, doing my best mermaid impression. Gili Kedis.



Thomas and I were almost unable to fly the drone because the fan wouldn’t turn on and it would instantly overheat. To fix it, Thomas just banged it against his knee really hard, and bam! It’s fixed! 


Flying high above Gili Kedis.


Gili Nanggu is the furthest island Gili Sudak is the closer in the right corner.


Mainland Lombok


Gili Kedis is just a small island, but they have still managed to put a small stand in there where. You can buy snacks or beverages, or the classic cup of noodles. Just be sure if you do make a purchase, please be sure to dispose of your trash properly. They have a rubbish bin, however, I don’t know if they actually bring that to shore. I would take it with you, then get rid of it on mainland Lombok. 


Thomas and I had an absolute blast exploring these islands and can’t wait to go back! If you’re visiting Indonesia, make sure you head to Gili Nanggu, Lombok. 


If you’re looking for more epic things to do in Lombok, check out my guides to GILI TRAWANGAN, LOMBOK’S BEST WATERFALLS, and SUNRISE AT BUKIT SELONG