West Nusa Tenggara Cruises & boat tours

Our most recommended West Nusa Tenggara Cruises & boat tours

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

2. 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.

From Lombok: Gili Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

3. From Lombok: Gili Islands Snorkeling Day Trip

Experience all 3 Gili islands on the same day with a snorkeling trip from Lombok. Begin by taking a boat to Gili Trawangan, and enjoy the view of beaches and hills along the way. Upon arriving, spend 3 hours exploring the island on your own, and consider visiting the local mosque or venturing into the tunnels on the island. Next, make your way to Gili Meno to snorkel along the reef, keeping an eye out for colorful fish and even sea turtles. Then continue to Gili Air, where you'll have free time to get lunch. You may also choose to rent a bike or take a ride in a cidomo (a small horse-drawn carriage), before returning to Lombok. Enjoy!

From Lombok: Southern Gilis Private Snorkelling Day Trip

4. From Lombok: Southern Gilis Private Snorkelling Day Trip

Starting from picking you up at your hotel lobby at 8 am (or from Lembar harbor) then directly head to Taun harbor. On the way to Taun take a short visit to the Pottery Village, Banyumulek, experience how pottery is made of clay with traditional tools. Create your own art directly guided by the local as a parcel to bring home. From Banyumulek head to Taun harbor for south west gilis snorkeling trip, cross to Gili Nanggu as your first gili for snorkeling, embark snorkeling from the beach and hail a rare beauty of the coral garden, swimming with dozens of fish while enjoy the coral garden that tempt your desire to explore more. Done with Nanggu then move to second Gili, gili Sudak. This gili has its own type of garden reef, explore the coral by embarking snorkeling from the boat. Done with snorkeling then take a break for lunch at Sudak. After lunch then visit the last gili, gili Kedis. Kedis is so tiny and round, not bigger that tennis court, but its uniqueness and beauty of the sandy beach worth to frame as memorable moment. South west gilis are peaceful place to get your snorkeling experience since they are not too touristy or busy. From Kedis then cross back to Taun harbor where your driver is awaiting you to transfer you back to your hotel or Lembar harbor. Trip ends.

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What people are saying about West Nusa Tenggara

Our guide Ronnie made the trip really exciting and we throughly enjoyed are time seeing the sea turtles and fish. The tour was completely private and we were able to go at the pace we desired. The Gili islands are beautiful and we would recommend this tour for those looking to spend the day there.

It was so much fun! The guide was very helpful and caring. They assisted us during the whole snorkeling time. They also willing to take the underwater video or pictures of us and we got those amazing videos with the turtles and colorful fish. I would definitely be back here

Fantastic experience with everything running on time and our guide very flexible with allowing us to choose what to spend time on. They even allowed us to reschedule when I was sick at the last moment.

Very good young boy Man did the shooting great! They don't speak English though

The very friendly provider, with a great deal! Highly recommended!