Snorkeling on Gili Trawangan- A Day Trip from Lombok
If you’re staying on Lombok and looking for something epic to do, take a day trip to go snorkeling on Gili Trawangan. Gili Trawangan offers unique underwater structures, crystal clear waters, and if you’re lucky, sea turtles!
HOW TO GET TO GILI TRAWANGAN
The best way to get to Gili Trawangan from Lombok is going to be by taking a local ferry. The owner of our hotel informed us that it was possible to get a ferry from Lombok to Gili Trawangan for 15,000 Rupiah per person, each way. To do this, you need to head to Teluk Kode. This is one of the areas the boats leave from.
Thomas and I wanted to go on the cheap, so we took the slow boat with around 40 other people. If you would rather just get to Gili Trawangan quickly, you can take a fast boat. If you are the planning type of person, you can always book your ferry ahead at BALI FERRY.
I have attached a map below with the exact location to Teluk Kode.
WHAT TO EXPECT- GILI TRAWANGAN
As the boat gets closer to Gili Trawangan you will begin to see the beautiful crystal clear waters, I remember the colors vividly to this day.
If you’re not familiar with Gili Trawangan, here’s a little run down. There are no motor vehicles on the island, so no motorbikes or cars. It is such a small island you can bicycle around the whole island in less than an hour. The main method of transportation is bicycles, walking, and horse-drawn carriages. Now I know that sounds adorable, but it’s not. Some of the horses looked quite worn down, completely drenched in sweat, and foaming at the mouth. I would recommend avoiding this if you can.
Gili Trawangan is known for being the party island, however, if you plan on staying a night or two, it is possible to escape the noise as Thomas and I did on our first visit. I recommend checking out PALMETO VILLAGE. Thomas and I stayed here and it was absolutely lovely! Check out the image below! If you’re looking to splurge, check out UTARA VILLAS. Thomas and I stayed here right when they had opened so it was actually kind of affordable for us, but it was absolute paradise. Is it considered skinny dipping if you’re in your own private pool?
SNORKELING ON GILI TRAWANGAN
Gili Trawangan is full of adventure activities. If you’re not keen on snorkeling you can always rent a stand-up paddleboard and see some turtles from above the surface. Or maybe you would prefer to go for a scuba dive, Gili Trawangan has it all.
Thomas and I were fortunate to visit Gili Trawangan around one year ago and got a chance to go scuba diving. If you’re interested in diving on Gili Trawangan check out Gili Divers. Each dive is 490,000 Rupiah or just under $35 USD, so pretty affordable.
ALL IMAGES IN THIS POST WERE CAPTURED USING A VARIETY OF MY TRAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY ESSENTIALS. GO CHECK IT OUT TO SEE HOW I CAPTURED THESE IMAGES!
If you’re not a certified diver, fear not, the snorkeling on Gili Trawangan is just as epic. Thomas and I always bring our own snorkeling gear so we avoid having to rent. If you’re going to Southeast Asia and you know you’re going to be doing a fair bit of snorkeling I recommend picking up your own gear, at the very least mask and snorkel. However; if you haven’t brought your snorkel gear, don’t worry, you can rent it on the beach for around 50,000 Rupiah.
Once you have your snorkel gear sorted it’s time to get in the water! The best spot for snorkeling on Gili Trawangan is going to be to the left of where you got off the ferry/boat if you’re facing the island. Swim around and see if you can find the underwater compass or some sea turtles!
Thomas and I also rented a SUP, however, I can’t quite remember how much we paid. If you’re looking to rent just remember to negotiate. You can also rent a kayak and head over to Gili Meno if you want to escape one island for another. Let me just say, you know you’re in a solid relationship if you can kayak together. HA!
HAVE FUN, AND ENJOY SNORKELING ON GILI TRAWANGAN!