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

1. 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.

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

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

3. 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.

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

4. 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.

Gili Kondo, Gili Kapal and Gili Lampu Snorkeling Day Trip

5. 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.

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What people are saying about Gili Islands

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 109 reviews

We were picked up from our hotel in a nice car, with a driver and another guide who spoke English. We did have a bit of a mix up on pick up times, we expected them an hour earlier so confirm this the day before. We were then taken to a boat yard to get our boat - we were the only tourists there so we had a private tour! We were a little worried at this point as it looks quite run down when you first arrive but we were introduced to our guide and boat driver and were away! This is very much a snorkelling tour - we were given a snorkel and flippers each in good condition and stopped first at Gili air. Here we saw so many fish and a turtle it was incredible! We had similar amazing experiences off Gili meno and Gili T. Our guide was INCREDIBLE, pointed everything out and filmed us on his GoPro. He was so helpful and patient and really made the trip. After the snorkelling we stopped at Gili T for a lovely lunch and enjoyed the beach. When we were ready to return we were brought back.

The booking was very easy, Krisna who organizes my tour was very helpful. I booked it only one day in advance, but The Seven Holiday made it possible for me to go the next day. The tour itself was great, the Gilis are a must see if you are nearby. No traffic (only bicycles and horses), clear water, silence beaches and a fun nightlife (many opportunities to meet new people). My pick up in the morning was on time at my hotel, the speed boat was exiting. The snorkeling tour was amazing, there are a lot of different fish, beautiful coral riffs and I even saw two turtles. The whole time I could reach Krisna from The Seven Holiday by WhatsApp, what I appreciated a lot. I would highly recommend the tour and The Seven Holiday and would definitely book with them again. Thank you very much!

Thank you for the good organization of the host company and many thanks to Krishna for being in touch with us and helping with the recommendations. We had an amazing vocation on the most beautiful islands. Everything was perfect, snorkling was incredibly beautiful. Gili Air at sunset is just a fairy tale. Its like Must seen for everyone who come to Bali.

This was a nice trip. South Gilis are much nicer comparing to North ones, less crowded. Our guide was competent and with good English. We enjoyed out trip and can recommend it to anyone.

Really well organised trip with great support would recommend