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SNORKELING ON GILI ISLANDS: THE BEST SPOTS AROUND BALI AND LOMBOK, INDONESIA.

Updated: May 28

The Gili Islands (Gili Trawangan, Gili Meno, & Gili Air), located off the northwest coast of Lombok and only 2 hours away from Bali. A trio of tropical paradises known for the underwater life with crystal-clear waters, vibrant marine life, and stunning coral reefs. These islands offer some of the best snorkeling experiences in the world. Whether you are an experienced snorkeler or a beginner, the Gili Islands promise an unforgettable underwater adventure. If you try snorkeling on Bali, let's dive into what makes snorkeling on the Gili Islands a must-do activity.

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Snorkeling on Gili Islands

Why snorkel on Gili islands?

  1. Crystal-clear water: The water around Gili islands is really clear and in turquoise. You can see underwater life really easily without diving into the depths of the ocean. 

  2. Rich Marine Biodiversity: The ocean around Gili Islands are rich with marine biodiversity, you can find many turtles, colorful fish swimming and beautiful corals around the ocean

  3. Stunning coral reefs: Reefs around the Gili Islands are easy to access from the beach. You can see colorful corals just by swimming around close to the beach. Gili islands are the perfect place to have a snorkeling holiday with family or friends.

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Snorkeling on Gili Islands

If you want to explore the most snorkeling experience on the Gili Islands, taking a boat tour is recommended! The tour is where you assemble in a group or hiring a private snorkel trip is feasible for a more private experience. Joining a public tour doesn’t cost a lot! Get 150.000 rupiah ready in your pocket and it already includes the snorkel equipment. If you rent the private snorkel, it will cost around IDR 1.200.000 - 1.500.000, however your privacy and flexibility are guaranteed whether you go in a small/large group.

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Snorkel Boat

Snorkel point: 

  • Turtle points: The famous destination for snorkeling around the Gili Islands, you can see many turtles from the small ones to the biggest ones. If you find the turtles in the ocean around you please don’t touch them, because direct human contact can harm them. 

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Snorkeling at turtles point
  • Nest underwater sculptures: Snorkeling in Bali it's good but on Gili Islands you can see The Nest, a circle of life-size human sculptures created by artist Jason deCaires Taylor. It serves as an artificial reef, attracting various marine species and providing a fantastic snorkeling experience.

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Nest underwater sculptures
  • Hans Reefs; The reef is colorful and hosts a variety of marine life, including octopuses, scorpionfish, and nudibranchs.


Snorkeling on Gili Island is the best experience and you wouldn't regret it in your life. If you are planning to go to Bali, spare some time to scoot a little over to the Gili islands, you can choose Gili Air, Gili Trawangan or Gili Meno which offer many sustainable accommodations of your needs.




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