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Snorkelling In Gili Trawangan – A Complete Guide

With so many options, booking your Gili Trawangan Snorkelling Tour can be a little overwhelming. So here’s our guide to help with snorkelling Gili Trawangan.

How To Get To Gili Trawangan

The easiest way to get to Gili Trawangan after your Lombok itinerary is via Bangsal ferry port.

All ferries from Bangsal run daily starting at 9am and finish at 6pm.

Once you arrive at Bangsal ferry port you will have the following two options:

Public Boat

Price: 15,000 IDR.

Takes roughly 30 minutes and leaves every time there are 40 people ready. Which usually isn’t long as there as lots of locals!

Fast Boat

Price: 85,000 IDR.

Takes roughly 15 minutes and leaves every hour, on the hour.

Tickets can be bought on the morning of travel.

Tour

Another option is to book a private Full-Day Gili Islands Snorkeling Trip from Lombok tour. This includes transfers to and from Lombok, as well as your guide to exploring the Gili Islands.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Gili Trawangan Snorkelling Tour Prices

Public Tour Boat

100,000 IDR per person.

Up to 25 people can fit on the public boats and usually they will pack out the boat to its maximum capacity.

Private Tour Boat

250,000 IDR per person.

We opted for a private boat for 4 people, each paying 250,000 IDR.

Snorkelling tours are available to book at nearly every shop along the main strip of Gili T.

However if you like to organise and book things in advance, we can recommend the Gili Trawangan, Air & Meno Island: Snorkeling Day Trip.

This way you have everything ready to go when you arrive.

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Lola and Lauren jumping off our snorkelling boat

Best Time To Visit Gili Trawangan + Tips

Snorkelling is a year-round activity in Gili Trawangan, with sea turtles visiting the island all year round.

However, probably the best time to visit the island, especially if you are snorkelling, is between April and October.

This is the island’s dry season, so the sun will be shining and visibility in the water will be at its best.

There are times of year on the island when the current and waves can become too strong for snorkelling. This is usually around the end of December and into January.

Either way, if you get the chance you should definitely add Gili T to your Bali itinerary.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Lightweight Rain Jacket

Quick Dry Towel

GoPro

Lifeproof Phone Case

Dry Bag

What To Expect When Snorkelling In Gili Trawangan

Gili Meno Underwater Statues

This is definitely one of the most popular things to do in Gili Trawangan snorkelling tour and possibly the most creepiest!

Located just off the shore of Gili Meno, these 48 incredible life-size human sculptures are a very popular photo spot for visitors.

A circle of paired statues embracing, surround another circle of statues lying on the ocean floor. Interestingly, each figure is made from the cast of a real person.

The artwork named Nest, was commissioned by BASK and produced by the world-renowned underwater sculptor Jason deCaires Taylor.

Designed to be a home for coral to form a beautiful machine-made reef, this unique but somewhat eery artwork is certainly a must-see.

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The famous underwater statues at Gili Meno

Gili Meno Island

Slightly underwhelming, although still worthy of a visit, Gili Meno is a small, sparsely populated tropical island with no motorised vehicles that doesn’t take long to explore.

The smallest of the Gili islands, measuring just 2 km in length and 1 km wide, we spent an hour walking around the island of Gili Meno.

This is the only Gili island that has a salt lake and this is the main attraction on the island. It’s also recommended as a good spot for sunset or sunrise.

We found a bird sanctuary, a sadly over-populated turtle sanctuary and a lot of run down restaurants.

On the positive side, if you want to get away from all the tourists and even perhaps get a beach to yourself, then this is the place to visit.

Hopefully your visit will be better than ours!

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Charlie strolling around the Gili Meno Lake

Snorkelling With Turtles

This was the moment we’d been waiting for and thankfully it DIDN’T disappoint! This is definitely a must on the Lombok itinerary for all turtle lovers!

We jumped off the boat, all geared up with our snorkels and fins, into the middle of the clear blue waters of the ocean. Whats more, one of our drivers successfully guided us to some really beautiful wild turtles.

There were crowds of tourists nearby but we were lucky enough to find a couple of big boys to ourselves.

Following them at distance, we watched them gracefully gliding through the water and enjoyed every single moment.

Apart from turtles, you may also get to see shoals of colourful tropical fish including surgeon fish and butterfly fish, as well as sea snakes, the easily recognised clownfish and much more.

Snorkelling with turtles was truly amazing and definitely the highlight of our snorkelling Gili Trawangan tour!

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Snorkelling Gili Trawangan with the turtles

Gili T Shipwreck

The Gili islands were used for a while during WW II by Japanese forces as a look-out post and also a prisoner of war camp and this is one of the relics from that time.

The shipwreck was the final stop of our Gili Trawangan snorkelling tour and although it was impressive, it’s better seen whilst diving as it is quite deep under the water.

We could just about make out the old Japanese patrol boat from the surface, but to get amongst it you’ll need a tank to reach the full 45m depth.

With over 70 years worth of corals growing on this wreck, it offers a spectacular diving experience for the more adventurous diver.

After this stop you’ll likely be transported back to Gili Trawagan and have the evening to chill at one of the best beaches in Lombok.

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Playing around whilst snorkelling Gili Trawangan

Where To Stay In Gili Trawangan

Luxury

Kelapa Villas

Kelapa Villas is located in a coconut plantation in northwest Gili Trawangan.

All villas have an enclosed fence and come with a private pool. Gili Trawangan Beach is just a 5-minute bike ride from the property.

Every villa comes with landscaped gardens and a unique lay out and design.

All of the air-conditioned villas have a seating area and a flat-screen TV. The private bathrooms are either indoor or open-air. Some villas include a kitchen and living/dining room.

Kelapa Villas is a 15-minute bicycle ride from the lively centre of Gili Trawangan.

Mid-Budget

White Coconut Cottage

White Coconut Cottage is situated in the northern part of Gili Trawangan, 900 yards from Sunset Point.

Free WiFi is available in all areas. All rooms come with air-conditioning, a private terrace, day bed and outdoor furniture. Guests can enjoy garden and pool views.

Decorated with white timber furniture, the rooms features a fridge, a kettle, and a personal safe.

White Coconut Cottage also includes an outdoor pool. Light meals and drinks are also available. Turtle Conservation Gili Trawangan is 0.6 miles away.

Budget

DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar

DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar features a restaurant, bar, a shared lounge and garden in Gili Trawangan.

Located around a few steps from Sunset Point, the guest house with free WiFi is also 50 yards away from Gili Trawangan Art Market.

The property is non-smoking and is located a few steps from Turtle Conservation Gili Trawangan.

At the guest house every room comes with air conditioning and a private bathroom. A continental breakfast is available daily at DPM Gili T. Diving Hostel & Bar.

For other places to stay in Gili Trawangan, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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